Salvatore Milano

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the involvement of inflammatory mediators in patients undergoing Lichtenstein tension-free hernioplasty (LH) using polypropylene prosthetic materials or conventional Bassini hernia repair (BH). METHODS Thirty patients male with unilateral inguinal hernia without complications or recurrence were included(More)
The aim of our study was to evaluate the possibility of using multiplex analysis of the cytokine profile as a marker for successful aging by comparing cytokine plasmatic levels of a group of Sicilian nonagenarians with those of young controls. We analyzed a panel of 17 cytokines, comprehensive of haematopoietic factors T helper 1 (Th1), Th2, inflammation(More)
AIMS Although there is still no clear definition of "adipose tissue dysfunction" or ATD, the identification of a clinical marker of altered fat distribution and function may provide the needed tools for early identification of a condition of cardiometabolic risk. Our aim was to evaluate the correlations among various anthropometric indices [BMI, Waist(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the involvement of proinflammatory cytokines (interferon-gamma [INF-gamma], interleukin [IL]-6) and anti-inflammatory cytokines (IL-4, IL-l0, IL-13) in patients undergoing Lichtenstein tension-free hernioplasty (LH) using polypropylene prosthetic materials or conventional Bassini hernia (BH) repair. (More)
In vivo microdialysis in rat ventral hippocampus was used (i) to verify the importance of 5-HT1A autoreceptors in the raphe as targets for drugs that enhance the citalopram-induced elevation of forebrain 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), and (ii) to further examine the specificity of (-)-penbutolol in this regard. The selective 5-HT1A receptor antagonist(More)
Infection risk, sepsis and mortality after severe burn are primarily determined by patient age, burn size, and depth. Whether genetic differences contribute to otherwise unexpected variability in outcomes is unknown. We sought to determine whether there was an association between IL-6, IL-10 and IL-17 polymorphisms with cytokine production and development(More)
The effect of exogenous leukotriene B4 (LTB4) on the production of cytokines typical of Th1 (interleukin-2 and interferon-gamma) and Th2 (interleukin-4 and interleukin-10) lymphocytes was studied. Splenocytes were stimulated with concanavalin A (ConA) with or without different concentrations of LTB4 (3 x 10(-10) to 3 x 10(-7) M) for various times in the(More)
Recently discovered chemically modified tetracyclines (CMTs) have shown in vitro and in vivo anti-proliferative and anti-tumour activities. Here, we evaluated in vitro the anti-proliferative and apoptotic activity of six different dedimethylamino chemically modified tetracyclines (CMT-1, CMT-3, CMT-5, CMT-6, CMT-7 and CMT-8) in sensitive and multidrug(More)
1. The ability of three modified tetrapeptides, representing fragments of the C-reactive protein (CRP) sequence and stabilized in the first peptide bond by retro-inverso modification, to affect the secretion of nitric oxide (NO) was studied in macrophages of BALB/c mice. 2. These tetrapeptides, resembling the aminoacid sequence of tuftsin (CRP 1,(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the modifications of some components of the acute phase response (APR) in Sicilian patients with boutonneuse fever (BF) caused by Rickettsia conorii. METHODS Sera from 500 Sicilian patients with confirmed BF were studied at the time of diagnosis and every week after treatment, and after recovery for the presence of various inflammatory(More)