Thomas Fossati

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In this study six simple sequence repeats (SSR or microsatellites) were selected for their ability to fingerprint a total of 60 commercial clones of Populus deltoides Marsh. and Populus x canadensis Moench (typically derived from crosses between Populus nigra L and P. deltoides) and to characterize a natural population of P. nigra growing along the Ticino(More)
Populus nigra L. is a pioneer tree species of riparian ecosystems that is threatened with extinction because of the loss of its natural habitat. To evaluate the existing genetic diversity of P. nigra within ex-situ collections, we analyzed 675 P. nigra L. accessions from nine European gene banks with three amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and(More)
’’Schiave’’ collectively refers to grapevine cultivars presently grown on the Southern and Northern slopes of the Eastern Alps and bearing different names (Schiava, Trollinger, Rossara, Rossola, Geschlafene, Gansfüsser, Urban and others). Their common origin has been suggested by historic, linguistic and ampelographic considerations. This hypothesis has now(More)
A high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of picotamide in human plasma and urine is described. After addition of an internal standard (bamifylline), the plasma and urine samples were subjected to liquid-liquid extraction and clean-up procedures. The final extracts were evaporated to dryness and the resulting residues were(More)
The kinetics and metabolism ofl-α-glycerylphosphoryl-choline (α-GPC) were investigated in male and female rats after i.v. (10 mg/kg) and oral doses (100–300 mg/kg). α-GPC was labelled with [14C]-glycerol ([14C]-GPC) or [14C]-choline ([14C]-GPC). Different kinetic and metabolic profiles were observed after i.v. and oral administration. It is assumed that(More)
L-alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine (alpha-GPC) is a recently developed cognitive enhancer whose mode of action is considered to involve the release of free choline, which is then utilized for acetylcholine and phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis in the brain. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the profile of free plasma choline levels following a single(More)
A method for the determination of choline in human plasma is described, involving rapid purification of plasma samples and analysis by high-performance liquid chromatography using an on-column enzyme reactor with electrochemical detection. The linearity of the method was tested at choline levels from 3.5 to 28.6 microM in plasma. The recovery was 86% and(More)
A high-performance liquid chromatographic method using an enzymic reactor for determination of L-alpha-glycerophosphorylcholine in pharmaceutical forms is described. The procedure includes incubation of L-alpha-glycerophosphorylcholine with glycerophosphorylcholine phosphodiesterase (EC 3.1.4.2), giving choline and glycerophosphate, and subsequent(More)
The lessons in the post-Snowden world have understandably alarmed anyone concerned with privacy and exposed weaknesses that may be used by a number of actors with intent to cause havoc. The instant reaction to the Snowden findings have, however, pushed the situation from a “no protection” default to a “maximum protection”, breaking a number of network(More)