Anna Monica Rosaria Bianco

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Fanconi anemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by genomic instability, bone marrow failure, congenital malformations, and cancer predisposition. FA is a genetically heterogeneous disease with at least seven genes so far identified. The role of FA proteins is unknown although they interact in a common functional pathway. Here, we report(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive cancer with poor prognosis. The development of MPM is frequently linked to inhalation of asbestos fibers. A genetic component of susceptibility to this disease is suggested by the observation that some individuals develop MPM following lower doses of asbestos exposure, whereas others exposed to higher(More)
Valentina Zanin, Ludovica Segat, Anna Monica Bianco, Lara Padovan, Nathalia de Alencar Cunha Tavares, Sergio Crovella I University of Trieste, Institute for Maternal and Child Health – IRCCS ‘‘Burlo Garofolo’’, Trieste, Italy. II Institute for Maternal and Child Health – IRCCS ‘‘Burlo Garofolo’’Trieste, Italy. III Federal University of Pernambuco,(More)
The possible association of three DEFB1 gene polymorphisms with susceptibility to develop ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) was investigated in Brazilian patients and controls. Although a clear and strong association between functional 5'-UTR DEFB1 SNPs and susceptibility/protection to IBDs cannot be drawn, our results suggest a possible(More)
Crohn disease (CD) is a multifactorial disorder affecting mainly young adults. Sometimes, however, it can present in the first year of life (Early onset Crohn disease (EOCD)) showing an unpredictable course and can often be more severe than at older ages. Some cases have been associated to an underlying primary immunodeficiency such as IL10R deficiency. We(More)
Crohn's disease (CD) is a multifactorial disease, in which environmental, microbial and genetic factors play important roles. CD is characterized by a chronic granulomatous inflammation by necrotic scarring with aspects of full-thickness wall. In spite of affecting mainly young adults, sometimes, CD can be present in the first year of life (early onset(More)
Dear editor, We read with interest the article entitled ‘Monogenic diseases associated with intestinal inflammation: implications for the understanding of inflammatory bowel disease’ written by Uhlig and published by Gut. The study, describing the very early onset of intestinal inflammation in several orphan monogenic diseases, aimed at determining the(More)
Nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P) affects approximately 1 in 1,000 births. Genetic studies have provided evidence for the role of several genes and candidate loci in clefting; however, conflicting results have frequently been obtained and much have to be done to unravel the complex genetics of CL/P. In the present investigation we(More)
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of chronic multifactorial disorders. According to a recent study, the number of IBD association loci is increased to 201, of which 37 and 27 loci contribute specifically to the development of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis respectively. Some IBD associated genes are involved in innate immunity, in the(More)