Caterina Naclerio

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OBJECTIVE To conduct a long-term, prospective, randomized controlled trial evaluating rituximab (RTX) therapy for severe mixed cryoglobulinemia or cryoglobulinemic vasculitis (CV). METHODS Fifty-nine patients with CV and related skin ulcers, active glomerulonephritis, or refractory peripheral neuropathy were enrolled. In CV patients who also had hepatitis(More)
Our objective was to investigate the phenotype of helper T cells in the peripheral blood of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). PBMC from 15 patients with SSc and 15 sex- and age-matched controls were investigated for lymphocyte subpopulations (CD3, CD4, CD8, CD19, CD16/CD56, CD3-DR); IL-2, IL-4, and IFN-gamma mRNAs; and the relative cytokines in their(More)
CD40-CD154 interactions play a key role in regulating immune response and are involved in the development of some autoimmune diseases. We analysed the expression of CD154 antigen in CD3-activated PBMC from 10 systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients and 10 control subjects by immunofluorescence. PBMC from SSc patients showed an increased expression of this(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study we performed single-cell analysis of the intracellular cytokine expression in peripheral CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocytes from patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) to investigate the type-1 response separately for the two lymphocyte sub-populations. DESIGN AND METHODS Twenty-nine patients affected by HT and 20 healthy subjects,(More)
OBJECTIVES To systematically review the evidence for a synergistic effect of combining rehabilitation with biological anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) therapy in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS Data were analysed to identify the most effective rehabilitation programmes, the best endpoints for effectiveness, and patient subgroups most(More)
Mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC) and glomerulonephritis are the most important extrahepatic manifestations of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The clinical expression of cryoglobulinemia varies from an indolent course to the development of systemic vasculitis. The renal manifestations may range from isolated proteinuria to overt nephritic or nephrotic(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess intestinal permeability (IP) in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and to relate the results with general disease activity and gastrointestinal involvement. METHODS Twenty-eight females and four males were studied. Patients with severe gastrointestinal involvement were excluded. Thirty-three healthy(More)
This study aimed to investigate the efficacy of bosentan in the treatment of severe pulmonary hypertension in a young female patient with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) associated with antiphospholipid syndrome. A 27-year-old woman presented with sudden onset of dyspnea. She had not experienced any dyspnea before this period, and she was known to(More)
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