Francesca Avemaria

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We report an Italian male with juvenile onset familial disease characterized by progressive weakness and wasting of four limbs and prolonged survival. Diagnostic work-up revealed the diffuse involvement of central and peripheral motor neurons. Genetic analysis revealed a L389S mutation in the senataxin (SETX) gene.
Mutations in the TARDBP gene are described as a cause of autosomal dominant amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) with or without motor neuron involvement, and, recently, Parkinson's disease (PD). We hereby describe a family presenting the A382T mutation; two subjects were in the homozygous state, and two were in the(More)
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are vascular abnormalities that may cause seizures, intracerebral haemorrhages, and focal neurological deficits. Familial form shows an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance with incomplete penetrance and variable clinical expression. Three genes have been identified causing familial CCM: KRIT1/CCM1, MGC4607/CCM2,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease. Approximately 5%-10% of cases are familial (FALS) and the remaining are sporadic (SALS). To date FUS mutations are responsible for 4%-6% of familial cases as well as 0.7%-1.8% of sporadic cases. METHODS The frequency of FUS mutations was investigated in an(More)
Diabetes mellitus is a global pandemic and continues to increase in numbers and significance. Several pathogenic processes are involved in the development of such disease and these mechanisms could be influenced by genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors. Non-enzymatic glycation reactions of proteins have been strongly related to pathogenesis of(More)
We report different clinical expression in seven members of a large family with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the G93D mutation in exon 4 of the Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) gene. The ALS clinical course in the proband showed an unusually fast progression of the disease compared to the paucisymptomatic presentation associated to this mutation(More)
Cavernous malformations are angiographically occult, low-pressure neurovascular lesions with distinct imaging and clinical characteristics; main clinical manifestations are seizure, focal neurological deficits and epileptic attacks. Here we describe the molecular characterization of an Italian child, a symptomatic patient, affected by multiple cerebral(More)
Chromogranins were reported to interact specifically with mutant forms of superoxide dismutase that are linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Particularly, a variation c.1238C>T (p.Pro413Leu) in the chromogranin B gene, CHGB, has been associated with an earlier age at onset in both familial and sporadic ALS in French/French-Canadian populations(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The occurrence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) during pregnancy is uncommon and the effect of one on the other is not well described. METHODS The clinical and genetic features of five cases of ALS are reported with an onset during pregnancy or within 1 month from delivery. Charts from 239 women with a diagnosis of ALS(More)
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