Maurizio Marangi

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The alpha-defensin genes promoter regions contain a putative nuclear factors of activated T cells (NFAT)-binding site and it is known that hepatitis C virus (HCV) core protein activates the interleukin (IL)-2 gene transcription through the NFAT pathway. The aims of this study were to investigate if HCV affects the alpha-defensin expression in peripheral(More)
Corynebacterium diphtheriae is a well-known cause of localized respiratory tract infections. However, this micro-organism can also be associated with invasive infections, such as endocarditis, septic arthritis and osteomyelitis. Invasive infections are often caused by non-toxigenic strains. To set up an in vivo experimental model of C. diphtheriae(More)
The application of a new serological method, time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay (TRFIA), is described for the diagnosis of urinary schistosomiasis. A chelate of lanthanides (europium) with a long fluorescent life-time is used as label. The intensity of fluorescence is measured after a delay selected to eliminate almost completely the background fluorescence,(More)
Positivity for circulating intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in heart transplant recipients has been claimed to predict the development of coronary artery disease and risk of graft failure. Soluble ICAM-1 were evaluated in 32 heart transplant recipients. Five of these patients, who had undergone transplantation several years before, were positive(More)
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the validity of the IgG avidity test in the serodiagnosis of acute T. gondii infection; to verify the maturation of IgG avidity during the course of infection; to observe whether the kinetics of IgG maturation could be affected by antibiotic treatment. METHODS: Serial serum samples, collected in three Italian hospitals (Perugia,(More)
The Authors have carried out a study on samples of amniotic fluid taken at various gestational ages. They compare the optic density at 650 nm and the Lecithin/Sphingomyelin ratio, evaluated from the quantitative point of view according to the method of Gluk and Coll. The results show a significant correlation between samples with optic density greater than(More)
SSF3 is a CHO cell line adapted for growth in protein-free medium. It grows in suspension unless serum-derived attachment factors such as vitronectin are added to the medium. Serum-independent cell lines, which adhere to the substrate after induction with dexamethasone or constitutively, were created by transfection with a human vitronectin gene under(More)
In order to evaluate polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) activity in diabetes mellitus, leukotriene B4 (LTB4) levels were measured in sixty patients, 31 affected with Type 1 diabetes mellitus and 29 affected with Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The LTB4 levels (12.1+/-0.2 pg/100 microl) in diabetic patients were higher compared to those of the control group(More)