Laura Salvini

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Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) is a major incretin, mainly produced by the intestinal L cells, with beneficial actions on pancreatic beta cells. However, while in vivo only very small amounts of GLP-1 reach the pancreas in bioactive form, some observations indicate that GLP-1 may also be produced in the islets. We performed comprehensive morphological,(More)
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) have been estimated to occur in approximately 20% of patients with Brachmann-de Lange syndrome (BDLS, also known as Cornelia de Lange syndrome, OMIM 122470). We report on the results of a prospective echocardiographic evaluation of a cohort of 87 Italian BDLS patients with longitudinal follow-up from 5 to 12 years. A cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND Flecainide for the treatment of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) in newborns is still controversial because of its potentially severe proarrhythmic effects. METHODS AND RESULTS Between January 2004 and December 2006, we used flecainide to treat 20 consecutive newborns (15 males) with paroxysmal SVT without any structural heart disease. Their(More)
Lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) is the enzyme responsible for cholesterol esterification in plasma. Mutations in the LCAT gene leads to two rare disorders, familial LCAT deficiency and fish-eye disease, both characterized by severe hypoalphalipoproteinemia associated with several lipoprotein abnormalities. No specific treatment is presently(More)
Different mass spectrometric methods, stable isotope labeling, and theoretical calculations have allowed us to structurally characterize and differentiate the isomeric ion structures produced by the two heteroaromatic isomers 3-methyl-1,2-benzisoxazole and 2-methyl-1,3-benzoxazole. The low-energy collision induced dissociation spectra of their molecular(More)
There is considerable interest in alternative/adjuvant approaches for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori using biologically active compounds, especially antioxidants from plants. In the present work, we tested the antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of hydro-alcoholic extracts from Colorino, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grape cultivars against(More)
Seeds of Raphanus sativus L. subjected to accelerated ageing were investigated for reactive oxygen species (ROS) release and for content of vitamin E (tocopherol, TOC, and tocotrienol, TOC-3), fatty acids and phytosterols in seed coats, cotyledons and embryonic axes during germination. In unaged seeds, ROS release occurred mainly in seed coats of(More)
The synthesis of 3-(5-imidazo]2,1-blthiazolylmethylene)-2-indolinones, analogs of compounds recently published, is described. The EIZ isomerism was studied by means of nuclear Overhauser effect experiments and X-ray crystallography. All the compounds were tested as potential antitumor agents. They were also tested as potential inhibitors of cyclin-dependent(More)