Raffaele Del Buono

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The human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16), the type most often associated with cervical cancer, immortalizes primary keratinocytes and inhibits serum/calcium-stimulated differentiation in culture. In this study, we have used a model of keratinocyte immortalization based upon HPV-16 to analyze perturbation of function and expression of E-cadherin, a(More)
OBJECTIVES The diagnosis of gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) is more difficult in children with neurological impairment because symptoms are often less interpretable and frequently go undetected. The use of combined pH and multiple intraluminal impedance allows for the detection of both acid (pH < 4) and nonacid (pH > 4) GOR episodes, in addition to the(More)
BACKGROUND Gaviscon Infant (GI) has been recommended for gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) in infants. Its efficacy has not been examined with a physiologically appropriate denominator to define the degree of GOR. AIM To investigate the influence of Gaviscon Infant on GOR in infants using combined pH and intraluminal impedance measurement. METHODS Twenty(More)
Intravenous infusion of free fatty acid (FFA) 20 mg.kg-1.min-1 produces pulmonary edema, hypoxemia, hyperventilation and increase in the alveolar surfactant content in rabbits in less than 15 min. We tried to study the role of leukotrienes (LT) and the effects of PGI2 in pulmonary response to FFA. We used Piriprost an inhibitor of LT synthesis or(More)
The relationship between the adhesion of five human colorectal carcinoma cell lines to extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, namely type I collagen, type IV collagen, fibronectin, laminin and basement membrane extract (Matrigel), and the ability of these cells to express morphological differentiation when grown in a basement membrane extract (Matrigel) or on(More)
We describe a model system in which single crypts, isolated from newborn rats, were embedded in a type I collagen gel and subcutaneously grafted to the flanks of nude mice, whereupon they underwent full intestinal morphogenesis. Small fragments of small intestine and colon were incubated with the divalent cation chelator EDTA, resulting in the release of(More)
This report describes a novel in vivo model of intestinal differentiation. Fourteen day, undifferentiated fetal rat small intestine, stripped of the major part of its mesenchyme, suspended in a type I collagen gel and then xenografted into a nude mouse, undergoes small intestinal morphogenesis and cytodifferentiation. All four major epithelial lineages,(More)
A functional model of adult human prostate epithelium is described. This model shows that stromal cells, but not an androgenic stimuli, are required for architectural organisation of prostate epithelium. Within an organised structure, androgenic stimulation is required for the establishment of secretory epithelial cell morphology and associated function. In(More)
The rectal adenocarcinoma cell line, HRA-19a1.1, was cultured in a three-dimensional type I collagen gel and then xenografted in nu/nu mice to determine whether the in vivo environment could induce further morphological differentiation of the in vitro collagen gel cultures. Three phenotypic changes were observed. Type I collagen induces glandular(More)
The cellular uptake and toxicity of a number of substituted 3-nitronaphthalimides was investigated. Uptake of these compounds into cells was initially rapid and reached a plateau after several hours, where in some cases intracellular concentrations were much greater than the corresponding extracellular concentrations. Little uptake was obtained, however,(More)