Studio morfologico e biochimico della componente lipidica della aorta fetale.

Translated title of the contribution: Morphological and biochemical study of the lipid components of the fetal aorta

F. P. D'Armiento, C. Napoli, P. Orabona, F. Di Gregorio, T. Posca, G. Mossetti, M. R. D'Armiento, R. Vecchione

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We made a biochemical and histochemical study of the lipidic component of intima of fetal aortas on 8 autopsy cases (7 +/- 2 months aged) arrived at our observation in the Pathology's Institute of II Faculty of Naples. We made a study with freeze-sections stained with Oil-Red 0 and after dissociation of the intima by the adventitia, it is valued biochemically the lipidic peroxidation studying the levels of malonyldialdehyde (MDA) like indirect marker of peroxidation. It is known that is present a lipidic component in the intima of fetal aorta whether intracellular or extracellular (Fig. 1, 2). Sometimes this component can accumulate until to determinate true lipidic striae. The aim of this study is a detection of MDA in lipids extracted from human fetal aortas. MDA levels was measured by Thiobarbituric method (TBA): lipids were extracted both intima and adventitia by Chloroform/methanol method, after surgery immediately. The results are expressed in nMoles/mg of lipids +/- Standard Deviation. Controls of spontaneous lipid peroxidation was take at a different times. It is known that in vitro incubation of LDL with cultured endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells or macrophages leads to peroxidation of LDL phospholipids and oxidatively modified LDL become atherogenic via foam cells production. In addition lipid peroxidation was formed by the direct peroxidation of unsaturated fatty acids and their esters are capable of further lipoperoxide production by oxygen free radical; chain reactions. In this context lipid peroxidation could be an important factor in the first stage of human pathophysiological development and this phenomenon may be related by an early free radical production.

Translated title of the contributionMorphological and biochemical study of the lipid components of the fetal aorta
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)503-509
Number of pages7
Issue number1092
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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