Mauro Cristaldi

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An investigation was carried out in Sweden aimed at studying the possible genetic effects of the Chernobyl fallout on wild small mammals. The bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus Schreb.) were obtained from three differently contaminated areas in Sweden and, for control, in an area with negligible contamination by fallout. Radionuclide determinations to(More)
The aim of the study was to survey the current extension of the infected brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) living on the site Ripa Grande-San Michele port located in the center of the sity along the accessible right bank of the Tiber river by using a specific molecular technology. The detection of Leptospira, in 11 trapped brown rats, by tube-based Polymerase(More)
Wild rodents were collected alive in a suburban area to the north of Rome before, during, 6 months and 1 year after the Chernobyl accident. Radionuclide determinations to assess their content of (137)Cs and mutagenicity tests (bone-marrow micronucleus test and sperm abnormalities assay) were performed on the captured animals. The results obtained for the(More)
Wild rodents (Mus domesticus) were collected in three areas in Rome exposed to different traffic flows to ascertain a possible correlation between genetic damage and heavy metal concentration. The concentration of lead, cadmium and zinc were determined in liver, kidney and bones and two mutagenicity tests (micronucleus test and sperm abnormality assay) were(More)
PURPOSE To detect possible clastogenic and aneugenic properties of a 50 Hz, 650 muT magnetic field. MATERIALS AND METHODS The micronucleus test with CREST (Calcinosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, Esophageal dismotility, Sclerodactility, Telangectasia) antibody staining was performed on liver and peripheral blood sampled from newborn mice exposed to an ELF(More)
The Doñana National Park (Spain), one of the most important wildlife sites in the West of Europe, was affected (25 April 1998) by the spill of acidic waste rich in toxic metals (mainly zinc, lead, copper, etc.), arsenic and aromatic amines from the Aznalcollar mine accident. Micronuclei test with May Grunwald-Giemsa and with CREST-antikinetocore staining(More)
The last 25 years have seen an ever-growing use of the erythrocyte micronucleus test for measuring damage to mammalian chromosomes in vivo. In addition, staining micronuclei with antikinetochore antibodies from CREST serum discriminates aneugenic from clastogenic damage. The use of the micronucleus test in rats, however, has been problematic because the(More)
Doñana Park (Spain), a protected area in Europe, was affected by an environmental disaster in April 1998 that caused the spreading of acidic water and mud full of toxic metals from the Aznalcollar pyrite mine. In order to assess the contamination in the area and to monitor the possible biological effects of the toxic spill, a series of coordinated studies(More)
In this work immunofluorescent antikinetochore (CREST) staining was used to analyse bone marrow micronuclei (MN) from free-living animals belonging to four different rodent species. Yellow-necked mice (Apodemus flavicollis) and bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus) were trapped in the Czech Republic, Algerian mice (Mus spretus) in Spain and house mice (Mus(More)
PARKSERVICE is a telemedical application currently being validated in the EU. The objectives are to provide a combination of home clinical and social support for people with Parkinson's disease with a revolutionary walking aid that uses "visual cues" to enable improved mobility. Early results are presented and the outlook of home telemedicine and visual(More)