Sergio De Angeli

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Longevity is a complex process resulting from genetic and environmental factors, as well as their interaction. These factors are poorly understood, and the comparison among health status, socio-economics, demographic and other characteristics of the elderly people can help in understanding these complex interactions. Such an interdisciplinary approach is(More)
IL-6 expression is regulated by the interplay of several transcriptional and hormonal factors, including sex steroids and glucocorticoids. In late life IL-6 expression increases as a result from loss of the normally inhibiting sex steroids. IL-6 is one of several proinflammatory cytokines. It has been proposed that many chronic inflammatory diseases are the(More)
BACKGROUND An attenuation of the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) signaling has been associated with elongation of the lifespan in simple metazoan organisms and in rodents. In humans, IGF-1 level has an age-related modulation with a lower concentration in the elderly, depending on hormonal and genetic factors affecting the IGF-1 receptor gene (IGF-1R).(More)
Cord blood (CB) is a source of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and is an alternative to bone marrow for allogenic transplantation in patients with hematological disorders. The improvement of HSC in vitro expansion is one of the main challenges in cell therapy. Stromal components and soluble factors, such as cytokines, can be useful to induce in vitro cell(More)
The improvement of techniques for in vitro expansion of cord blood (CB) hematopoietic stem cells (SCs) is, at present, one main task of tissue engineering. Hence, we investigated whether endothelin-1 (ET-1) and adrenomedullin (AM), two regulatory peptides exerting growth promoting action on several cell systems, favor the in vitro expansion of CB SCs in(More)
One of the most promising technique for the in vitro expansion of cord blood (CB) hematopoietic stem cells (SCs) seems to be their co-culture with stromal feeder-layers. Hence, we developed and immortalized by retroviral transduction with the temperature-sensitive SV40 large T antigen three new human cell lines, two derived from bone marrow (HM1-SV40 and(More)
A scanning electron microscopy was used after in vitro and in vivo tests to investigate any alterations caused by the peristaltic roller pump in erythrocyte morphology. The electron micrographs of samples were examined as follows: 1) by image analyser; 2) by applying Bessis's classification for the qualitative study of crenated red blood cells (RBCs). The(More)
Adrenomedullin (AM) is a hypotensive peptide, which originates from the proteolytic cleavage of pro(p)AM and acts via AM22-52-sensitive receptors. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction allowed the detection of the specific mRNAs of pAM in the mononuclear hematopoietic cells of the cord blood and immunocytochemistry demonstrated their abundant(More)
In the growth of keratinocytes "in vitro", PGE2 seems to play an important role. We have shown that in fibroblast-keratinocyte co-cultures, indomethacin, employed at concentrations which inhibit the PGE2 synthesis, reduced the proliferation of epidermal cells. This effect was reversed by an exogenous PGE2 addition to the culture media. To better understand(More)
This study describes two experimental models for the in vitro reconstitution of the human bladder mucosa (neo-bladder): human urothelial stabilized cell lines were cultured on three-dimensional matrices, collagen or platelet-fibrin gels, containing murine fibroblast 3T3-J2 cells. Low-density seeding (2x10(4) cells/ml) of both normal (TCA-48) and neoplastic(More)