Natascha Bergamin

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Stem cells are characterized by the ability to renew themselves and to differentiate into specialized cell types, while stem cell therapy is believed to treat a number of different human diseases through either cell regeneration or paracrine effects. Herein, an in vivo and ex vivo near infrared time domain (NIR TD) optical imaging study was undertaken to(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)
We have investigated the blood levels of sub-classes of stem cells (SCs) [mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), endothelial progenitor cells/circulating endothelial cells (EPCs/CECs) and tissue-committed stem cells (TCSCs)] in heart failure (HF) patients at different stage of pathology and correlated it with plasmatic levels of(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)
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)
Tumor associated fibroblasts (TAFs) are considered a microenvironmental element critical for tumor growth and progression. Experimental studies suggest that their origin could be from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from the bone marrow. However, the role played by TAFs in cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma development, and progression is largely(More)
UNLABELLED Low-to-moderate levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) govern different steps of neurogenesis via molecular pathways that have been decrypted only partially. Although it has been postulated that redox-sensitive molecules are involved in neuronal differentiation, the molecular bases for this process have not been elucidated yet. The aim of this(More)
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