T Bani-Sacchi

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1. Relaxin (RLX) is a multifunctional hormone which, besides its role in pregnancy and parturition, has also been shown to influence the cardiovascular system. In this study, we investigated the effect of RLX on coronary flow of rat and guinea-pig hearts, isolated and perfused in a Langendorff apparatus. RLX was either added to the perfusion fluid at a(More)
The results of the current study demonstrate that relaxin inhibits histamine release by mast cells. This effect is related to the peptide concentrations, and could be observed in both isolated rat serosal mast cells stimulated with compound 48/80 or calcium ionophore A 23187, and in serosal mast cells isolated from sensitized guinea pigs and challenged with(More)
White adipocyte differentiation was studied ultrastructurally in the mouse mammary gland following stimulation with 17beta-estradiol and relaxin. These hormones have been previously demonstrated by us to induce hyperplasia and hypertrophy in the adipose cells of the mouse mammary gland. Following hormone treatment new fat cells are formed around the growing(More)
Two preparations, a segment of rat ileum and the vagally innerved guinea-pig auricles, have been used in an analysis of the responses to vagal or to electrical field stimulation. The responses to parasympathetic stimulation were depressed by atropine and by tetrodotoxin, and potentiated by eserine. Supramaximal stimulation (10-20 Hz) resulted in increased(More)
P-glycoprotein, an integral membrane protein acting as an energy-dependent efflux pump, has been detected immunocytochemically in the human pancreatic islets using C 494 monoclonal antibody. Intense P-glycoprotein immunoreactivity was found in both endothelial cells of islet blood capillaries and in endocrine cells. Strong expression of P-glycoprotein has(More)
Daily cyclosporine doses of 10 mg/kg body weight for 21 days in Wistar rats cause impairment in glucose homeostasis and changes in the amount of immunostainable hormones and in the ultrastructure of the cells of the pancreatic islets. CsA induces hyperglycemia and reduced glucose tolerance, and causes a decrease in immunoreactive insulin and an increase of(More)
This study was performed to evaluate the role of intermediate products of arachidonic acid metabolism on histamine release from rat serosal mast cells. Arachidonic acid in concentrations ranging from 10(-9) to 10(-4) M caused no histamine release from purified rat peritoneal mast cells. High concentrations (10(-6)-10(-6) M) of the terminal products of the(More)
In the present paper we report the results of experiments carried out to measure the release of histamine from isolated rat mast cells during the metabolic activation of arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid (10(-8)-10(-4) M) and the terminal products (10(-6) M) of the arachidonic acid pathways were devoid of any significant histamine releasing properties. A(More)