Valentina Costa

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This study reports the synthesis, chromatographic separation, and pharmacological evaluation of the two enantiomers of the neuropeptide S receptor (NPSR) antagonist (9R/S)-3-oxo-1,1-diphenyl-tetrahydro-oxazolo[3,4-a]pyrazine-7-carboxylic acid 4-fluoro-benzylamide (SHA 68). The (9R)-3-oxo-1,1-diphenyl-tetrahydro-oxazolo[3,4-a]pyrazine-7-carboxylic acid(More)
Museum specimens of glacier lanternfish Benthosema glaciale were used to investigate long-term variations in mercury concentration of mesopelagic organisms from the North Atlantic. B. glaciale is an abundant mesopelagic fish species in the boreal and sub-polar pelagic regions of the North Atlantic, playing an important role in the cycling of energy in the(More)
Soft bottom macrobenthic communities were studied seasonally in three coastal ponds (Marinello ponds, Italy) at increasing distances from a gull (Larus michahellis) colony to investigate the effect of seabird-induced eutrophication (i.e. guanotrophication) on macrobenthic fauna. We hypothesized that enhanced nutrient concentration and organic load caused by(More)
Trace element accumulation is particularly important in coastal and transitional environments, which act as contaminant buffers between the continental and marine systems. We compared trace element transfer to the biota in two locations with different open-sea exposures in a semi-enclosed marine coastal area (Stagnone di Marsala, Sicily, Italy) using(More)
The geometric characterization of porous adsorbents used as stationary phases in high performance liquid chromatography is a key aspect for the understanding and the description of retention mechanisms. Herein, we present a study aimed at describing the geometric characteristics of alkyl-perfluorinated silica stationary phases by employing chromatographic(More)
The intake of Cd, methyl-Hg, and Pb through consumption of black scabbardfish (BSF) (Aphanopus carbo) in Portugal as well as the associated probability of exceeding the respective provisional tolerable weekly intakes (PTWIs) was estimated. For this purpose, the contamination levels of heavy metals in this fish species were combined with constructed(More)
The binding between Teicoplanin glycopeptide antibiotic and some dipeptides and amino acids has been studied by nonlinear liquid chromatography. A Teicoplanin-based chiral stationary phase, specifically designed to achieve maximum selectivity and loading by reducing non-specific interactions, has been prepared and packed into a microbore column. The(More)
Aims. We have analysed ground-based multi-colour Strömgren photometry and single-filter photometry from the star tracker on the  satellite of the δ Scuti star ǫ Cephei. Methods. The ground-based data set consists of 16 nights of data collected over 164 days, while the satellite data are nearly continuous coverage of the star during 14 days. The spectral(More)