Livia Marcato

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OBJECTIVES Karyotyping is a well-established method of investigating the genetic content of product of conceptions (POCs). Because of the high rate of culture failure and maternal cell contamination, failed results or 46,XX findings are often obtained. Different molecular approaches that are not culture dependent have been proposed to circumvent these(More)
OBJECTIVE Molecular cytogenetic techniques on uncultured prenatal samples are the sole tests applied in some countries in cases with advanced maternal age (AMA) or increased risk after prenatal screening. Moreover, there is a trend to perform invasive prenatal diagnosis (PD) during the first trimester before ultrasound manifestations, so new rapid and(More)
1. In 12 unselected outpatients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and six controls, arterial pH, PaO2, PaCO2 and oxygen saturation (SaO2), forced expiratory volume in 1.0 s (FEV1.0) and vital capacity were measured. Subjects were grouped into those with or without obstruction based on the Tiffenau index. The Baseline Dyspnoea Index was employed to(More)
OBJECTIVES Karyotyping on chorionic villous samples (CVS) includes the analysis of both cytotrophoblast (STC) and mesenchyme (LTC). This approach requires complex laboratory organization and trained technicians. The introduction of quantitative fluorescent polymerase chain reaction (QF-PCR) instead of conventional karyotyping in low-risk pregnancies opened(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS First-trimester chorionic villi (CV) are an attractive source of human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSC) for possible applications in cellular therapy and regenerative medicine. Human MSC from CV were monitored for genetic stability in long-term cultures. METHODS We set up a good manufacturing practice cryopreservation procedure for small(More)
OBJECTIVE We previously reported on the validation of Prenatal BACs-on-Beads™ on retrospectively selected and prospective prenatal samples. This bead-based multiplex assay detects chromosome 13, 18, 21 and X/Y aneuploidies and the nine most frequent microdeletion syndromes. We demonstrated that Prenatal BACs-on-Beads(TM) is a new-generation, prenatal(More)
KEY CLINICAL MESSAGE Copy losses/gains of the Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) region cause neurodevelopmental disorders with variable expressivity. The WBS prenatal diagnosis cannot be easily performed by ultrasound because only few phenotypic features can be assessed. Three WBS and the first reciprocal duplication prenatal cases are described with a review(More)
OBJECTIVE The risk of clinical consequences in prenatal cases with de novo small supernumerary marker chromosomes (sSMC), often in mosaic conditions, is not easy to predict, which results in difficulties in genetic counseling. METHOD In this study, we evaluated the frequency, the chromosomal origin, and the clinical indication of 104 de novo sSMC detected(More)
OBJECTIVE The unique biological behavior of sex chromosomes has implications for cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing. Our purpose is to predict the (1) false positive/negative rates of cfDNA testing consequent to fetoplacental mosaicism for any sex chromosome aneuploidies (SCA) and (2) positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive values of a high-risk(More)