Silvia Della Bella

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Dendritic cells (DCs) are the single most central player in all immune responses. To assess whether DC alterations may contribute to the immune dysregulation that affects the elderly, we investigated the effects of ageing on DCs. We analyzed the number, phenotype and function of peripheral blood DCs from 70 healthy subjects aged 20-92 years by using flow(More)
Monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DCs) generated in granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) and interleukin-4 (IL-4-DCs) are used to enhance antitumor immunity in cancer patients, although recent evidence suggests that their functional repertoire may be incomplete; in particular, IL-4-DCs appear unable to induce type 2 cytokine-producing T(More)
The purpose of this work was to the hypothesis that MHC encoded susceptibility factors for SLE lie in the TNF region. An association study was performed by analyzing 123 northern Italian SLE patients and 199 matched controls for three TNF markers: two polymorphisms in the TNFA promoter and the TNFa microsatellite. Haplotypic combinations of TNF markers were(More)
Effective therapy for prion diseases is currently unavailable. Recently, vaccination was shown to be effective in mouse models of a particular neurodegenerative conditions: Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we report that vaccination with synthetic oligopeptides homologous to the hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) prion protein augments survival time in animals(More)
Successful pregnancy relies on the adaptation of immune responses that allow the fetus to grow and develop in the uterus despite being recognized by maternal immune cells. Dendritic cells (DCs) are central to the control of immune tolerance, and their state of activation at the maternal-decidual interface is critical to the feto-maternal immunological(More)
Iloprost is a stable prostacyclin analog commonly employed in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease and also indicated in the treatment of patients affected by systemic sclerosis (SSc) in the presence of severe Raynaud's phenomenon (RP). Several mechanisms of action of the drug other than vasodilation and antiplatelet effect have been demonstrated(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the long-term effects of intermittent infusion of iloprost with those of oral nifedipine on the in vitro production of cytokines in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), and to evaluate their relationship with the effects of the two treatments on clinical parameters. METHODS The production of cytokines by alloactivated circulating(More)
An age-related decline in immune responses in the elderly results in greater susceptibility to infection and reduced responses to vaccination. This decline in immune function affects both innate and adaptive immune systems. A meeting of experts in immunology and gerontology in Paris, France, in April 2008, considered current understanding of(More)
The aim of the present study was to analyse the in vitro proliferation and cytokine production by alloantigen-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) obtained from patients affected by systemic sclerosis (SSc) and patients with Raynaud's phenomenon (RP). In SSc patients the proliferation of PBMC stimulated in vitro with alloantigens was(More)
BACKGROUND The cellular reservoirs of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) and the exact nature of the putative KSHV-infected circulating precursor of spindle cells of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) still remain poorly defined. Because KS spindle cells are thought to be of endothelial origin, and because mature endothelial cells do not sustain persistent(More)