Francesca Passeri

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The incidence of spontaneous puberty in Turner's syndrome is reported to be between 5-10% and, more recently in some series, as high as 20%. In an Italian retrospective multicenter study, of 522 patients older than 12 yr with Turner's syndrome, 84 patients (16, 1%) presented spontaneous pubertal development with menarche that occurred at a chronological age(More)
To evaluate whether girls with premature thelarche progress to central precocious puberty (CPP) and to analyze their clinical and hormonal characteristics, we retrospectively examined 100 girls with premature thelarche who were followed for several years. Fourteen of the patients with characteristics diagnostic of premature thelarche (isolated breast(More)
Erwinia chrysanthemi 3937 synthesizes an exopolysaccharide (EPS) composed of rhamnose, galactose, and galacturonic acid. Fourteen transcriptional fusions in genes required for EPS synthesis, named eps, were obtained by Tn5-B21 mutagenesis. Eleven of them are clustered on the chromosome and are repressed by PecT, a regulator of pectate lyase synthesis. In(More)
C r a n i o p h a r y n g i o m a s account for 1.2% to 3% of all in t racran ia l tumours , and a l though cons ide red typ ica l of ch i ldhood , a lmos t one -ha l f o f the cases are found in adul ts [1]. C r a n i o p h a r y n g i o m a s ar ise f rom squamous ep i the l ia l r emnants o f the ob l i t e ra ted craniop h a r y n g e a l canal , wh ich(More)
The JAK/STAT pathway is altered in T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia. In all patients, leukemic LGLs display upregulation of phosphorylated STAT3 (P-STAT3) that activates expression of many antiapoptotic genes. To investigate the mechanisms maintaining STAT3 aberrantly phosphorylated using transcriptional protein and functional assays, we analyzed(More)
Growth hormone (GH), alone or in combination with anabolic steroids, seems to improve the growth rate in Turner syndrome, but to exert a less striking effect on the final height (FH). Reports on the FH usually lack a control group, and the GH effect is determined using the gain in centimeters over projected height. Out of a cohort of 32 Turner syndrome(More)
Final height of 4 patients with Noonan syndrome and short stature treated with growth hormone (GH) is reported. Four prepubertal girls (chronological age 12.3-15.1 years, bone age 11.0-11.5 years) were treated with recombinant human growth hormone (0.5 IU/kg/week s.c.) for at least 3 years. Stimulated GH secretion was normal, spontaneous nocturnal GH(More)
The age-related decline in spontaneous growth hormone (GH) secretion has been suggested to cause growth failure in girls with Turner syndrome (TS). We studied 23 girls (mean age +/- SD: 11.1 +/- 2.7 years) diagnosed to have TS by karyotype analysis. The control group consisted of 18 prepubertal age-matched subjects (10.7 +/- 2.5 years) with growth(More)
The demonstration of intrathecal IgG synthesis has been used as an important laboratory parameter to support the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). The Committee for European Concerted Action for Multiple Sclerosis has recommended a protocol for the assessment of intrathecal IgG synthesis. We applied this methodology to determine the cerebrospinal (CSF)(More)
The etiology of chronic large granular lymphocyte proliferations is largely unknown. Although these disorders are characterized by the expansion of different cell types (T and natural killer) with specific genetic features and abnormalities, several lines of evidence suggest a common pathogenetic mechanism. According to this interpretation, we speculated(More)