Maria Caria

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Eight healthy male subjects performed a cycle ergometer incremental exercise up to exhaustion to study possible relationships between excess CO2 production (CO2-exc) and natural killer (NK) cells, measured in terms of concentration (NKabs) and as a percentage of lymphocytes in peripheral blood (NK%). A parabola-like regression equation with its vertex(More)
Mechanized milking has become widely used for buffaloes in Italy in recent years, thus improving the management and the productivity of farms. The apparent similarities between buffalo and cattle have often resulted in applying the same milking systems and techniques currently used for dairy cows. Considering the effect of mechanical milking on animal(More)
We analyzed the in vitro and in vivo effects of theophylline on various immunological parameters including proliferation of peripheral mononuclear cells (PMNC) in response to phytohemagglutinin (PHA), anti-T3 and anti-T11 monoclonal antibodies (MAb), PHA-induced interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) production by PMNC, interleukin-1 (IL-1)(More)
The authors evaluated the in vitro effects of Bacillus subtilis on the following parameters of the immune response: mitogenic T cell proliferation (by PHA and OKT3) and mitogenic-induced lymphokine production (IL-2 and IFN-gamma). The spores of Bacillus subtilis did not influence the immune response, while its vegetative forms enhanced mitogenic-induced T(More)
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a degenerative neurological disorder with autosomal dominant transmission. Although immunological defect(s) have been postulated, no confirmed laboratory evidence for this exists. In the present study we observed activated T cells in the peripheral blood of HD patients (using 4F2 monoclonal antibody), whereas the percentage of T(More)
The proliferative responsiveness of T cells of aged individuals is known to be depressed in both autologous mixed lymphocyte reaction (AMLR) and in PHA-stimulated cultures. In the present study we confirm previous results and also report decreased IL-2 and normal IFN-gamma production (PHA-induced) in aged subjects as compared to young normals. In addition,(More)
These experiments were designed to analyze the involvement of T-lymphocyte subpopulations in autoimmune thyroid disorders such as Graves' Disease (GD) and Hashimoto's Disease (HD). In a first set of experiments, lymphocytes isolated from thyroid infiltrates or from peripheral blood of GD and HD patients were analyzed for the expression of various surface(More)
Allergen specific immunoglobulins (IgE, IgG, IgG1, and IgG4) were evaluated during the course of a 12-month specific immunotherapy (ITS) in 27 allergic subjects: 12 Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (DP)-, 9 Parietaria officinalis (W19)-, six perennial and timothy rye grass (G5 and G6)-sensitive cases. Further, the modifications of the specific Ig levels were(More)
The autologous mixed lymphocyte reaction (AMLR) was used to study T lymphocytes in a group of patients with dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT) in order to confirm the observation that their T cell proliferation in AMLR was greater than in age-matched controls, and to investigate other pathways of T cell activation, searching for correlations between(More)
The structure of hadronic events from Z 0 decay is studied by measuring event shape variables, factorial moments, and the energy flow distribution. The distributions, after correction for detector effects and initial and final state radiation, are compared with the predictions of different QCD Monte Carlo programs with optimized parameter values. These(More)