Luca Malvezzi

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Hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) (OMIM 187300) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in either of two genes, endoglin (ENG, OMIM 131195) (HHT1) and activin A receptor type II-like 1 (ACVRL1, OMIM 601284) (HHT2). Evidence for a third locus has also been reported. The product of the ACVRL1 gene is a type I receptor for the TGF-beta(More)
We have recently reported that parkinsonian patients show a significant GH response to gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), but not to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic drug administration. In order to establish whether muscarinic cholinergic receptors mediate the GH secretion induced by GHB, normal men and parkinsonian patients were tested with GHB both in(More)
Visual attention in dementia of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has not been investigated as extensively as memory or language. The aim of this research was to study the orienting of attention in patients with AD (which temporo-parietal areas are primarily affected) compared with patients with Parkinson-Dementia, Parkinson's disease, and normal controls, using the(More)
The function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis was evaluated in insulin-dependent diabetics without (group I, n = 10) or with (group II, n = 10) established symptomatic neuropathy and in age- and weight-matched normal controls (n = 11). Since the corticotropin (ACTH)/cortisol response to the minimal-effective dose of corticotropin-releasing(More)
In order to establish whether the serotonergic disorder affecting the parkinsonian brain also modifies hypothalamic-pituitary function in Parkinson's disease, 10 patients (aged 57-66 years) and 10 normal controls (aged 55-69 years) were tested with the serotonergic agonist d,l-fenfluramine (60 mg p.o.), with CRH (100 micrograms i.v.) and with placebos.(More)
The Fuld formula and the linear discriminant function applied to WAIS subtest scores were tested for their ability to identify Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia of the Alzheimer type in a group of 101 demented subjects. The sensitivity and specificity of Fuld's formula for Alzheimer dementia against other dementias were 44.2% and 73.8% respectively;(More)
Angioneurotic edema is a non-pitting edema which is usually limited to the skin and the mucous membranes of the face and upper aerodigestive tract. The risk of acute upper airway obstruction makes angioneurotic edema a concern for emergency room physicians, internists and otolaryngologists because prompt recognition of the condition and immediate(More)
The administration to rats of tryptophan (CAS 73-22-3) in high dosage causes a significant increase in pain threshold values. The analgesic effects of tryptophan are potentiated by allopurinol (CAS 315-30-0). The analgesic effects shown by tryptophan injection are associated with increased levels of serotonin and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid in some areas of(More)
It is generally accepted that presenile Alzheimer's disease (AD) has faster progression and severer clinical manifestation than senile onset AD. Recently a relative left frontal hypoperfusion was only found in patients with presenile AD by using SPECT imaging. The aim of the present report was to ascertain whether the same conclusion could be drawn matching(More)