Maurizio Rossini

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Osteoblast differentiation is predominantly regulated by the WNT/β-catenin signaling (canonical WNT pathway), which, together with bone morphogenetic proteins, acts as the master regulator of osteogenesis. The recent characterization of the canonical WNT pathway in the regulation of bone modeling and remodeling provided important insights for our(More)
OBJECTIVE Complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS-I) is a severely disabling pain syndrome for which no definite treatment has been established. The aim of this multi-centre, randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial was to test the efficacy of the amino-bisphosphonate neridronate in patients with CRP-I. METHODS Eighty-two patients with CRP-I(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and determinants of vitamin D deficiency in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as compared to healthy controls and to analyze the association between 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) with disease activity and disability. METHODS The study includes 1,191 consecutive RA patients (85% women)(More)
We investigated the short-term effects on bone turnover markers of high doses of vitamin D3 in order to identify what initial therapeutic dose can be safely administered in vitamin D-deficient subjects. Thirty-seven elderly subjects [mean age 75 ± 3 (SD) years] were consecutively randomized to the administration of a single oral bolus of 600000, 300000, or(More)
Bone formation is influenced by the Wnt pathway through effects on osteoblast functionality, and these actions are opposed by two antagonists: sclerostin and Dickkopf-1 (DKK1). Decreased levels of serum sclerostin were found after treatment with the PTH analogue teriparatide and in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), while treatment with(More)
OBJECTIVE Bisphosphonates may have a chondroprotective effect in patients with knee OA (KOA), but the results of clinical trials with oral bisphosphonates have been contradictory. In this Phase 2 randomized, partially blind clinical trial, we tested the efficacy of IA clodronate vs HA in patients with primary KOA. METHODS One hundred and fifty men or(More)
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a hereditary disease characterized by low bone mass, increased bone fragility, short stature, and skeletal deformities. This study focuses on OI type I, the mildest form of the disease. Bisphosphonates represent the prevailing standard of care in patients with OI. Teriparatide (TPD) is a PTH analog with bone-anabolic actions(More)
The definition of osteoporosis was based for several years on bone mineral density values, which were used by most guidelines for defining treatment thresholds. The availability of tools for the estimation of fracture risk, such as FRAX™ or its adapted Italian version, DeFRA, is providing a way to grade osteoporosis severity. By applying these new tools,(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine when, where and how fractures occur in postmenopausal women. METHODS We analyzed data from the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women (GLOW), including women aged ≥55 years from the United States of America, Canada, Australia and seven European countries. Women completed questionnaires including fracture data at baseline(More)
Decreasing levels of estrogens during menopause are associated with reduced bone density and an increased risk of osteoporosis. Many women also experience bothersome vasomotor and vaginal symptoms during the menopausal transition. Results of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials have shown that both systemic estrogen therapy(More)