Silvia Bergamaschi

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The present study shows that cultured fibroblasts from sporadic Alzheimer's disease patients are deficient in protein kinase C-regulated secretion of amyloid precursor protein. In particular, Alzheimer fibroblasts show a reduced basal secretion and a reduced response at low concentrations of phorbol-12,13-dibutyrate, with an EC50 twofold higher than control(More)
OBJECTIVE Maternal hyperthyrotropinaemia is associated with an increased risk of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes. Physiological changes during pregnancy require an increased production of thyroid hormones (or an increase in daily substitutive doses of L-T4 in hypothyroid patients) to meet the maternal and foetal needs. The aim of the study was to(More)
A 6-year-old girl was diagnosed to suffer from clivus osteomyelitis secondary to Enterococcus faecium infection. On the basis of the magnetic resonance image, the abscess was drained via the posterior wall of the pharyngeal tract immediately. Subsequent antibiotic therapy allowed rapid improvement and long-term healing of the osteomyelitic process without(More)
Protein kinase C was studied in various brain areas in aging Wistar rats. Histone-directed kinase activity from the cortex, hippocampus and cerebellum did not change with aging. Using purified protein B-50 as a substrate, between 3 and 8 months a decrease in in vitro phosphorylation was detected in the membrane fraction of the cortex but after this age(More)
The parallel effects of simvastatin on cell cycle and PKC activity in rat C6 glioma cells were investigated. Simvastatin, 2.5 microM, for 24 h resulted in cell growth arrest in early G1 phase of the cell cycle and in a significant increase of total PKC activity (283 +/- 42 vs 470 +/- 61 pmoles/min/mg protein p = 0.002 for control cells and(More)
We attempted to determine whether changes in protein kinase C (PKC) activity in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains are also present in cultured skin fibroblasts from living patients. Biopsies collected from shoulder skin were transferred to culture plates with an appropriate growth medium, and histone-directed PKC activity as well as phorbol ester binding were(More)
OBJECTIVE The criteria for defining subclinical hypercortisolism (SH) are debated and a real gold standard test or combination of tests is lacking. Recently, late-night salivary cortisol (MSC) has been described as a sensitive and easy-to-perform marker for diagnosing overt hypercortisolism. No data are available on the role of MSC in the diagnosis of SH.(More)
Fibroblasts from Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients displayed decreased cytochrome c oxidase (complex IV) activity (P < 0.05). The basal oxygen consumption rate (QO2) and the response to an uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation did not differ between AD and control fibroblasts. The QO2 of AD fibroblasts was more susceptible (P < 0.05) to inhibition by azide(More)
The effect of prolonged (72 h) ethanol (200 mM) exposure on the labeling of L-type (using tritiated PN 200-110) and N-type (using iodinated omega-conotoxin) voltage-dependent calcium channels was investigated in cultured NG 108-15 cells. In undifferentiated cells ethanol produced an 80% increase in PN 200-110 Bmax and no changes in omega-conotoxin binding.(More)
OBJECTIVE Radiotherapy (RT) for pituitary adenomas, including GH-secreting ones, frequently leads to GH deficiency (GHD). Data on the effects of surgery alone (S) on dynamic GH secretion are limited. The aim of the study was to investigate the occurrence of GHD in acromegalic patients treated with different therapeutic options. DESIGN AND METHODS(More)