Roberto Iotti

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BACKGROUND Rhesus monkeys have a high prevalence of obesity and spontaneous type 2 diabetes mellitus after the age of 10 years. These monkeys go through a defined, sequential set of metabolic phases, including fasting hyperinsulinemia, impaired glucose tolerance, and fasting hyperglycemia. Using these monkeys, we addressed the hypothesis that renal(More)
The immune response has largely been implicated in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) and immunoglobulin A nephropathy. We present a 26-year-old woman with a long past history of asymptomatic macroscopic hematuria who later developed several episodes of bloody stools and abdominal pain. A colonic biopsy(More)
BACKGROUND Bovine growth hormone (bGH) transgenic mice develop progressive glomerulosclerosis and exhibit abnormalities in hepatic lipid metabolism. We have previously shown that growth hormone up-regulates the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (HMGR) in mouse mesangial cells. However, a role of lipid(More)
The Swiss mouse is considered a satisfactory model for experimental chronic chagasic myocarditis and there is some evidence of an immunopathologic mechanism in the development of this disease. To further support this conjecture, 45-day-old albino Swiss mice (40 animals) were immunized with homologous heart in complete Freund's adjuvant. As controls, 20(More)
To evaluate whether myocardial performance index detects a subclinical impairment of left ventricular systolic and diastolic function in patients with early stage of type 2 diabetes, without coronary artery disease, with or without hypertension. Furthermore, to evaluate whether some echocardiographic parameters relate to the metabolic control. Fourty-five(More)
Spongy or noncompacted myocardium is a rare congenital cardiomyopathy characterized by parietal myocardial structural alterations secondary to intrauterine arrest of myocardial fiber compaction. It can be associated with other congenital cardiovascular malformations or manifest as an isolated disease. It is characterized by a wide variety of clinical(More)
Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) is a syndrome characterized by glomerular lesions giving rise to acute renal injury that develops within a brief period of time, usually days or a few months. It is classified according to the underlying mechanism of injury and the immunofluorescence findings into four main disorders. In the last decade,(More)