Amelia Caretto

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The frequency of autoimmune disorders was determined in 373 vitiligo patients and in controls matched for sex, age and race. Vitiligo patients had an increased frequency of clinical autoimmune diseases of thyroid (7.5%), stomach (0.8%), parathyroid (1%), adrenal gland (1.3%). Vitiligo patients, without clinical signs of overt autoimmune diseases, also had a(More)
Liddle's syndrome (LS) is a rare heritable form of hypertension that often affects young patients. It is caused by gain-of-function mutations of the kidney epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) and it is classically associated with hypokalemia and suppression of renin and aldosterone. LS is characterized by responsiveness to ENaC inhibitors but not to(More)
We studied 32 patients with idiopathic hypoparathyroidism (IHP), 19 patients with organ-specific autoimmune diseases (OSAD) without IHP, 50 normal controls and a known serum with anti-mitochondrial autoantibodies (AMA). Patients' sera were tested by the classical indirect immunofluorescent technique and by the indirect immunofluorescent complement fixation(More)
An 11-year prospective study was carried out in 180 non-diabetic patients with organ-specific autoimmune diseases to evaluate islet cell antibodies in predicting Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus. Islet cell antibodies were characterised according to titres, persistence, complement-fixing ability, and pattern. During follow-up, 14 of 46 patients(More)
In order to study the possible role of antigen-independent adhesion systems in thyroid autoimmunity, we evaluated by indirect immunofluorescence the expression of lymphocyte functional antigen-1 (LFA-1) and its ligand ICAM-1 on mononuclear cell infiltrates (when present) and thyroid follicular cells of four patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, 30 with(More)
An indirect immunofluorescence technique was used to detect and localize epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) in human testicular biopsies in different testicular diseases. Monolateral biopsies from twelve infertile subjects were studied from qualitative/quantitative points of view and were examined by immunofluorescence study with anti-EGFR monoclonal(More)
Surgical thyroid sections from 30 papillary carcinomas (PC), six medullary carcinomas (MC), three anaplastic carcinomas (AC), two follicular carcinomas (FC), and 16 adenomas (AD) were examined with an indirect immunofluorescence technique employing different monoclonal antibodies to evaluate the expression of human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A, B, C (Class I)(More)
OBJECTIVE We studied the association of clinical and latent autoimmune diseases with circulating steroid-producing cells autoantibodies (SCA) in patients with premature ovarian failure (Group I). We investigated the presence of SCA in patients with organ-specific autoimmune diseases but without hypogonadism (Group II). We assessed whether SCA can be(More)
AIM To estimate the incidence of preeclampsia (PE) among nulliparous and multiparous patients with type 1 diabetes and to study predictors of PE. METHODS We prospectively collected data on all pregnancies of patients with pregestational type 1 diabetes, followed at our Prenatal Medicine Unit between 1993 and 2008. Medical records were prospectively(More)