Fernanda Marino

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Anetoderma is a rare condition, consisting of well-circumscribed areas of slack skin, in which dermal elastic fibres are destroyed or deficient. We present the case of a 45-year-old man with a 25-year history of deep nodules and plaques gradually progressing to areas of anetoderma. Histological examination found an infiltrate composed of neoplastic cells(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES In this EQA study a novel approach was used to assess the performance of blood centres and blood product manufacturers in detecting the possible contamination of plasma with HCV, HIV and HBV by NAT. MATERIALS AND METHODS A panel of 12 samples, three negative and three positive for each virus, was distributed to the EQA(More)
BACKGROUND In the context of the Official Medicines Control Laboratories plasma pool testing for Parvovirus B19 DNA, we use the cobas TaqScreen DPX test. When we re-evaluated this method using the 3rd B19 DNA WHO IS at the final concentration of 4 log IU/mL, we observed a titre lower than expected, i.e. 3.79 log IU/mL. Therefore, we further investigated the(More)
The objectives of this work were to evaluate the effects of environmentally relevant chlorpyrifos and endosulfan, concentrations in the incubation period, effective hatching and survival of embryos and neonates of the freshwater burrowing crab, Zilchiopsis collastinensis (Decapoda, Trichodactylidae). Both pesticides were prepared from commercial and(More)
The lethality (LC50) of endosulfan and chlorpyrifos is higher in adults (1990 and 156.78 μg/L respectively) than in embryos (95380 and 1242.54 μg/L respectively) of the crab Zilchiopsis collastinensis. The thickened embryonic coat of the freshwater species might isolate the embryo inside the egg, reducing the toxicity. Sublethal concentrations of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Two External Quality Assessment Programmes (EQAPs) were run in 2008 and 2009 to evaluate the proficiency of blood centres in detecting, by nucleic acid amplification techniques (NAT), the possible contamination of plasma with hepatitis C virus (HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV). MATERIALS AND(More)
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