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The ability of marrow-derived osteoprogenitor cells to promote repair of critical-size tibial gaps upon autologous transplantation on a hydroxyapatite ceramic (HAC) carrier was tested in a sheep model. Conditions for in vitro expansion of sheep bone marrow stromal cells (BMSC) were established and the osteogenic potential of the expanded cells was(More)
Tea tree oil (TTO) is the essential oil steam-distilled from Melaleuca alternifolia, a species of northern New South Wales, Australia. It exhibits a broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and an antifungal activity. Only recently has TTO been shown to inhibit the in vitro growth of multidrug resistant (MDR) human melanoma cells. It has been suggested that(More)
The natural ageing- and hydrogen peroxide-induced aggregation of salmon calcitonin were studied in water and in the presence of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) liposomes. The early stages of the aggregation process at low protein concentration were investigated by means of Circular Dichroism spectroscopy (CD) and conventional and immunogold labelling(More)
Porous hydroxyapatite (HA) scaffoldings are currently used in tissue engineering for bone reconstruction. When this osteoconductive biomaterial is combined with osteoprogenitor cells, it acquires osteoinductive features which accelerate and improve bone formation in vivo. The aim of our study was to assess the mechanical properties of HA-bone complexes(More)
Gangliosides are the main component of lipid rafts. These microdomains, floating in the outer leaflet of cellular membrane, play a key role in fundamental cellular functions. Little is still known about ganglioside and phospholipid interaction. We studied mixtures of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine and GD3 (molar fraction of 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8) using(More)
In 1995 the Italian Institute of Health began assembling information regarding organ donors, recipients, and transplants. Data on more than 3000 transplants were collected and recorded to date. In addition to characteristics of donors and donating hospitals, this article describes donation activity and organ procurement in Italy from 1992 to 1996. Despite(More)
BACKGROUND Issues regarding cancer stem cell (CSC) movement are important in neurosphere biology as cell-cell or cell-environment interactions may have significant impacts on CSC differentiation and contribute to the heterogeneity of the neurosphere. AIMS Despite the growing body of literature data on the biology of brain tumor stem cells, floating(More)
Many proteins belonging to the amyloid family share the tendency to misfold and aggregate following common steps, and display similar neurotoxicity. In the aggregation pathway different kinds of species are formed, including several types of oligomers and eventually mature fibers. It is now suggested that the pathogenic aggregates are not the mature(More)
To improve the devices used in dental implantology, a new experimental supporting element has been developed. The device, made of titanium, poly(methylmethacrylate) and Dacron tissue, has been tested for the osteointegrability of its outer Dacron coat by implants in mandibular bone of rabbits. The Dacron filamentous tissue became incorporated by the bone at(More)
Composite veneering of amalgam is the most aesthetical solution to extensive direct tooth restoration and is applied with success in specific clinical situations. An in-vitro technique has been used to evaluate the mechanical performance of one amalgam bonded to four different composites. The amalgam-composite interfaces were subjected to tensile stress and(More)