Luigi Valentino Losciale

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BACKGROUND The myelin basic protein (MBP) gene may confer genetic susceptibility to multiple sclerosis (MS). The association of MS with alleles of the (TGGA)n variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) 5' to the MBP gene is the subject of conflicting reports. OBJECTIVE To study possible MS association with VNTR alleles of MBP gene in ethnic Italians and ethnic(More)
To verify the possibility of different role of JC virus genotypes in the etiology of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, we analysed several JC virus isolates amplified from AIDS patients with and without progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy and healthy controls by nucleotide sequencing. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peripheral blood mononuclear(More)
Human myelin basic protein (hMBP) gene is one of the candidate genes in the complex mosaic of multiple sclerosis (MS) susceptibility. In this study we verified the distribution of the polymorphism of the region 5' flanking the first exon of the hMBP gene, in 97 relapsing remitting, 74 primary progressive Italian MS patients, and in 236 healthy controls,(More)
OBJECTIVES A study was performed to determine whether persistent or latent viruses are reactivated during the acute attack in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). MATERIAL AND METHODS DNA of herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and -2), human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), JC virus (JCV) and HTLV-I was searched, using nested(More)
The distribution of JC virus (JCV) variants in the brain, lung, liver, kidney, spleen and lymph nodes collected at autopsy from AIDS patients with (Group A: 10 Ss) and without (Group B: 5 Ss) progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) and from HIV-negative patients (Group C: 5 Ss), was examined by amplifying the JCV large T antigen (LT), the(More)
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