Alessandro Stella

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BACKGROUND Germline mutations in the STK11/LKB1 gene cause Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, an autosomal-dominantly inherited condition characterized by mucocutaneous pigmentation, hamartomatous gastrointestinal polyposis, and an increased risk for various malignancies. We here report the results of the first Italian collaborative study on Peutz-Jeghers syndrome. (More)
Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome (PJS) is thought to be caused by mutations occurring in the widely expressed serine/threonine protein kinase named LKB1/STK11. Recent work has led to the identification of four mutants (R304W, I177N, K175-D176del, L263fsX286) and two novel aberrant LKB1/STK11 cDNA isoforms (r291-464del, r485-1283del) in a group of PJS Italian(More)
Abnormalities of pre-mRNA splicing are increasingly recognized as an important mechanism through which gene mutations cause disease. However, apart from the mutations in the donor and acceptor sites, the effects on splicing of other sequence variations are difficult to predict. Loosely defined exonic and intronic sequences have been shown to affect splicing(More)
The Peutz–Jeghers Syndrome (PJS) is an autosomal dominant polyposis disorder with increased risk of multiple cancers. STK11/LKB1 (hereafter named STK11) germline mutations account for the large majority of PJS cases whereas large deletions account for about 30% of the cases. We report here the first thorough molecular characterization of 15 large deletions(More)
Germline mutations in the DNA mismatch repair genes MSH2 and MLH1 are responsible for the majority of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) families. A common mutation mechanism is to disrupt MLH1 and MSH2 mRNA splicing. The disruption creates aberrant mRNAs lacking specific coding exons (exon skipping). Here, we report a novel skipping of MLH1(More)
Hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) is caused by inactivating mutations of DNA mismatch repair genes. Large genomic rearrangements in these genes have been increasingly recognized as important causes of HNPCC. Using multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification, we identified three MSH2 deletions in Italian patients with HNPCC (proband A:(More)
Roberts syndrome (RS) is a rare disorder characterized by tetraphocomelia and several other clinical features. Cells from RS patients exhibit characteristic premature separation of heterochromatic region of many chromosomes and abnormalities in cell cycle. Mutations in the ESCO2 gene have recently been identified in 20 RS families. We performed mutational(More)
CTLA4 protein is a receptor molecule that plays a critical role as a negative regulator of the immune response. Therefore, genetic variations in CTLA4 may confer susceptibility to autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). In order to investigate the association of two CTLA4 polymorphisms (+49 A/G and -318 C/T) with multiple sclerosis, sporadic MS(More)
STRADalpha is a pseudokinase that forms a heterotrimeric complex with the scaffolding protein MO25 and the tumor suppressor serine threonine protein kinase LKB1. Mutations in the LKB1 gene are responsible for the Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome (PJS) characterized by a predisposition to hamartomatous polyps and hyperpigmentation of the buccal mucosa. Mutations in(More)