Giacomo Quattrocchio

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BACKGROUND Light chain deposition disease (LCDD) is characterized by the tissue deposition of monotypical immunoglobulin light chains (LCs). The aim of this study was to investigate its clinical characteristics and prognostic factors. METHODS Multicenter study of LCDD with renal and patient survival analyses. RESULTS Sixty-three cases were studied (age:(More)
In an uncontrolled study a gluten-free diet was given to 29 patients affected by primary IgA nephropathy (IgAGN). All of them followed the diet for 6 months, 23 patients for 1 year and 9 for 2 to 4 years. Mean levels of IgA containing circulating immune complexes (IgAIC), detected by a specific conglutinin assay and by measuring IgA content in 2.5%(More)
The effects of gliadin and glyc-gli on leukocyte chemiluminescence response, cytotoxic activity and locomotion were assessed in vitro. A dose-dependent increase in chemiluminescence response of neutrophils stimulated by Zymosan was observed by using gliadin at concentrations ranging between 1 and 20 micrograms. By increasing glyc-gli concentrations, a(More)
UNLABELLED PURPOSE AND DESIGN OF STUDY: In this retrospective analysis the effects of combined treatment with steroid pulses, cyclophosphamide and plasma exchange on six crescentic IgA glomerulonephritis (IgAGN) patients, selected on a histological basis, were examined. The histological criteria included involvement of more than 40% of glomeruli by cellular(More)
Organ uptake of IgA-containing immunologically active material was studied in humans by intravenous (IV) injection of 131I-labeled heat-aggregated human secretory IgA (HAS-IgA) in nine patients affected by primary IgA nephropathy and 10 normal volunteers. Aggregated secretory IgA was found to be removed almost exclusively by the liver. The peak activity in(More)
BACKGROUND Whereas the complex removal routes hypothesized for IgA containing immune complexes (IC) and macromolecules can be adequately analyzed by a recently proposed IgA1-IgG aggregate probe (Lab Invest, 66: 86-95), the relative significance of the asialoglycoprotein receptors in IgAIC clearance is still uncertain. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The removal(More)
The vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin-1 (ET1) has only recently been characterized and its effects are at present largely speculative. It has been hypothesized that ET1 acts on mesangial cells to cause vasoactive changes which might ultimately contribute to the development of glomerulosclerosis. Opposite to ET1, nitric oxide (NO) inhibits mesangial cell(More)
Several monocyte-macrophage functions were found to be defective in cryoglobulinemic patients. Nevertheless, monocytes actively phagocytizing cryoglobulins have been frequently found in kidney specimens from these patients. Whether subsequent degradation of the ingested immune material is effective, however, is still unknown. Monocytes from eight(More)