Consolato Maria Sergi

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Genes associated with human microcephaly, a condition characterized by a small brain, include critical regulators of proliferation, cell fate and DNA repair. We describe a syndrome of congenital microcephaly and diverse defects in cerebral cortical architecture. Genome-wide linkage analysis in two families identified a 7.5-Mb locus on chromosome 19q13.12(More)
Pyridoxine-responsive seizures (PRS) and the role of pyridoxine (PN, vitamin B(6)) in hypophosphatasia (HPP) are incompletely understood. Typically, PRS and HPP are rare, independent, metabolic disorders. In PRS, seizures resist standard anticonvulsants apart from PN, yet have a good prognosis. In HPP, inactivation of the tissue nonspecific isoenzyme of(More)
Meckel syndrome (MIM 249.000) is an autosomal recessive disorder with a variable spectrum of anomalies. Since the first reports of this syndrome, very broad diagnostic criteria have been proposed, but the process of defining them continues. It is probable that at least two of three manifestations, including cystic kidney dysplasia, occipital encephalocele(More)
The hepatorenal fibrocystic (HRFC) syndromes are a heterogeneous group of severe monogenic conditions that may be detected before birth. Commonly, HRFC syndromes present in the neonatal and paediatric age, with consistent developmental abnormalities mostly involving the liver and kidney. The changes include the proliferation and dilatation of epithelial(More)
Agenesis of the cerebellar vermis (paleocerebellar agenesis) with fusion of the cerebellar hemispheres (rhombencephalosynapsis) is a rare malformation of the central nervous system (CNS). Its combination with synencephaly (telencephalosynapsis), telencephalic ventricular aplasia, aqueductal atresia and cystic fourth ventricle has not yet been described, as(More)
Recently, the interest has focused on the increased prevalence of thrombophilic defects in women with gestational complications. To explore whether women with early recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) are at increased risk of being carriers of the Factor V Leiden (FVL) mutation compared to those who have a normal reproductive history. A manual and electronic(More)
From 12 weeks of gestation on, a progressive remodeling of the human primitive biliary structure or ductal plate occurs. A few parts of the primitive biliary structure (peripheral tubular or ductular structures) dilate, migrate toward the center of the portal tract, and transform into mature bile ducts, while most of them gradually disappear. To the best of(More)
Hypoxia and reoxygenation (H-R) contributes to multi-organ failure in neonates, including cardiac and systemic complications. Use of vasopressin, an endogenous vasoconstrictive hormone commonly used to treat refractory hypotension in adults, in neonates with shock remains limited and not yet fully studied. We hypothesize that vasopressin will improve mean(More)
We report a 25-week fetus with lethal Ellis-van Creveld syndrome who was diagnosed prenatally from the US detection of a narrow chest, postaxial polydactyly of the hands, short acro-/mesomelic limbs and a ventricular septal defect. The postnatal radiographic features of the skeleton confirmed the diagnosis. Literature review of the histopathology of the(More)
evaluation of glyphosate between the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Christopher J Portier, Bruce K Armstrong, Bruce C Baguley, Xaver Baur, Igor Belyaev, Robert Bellé, Fiorella Belpoggi, Annibale Biggeri, Maarten C Bosland, Paolo Bruzzi, Lygia Therese Budnik, Merete D Bugge, Kathleen Burns,(More)