Franca Vasso

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OBJECTIVE To report, for the first time, a large autosomal dominant Alzheimer disease (AD) family in which the APP A713T mutation is present in the homozygous and heterozygous state. To date, the mutation has been reported as dominant, and in the heterozygous state associated with familial AD and cerebrovascular lesions. METHODS The family described here(More)
Mutations in the amyloid-beta protein precursor (AbetaPP) gene can cause autosomal dominant early-onset Alzheimer's disease, or Alzheimer's disease (AD) associated with cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), cerebral hemorrhage, or both. We have previously reported that the AbetaPP A713T mutation is associated with AD and subcortical ischemic lesions at(More)
A clinical and molecular overlap between Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) has been reported. Presenilins have been associated with FTD or with FTD-like phenotype, while mutations in the MAPT gene have been linked to a clinical phenotype of AD. We performed a clinical and genetic examination in two FTD siblings and their family tree(More)
BACKGROUND LRRK2 mutations are common in familial and sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD) cases. OBJECTIVE We present a screening of the most frequently mutated exons of LRRK2 in Calabrian population. METHODS Eighty-eight PD patients diagnosed according to standard criteria, underwent screening for LRRK2 mutations in exons 19, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 32,(More)
We identified the novel PSEN1 pathogenic mutation M84V in 3 patients belonging to a large kindred affected by autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease (AD). The clinical phenotype was characterized by early onset dementia in 14 affected subjects over 3 generations. Detailed clinical, imaging and genetic assessment was performed. We highlighted the presence of(More)
We investigated the association between TOMM40 rs10524523, age of onset, and memory performance in patients with the PSEN1 M146L mutation in a large familial Alzheimer's disease Calabrian kindred, with a wide variability of onset not attributable to APOE. APOE33/TOMM40VL/VL patients showed a tendency for an earlier age at onset compared to those with(More)
We report a novel presenilin1 (PSEN1) gene mutation (I143 V) in a four-generation family with Alzheimer's disease. Clinical, molecular, and neuropathological examinations were performed on index patient; thirteen affected subjects were also identified. The index patient presented at 55 with personality changes, apathy, reduction of verbal fluency, and(More)
Prion protein gene mutations have been associated with clinical pictures mimicking neurodegenerative diseases different from inherited prion diseases (IPD). We report a novel missense P39L mutation in the N-terminal domain of prion protein in 2 patients affected by frontotemporal lobar degeneration syndrome, negative for mutations in genes causative of(More)
BACKGROUND Several neurological and systemic diseases can cause dementia, beyond Alzheimer's disease. Rare genetic causes are often responsible for dementia with atypical features. Recently, mutations causative for Niemann-Pick type C disease (NPC) have also been implicated in neurodegenerative diseases. NPC is an autosomal recessive lipid storage disorder(More)
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