Natascha Bergamin

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The aims of our study were to verify whether it was possible to generate in vitro, from different adult human tissues, a population of cells that behaved, in culture, as multipotent stem cells and if these latter shared common properties. To this purpose, we grew and cloned finite cell lines obtained from adult human liver, heart, and bone marrow and named(More)
Collagen VI is an extracellular matrix protein that forms a microfilamentous network in skeletal muscles and other organs. Inherited mutations in genes encoding collagen VI in humans cause two muscle diseases, Bethlem myopathy and Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy. We previously generated collagen VI-deficient (Col6a1-/-) mice and showed that they have(More)
Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy is a severe genetically and clinically heterogeneous muscle disorder linked to collagen VI deficiency. The pathogenesis of the disease is unknown. To assess the potential role of mitochondrial dysfunction in the onset of muscle fiber death in this form of dystrophy, we studied biopsies and myoblast cultures obtained(More)
BACKGROUND Niemann Pick C (NPC) disease is a neurovisceral lysosomal storage disorder due to mutations in NPC1 or NPC2 genes, characterized by the accumulation of endocytosed unesterified cholesterol, gangliosides and other lipids within the lysosomes/late endosomes. Even if the neurodegeneration is the main feature of the disease, the analysis of the(More)
Fibronectin is one of the main components of the extracellular matrix and associates with a variety of other matrix molecules including collagens. We demonstrate that the absence of secreted type VI collagen in cultured primary fibroblasts affects the arrangement of fibronectin in the extracellular matrix. We observed a fine network of collagen VI filaments(More)
Autologous fat grafting is commonly used to correct soft-tissue contour deformities. However, results are impaired by a variable and unpredictable resorption rate. Autologous adipose-derived stromal cells in combination with lipoinjection (cell-assisted lipotransfer) seem to favor a long-term persistence of fat grafts, thus fostering the development of(More)
AIM Circulating mesenchymal cells increase in heart failure (HF) patients and could be used therapeutically. Our aim was to investigate whether HF affects adipose tissue derived mesenchymal cell (adMSC) isolation, functional characteristics and Notch pathway. METHODS AND RESULTS We compared 25 patients with different degrees of HF (11 NYHA classes I and(More)
To determine whether the peripheral blood in humans contains a population of multipotent progenitor cells (MPCs), products of leukapheresis were obtained from healthy donor volunteers following the administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor. Small clusters of adherent proliferating cells were collected, and these cells continued to divide up to(More)
Currently, it is unknown whether defects in stem cell growth and differentiation contribute to myocardial aging and chronic heart failure (CHF), and whether a compartment of functional human cardiac stem cells (hCSCs) persists in the decompensated heart. To determine whether aging and CHF are critical determinants of the loss in growth reserve of the heart,(More)
NG2, the rat homologue of the human melanoma chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan (MCSP), is a ligand for collagen VI (COL6). We have examined skeletal muscles of patients affected by Ullrich scleroatonic muscular dystrophy (UCMD), an inherited syndrome caused by COL6 genes mutations. A significant decrease of NG2 immunolabeling was found in UCMD myofibers, as(More)