Alessandra Tacconelli

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BACKGROUND Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a recessive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the loss of alpha-motor neurons in the spinal cord and subsequent death of motor neuron cells. SMA occurs with a frequency of 1 in 6,000 live births, with a carrier frequency of 1 in 40, and is a leading genetic cause of infant mortality. SMA is caused by(More)
We examined whether polymorphisms in interleukin-12B (IL12B) associate with susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) in two West African populations (from The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau) and in two independent populations from North and South America. Nine polymorphisms (seven SNPs, one insertion/deletion, one microsatellite) were analyzed in 321 PTB(More)
The monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) is a chemokine that plays an important role in the recruitment of monocytes to M. tuberculosis infection sites, and previous studies have reported that genetic variants in MCP1 are associated with differential susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). We examined eight MCP1 single nucleotide polymorphisms(More)
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