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This paper reports clinical and metabolic studies of two Italian siblings with a novel form of persistent isolated hypermethioninaemia, i.e. abnormally elevated plasma methionine that lasted beyond the first months of life and is not due to cystathionine beta-synthase deficiency, tyrosinaemia I or liver disease. Abnormal elevations of their plasma(More)
Researchers of the Department of Information Technologies of the University of Milano and of the Stem Cells Research Institute of the DIBIT-S. Raffaele Milano are experimenting the growth of human neural networks of stem cells on a MEA (Microelectrode Array) support. The Microelectrode arrays (MEAs) are constituted by a glass support where a set of tungsten(More)
We report on the long-term follow-up of the first Italian patient with the tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4)-responsive type of phenylalanine hydroxylase deficiency (R243X/Y414C genotype). The patient was diagnosed by the newborn screening for phenylketonuria (PKU) and with a positive BH4 loading test. Introduction of BH4 (initially 10 and later 20 mg/kg/day) in(More)
We performed Ussing chamber experiments on cultured human bronchial epithelial cells to look for the presence of electrogenic dibasic amino acid transport. Apical but not basolateral L-arginine (10-1, 000 microM) increased the short-circuit current. Maximal effect and EC50 were approximately 3.5 microA/cm2 and 80 microM, respectively, in cells from normal(More)
This report describes the case of a boy with prolidase deficiency who presented with splenomegaly and leg ulcers. Laboratory examination revealed hypergammaglobulinaemia, hyperimmunoglobulinaemia E, increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate, elevated transaminases, positive antinuclear and anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies, and complement consumption. No(More)
We report on a child with a clinical and neuroradiological picture consistent with Leigh disease and an unusual association of isolated hypermethioninaemia and 3-methylglutaconic aciduria. A low-methionine diet normalized both plasma methionine and urine 3-methylglutaconic acid; a methionine-loading test led to significant increase of both metabolites. In(More)