Michelina Miceli

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Plasma and platelet taurine concentrations were assayed in 39 patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and in 34 control subjects matched for age, sex, and both total and protein-derived daily energy intake. Platelet aggregation induced by arachidonic acid in vitro at baseline and after oral taurine supplementation (1.5 g/d) for 90 d was(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Nucleic acid testing (NAT) for hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA in blood donations identified occult HBV infection (OBI) as a potential threat to blood safety. METHODS A collaborative study was undertaken to explore the molecular basis of OBIs prevalent in Europe in relation to clinical and serological data. RESULTS Ninety-one percent of 77(More)
Supplements to support clinical-grade cultures of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are required to promote growth and expansion of these cells. Platelet lysate (PL) is a human blood component which may replace animal serum in MSC cultures being rich in various growth factors. Here, we describe a plasma poor pathogen-free platelet lysate obtained by pooling 12(More)
Receptors for different monoamines, peptides and other neurohormones are present in the plasma membrane of platelets, and the sophisticated process of haemostasis is regulated by the interplay of their physiologic agonists (1). The recent report of a platelet binding site for phencyclidine (2) suggested a possible role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)(More)
Several 2,7-di(N-cycloamino)-3-phenyl-1,8-naphthyridine derivatives were synthesized and tested for their ability to inhibit human platelet aggregation in vitro induced by arachidonic acid, collagen and ADP. Only five compounds showed any appreciable activity, and the results of all the active derivatives were similar to those of papaverine in the test with(More)
We screened phage libraries using sera from noninfected individuals and patients infected by hepatitis C virus (HCV). By applying different selection and maturation strategies, we identified a wide collection of efficient phage-borne ligands for HCV-specific antibodies. The selected ligands retained their antigenic properties when expressed as multimeric(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the presence of HBV-DNA in 22,765 consecutive blood donors, who donated blood in the period from January 2006 to August 2007 at a transfusion centre in Lazio, a region in central Italy with low HBV endemicity. METHODS Each donation was individually tested using immunoenzymatic assays and nucleic acid amplification technologies (NAT).(More)
1. In the present study the effect of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) on thromboxane B2 synthesis and on [Ca2+]i was studied in human platelets. 2. NMDA (10(-7) M) completely inhibited the synthesis of thromboxane B2 from exogenous arachidonic acid (AA), while it did not interfere with the aggregating effect of the thromboxane A2 receptor agonist U-46619. 3.(More)
BACKGROUND As diabetes mellitus represents a situation in which production of peroxides is increased, the aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between plasma and platelet levels of ascorbic acid (AA)/dehydroascorbic acid (DHA) and those of malonyldialdehyde (MDA), an indirect marker of lipoperoxides, both assayed using high-performance(More)