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Folate and methionine metabolism is involved in DNA synthesis and methylation processes. Polymorphisms in the genes of folate metabolism enzymes have been associated with some forms of cancer. In a case-control study, we evaluated whether four common polymorphisms in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR C677T and A1298C), methionine synthase (MS(More)
BACKGROUND The antifolate agent methotrexate is an important component of maintenance therapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia, although methotrexate-related toxicity is often a reason for interruption of chemotherapy. Prediction of toxicity is difficult because of inter-individual variability susceptibility to antileukemic agents. Methotrexate interferes(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to evaluate the value of platelet reactivity (PR) in predicting the response to treatment and outcome in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention assisted by glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa inhibition. BACKGROUND There is limited prognostic(More)
Genetic and environmental factors interact in determining the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). The risk associated with the polymorphic variants G1691A of factor V (Factor V Leiden, FVL), G20210A of prothrombin (PT20210A) and C677T of methylentetrahydrofolate reductase (C677T MTHFR) genes has been investigated in many studies. We performed a pooled(More)
Three novel polymorphisms were found in the repeated region of the large exon 13 of factor V gene, one giving rise to a codon dimorphism (Ser1240) and two causing aminoacid substitutions (His1299Arg, Leu1257Ile). An increasing frequency of the Arg1299 (R2 allele) correlated with a decreasing mean plasma factor V activity in the groups of subjects under(More)
The presence of gene lesions in coagulation factor X (FX, Stuart factor) was investigated in patients with FX deficiency or an FX abnormality (FX Friuli). The proposita had a heterozygous partial deletion of the FX gene with severe deficiency of FX activity and antigen. The lesion, which was inherited from her mother, removes the 3' portion of the gene(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the role of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) exposure parameters (exposure length, magnetic field peak amplitude, pulse frequency) in the regulation of proteoglycan (PG) synthesis of bovine articular cartilage explants. METHODS Bovine articular cartilage explants were exposed to a PEMF (75 Hz; 2 mT) for different time periods:(More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic venous disease (CVD) is the most common vascular disorder, progressing in approximately 10% of cases toward chronic venous leg ulceration, whereas the hemochromatosis gene (HFE) C282Y mutation is the most common recognized genetic defect in iron metabolism. Because CVD leads to local iron overload in the affected legs, we investigated(More)
The 3′ portion of the coagulation factor VII gene, containing the activation and serine protease domains, was investigated in four subjects with factor VII deficiency by temperature gradient gel electrophoresis and sequencing of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products. Molecules displaying an altered melting behaviour were detected in three subjects, and(More)
The role of a common polymorphism in the factor XIII A-subunit gene (FXIII Val34Leu) has been recently investigated as a protective genetic factor against arterial and venous thrombosis. In addition, the less frequent Leu34 allele has been described as a risk factor for intracerebral hemorrhage. We evaluated the prevalence of this polymorphism by PCR in(More)