Sabina Benedetti

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Brown-Vialetto-van Laere (BVVL) and Fazio-Londe (FL) are rare and clinically overlapping motor neurons syndromes. Recently BVVL has been associated with mutations in C20orf54/hRFT2 and defective riboflavin transport. We compared clinical and laboratory features of 6 patients (age range 11-17 years), with features of BVVL and FL overlap syndromes. Patients(More)
We evaluated the GH response to combined administration of pyridostigmine (PD), a cholinergic agonist, and GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) (60 mg PD given orally 60 min before the GHRH bolus) as well as baseline IGF-I concentrations in 10 patients (5 males and 5 females, age 6.0-24 years) with Prader-Labhard-Willi (PLW) syndrome, 8 prepubertal obese children (4(More)
Two experiments were performed to examine sow fertility following the pre-weaning injection of gonadotrophin. In experiment 1, sows received PG600 2-days pre-weaning (PW2), on the day of weaning (W) or received no injection and served as controls (CT1). Compared to controls, the injection of PG600 resulted in shorter (P<0.02) wean-estrus intervals and more(More)
We have evaluated the effect of pyridostigmine (PD), a cholinergic agonist, on the growth hormone (GH) response to physical exercise (EXC) in nine healthy volunteers. PD administration and EXC caused a similar increase of GH secretion to mean (+/- SE) peak values of 5.3 +/- 0.9 and 6.5 +/- 1.2 micrograms/l, respectively. Pretreatment with PD caused a(More)
In this work we studied the biological activities of recombinant IL-1beta from the teleosts sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) by investigating the effects induced on intracellular Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+]i) of spleen leucocytes. Splenocytes were loaded with the Ca2+-permeant Fura-2AM, and then stimulated with(More)
T o the Editor: Ubesie et al (1) reported a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency (39.8%) in children with intestinal failure (IF). We routinely monitored vitamin A, E, and D levels every 6 months for children who were receiving home parenteral nutrition for IF, following European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Adrenomedullin (AM) is a recently purified hypotensive peptide and its encoding gene has been sequenced from a human pheochromocytoma. High levels of AM have been shown in Addison's disease (AD). X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy/adrenomyeloneuropathy (ALD/AMN) is a peculiar adrenal insufficiency due to an accumulation of very-long chain fatty(More)
The role of somatostatinergic tone (SST) in growth hormone (GH) neuroregulation in children with chronic renal failure (CRF) and short stature (mean height standard deviation score −3.47) was investigated. Ten children (9 males, 1 female), mean age 13.4 years (range 8–17 years), five with renal transplants (TP) and five on chronic haemodialysis (HD),(More)
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