Stefania Morra di Cella

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In glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism (GRA), there is a large interfamily variation of phenotype. We report three subjects with GRA in a single family (parents, two brothers and two sisters), of whom only one (proband) displayed classical features of the mineralocorticoid excess. The proband was a man found to be hypertensive and hypokalaemic at the(More)
The relationships between heart rate variability (HRV), left ventricular mass and diastolic function in borderline hypertensive patients (BHT) were evaluated. 24 h Holter electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood pressure (BP) monitoring, M and 2 D echocardiogram and Doppler analysis in 42 BHT with and without left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and in 20(More)
1 alpha1-Adrenoceptor subtypes were investigated in cytospin centrifuged preparations of human peripheral blood lymphocytes by in situ hybridization and immunocytochemistry. 2 In situ hybridization cytochemistry revealed alpha1A-, alpha1B-, and alpha1D-receptor mRNA in human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Lymphocytes hybridized for alpha1A receptor subtype(More)
Oral contraceptive-induced hypertension (OCIH) is a well-recognized phenomenon characterized by an increase in blood pressure levels after beginning estroprogestin therapy and a reduction to normal levels within 1 year after suspension of the therapy. The pathophysiology of this condition is still not understood: several lines of evidence indicate a role(More)
Hypertension is a condition where adrenergic responsiveness, sympathetic activity and adrenoceptors are somewhat altered. Many techniques are available to assess human sympathetic nervous system activity. They each present limitations and disadvantages. Characterization and subdivision of the alpha and beta-adrenoceptors, according to their localization and(More)
OBJECTIVE 11beta-Hydroxylase and aldosterone synthase are two highly homologous genes involved in different forms of human hypertension and in different animal models of hypertension. It has been shown that the conservative substitution D147E in the human CYP11B2 gene results in an increased production of corticosterone and aldosterone in vitro. A gene(More)
Pheochromocytomas are rare tumours of catecholamine-producing chromaffin cells leading to hypertension and symptoms of catecholamine excess. They can be benign or malignant, sporadic or familial tumours. Genetic syndromes associated with pheochromocytoma are MEN II, VHL disease and neurofibromatosis type 1. Usually, pheochromocytomas occur in the adrenal(More)
Patients with primary aldosteronism and with glucocorticoid-suppressible aldosteronism excrete in the urine excessive amounts of the hybrid steroids 18-hydroxycortisol and 18-oxocortisol. The measurement of these steroids aids in the differential diagnosis of various adrenal disorders. We have produced mouse monoclonal antibodies against 18-oxocortisol and(More)
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