Giovanna Angela Gentilomi

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Because parvovirus B19 occasionally causes some of the features typical of Kawasaki disease, we investigated B19 involvement in 15 children with Kawasaki disease. Active or recent B19 infection, as shown by B19-DNAaemia, positive B19-specific IgM antibodies, or both, was diagnosed in 10 patients (67%). A high frequency of all major criteria for diagnosis of(More)
The immune response against two herpesviruses has been determined in sera and matched synovial fluids of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and compared with that of a healthy control population. The increased level of antibody to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) induced antigens in patients with RA resembles the antibody pattern observed against(More)
Human parvovirus B19 infection in pregnancy represents a potential hazard to the fetus since fetal loss or fetal hydrops can occur. The risk of fetal loss due to transplacental B19 transmission has been evaluated in several studies using different diagnostic methods on maternal and fetal specimens. We analyzed the diagnostic value of virological and(More)
BACKGROUND Alkaloids present in plants of the Amaryllidaceae family are secondary metabolites of high biological interest, possessing a wide range of pharmacological activities. In the search for new plant-derived compounds with antimicrobial activities, two alkaloid extracts obtained from bulbs and leaves of Pancratium illyricum L., a plant of the(More)
Coliphage MS2 is used in place of pathogens in many studies and is considered one of the indicators of pathogenetic viruses in wastewater. We developed a quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) assay to quantify MS2 coliphages in treated wastewater samples. The format used was SYBR Green. The assay included an internal control(More)
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