Silvia Pontis

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A large body of clinical evidence suggests a possible association between perinatal asphyxia and the onset of early, as well as long-term, neurological and psychiatric disorders including cognitive deficits. The present study investigated cognitive and motor function modifications in a well characterized and clinically relevant experimental rat model of(More)
Evidence obtained in rodent and primate models of Parkinson's disease (PD) and preliminary clinical trials, indicates that adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists might represent a promising nondopaminergic therapeutic tool for the treatment of PD. Those studies demonstrated the ability of adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists to potentiate l-dopa-mediated(More)
Mucuna pruriens (MP) has long been used in Indian traditional medicine as support in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. However, no systematic preclinical studies that aimed at evaluating the efficacy of this substance are available to date. This study undertook an extensive evaluation of the antiparkinsonian effects of an extract of MP seeds known to(More)
Prolonged treatment with L-DOPA induces highly disabling dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. In contrast, dopaminergic agonists display variably dyskinetic outcome, depending on pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic profile. The present study was aimed at assessing behavioral and biochemical correlates of intense or mild dyskinesia displayed by the(More)
Adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonists have emerged as an attractive non-dopaminergic target in clinical trials aimed at evaluating improvement in motor deficits in Parkinson's disease (PD). Moreover, preclinical studies suggest that A(2A) receptor antagonists may slow the course of the underlying neurodegeneration of dopaminergic neurons. In this study, we(More)
In idiopathic Parkinson's disease, clinical symptoms do not emerge until consistent neurodegeneration has occurred. The late appearance of symptoms implies the existence of a relatively long preclinical period during which several disease-induced neurochemical changes take place to mask the existence of the disease and delay its clinical manifestations. The(More)
Sensitisation in contralateral turning behaviour and induction of abnormal involuntary movements (AIMs) after subchronic intermittent L-DOPA were compared for their predictive validity as model of parkinsonian dyskinetic movements. L-DOPA treatment produced sensitisation in turning behaviour in 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats, when animals were evaluated in(More)
Clinical evidence suggests that stimulation of the D(1) rather than D(2) dopamine receptor is related to the development of dyskinesias in Parkinson's disease (PD). We evaluated, in the 6-hydroxydopamine rat model of PD, sensitization of contralateral turning (SCT) behaviour and abnormal involuntary movements (AIMs) as behavioural parameters of dyskinetic(More)
Peripheral nerve injury causes spontaneous and long-lasting pain, hyperalgesia, and allodynia. Excitatory amino acid receptor-dependent increases in descending facilitatory drive from the brainstem rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) contribute to injury-evoked hypersensitivity. Although increased excitability likely reflects changes in synaptic efficacy,(More)
We describe a simple method for the detection of low intensity lipid signals in complex tissue samples, based on a combination of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry and ion mobility mass spectrometry. The method relies on visual and software-assisted analysis of overlapped mobilograms (diagrams of mass-to-charge ratio, m/z, vs drift time, DT) and was(More)
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