Giampiero Ferraguti

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Discordant results obtained in bisulfite assays using MethPrimers (PCR primers designed using MethPrimer software or assuming that non-CpGs cytosines are non methylated) versus primers insensitive to cytosine methylation lead us to hypothesize a technical bias. We therefore used the two kinds of primers to study different experimental models and methylation(More)
The dynamic changes and structural patterns of DNA methylation of genes without CpG islands are poorly characterized. The relevance of CpG to the non-CpG methylation equilibrium in transcriptional repression is unknown. In this work, we analyzed the DNA methylation pattern of the 5'-flanking of the myogenin gene, a positive regulator of muscle(More)
Alcohol misuse represents worldwide an important risk factor for death and disability. Excessive alcohol consumption is widely diffused in different ethnicities and alcohol use is part of the lifestyle of both young and old people. The genetic basis of alcohol dependence concerning ethanol metabolism and the pathways of reward circuits are well known. The(More)
The neonatal screening protocol for cystic fibrosis (CF) is based on a first determination of blood immunoreactive trypsin (IRT1), followed by a first level genetic test that includes the 31 worldwide most common mutations of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene (DNA31), and a second determination of blood immunoreactive(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a monogenic disease caused by mutations of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. The genotype-phenotype relationship in this disease is still unclear, and diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic challenges persist. We enrolled 610 patients with different forms of CF and studied them from a clinical,(More)
AIMS The role of the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) in alcohol dependence (AD) is still unclear. In this paper, we have evaluated the association of the SLC6A4 gene polymorphisms 5-HTTLPR and rs25531 in AD and assessed the polymorphic patterns both in alcoholics and in healthy people of an Italian population. METHODS Genotyping of the 5-HTTLPR (L/S)(More)
Full genotypic characterization of subjects affected by cystic fibrosis (CF) is essential for the definition of the genotype-phenotype correlation as well as for the enhancement of the diagnostic and prognostic value of the genetic investigation. High-sensitivity diagnostic methods, capable of full scanning of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance(More)
BACKGROUND Automated DNA sequencing produces large amounts of data that need to be analyzed by appropriate software. Personalization of software can be a difficult and time-consuming task, especially if a large number of mutations have to be analyzed. METHODS The Applied BioSystems SeqScape software, based on the KB basecaller algorithm, is a versatile(More)
BACKGROUND Polyphenols are probably the most known and investigated molecules of nutritional interest as micronutrients present in abundance in our diet. Some of the most important food sources of polyphenols in the Mediterranean diet are olives and olive oil. A growing body of evidence from animal models to clinical studies indicates that polyphenol(More)
The microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) region has been conceptualized as a model of the interaction between genetics and functional disease outcomes in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson disease (PD). Indeed, haplotype-specific differences in expression and alternative splicing of MAPT transcripts affect cellular functions at different(More)