Paolo Grieco

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The existence of anti-inflammatory circuits centered on melanocortin receptors (MCRs) has been supported by the inhibitory properties displayed by melanocortin peptides in models of inflammation and tissue injury. Here we addressed the pathophysiological effect that one MCR, MCR type 3 (MC3R), might have on vascular inflammation. After occlusion (35 min)(More)
In this study we have characterized the anti-inflammatory profile of a selective melanocortin type 3 receptor (MC3-R) ligand [D-Trp8]-gamma-MSH, validating in vitro results with analyses in mice deficient for this receptor subtype. In wild-type (WT) macrophages, [D-Trp8]-gamma-MSH activated MC3-R (as tested by accumulation of cyclic AMP) and inhibited(More)
Melanocortin is a potent anti-inflammatory molecule. However, little is known about the effect of melanocortin on acute inflammatory processes such as neutrophil migration. In the present study, we investigated the ability of [Nle4, D-Phe7]-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (NDP-MSH), a semisynthetic melanocortin compound, in the inhibition of neutrophil(More)
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