María Montalto de Mecca

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Benznidazole (Bz) and Nifurtimox (Nfx) have been used to treat Chagas disease. As recent studies have de-monstrated cardiotoxic effects of Nfx, we attempted to determine whether Bz behaves similarly. Bz reached the heart tissue of male rats after intragastric administration. No cytosolic Bz nitroreductases were detected, although microsomal NADPH-dependent(More)
Changes in the organization of membranous structures in the amphibian oocyte cortex were studied during the process of progesterone-induced meiotic resumption. Progesterone treatment of Xenopus laevis oocytes induced short term and longer term changes in the cortical membranes. In the short term, progesterone induced a burst of endocytosis mediated through(More)
Proteins in oocytes, meiotically mature eggs and zygotes of Xenopus laevis were examined to determine whether proteins in the peripheral region differ from those in the central region of these cells. We show that different regions contain different amounts of newly synthesized proteins and that during meiotic maturation and fertilization the periphery of(More)
A previously healthy 70-year-old man presented with a rapidly progressive and fulminant infection due to Vibrio damsela after suffering a knife cut while filleting bluefish at the New Jersey Shore. Despite appropriate antibiotic therapy and localized wound exploration, the patient died. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of V damsela sepsis(More)
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