Marianna De Colli

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The development of blended gelatin and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) scaffolds can potentially be used in many soft tissue engineering applications since these scaffolds mimic the structure and biological function of native extracellular matrix (ECM). In this study, we were able to obtain a gelatin-GAG scaffold by using a concentrated emulsion templating(More)
AIMS The carotid body (CB) represents the prime site for detecting and responding to hypoxia. Since the role of heroin in respiratory depression with consequent hypoxia is known, the authors were able to investigate morphological and molecular modifications occurring in the CB of heroin addicted subjects compared to subjects who died because of trauma. (More)
Gelatin is one of the most commonly used biopolymer for creating cellular scaffolds due to its innocuous nature. To create stable gelatin scaffolds at physiological temperature (37 degrees C), chemical cross-linking is a necessary step. In a previous paper (Biomacromolecules 2006, 7, 3059-3068), cross-linking was carried out by either radical polymerization(More)
Human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) were cultured onto CAD/CAM zirconia (Group A), CAD/CAM zirconia after polishing (Group B), CAD/CAM lithium disilicate after polishing (Group C), and feldspathic ceramic (Group D) to evaluate their proliferation and adhesion potential. After 3 h, HGF adhesion was similar in all groups. Later, HGFs closely adhered to(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate in vitro the behavior and the biocompatibility of primary human osteoblasts (HOs) grown onto different implant surface. METHODS AND MATERIALS HOs were cultured onto sandblasted/acid-etched (control group) and sandblasted/acid-etched followed by coating with inorganic ions (test group) experimental titanium(More)
BACKGROUND Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a frequent form of senile dementia. Neuroglobin (Ngb) has a neuroprotective role and decreases Aβ peptide levels. Ngb, promoting Akt phosphorylation, activates cell survival involving cyclic-nucleotide response element-binding protein (CREB). A new molecule (IBU-LA) was synthetized and administered to an AD rat model(More)
Although triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA), a resin monomer widely used in dental practice, has been shown to have cytotoxic effects on eukaryotic cells, little is known about how the oral environment influences the cytotoxicity of this biomaterial. The aim of this study was to evaluate eukaryotic cell reaction to TEGDMA in terms of the production(More)
Premature newborns are frequently exposed to hyperoxic conditions and experimental data indicate modulation of liver metabolism by hyperoxia in the first postnatal period. Conversely, nothing is known about possible modulation of growth factors and signaling molecules involved in other hyperoxic responses and no data are available about the effects of(More)
AIM To evaluate the growth of Human Gingival Fibroblasts (HGFs) cultured onto sample discs of CAD/CAM zirconia and veneering ceramic for zirconia by means of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis at different experimental times. METHODS A total of 26 experimental discs, divided into 2 groups, were used: Group A) CAD/CAM zirconia (3Y-TZP) discs(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the presence of Neuroglobin (Ngb) and Cytoglobin (Cygb) in the solitary tract nucleus (STN) and in the carotid body of human subjects. Transverse serial sections of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded brainstems, taken from six subjects, were investigated. Ngb and Cygb are expressed in both the structures.(More)