Laura Ferlito

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IFN-alpha represents the treatment of choice in chronic hepatitis C. It acts directly on the cells infected by the virus and indirectly via the cytokine network. We studied the behavior of interleukin 6 (IL-6), a cytokine that is particularly active in the liver and considered an index of liver inflammation and necrosis, in order to evaluate the(More)
Many researchers have attempted to identify the drugs capable of acting on the viral replication cycle and maintaining clinical remission in chronic hepatitis B. We evaluated the efficacy of antiviral drugs in chronic hepatitis B, by examination of 20 controlled and non-controlled trials conducted between 1985 and 1996. In chronic hepatitis B, adenine(More)
In an elderly pool of 3288 subjects (65-84 years of age), taking part in the Italian Longitudinal Studies on Aging (ILSA). We evaluated the prevalence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the stroke, the non-fatal AMI+stroke cases in relation to the larger or smaller values of the apolipoprotein-B (Apo-B) level considered as cutoff point of normality (150(More)
IFN alpha treatment is able to produce dose-related side effects, such as depression, in the central nervous system. We assessed the effects on depression of four different types of IFN alpha (recombinant IFN alpha 2a, recombinant IFN alpha 2b, lymphoblastoid IFN alpha, leukocyte IFN alpha), administered at the same doses in four homogeneous groups of(More)
Objective: Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a glycoprotein that influences the immunoendocrine network by several actions. This cytokine is commonly used in the patients with renal carcinoma, both as neo-adjuvant treatment prior to surgery and as adjuvant therapy. The aims of our study were to evaluate the IL-2 efficacy on postoperative survival rate in patients(More)
OBJECTIVE HLA antigens influence tumour growth and spreading, but the mechanism is still unclear. Increased serum levels of beta2-microglobulin (beta2MG) have been found in several chronic inflammatory and tumour diseases. The aim of the present study was to analyse the relationship between serum beta2MG levels and some markers of tumour progression, to(More)
The term "successful aging" appeared in the first issue of "The Gerontologist" in 1961. During the successive years, this expression has changed its meaning. Nowadays, successful aging means "absence of diseases and disabilities, maintenance of high levels of physical and cognitive abilities, preservation of the social and productive activities". It has(More)
It is assumed that the increased incidence of neoplastic pathologies with advancing age is correlated with the immunosenescence and with the altered immune-surveillance. The present study was aimed at evaluating the role of the immunocompetent system and immunosenescence in carcinogenesis. A pool of 99 subjects (38 females, 61 males) has been analyzed in(More)
Epidemiological studies have revealed a progressive increase in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus in the elderly. Numerous factors are responsible for this trend, among them there are (a) the long-lasting disease due the improved therapeutic remedial (pharmacological, dietary treatments and physical activity), (b) the increased life span expectancy. The(More)