V. Luciano Sasso

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Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition of CNS that often results in severe functional impairments for which there are no restorative therapies. As in other CNS injuries, in addition to the effects that are related to the primary site of damage, these impairments are caused by degeneration of distal regions that are connected functionally to the(More)
After focal brain injuries occur, in addition to the effects that are attributable to the primary site of damage, the resulting functional impairments depend highly on changes that occur in regions that are remote but functionally connected to the site of injury. Such effects are associated with apoptotic and inflammatory cascades and are considered to be(More)
Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are devastating conditions of the central nervous system (CNS) for which there are no restorative therapies. Neuronal death at the primary lesion site and in remote regions that are functionally connected to it is one of the major contributors to neurological deficits following SCI. Disruption of autophagic flux induces neuronal(More)
When CNS lesions develop, neuronal degeneration occurs locally but in regions that are remote, yet functionally connected, to the primary lesion site. This process, known as “remote damage,” significantly affects long-term outcomes in many CNS pathologies, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Remote damage can(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies support the therapeutic utility of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in Parkinson's disease (PD), whose progression is correlated with loss of corticostriatal long-term potentiation and long-term depression. Glial cell activation is also a feature of PD that is gaining increasing attention in the field because astrocytes(More)
A set of ortho-disubstituted benzene derivatives (2-X--C6H4NH--Y) designed as analgesics has been studied. Some physicochemical properties which are potentially correlated with the considered pharmacological activities are determined. Quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) show that the analgesic potency (writhing test) is a function of the(More)
Most neurological pathologies that afflict humans are associated with the abnormal accumulation and aggregation of specific proteins into the cytoplasm and with mitochondrial dysfunction. Neuronal health is sustained by the fine regulation of protein synthesis and organelle biogenesis and their degradation to ensure efficient turnover. Autophagy is a(More)
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