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AIMS In patients with with primary sclerosing cholangitis we investigated the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes and mutations of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. METHODS In 64 PSC patients and 183 normal controls of the same population (Northern Italy), allelic polymorphisms at the DNA level were investigated(More)
The incidence of, and risk factors for, acute hepatitis A (AHA) were assessed by using data collected from the Italian surveillance system of acute viral hepatitis (SEIEVA). To this end, a case-control study within a population-based surveillance for acute viral hepatitis was performed. AHA incidence has been estimated since 1991; the association with(More)
We present a search for the standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a W boson in sqrt[s]=1.96  TeV pp collision data collected with the CDF II detector at the Tevatron corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 9.45  fb(-1). In events consistent with the decay of the Higgs boson to a bottom-quark pair and the W boson to an electron or muon(More)
The entire nucleotide sequence of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type II (HTLV-II) from a previously described isolate of patient NRA (HTLV-IINRA) was determined. Clones encoding the 5' LTR and gag, pol, env and tax/rex open reading frames were subcloned and sequenced on both strands. The provirus consisted of 8957 nucleotides and showed 95.2% homology(More)
In a multicentre study, influenza A/H1N1/09v 222G/N variants were more frequently detected in patients admitted to the intensive-care unit for invasive mechanical ventilation or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (10/23; 43.5%) than in patients hospitalized in other units (2/27; 7.4%) and community patients (0/81; 0.0%) (p <0.01). A significantly higher(More)
To establish the mechanism of progression to chronicity of the HBsAg-associated delta infection, serum hepatitis B virus and delta markers were tested in five babies born to HBsAg-positive mothers with anti-delta, in 42 follow-up patients with acute hepatitis B virus and delta hepatitis, and in collections of sera from 8 HBsAg carriers with anti-delta.(More)
A pretransplant positive cross-match is a contraindication for kidney transplantation, unlike in liver transplantation (OLT). In combined liver kidney transplantation (LKT) it is hypothesized that liver can protect kidney from rejection. We report the case of a 35-year-old woman on renal replacement therapy with gastrointestinal tract compression due to a(More)
Some chronic HBV carriers have circulating HBV DNA despite the presence of anti-HBeAg antibodies. This observation has recently been related to the presence, in the HBV pre-C region, of a translational stop codon that prevents HBeAg synthesis. In the present study, we analyzed, at the nucleotide level, the pre-C/C region of HBV isolated from the sera of 11(More)
The A(H5N1) influenza remains a disease of birds with a significant species barrier: in the presence of some tens million cases of infection in poultry--with a wide geographical spread--, only a few hundreds cases have occurred in humans. To date, human cases have been reported in 15 countries--mainly in Asia--and all were related to the onset of outbreaks(More)