Milena Maggio

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Peritonitis causes mesothelial detachment that may result in persistent peritoneal denudation and fibrosis. We investigated whether hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), a scatter factor that induces detachment from substrate and fibroblastic transformation of several cell types, is produced during peritonitis and is active on mesothelial cells. We studied 18(More)
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a glycoprotein that induces in vitro epithelial tubular cell growth, motility, scattering and branching morphogenesis. The cell machineries that account for HGF biological effects are still unclear. In previous study, we found that HGF upregulated in epithelial tubular cell line (HK2) 3 genes: potassium channel KCNA1,(More)
There is a need for early identification of children with immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) at risk of progression of kidney disease. Data on 261 young patients [age <23 years; mean follow-up of 4.9 (range 2.5–8.1) years] enrolled in VALIGA, a study designed to validate the Oxford Classification of IgAN, were assessed. Renal biopsies were scored for the(More)
The proto-oncogene product Ron is the receptor for macrophage stimulating protein, a scatter factor that stimulates cell proliferation, prevents apoptosis, and induces an invasive cell phenotype. We investigated the expression of Ron, Ki-67 (proliferation index), p53, and bcl-2 (proapoptotic and antiapoptotic proteins, respectively) in 50 renal tumors (19(More)
Until now, hepatocytes have been the only known cell source of macrophage-stimulating protein (MSP), and tissue macrophages have been the cells on which the biologic effects of MSP have been proved. To extend the understanding of the biologic meaning of MSP, it was investigated whether MSP operates in the kidney. MSP protein was evaluated by Western blot in(More)
UNLABELLED Hemodialysis prevents liver disease caused by hepatitis C virus: Role of hepatocyte growth factor. BACKGROUND Hemodialysis increases markedly the serum levels of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) so that regular dialysis treatment (RDT) mimics the regular administration of HGF as a drug. Therefore, we have studied the effects of(More)
Macrophage-stimulating protein (MSP) is a scatter factor that causes cell proliferation and migration, and receptor origin nantaise (RON) is its receptor. RON is expressed in macrophages and mesangial cells, and MSP is produced by renal tubular cells. This study investigated whether MSP/RON participate in the pathogenesis of anti-Thy 1 nephritis, a(More)
BACKGROUND In experimental extracapillary glomerulonephritis (EG) podocytes migrate, proliferate and change phenotype, and play a pivotal role in crescent formation. Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF) is an injury-induced effector of tissue repair that causes cell migration, growth and transdifferentiation via its receptor Met. METHODS In 11 patients with EG(More)