Ricardo L. Peverini

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OBJECTIVE Prediction of neurologic outcome is difficult in neonates with acute nervous system injury. Previous studies using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) have been used to predict short-term neurologic outcome in neonates with a variety of neurologic insults. We were interested in determining the effectiveness of combining clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE Development of the Edmonton protocol was a pivotal contribution to clinical islet transplantation (ITx). Persistent limitations to ITx include insufficient supply and posttransplant functional failure of islets. In this study, nerve growth factor (NGF) was used to enhance both cultured and transplanted beta-cell function, thus achieving prolonged(More)
INTRODUCTION Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) have proven valuable in evaluating neonatal hypoxic-ischemic injury (HII). RESULTS MRI scores in the basal ganglia of HII/HT(+) neonates were significantly lower than HII/HT(-) neonates, indicating less severe injury and were associated with lower discharge encephalopathy severity scores(More)
More than half of transplanted beta-cells undergo apoptotic cell death triggered by nonimmunological factors within a few days after transplantation. To investigate the dynamic hypoxic responses in early transplanted islets, syngeneic islets were transplanted under the kidney capsule of balb/c mice. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha (HIF-1alpha) was strongly(More)
BACKGROUND Nerve growth factor (NGF) has been reported to play an important regulatory role in pancreatic beta-cell function. However, the usefulness of NGF in a transplantation setting is unknown. METHODS A marginal number of islet cells (260 islet equivalents/recipient) cultured for 24 hr with NGF (500 ng/ml) was syngeneically transplanted under the(More)
Netherton syndrome is a rare genodermatosis characterized by ichthyosiform scaling, hair shaft abnormalities, and atopic features. Affected infants typically have delayed growth and development, immune abnormalities with recurrent infections, and intermittent aminoaciduria. We report a 23-day-old girl who presented with severe primary pulmonary(More)
BACKGROUND There is a recent focus on embolization of the portal vein by transplanted islets as a major cause of early graft loss. The resultant ischemia causes necrosis or apoptosis of cells within the liver. Thus, noninvasive assessment of the liver receiving the islet transplant is important to evaluate the status islet grafts. METHODS This study used(More)
BACKGROUND It is important to determine the efficacy of intraportal (IP) islet transplantation in comparison with other transplant sites. In this study, we sought to determine the optimal number of islets to achieve normoglycemia following transplantation into the liver versus the kidney using a mouse model. METHODS Streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice(More)
Fifteen thousand youths are diagnosed yearly with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Pancreatic islet transplantation has been shown clinically to provide short-term (~1 year) insulin independence. However, challenges associated with early vascularization of transplanted islet grafts and long-term islet survival remain. We utilized dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic(More)