Mariangela Dipaola

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Rett syndrome is an X-linked neurodevelopmental condition mainly characterized by loss of spoken language and a regression of purposeful hand use, with the development of distinctive hand stereotypies, and gait abnormalities. Gait initiation is the transition from quiet stance to steady-state condition of walking. The associated motor program seems to be(More)
Twenty-two rabbits received Torpedo californica acetylcholine receptor (AChR) subcutaneously. Six rabbits were treated with 0.5 ml/kg/day of anti-rabbit thymocyte serum (ARTS), and four were treated with 5.0 mg/kg/day of anti-rabbit thymocyte gammaglobulin (ARTG) subcutaneously beginning concomitantly 1, 2 and 3 weeks after the initial AChR immunization.(More)
The trophic, anti-apoptotic and regenerative effects of bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) may reduce neuronal cell loss in neurodegenerative disorders. We used MSC as a novel candidate therapeutic tool in a pilot phase-I study for patients affected by progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare, severe and no-option form of Parkinsonism. Five(More)
Biomechanical measurements of anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) at gait initiation were performed in subjects affected by Parkinson's disease and in medication-off condition. Patients were compared with a selected group of healthy control subjects matched by velocity of the first step and comparable initial feet position. The obtained results(More)
It has been shown, in animal models, that gastrointestinal tract (GIT) motility is influenced by temperature; nevertheless, the basic mechanism governing thermal GIT smooth muscle responses has not been fully investigated. Studies based on physiologically tuned mathematical models have predicted that thermal inhomogeneity may induce an electrochemical(More)
The mechanisms of mechanical energy recovery during gait have been thoroughly investigated in healthy subjects, but never described in patients with Parkinson disease (PD). The aim of this study was to investigate whether such mechanisms are preserved in PD patients despite an altered pattern of locomotion. We consecutively enrolled 23 PD patients (mean age(More)
The mechanical energy exchanges of normal subjects during walking have been investigated. Two groups of subjects including healthy children and healthy adults participated in this study. Kinematic data have been captured by a motion analysis system composed of 8 TV-cameras with an acquisition frequency of 50 Hz and retro-reflective markers positioned on(More)