Stefano Turchi

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Preferential visceral adipose tissue (VAT) deposition has been associated with the presence of insulin resistance in obese and diabetic subjects. The independent association of VAT accumulation with hypertension and its impact on insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function have not been assessed. We measured VAT and subcutaneous fat depots by multiscan MRI(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to assess the effects of subclinical hypothyroidism (SHT) on the cardiac volumes and function. BACKGROUND The cardiovascular system is one of the principal targets of thyroid hormones. Subclinical hypothyroidism is a common disorder that may represent "early" thyroid failure. METHODS Thyroid profile was evaluated in 30 females with(More)
Little information is available on peripheral levels of Hsp72, Hsp60, and anti-Hsp60 antibodies in patients with left ventricular (LV) dysfunction due to non-atherosclerotic cardiac disease. In this study, serum Hsp72, Hsp60 and anti-Hsp60 antibodies, IL-6, and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured in 44 healthy controls and in 82 patients with(More)
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and telomere shortening have been proposed as important contributors to vascular disease and atherogenesis. The role of mitochondrial and telomere alterations has been examined frequently, but usually separately. Recently, an integrated model in which DNA damage and metabolic pathways intersect in age-associated cardiovascular(More)
We evaluated the analytical characteristics and clinical usefulness of a commercially available IRMA kit for measuring plasma concentrations of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) in healthy subjects and in patients with heart failure. The method uses two monoclonal antibodies prepared against sterically remote epitopes of the ANP molecule; the first antibody(More)
AIM Genome-wide association studies have identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms at the 10q11 locus as risk factors for myocardial infarction (MI). This locus lies upstream (∼80 kb) of the stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF1) gene that codify for a chemokine with protective atherogenetic effects and with a major role in the mobilization, homing, and(More)
Reduced plasma adiponectin has been associated with abnormal lipid profile, reduced left ventricle (LV) function, and the extent of coronary atherosclerosis in coronary artery disease. The aim of this study was to assess these relationships in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) without overt heart failure. Plasma adiponectin was measured in 55 DCM(More)
Amiodarone is an antiarrhythmic agent used for the treatment of supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. Owing to its narrow therapeutical range, monitoring of drug concentration is mandatory. The circulating and tissue levels of amiodarone and of its main endogenous metabolite, N-desethyl-amiodarone, are currently measured by means of HPLC procedures,(More)
Primary aldosteronism is increasingly investigated in hypertension being associated with an elevated cardiovascular risk. Aldosterone has been reported to increase in the luteal phase in normal women but to our knowledge the influence of the ovarian cycle on the first screening for primary aldosteronism (that is, on the levels of plasma aldosterone and its(More)
Biobanks play a crucial role in "-Omics" research providing well-annotated samples to study major diseases, their pathways and mechanisms. Accordingly, there are major efforts worldwide to professionalize biobanks in order to provide high quality preservation and storage of biological samples with potentially greater scientific impact. Biobanks are an(More)