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Pierpaoli W.,Interbion Foundation for Basic Biomedical Research | Lesnikov V.A.,Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Current Aging Science | Year: 2011

Adult adipose mice, high fat diet-fed (HFD) mice, anterior hypothalamus-lesioned obese mice and genetically obese mice, were injected daily with thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH). The treatment provoked a mobilization of triglycerides in the peripheral blood, a decrease of leptin and a loss of body weight. The weight loss did not depend on TSH-mediated stimulation of thyroid hormone secretion with consequent metabolic hyperthyroidism. The levels of blood cholesterol were not affected or even suppressed. Even at a very high dosage TRH did not affect the obesity of genetically obese mice. The ubiquitous tripeptide TRH may thus constitute a key element in the hormone-controlled regulation of body weight and fat stores in the adult and aging body. © 2011 Bentham Science Publishers Ltd. Source

Pierpaoli W.,Interbion Foundation for Basic Biomedical Research
Current Aging Science | Year: 2013

The majority of chronic diseases, most notably those accompanying aging, result from progressive deterioration of central neuroimmunoendocrine control, often referred to as immunological surveillance. This is as true of cancer as it is of the development of cardiovascular, autoimmune, and neurodegenerative disease, in all of these immunological surveillance break downs, leading to an unraveling of the neuroimmunoendocrine process that inhibits proliferation of preneoplastic and neoplastic cells already existing in the body. The onset of cancer is anticipated by changes in the hormonalimmune coordination resulting in chronic quantitative alterations in the synthesis and release of hormones and the loss of the natural synchronicity of that release, which occurs according to circadian rhythms in the healthy organism, principally under the control of the pineal network. Periodic circadian hormonal release is the source of immune system regulation, thus altering hormone rhythms impairs the immune system's ability to maintain control over emerging tumor cells, not necessarily to eliminate them, but to inhibit proliferation. Malignancy, then, is the result of suppression of or interference with the regular release of hormones that maintain strict regulation of the thymo-lymphatic immune system's maturation and activity. This understanding means that we can act to prevent cancer by means of efficiently monitoring and maintenance of physiological hormonal values. For the cyclic synthesis of malignancies that are metastasized, a means of xenogeneic bone marrow transplantation is proposed as an alternative therapeutic approach. © 2013 Bentham Science Publishers. Source

di Nicola V.,Center for Applied Clinical Research of Degenerative Arthropaties | di Nicola R.,Interbion Foundation for Basic Biomedical Research
Current Aging Science | Year: 2012

This study presents a method for treating and structurally improving articulations affected by degenerative joint disease (DJD). The focus of this analysis is on two groups of patients: the first comprised patients over eighty years old, and the second comprised patients aged 45 to 55 years. The first group was a high surgical risk and both had been nonresponders to current conservative therapies. Scholars like Davis, Filatov, and Cerletti have been studying and using the regenerative properties of placenta, amnios and other nonvital tissues since the early 1900s. These pioneering studies have opened a new track for tissue renewal. More recently, the new biological knowledge about extracellular nucleic acids, growth factors (GF) (as by-products of trauma response), and heat shock proteins (Hsp) has helped research even further. Building on those experiences, we have developed a regenerative gel obtained with distressed, processed blood, polydeoxyribonucleotides (Pdrn), and a thickening substance. The objective was to stimulate the local innate stem cells with our gel in order induce tissue repair. From 2003 until 2009, we treated 948 patients. As mentioned, the first group comprided of 86 ultra-octogenarian patients with severe osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and/or knee, and the second group comprised of 90 younger patients (around 50 years old) affected by the same disease. Treated patients have been clinically and radiologically evaluated with a follow-up of 6 to 48 months. Results show a statistically significant improvement in terms of pain and joint mobility, sometimes coupled with clear improvement in radiological imaging. Follow-up shows encouraging data in terms of clinical stability over time. During the study, we encountered virtually no side effects, adverse reactions, or toxicity. Currently the pharmacological treatment of DJD is palliative, though toxicity and side effects of the drugs remain problematic. Patients who can be operated on conclude their trial with a prosthesis followed by a long rehabilitation period. This study presents a new methodological approach to the treatment of DJD based on tissue regeneration and restoration resulting in a positive clinical resolution. © 2012 Bentham Science Publishers. Source

Pierpaoli W.,Interbion Foundation for Basic Biomedical Research
Current Aging Science | Year: 2013

Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) aroused our interest when we were engaged in related experiments, so we decided to study its effects on organs, tissues, and aging-related metabolic and hormonal markers when administered in acute or chronic (oral) doses at various time points in its cyclic circadian pattern. We also wanted to determine what effects, if any, it had on aging processes in two essential systems, namely gonadal-reproductive and kidney-urinary. Our results show positive changes as a result of short-term acute and long-term chronic oral administration of TRH to old mice that included rapid correction to more juvenile levels of most typical aging-related hormonal and metabolic measurements. Remarkably, testes function was maintained by means of a 4-month oral treatment with TRH in aging mice. As we suspected upon seeing a significant increase in testes weight, TRH resulted in maintenance or even reconstitution of testes structure and function when administered in the drinking water. This was demonstrated by the active formation and proliferation of mature spermatogonia and the intensive spermatogenesis in the follicles. The same TRH treatment led to protection for the kidneys from amyloid and hyalin infiltration of tubuli and glomeruli, which typically occurs in aging mice. In fact, we observed massive deposits of amyloid and hyalin material infiltrating the shrunken glomeruli and negatively affecting filtration capacity of the untreated mice, whereas this was barely present in the TRH-treated mice. Advanced hyalin degeneration could also be observed in the tubular vessels of the untreated control mice. These experiments with TRH supplementation show clear aging-delaying and apparently even aging-reversing effects of the neuropeptide, whether it was administered parenterally or orally. TRH, like melatonin, is an anti-aging agent with a broad spectrum of activities that, because of their actions, suggest that TRH has a fundamental role in the regulation of metabolic and hormonal functions. © 2013 Bentham Science Publishers. Source

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