Chiara Stefanini

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The chromosome 17q21.31 deletion syndrome is a genomic disorder characterized by highly distinctive facial features, moderate-to-severe intellectual disability, hypotonia and friendly behavior. Here, we show that de novo loss-of-function mutations in KANSL1 (also called KIAA1267) cause a full del(17q21.31) phenotype in two unrelated individuals that lack(More)
The so-called reactive oxygen species (ROS) are defined as oxygen-containing species that are more reactive than O2 itself, which include hydrogen peroxide and superoxide. Although these are quite stable, they may be converted in the presence of transition metal ions, such as Fe(II), to the highly reactive oxygen species (hROS). hROS may exist as free(More)
1. We investigated the effects of the chronic administration of a sympathomimetic agent on energy expenditure, protein metabolism and levels of thyroid hormones and catecholamines in 10 obese subjects after a 6-week very-low-calorie-diet programme (1965 kJ, 60 g of protein, 45 g of carbohydrates). L-(-)-Ephedrine hydrochloride (50 mg three times a day by(More)
A double-blind cross-over randomized study was performed in 10 selected adult overweight and obese (body mass index greater than 27) women who had been adapted to low-energy intake for a long period of time and who had shown difficulty in losing weight with conventional hypocaloric treatment. Combined with diet therapy (1000-1400 kcal/day), l(-)ephedrine(More)
JAK4D, a first-in-class thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH)-based compound, is a prospective therapeutic candidate offering a multifaceted approach to treating neurodegeneration and other CNS conditions. The purpose of these studies was to determine the ability of JAK4D to bind to TRH receptors in human brain and to evaluate its neuropharmacological effects(More)
A double-blind controlled study was performed in unselected obese outpatients to assess the effects of ephedrine on weight loss. Patients were treated for 3 months with placebo (group I), 25 mg t.i.d. or 50 mg t.i.d. of ephedrine hydrochloride orally administered (groups II and III, respectively). Dietary treatment consisted of 1000 kcal/day for females and(More)
The incidence of headache at the onset of relapsing-remitting pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) is more frequent than in the adult MS population, but headache as the only symptom of a relapse, both in adults and children, is unusual. Here we describe the case of a 5-year-old child who developed MS and in whom migraine-like headache was the presenting(More)