Tiziana Amendola

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NGF is implicated in retinal damage regression. To study whether this is a direct effect or an effect mediated by NGF on other endogenous biological mediators, we investigated the effect of exogenous administration of NGF in RCS rats affected by retinitis pigmentosa. We found that NGF administration exerts a rescue effect on photoreceptors in this animal(More)
We evaluated the neurotrophic factors [nerve growth factor (NGF), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), glia-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF)] expression and their association with the severity and outcome of children with traumatic brain injury. Prospective observational clinical study. Pediatric intensive care unit. Fourteen children with severe(More)
Rats prenatally exposed to the neurotoxins methylazoxymethanol (MAM) or 5-Bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) are used as animal models of brain maldevelopment. We administered in rats MAM (20 mg/kg), or BrdU (100 mg/kg) or both at gestational day 11. Locomotion was not affected by any prenatal treatment whereas learning was delayed in the Morris maze in MAM(More)
We have previously reported that exogenous administration of nerve growth factor (NGF) in C3H/HeJ mouse strain affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP) delayed retinal degeneration, suggesting that NGF may be implicated in retinal development. Whether NGF is present in the developing eye was not investigated. To address this question we have used Royal College(More)
Paediatric hemimegalencephaly (HME) is a congenital central nervous system (CNS) disorder, characterized by monolateral cerebral hemisphere enlargement, intractable seizures starting in the post-neonatal period, and mental retardation associated with neuropathological anomalies (mainly cortical thickness and lack of lamination). Nerve growth factor (NGF)(More)
We investigated the effect of hypergravitation on Nerve growth factor (NGF) and Brain-derived-neurotrophic factor (BDNF) expression in the visual cortex, geniculate nucleus (GN), and retina of adult male mice. The results showed that altered gravity causes an increase in NGF and BDNF in the visual cortex and GN which resulted to be associated with an(More)
The condition of dominance or submission following agonistic encounters in the adult male mouse is known to differentially affect brain nerve growth factor, a neurotrophin playing a role in brain remodeling, in the fine tuning of behaviour and in the regulation of the basal forebrain cholinergic neurons. During development and adult life nerve growth factor(More)
In the present study, we investigate the effect of aggressive behavior and release of nerve growth factor (NGF) on brain progenitor cells. We found that the condition of subordination enhances the level of NGF in the subventricular zone and hippocampus whereas dominance elevates brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). It was also found that mRNA-TrkA is(More)
In this study we investigate the effects of short-term hypergravity on lung and heart neurotrophins and mast cell distribution. Our results showed that brain derived-neurotrophic factor (BDNF) protein and mRNA expression are increased in the lungs of mice exposed to hypergravity while in the heart hypergravity causes a marked reduction in BDNF mRNA(More)
Rats prenatally exposed to the neurotoxins methylazoxymethanol (MAM) or 5-Bromo-2 0-deoxyuridine (BrdU) are used as animal models of brain maldevelopment. We administered in rats MAM (20 mg/kg), or BrdU (100 mg/kg) or both at gestational day 11. Locomotion was not affected by any prenatal treatment whereas learning was delayed in the Morris maze in MAM(More)