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In population studies on aging, the data on genetic markers are often collected for individuals from different age groups. The purpose of such studies is to identify, by comparison of the frequencies of selected genotypes, "longevity" or "frailty" genes in the oldest and in younger groups of individuals. To address questions about more-complicated aspects(More)
The possibility that four loci (REN, THO, PARP, SOD2) are associated with longevity was explored by comparing the genotypic pools of subjects older than 100 years with those of younger subjects matched for sex and geographic area (northern and southern Italy). The markers (all located within the respective gene) were HUMREN4; HUMTHO1; HUMPARP (gt)845nt;(More)
The genes coding for apolipoprotein A1 (APOA1), apolipoprotein C3 (APOC3) and apolipoprotein A4 (APOA4) are tandemly organised within a short region on chromosome 11q23-q24. Polymorphisms of these genes have been extensively investigated in lipoprotein disorders and cardiovascular diseases, but poorly investigated in healthy ageing. The aim of this study(More)
Linkage disequilibria in the apolipoprotein B (APOB) gene (EcoRI RFLP/3' APOB VNTR) and in the thyroid peroxidase (TPO) gene (AcyI RFLP/TPO VNTR) were investigated in a sample of 100 individuals from southern Italy. By recoding multiallelic data as diallelic data, each RFLP-VNTR system showed linkage disequilibrium significantly different from zero (EcoRI(More)
In population studies of aging, the data on genetic markers are often collected for individuals from different age groups. The idea of such studies is to identify "longevity" or "frailty" genes by comparing the frequencies of genotypes in the oldest and in the younger groups of individuals. In this paper we discuss a new approach to the analysis of such(More)
Association analyses between gene variability and human longevity carried out by comparing gene frequencies between population samples of different ages (case/control design) may provide information on genes and pathways playing a role in modulating survival at old ages. However, by dealing with cross-sectional data, the gene-frequency (GF) approach ignores(More)
Restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) at codons 2488 (XbaI), 3611 (MspI), and 4154 (EcoRI) of the apolipoprotein B gene were investigated in sample groups from Athens (Greece) and Calabria (southern Italy) to verify whether the distribution of the APOB gene variants in Calabria, where Greek colonization occurred in the eighth century B.C.,(More)
BACKGROUND Radio-frequency ablation (RFA) has recently received much attention as an effective minimally invasive strategy for the local treatment of tumors. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of single-needle cool-tip RF breast ablation in terms of temperature distribution and duration of the procedure as compared to multiprobe RF(More)
Starting from the observation that human longevity patterns show regional variations, we applied Spatial Analysis (using the Geographic Information System) and Surname Analysis to highlight the effect of the population genetic structure on such patterns. The study was carried out in Calabria, a southern Italian region which is characterized by a wide(More)
EcoRI restriction analysis at codon 4154 of the Apo B gene was performed in a sample of 90 subjects from southern Italy (sample S), using total blood cell DNA amplified by PCR. A group of 46 subjects from northern Italy (sample N) was also investigated for comparison. Southern Italians showed an incidence of the R2 allele (absence of the cutting site) twice(More)