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AIM The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between a vitamin D receptor polymorphism and the diagnosis of periodontal disease in non-smoker Italian patients with aggressive and chronic periodontitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS DNA was obtained from the internal cheek mucosa of 115 patients with chronic periodontitis, 58 with aggressive(More)
OBJECTIVE The potential role of VDR gene variations in modulating periodontal susceptibility have been a subject of scientific investigations. The aim of this paper is to perform a literature review of the potential correlation between Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms and periodontal disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS A PubMed literature search was(More)
AIM The aim of this retrospective multicenter study was to verify the efficacy of Nd:YAG laser in the treatment of periodontal pockets infected by Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV1). METHODS Subgingival plaque samples of 291 Italian periodontal patients were analyzed by Real Time PCR to evaluate the frequency of both viruses before(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the impact of the polymorphisms at position -607 (C/A) and -137 (G/C) in the promoter of the IL-18 gene and their haplotypes, on the individual susceptibility of developing Aggressive (AgP) and/or Chronic (CP) periodontitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 213 unrelated Italian subjects with periodontitis(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate subgingival bacterial composition of untreated Italian subjects with aggressive and chronic periodontitis. The total bacterial load, pathogenic bacteria belonging to "red" and "orange" complexes and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans were determined by Real-Time PCR in 1216 patients. Data were analysed by looking(More)
A random sample of 1,495 high school student of 9th and 13th grade in Brescia, North Italy, were interviewed about their alcohol consumption, knowledge and attitudes using an anonymous self-administered questionnaire. The percentages of students who usually consumed alcoholic beverage, were 39.7% and 30.3% in males and females, respectively, in 9th grade(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study is to evaluate whether periodontopathogens are transmitted from husband to wife or vice versa. MATERIALS AND METHODS We tested the microbiological profile of 9 couples married for at least 10 years suffering from periodontitis. The microbiological analysis provides the quantification by Real-Time PCR of six main(More)
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