Daniela Perotti

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The parent of origin-dependent expression of the IGF2 and H19 genes is controlled by the imprinting centre 1 (IC1) consisting in a methylation-sensitive chromatin insulator. Deletions removing part of IC1 have been found in patients affected by the overgrowth- and tumour-associated Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS). These mutations result in the(More)
BACKGROUND Differentially methylated regions (DMRs) are associated with many imprinted genes. In mice methylation at a DMR upstream of the H19 gene known as the Imprint Control region (IC1) is acquired in the male germline and influences the methylation status of DMRs 100 kb away in the adjacent Insulin-like growth factor 2 (Igf2) gene through long-range(More)
We report on a boy with three cell lines: 46,XY, r(11)(p15.5,q25)[90]/45,XY,-11 [8]/47,XY, r(11)(p15.5,q25)x2[2], with minor anomalies and mental retardation who developed asynchronous bilateral Wilms tumors (WTs). Array comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) performed on peripheral blood leukocytes of the patient led to the identification of a(More)
Different findings suggest that alterations of chromosome 7 genes play a role in the development of Wilms tumors. To define the positions of these genes, we have accomplished a combined cytogenetic and molecular study on 11 sporadic Wilms tumors. In one case, where both chromosomes 7 were rearranged, the karyotypic picture was consistent with the presence(More)
The European Network for Cancer Research in Children and Adolescents consortium organized a workshop in Rome, in June 2012, on "Biology-Driven Drug Development Renal Tumors Workshop" to discuss the current knowledge in pediatric renal cancers and to recommend directions for further research. Wilms tumor is the most common renal tumor of childhood and(More)
Despite the excellent survival rate of Wilms tumor (WT) patients, only approximately one-half of children who suffer tumor recurrence reach second durable remission. This underlines the need for novel markers to optimize initial treatment. We investigated 77 tumors using Illumina 370CNV-QUAD genotyping BeadChip arrays and compared their genomic profiles to(More)
Osteopathia striata with cranial sclerosis (OS-CS) or Horan-Beighton syndrome is a rare X-linked dominant inherited bone dysplasia, characterized by longitudinal striations of long bones and cranial sclerosis. Patients can be asymptomatic or present with typical facial dysmorphism, sensory defects, internal organs anomalies, growth and mental retardation,(More)
BACKGROUND The authors reviewed their institutional experience regarding adult patients with Wilms' tumor (WT) to assess their clinical characteristics and compliance with respect to children's treatment guidelines. METHODS A total of 17 adult patients (median age at the time of diagnosis of 17.5 years; range, 16-29 years) were referred to the study(More)
The WT1 gene is responsible for two different genetic conditions characterized by genitourinary anomalies and susceptibility to Wilms tumor (WT): the WAGR syndrome and the Denys-Drash syndrome. Although only rarely, WT1 constitutional mutations have been reported also in WT patients without congenital defects. Due to the high survival rates that(More)
We report on a 30-month-old baby girl with typical clinical features of WAGR syndrome. In addition, the patient showed bilateral preaxial polydactyly of the feet. Cytogenetic and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) analyses identified a deletion, del(11)(p13p14.1), extending from 6.1 to 21.7 Mb in size. Although the simultaneous appearance of WAGR and(More)