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We studied the reproductive function of 32 male farm sprayers who were exposed to 2,4-D. Sperm analysis was made after 4 days of sexual inactivity. Parameters analyzed were volume, sperm count, mobility and morphology. Exposure level was estimated by measuring the concentration of 2,4-D in the urine. Significant levels of asthenospermia, necrospermia and(More)
Effect of body condition score at calving and of change in body condition score on productive and reproductive performance, on lactation curve parameters, and on postpartum disease occurrence was investigated in 213 Italian Holstein-Friesian cows. Plasma FFA, glucose, and insulin concentrations and milk fatty acid composition were analyzed in 15 cows. The(More)
Wingless-type (Wnt) signaling through the secretion of Wnt inhibitors Dickkopf1, soluble frizzled-related protein-2 and -3 has a key role in the decreased osteoblast (OB) activity associated with multiple myeloma (MM) bone disease. We provide evidence that another Wnt antagonist, sclerostin, an osteocyte-expressed negative regulator of bone formation, is(More)
Mutagenic and antimutagenic activities of extracts and chromatographic fractions of Uncaria tomentosa bark are reported. The plant extracts and fractions show no mutagenic effect in different strains of Salmonella typhimurium with and without metabolic activation. However, the plant extracts and fractions show a protective antimutagenic effect in vitro(More)
In newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM), three/four-drug combinations as induction therapy seem to be more effective compared with two-drug associations in terms of response rate and duration of remission. Moreover, there is an emergent body of evidences that consolidation/maintenance therapy improves the quality of response and remission duration.(More)
The Martina Franca (MF) donkey, an ancient native breed of Apulia, was mostly famous for mule production. The breed was at serious risk of extinction in the 1980s following the decrease in demand for draft animals because they were increasingly replaced by agricultural machinery. Much has been done in the last few decades to safeguard the existing donkey(More)
Type II mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC) is an often progressive vasculitis characterized by circulating cold-precipitable proteins that usually consists of polyclonal IgG and monoclonal IgM kappa with rheumatoid factor (RF) activity. Its etiology is unknown, although recent evidence strongly suggests that hepatitis C virus (HCV) plays a major role.(More)
There are a number of intriguing reports of lymphoproliferative disorders (LPDs) diagnosed during immunosuppressive treatment for underlying autoimmune disease, and spontaneously abated shortly after treatment discontinuation. Such LPDs, completely or partially regressing, occur in the clinical setting of "Methotrexate (MTX)-associated LPDs", recognized by(More)
Ten persons occupationally exposed to ethylene oxide (EO), used in the sterilization of medical instruments, were studied at a hospital. The estimated concentration to which they were exposed was 60-69 ppm, TWA. Peripheral blood samples from 10 workers and 10 controls of the same age and sex were taken to determine the frequency of sister-chromatid(More)
Autoimmune myelofibrosis is a distinct clinicopathological entity, recognizing immunopathogenetic mechanisms and occurring isolately or in association with systemic and/or organ-specific autoimmune diseases. It results in chronic cytopenias, and is defined by a pattern including bone marrow, peripheral blood, serological and clinical features. It has to be(More)