Renato Gerli

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Several lines of evidence point to a profound remodelling of the cytokine network in healthy elderly subjects, with decreased type-1 cytokine production (IL 2) and a shift to type 0 and 2. We have also observed an increase of proinflammatory cytokines (IL-1, IL-6, TNF-alpha) in vitro, and an increase of circulating stem cell factor in vivo. In this setting,(More)
1. Anti-inflammatory non steroidal drugs releasing NO (NO-NSAIDs) are a new class of anti-inflammatory drugs to which has been added an NO-releasing moiety. These compounds have been shown to retain the anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic activity of the parent compound but to be devoid of gastrointestinal (GI) toxicity. 2. Freund's adjuvant (FA)(More)
Fluorescence and immunohistochemical techniques were used to study the pattern and density of perivascular nerves containing noradrenaline (NA) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) supplying the major cerebral arteries of 4-, 6-, 8- and 12-week-old spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and normotensive Wistar (WIS) controls. Levels of NA and NPY in the superior(More)
BACKGROUND Non-organ-specific autoantibodies are present in centenarians without evidence of autoimmune diseases but conflicting or no data on anti-phospholipid and anti-phospholipid binding proteins were reported. OBJECTIVE To investigate the presence and antigen specificity of anti-phospholipid and anti-phospholipid binding proteins in centenarians. (More)
The study of intermediate filament expression in the pancreatic epithelium has been previously focused almost exclusively on cytokeratins. Transient vimentin immunoreactivity has also been detected in duct cells of rat fetal pancreas. Here we report that, in rat pancreas, intense GFAP-like immunoreactivity is detectable in a subpopulation of endocrine cells(More)
The authors report the clinical details and progress over 15 years of 2 siblings with giant axonal neuropathy with multisystem involvement. Changes in intermediate filaments (IF) were found in myelinated and unmyelinated fiber axons of the peripheral nerve and in Schwann cells, endothelial cells of skin vessels, skin fibrocytes and melanocytes, confirming a(More)
High serum levels of soluble CD30 (sCD30) have been reported to better predict the response to second line therapy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is believed that sCD30 is released by CD30+ T cells present in the RA synovium. However, both the mechanism of recruitment to the joint and the functional role of this T cell subset in the pathogenesis of the(More)
AIMS To investigate the effect of anoxia/glucopenia and re-superfusion on intrinsic nerves in the mammalian urinary bladder. METHODS Strips of detrusor smooth muscle were dissected from monkey and human urinary bladder and mounted for tension recording in organ baths superfused with Krebs solution. Human, monkey, and guinea-pig urinary bladders were(More)