Maurizio Podda

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Spontaneous and experimental metastasis can be effectively inhibited by the widely used anticoagulant heparin in different tumor models. At the cellular level, many of the antimetastatic effects of heparin in vivo are due to its action on P-selectin-mediated binding. Whereas previous attention has focused on P-selectin-dependent tumor-cell-platelet(More)
Inflammatory skin diseases account for a large proportion of all skin disorders and constitute a major health problem worldwide. Contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis represent the most prevalent inflammatory skin disorders and share a common efferent T-lymphocyte mediated response. Oxidative stress and inflammation have recently been linked(More)
The degree to which antioxidant loss occurs in human skin after UV irradiation is unknown, as is the cascade of events that might occur. We have, therefore, evaluated a tissue culture model of human skin for its usefulness for studying oxidative injury by UV-irradiation. Human skin equivalents, a tissue culture model, were irradiated using a full solar UV(More)
In this study, we investigated the role of leptin for the inflammatory response in diabetes-impaired skin repair. We demonstrated, that systemic treatment of diabetic ob/ob mice with leptin blunted polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN), but not macrophage influx into the wound site. Closed wounds of leptin-administered mice were characterized by tremendous(More)
Leukocyte extravasation is a finely tuned process, in which transmigration is the final step. Transmigration depends on molecules located at borders of endothelial cells; e.g., junctional adhesion molecules (JAM-A, -B and -C). In vivo blockade of JAM-A lead to decreased migration of monocytes into the skin. In contrast, the role of JAM-B and -C in(More)
Selectin-mediated tethering and rolling initiates the multi-step process of leukocyte extravasation which is crucial for the formation of an inflammatory infiltrate. We studied the impact of platelets on this process in the skin. Using intravital microscopy, we analyzed platelet interactions with cutaneous post-capillary venules of mouse ears and observed(More)
Recent studies have demonstrated an induction of expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase that is associated with several inflammatory diseases of the skin. To define the mechanisms of action of nitric oxide (NO) in the skin, we attempted to identify genes that are regulated by NO in keratinocytes. Using the human keratinocyte cell line HaCaT as a(More)
BACKGROUND Lipedema is a painful, genetically induced abnormal deposition of subcutaneous fat in the extremities of almost exclusively women. The pathogenesis is unknown and no curative treatment is available. Conservative therapy consisting of lymphatic drainage and compression stockings is often recommended, but is only effective against the edema. Some(More)
We report the case of a woman who developed an early relapse of a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and was thus restaged twice within a year using [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET). While there was no evidence of metastatic tumor outspread, focally increased FDG uptake was visible in numerous nodes but showed no change during the(More)
Many studies have demonstrated beneficial health effects of topical antioxidant application; however, the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. To better understand the protective mechanism of oxogenous anti-oxidants, it is important to clarify the physiological distribution, activity and regulation of antioxidants. Also, the generation of ROS by(More)