Luca Lovrecic

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Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by an expansion of glutamine repeats in ubiquitously distributed huntingtin protein. Recent studies have shown that mutant huntingtin interferes with the function of widely expressed transcription factors, suggesting that gene expression may be altered in a variety of tissues in HD,(More)
Previous findings regarding the role of TNF-alpha-308 gene polymorphism in multiple sclerosis (MS) are contradictory. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible influence of TNF-alpha-308 polymorphism on MS susceptibility and the MS disease process in a Croatian and Slovenian population. Genotyping was performed in 338 patients and 460 healthy(More)
Nine Y-chromosome STR loci (DYS19, DYS389I, DYS389II, DYS390, DYS391, DYS392, DYS393, DYS385 and YCAII) were analysed in a sample of 101 unrelated males from Croatia. Allelic frequencies and gene diversities for each Y-STR locus and haplotype diversity were determined. Ninety-one different haplotypes were obtained from 101 unrelated males and 84 haplotypes(More)
Several studies investigating the role of the CCR5delta32 mutation in multiple sclerosis (MS) have reported varied, often contradictory results. Therefore in the present study we have analysed whether the CCR5delta32 mutation is associated with the risk of/or disease process in Croatian and Slovene MS patients. Three hundred and twenty-five MS patients and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS), and to determine the clinical characteristics and the occurrence of familial MS in the Gorski kotar-Kocevje region, which was previously considered to be a region of high prevalence of MS. METHODS All clinically and laboratory supported definite cases of MS(More)
OBJECTIVES Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity is increased in blood and cerebrospinal fluid of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). In addition, in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS, the blockade of ACE suppresses the disease itself. To analyze the genetic association of the ACE gene with MS, we examined ACE(More)
The interleukin 7 receptor alpha single nucleotide polymorphism rs6897932 was identified as a multiple sclerosis susceptibility-modifying polymorphism in genome-wide and gene scan studies, mainly in populations in western countries. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of interleukin 7 receptor alpha rs6897932 with multiple sclerosis in(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Nutrients or even diets affect the epigenome by lifelong remodeling. Nutritional imbalances are associated with noncommunicable diseases. Thus, nutriepigenomics is a promising field in the treatment of complex human diseases. RECENT FINDINGS The epigenome is susceptible to changes and can be shaped by nutritional states, especially in(More)
Allgrove syndrome (triple A syndrome) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by achalasia, alacrima, adrenal insufficiency, and--occasionally--autonomic instability. Disease causing mutations have been found in the AAAS gene on 12q13, but no strong phenotype-genotype correlation could be found. We present a 28 year-old woman with classical(More)
Transcriptional dysregulation in Huntington's disease (HD) is mediated in part by aberrant patterns of histone acetylation. We performed a dose-finding study in human HD of sodium phenylbutyrate (SPB), a histone deacetylase inhibitor that ameliorates the HD phenotype in animal models. We used a dose-escalation/de-escalation design, using prespecified(More)