Maria Chiara Zatelli

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be associated with impairment of pituitary hormone secretion, which may contribute to long-term physical, cognitive, and psychological disability. We studied the occurrence and risk factors of pituitary dysfunction, including growth hormone deficiency (GHD) in 50 patients (mean age 37.6 +/- 2.4 years; 40 males, age 20-60(More)
Testosterone (T) is known to affect the growth hormone (GH) axis. However, the mechanisms underlying the activation of GH secretion by T still remain to be clarified. Available data in animals and humans have shown that withdrawal of somatostatin (SRIH) infusion induces a GH-releasing hormone (GHRH)-mediated rebound release of GH, and there is accumulating(More)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in young adults. Growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor I (GH-IGF-I) system has an important role in the recovery of the central nervous system. The aim of the study was to evaluate the relationship between pituitary function (in particular, the GH-IGF-I axis) and outcome from TBI.(More)
Evidence for the expression of the canonic androgen receptor (AR) in human adrenal cortex has not been provided so far. The aim of the present study was to demonstrate the expression of the AR gene in normal and neoplastic adrenocortical human tissues and in the human adrenocortical cancer cell line, NCI-H295, and then to evaluate the effect of(More)
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) is the most common of all thyroid diseases and is characterized by abundant lymphocyte infiltrate and thyroid impairment, caused by various cell- and antibody-mediated immune processes. Viral infections have been suggested as possible environmental triggers, but conclusive data are not available. We analyzed the presence and(More)
Somatostatin and its receptors (SSTR1 to SSTR5) are expressed in normal human parafollicular C cells and medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), but the role of SSTR subtypes in cell growth regulation is still not clear. The present study demonstrates that the human MTC cell line TT stably expresses all the SSTR subtypes and responds to SSTR2 and SSTR5(More)
The functional aftermath of microRNA (miRNA) dysregulation in ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas has not been demonstrated. miRNAs represent diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers as well as putative therapeutic targets; their investigation may shed light on the mechanisms that underpin pituitary adenoma development and progression. Drugs interacting with such(More)
Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndromes are characterized by tumors involving two or more endocrine glands. Two MEN syndromes have long been known: MEN1 and MEN2,caused by germline mutations in MEN1 or RET, respectively. Recently, mutations in CDKN1B,encoding the cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) inhibitor p27, were identified in patients having a(More)
Somatostatin (SRIF) analogs have been employed in medical therapy of non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFA), with contrasting results. Previous evidence showed that SRIF can exert its antiproliferative effects by reducing vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) secretion and action, and that VEGF expression may be related to pituitary tumor growth. The(More)
We have previously found that the androgen receptor gene is expressed both in normal and adenomatous human adrenal cortex and in the NCI-H295 human adrenocortical cancer cell line. Furthermore, we have observed that dihydrotestosterone (DHT) at physiological concentrations (10(-11) M) inhibits human adrenocortical cell growth in vitro and slightly decreases(More)