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In the present study we analysed the genotype of HFE, the gene involved in hemochromatosis, in 107 patients with sporadic late-onset AD and in 99 age-matched non-demented controls. We observed that patients carrying the mutant HFE-H63D allele had a mean age at onset of 71.7 +/- 6.0 years versus 76.6 +/- 5.8 years of those who were homozygous for the(More)
BACKGROUND Considerable suffering is experienced by carers of patients with dementia. Most existing studies do not consider the coexistence of subjective and objective aspects that cause, interacting to each other, this suffering. OBJECTIVES In this study we: (1) define the high-risk group of caregivers on the bases of the scores obtained on the four(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) are the single most central player in all immune responses. To assess whether DC alterations may contribute to the immune dysregulation that affects the elderly, we investigated the effects of ageing on DCs. We analyzed the number, phenotype and function of peripheral blood DCs from 70 healthy subjects aged 20-92 years by using flow(More)
Fibronectin isoforms are generated by the alternative splicing of a primary transcript derived from a single gene. In rat at least three regions of the molecule are involved: EIIIA, EIIIB, and V. This study investigated the splicing patterns of these regions during development and aging, by means of ribonuclease protection analysis. Between fetal and adult(More)
OBJECTIVES chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma are major causes of hospitalisation and mortality among older patients but respiratory diseases are often under- or misdiagnosed because spirometry is not extensively used at this age. DESIGN we examined 715 elderly subjects with respiratory symptoms; all underwent a spirometric test and were(More)
The behavior of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) after free-radical-mediated oxidation was studied by incubating plasma HDL with chemical oxidizing systems (Cu++) in conditions similar to those used for low-density lipoprotein (LDL) chemical oxidation. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy (1H and 31P) was used to evaluate the degree of oxidation and(More)
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of interleukin (IL)-6, IL-11 and leukaemia inhibitory factor (LIF) were evaluated in 43 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and 24 patients with frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) as compared with 30 agematched controls (CON), and correlated with clinical and demographic data and with CSF biomarkers amyloid beta (A(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate whether mild cognitive impairment (MCI) with multiple impaired cognitive domains (mcd-MCI) is a prodromal manifestation of vascular dementia (VaD). DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Geriatric unit of the Ospedale Maggiore Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Milan, Italy. PARTICIPANTS Four hundred(More)
A videothoracoscopic right lower pulmonary lobectomy is reported. The excision was done in a 71-year-old man suffering from an adenocarcinoma of the right lower lobe, with an apparent absence of lymphnodal and systemic metastasis. The procedure has been performed using four 10-mm cannulas and a minimal inframammary thoracotomy (4 cm) by inserting a chip(More)
In our case-control study we analyzed two functional IL18 gene promoter polymorphisms (-137G/C and -607C/A) and an additional polymorphism at position -656 (G/T) in Alzheimer patients and healthy controls in order to verify the involvement of these genetic variations in the onset of Alzheimer disease. No significant differences were detected for the three(More)