Marina Berti

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OBJECTIVE To examine the role of the balance between interleukin (IL)-1 and IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) in atherosclerosis and vascular inflammation. METHODS Transgenic (Tg) mice overexpressing either secreted IL-1Ra or intracellular IL-1Ra1 as well as IL-1Ra-deficient mice (IL-1Ra -/-) were crossed with apolipoprotein E-deficient mice (ApoE -/-).(More)
Interleukin (IL)-1alpha, a proinflammatory cytokine, is produced as a 33 kDa protein precursor (preIL-1alpha) which is cleaved to generate the 17 kDa C-terminal mature IL-1alpha (mIL-1alpha) and the 16kDa N-terminal IL-1alpha propiece (NIL-1alpha). The biological effect of IL-1alpha is regulated by the IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra), its naturally(More)
The effect of diet integration with lactobacillus GG and arginine aspartate administered singly or together to rats submitted to a cholesterol-enriched diet have been evaluated by measuring both the changes in the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and the variations of the most indicative parameters of peroxidation in plasma lipoproteins and livers.(More)
Oxytocin facilitates maternal behaviour in sheep. In the present study, we searched for the presence of oxytocin and vasopressin binding sites in the sheep olfactory bulb, a brain area which is thought to be involved in specific bond formation between the ewe and its lamb. Using in vitro autoradiography, we observed binding of tritiated vasopressin to the(More)
INTRODUCTION Pathological love (PL)--behavior characterized by providing repetitive and uncontrolled care and attention to the partner in a romantic relationship--is a rarely studied condition, despite not being rare and causing suffering. This study aims at investigating impulsivity, personality, and characteristics related to the romantic relationship in(More)
AIM Recent studies suggested that weight reduction under energy restriction required protein supplementation. Moreover, a significant decrease in serum cholesterol and triglycerides was observed when milk-serum proteins and, in particular, their hydrolyzed peptides were compared to milk casein. METHODS Six Sprague-Dawley rats were fed with the standard(More)
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