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BACKGROUND The genes encoding angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE, I/D), alpha-adducin (ADD, Gly460Trp) and aldosterone synthase (AS, -344C/T) share the potential of influencing blood pressure (BP) via sodium homeostasis. However, most studies in humans focused on single-gene effects and disregarded epistasis, the suppression or potentiation of a gene by(More)
Recently, the SNPs rs11614913 in hsa-mir-196a2 and rs3746444 in hsa-mir-499 were reported to be associated with increased breast cancer risk, and the SNP rs2910164 in hsa-mir-146a was shown to have an effect on age of breast cancer diagnosis. In order to further investigate the effect of these SNPs, we genotyped a total of 1894 breast cancer cases negative(More)
OBJECTIVE To detect the association of single polymorphisms of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS), or different combinations thereof, with hypertension. DESIGN AND METHODS The GENIPER database is the result of a collaborative effort of 13 Italian research centres to collect genomic DNA in subjects well characterized in terms of blood pressure(More)
Large-scale chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) studies have been effective in unravelling the distribution of DNA-binding transcription factors along eukaryotic genomes, but specificity determinants remain elusive. Gene-regulatory regions display distinct histone variants and modifications (or marks). An attractive hypothesis is that these marks modulate(More)
Approximately one third of acute myeloid leukemias (AMLs) are characterized by aberrant cytoplasmic localization of nucleophosmin (NPMc+ AML), consequent to mutations in the NPM putative nucleolar localization signal. These events are mutually exclusive with the major AML-associated chromosomal rearrangements, and are frequently associated with normal(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of our study was to evaluate the relationship between aldosterone synthase gene polymorphism and cardiac dimensions in essential hypertension. BACKGROUND Higher aldosterone synthase messenger ribonucleic acid levels in the human heart are accompanied by increased intracardiac aldosterone production, a phenomenon that is associated with(More)
Ultraconserved elements (UCEs) are segments of >200 bp length showing absolute sequence identity between orthologous regions of human, rat and mouse genomes. The selection factors acting on these UCEs are still unknown. Recent studies have shown that UCEs function as long-range enhancers of flanking genes or are involved in splicing when overlapping with(More)
Intraperitoneal injection of delta9-THC (7.5 mg/kg) in rats made tolerant to morphine by s.c. implantation of morphine pellets had a much greater analgesic effect than in placebo pellet plus delta9-THC treatment. To investigate whether this was due to some change in cannabinoid receptor levels and/or expression induced by chronic morphine, we designed this(More)
OBJECTIVE The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays an important role in the control of renal function both in physiological and pathological conditions. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relation between four genetic polymorphisms of the RAAS and renal insufficiency in a population of patients with essential hypertension living(More)
Adenocarcinoma is the predominant histological subtype of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. At stage I, the tumor is cured by surgery alone in about 60% of cases. Markers are needed to stratify patients by prognostic outcomes and may help in devising more effective therapies for poor prognosis patients. To achieve this goal, we(More)