Rosaria Costanzo

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Previous research showed that berberine-containing Berberis species synthesise the substances 5'-methoxyhydnocarpin-D (5'-MHC-D) and pheophorbide a, which have no antimicrobial activity but inhibit the expression of multidrug resistant efflux pumps (MDRs) in Staphylococcus aureus and potentiate the action of berberine. The MDR pumps extrude synthetic and(More)
Propolis is produced by bees and is reported to have several pharmaceutical properties. Its antibacterial activity against strains causing upper respiratory tract infections is particularly important: propolis might be used as a therapeutic agent to prevent the bacterial infections that sometimes overlap viral infections. In this study the in vitro activity(More)
The anti-inflammatory effect of the extract of Ruta Chalepensis L. (Rutaceae) on the course of lethal endotoxemia in BALB/c mice was studied. When administered by gavage as 1 g/kg per day starting 14 or 7 days prior to injection of 0.75 mg endotoxin (LPS: lipopolysaccharide), the extract markedly reduced lethality (32.5% in both experiments versus(More)
Molecular structural characteristics of thyroid hormones which influence binding to the erythrocyte membranes were investigated by competitive binding experiments. The ability of thyroid hormone analogs to displace 131 I-L-thyroxine and 131 I-L-triiodothyronine from the membranes was considered evidence of their competitive binding. The diphenyl ether(More)
Severe mycotic infections are a source of concern in immunocompromised patients or in those who receive chemotherapy for hematological malignant diseases. One of the causes is referred to the appearance of antimycotic resistant microorganisms. Fluconazole is one of the antimycotic used for invasive mycoses treatment. Therefore it is necessary to evaluate(More)
A rare case of papillary pneumocytoma of the lung is reported. The immunohistochemical positivities for EMA, cytokeratin and TTF-l strongly support the hypothesis that the neoplastic cells are originated from type 2 pneumocytes. The tumour also presented areas displaying stroma of non-specific mixoid appearance, simulating a benign tumour of the salivary(More)
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