Luigia Passamano

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OBJECTIVE To characterize the presence and behavior of the dystrophinopathic myocardial damage in female carriers of a gene defect at the Xp21 locus of the X chromosome that causes Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies (DMD and BMD). DESIGN Cohort study from April 1, 1985, to April 30, 1995, with cardiologic follow-up performed yearly for a minimum of(More)
TRIM32 belongs to a large family of proteins characterized by a tripartite motif, possibly involved in the ubiquitination process, acting as an E3 ligase. In addition, TRIM32 has six NHL repeats with putative interaction properties. A homozygous mutation at the third NHL repeat (D487N) has been found in patients with limb girdle muscular dystrophy 2H(More)
To evaluate the features and the course of cardiomyopathy in Becker muscular dystrophy, 68 patients--identified by clinical assessment and by reduced dystrophin labeling and/or DNA analysis--were followed in the years 1976-1993, for periods ranging from 3 to 18 years (mean 8). Patients periodically underwent clinical, electrocardiographic,(More)
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common muscle disease in children. Historically, DMD results in loss of ambulation between ages 7 and 13 years and death in the teens or 20s. In order to determine whether survival has improved over the decades and whether the impact of nocturnal ventilation combined with a better management of cardiac(More)
Sudden cardiac death is a dramatic, undesirable event that can often result from cardiomyopathies. To investigate the validity of the QTdispersion (QTd) in revealing regional heterogeneity of repolarisation, with consequent possibility of sudden death, we evaluated ECGs of patients affected by Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD). This is an X linked recessive(More)
Sarcoglycanopathies constitute a subgroup of limb-girdle recessive muscular dystrophies due to defects in sarcoglycan complex that comprises five distinct transmembrane proteins called alpha-, beta-, gamma-, delta-and epsilon-sarcoglycans. As it is well known that sarcoglycans are expressed both in heart and in skeletal muscles and a complete deficiency in(More)
We compare the long-term benefits and side effects of deflazacort using two treatment protocols from Naples (N) and Toronto (T). Boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy between the ages of 8 and 15 years and who had four or more years of deflazacort treatment were reviewed. Diagnostic criteria included males with proximal muscle weakness evident before 5(More)
Within the Campania region of southern Italy a prospective study on X-linked progressive muscular dystrophy was conducted over a period of 12 years from 1969 to 1980, inclusive. The mean incidence rate was 21.7 per 100,000 male livebirths for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) cases and 3.2 per 100,000 male livebirths for Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD)(More)
An electrocardiographic pattern resembling myocardial infarction is a rare condition in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We report the case of a Duchenne boy, aged 12 years and 7 month, who, during a programmed examination, showed electrocardiographic signs of ST segment elevation, without symptoms usually accompanying myocardial infarction (chest pain,(More)