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Gaucher disease is the most common of the glycolipid storage diseases and is caused by an inherited deficiency of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase. It is a very heterogeneous disease and presents early and late onset forms which may or may not be associated with a neurological disease. Several point mutations of the glucocerebrosidase gene have been reported(More)
The development of intravenous enzyme-replacement treatment for Gaucher's disease has changed life expectancy in cases without neurological involvement (type 1). The effects in patients with neurological involvement are unknown. We treated 12 Italian patients, types 1 (9) and 3 (3), with intravenous alglucerase: 70-120 IU/kg per month for type 3 and 30-60(More)
Gaucher disease is the most prevalent lysosomal storage disorder. It is characterized by an autosomal recessive inheritance of a deficiency of lysosomal acid glucocerebrosidase. Three clinical phenotypes are recognized: type 1 (non-neuronopathic), type 2 (acute neuronopathic), type 3 (subacute neuronopathic). Bone lesions are associated with type 1 and type(More)
In a patient with a lysosomal storage disorder, not involving the CNS, repeated implantations of human amniotic sheets have proved to provide a successful approach to enzyme replacement therapy. Implantation of pure epithelial cells, separated from the other cell types of the amnion, might markedly improve the procedure, avoiding some risks of(More)
Numerous trials of prophylaxis of recurrent respiratory infections in children have been performed, even though the only controlled trials providing incontrovertible results were the ones carried out with levamisole and thymostimulin through intramuscular administration. We have experimented a calf-thymic extract administered by oral route (thymomodulin).(More)
A controlled trial was carried out on type I diabetic children to evaluate and to compare the clinical effects of two different kinds of immunotherapy: high doses intravenous gammaglobulin (IVIgG) and cyclosporine A (CyA). 30 newly diagnosed patients were admitted to the trial, 10 of whom served as controls (group A), 10 received 400 mg/kg b.w. of IVIgG on(More)
Five young patients with Niemann-Pick disease type B were treated with repeated implantations of amniotic epithelial cells, as a source of exogenous sphingomyelinase. This treatment abolished the recurrent infections, mainly of the respiratory tract, and led to other improvements of the general conditions of the patients. In particular, we noticed a(More)
A case of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, polyarticular type, refractory to FANS and long acting therapy which showed a quick remission after measles is described. An immunosuppressive therapy to strengthen the immunosuppression induced by virus infection was performed for six months. The remission has been maintained for 4 years and appears up to now(More)