Gabriella Marcon

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A familial form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is linked to the D178N/V129 prion protein (PrP) mutation. Tg(CJD) mice expressing the mouse homolog of this mutant PrP synthesize a misfolded form of the mutant protein, which is aggregated and protease resistant. These mice develop clinical and pathological features reminiscent of CJD, including motor(More)
We describe a patient with congenital hypomyelination neuropathy. The pathological and morphometrical findings in the sural nerve biopsy were consistent with a defect of myelin formation and maintenance. Direct sequence analysis of the genomic regions coding the peripheral myelin proteins P0 and PMP22 disclosed a heterozygous missense point mutation that(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to analyze the segregation of the 102T/C polymorphism in the serotonin 2A receptor gene in patients affected by sporadic and familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) with and without psychotic symptoms. METHODS The polymorphism was analyzed in 275 subjects. A semistructured interview was used to obtain information about(More)
The relationship between amyloid-beta (Abeta) deposition and tau-related neurofibrillary changes is a key issue in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The aim of this study was to investigate the extent and cortical distribution of Abeta and tau pathology, their mutual links and their correlation with the duration of the disease in thirty-nine(More)
In prion-related encephalopathies, microglial activation occurs early and is dependent on accumulation of disease-specific forms of the prion protein (PrPSc) and may play a role in nerve cell death. Previously, we found that different types of PrPSc (i.e. type 1 and type 2) coexisted in approximately 25% of patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease(More)
BACKGROUND Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a fatal, untreatable prion encephalopathy. Previous studies showed that doxycycline is effective in in-vitro and in-vivo models of disease, and patients with CJD who received compassionate treatment with doxycycline showed increased survival time compared with historical series. We therefore did a randomised,(More)
In the last decade information has accumulated on the potential anti-prion activity of polycyclic compounds. Initially we showed that the antitumoral idodoxorubicin reduced the infectivity in experimental scrapie. On the basis of the chemical homology with anthracyclines, we rapidly moved to tetracyclines, compounds that are safer and widely used as(More)
Nicastrin is a protein recently discovered associated to presenilins and involved in the production of amyloid beta peptide that accumulates in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain. In this study the nicastrin gene was examined for unknown mutations and polymorphisms in 104 patients with familial AD (52 early-onset and 52 late-onset), 174 sporadic AD and 191(More)
APE1/Ref-1, the mammalian ortholog of E. coli Xth, and a multifunctional protein possessing both DNA repair and transcriptional regulatory activities, has dual role in controlling cellular response to oxidative stress. It is rate-limiting in repair of oxidative DNA damage including strand breaks and also has co-transcriptional activity by modulating genes(More)