Marta Ragonese

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Germline mutations of aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor interacting protein (AIP) are associated with pituitary adenoma predisposition. They occur in 20 % of familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA) and in about 3–5 % of sporadic pituitary adenomas, especially in early onset somatotropinomas and prolactinomas. Our aim was to evaluate the clinical and genetic(More)
Acromegalic patients have a higher risk of developing colorectal tumours (CRT). The common C677T polymorphism in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene is a well-documented CRT risk factor in the general population, but its role in acromegaly has never been examined. We investigated the influence of MTHFR C677T polymorphism, folate status and(More)
OBJECTIVE Despite the contribution of national registries and population-based reports, data concerning the epidemiology of acromegaly is scanty. In addition, the role of the environmental context has not been investigated. DESIGN Epidemiology of acromegaly was studied in the province of Messina (Sicily, Italy), focusing on the influence of environmental(More)
CONTEXT Hepatotoxicity is one of the most serious adverse effects in acromegalic patients treated with pegvisomant (PEG-V). Recent studies have found an association between this adverse event and the UGT1A1 allele 28 polymorphism associated with Gilbert's syndrome. OBJECTIVE To determine whether UGT1A1*28 and alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) polymorphisms(More)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), a neurological sensory-motor disorder characterized by a compelling urge to move the limbs during the night, is a sleep disturbance that impairs quality of life. Prevalence of RLS and consequences on quality of life were investigated in acromegalic patients. Fifty-six patients (20 men, 55.0 ± 1.6 years), 22 with active(More)
This multicentric study aimed to investigate the prevalence of the G protein-coupled receptor 101 (GPR101) p.E308D variant and aryl hydrocarbon receptor interacting protein (AIP) gene mutations in a representative cohort of Italian patients with acromegaly. 215 patients with GH-secreting pituitary adenomas, referred to 4 Italian referral centres for(More)
CONTEXT Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) pathway has a key role in cellular detoxification mechanisms and seems implicated in tumorigenesis. Moreover, polymorphisms and mutations of AHR gene have been associated with several human and animal tumours. Although AHR has been found differently expressed in pituitary adenomas, AHR gene mutation status has never(More)
The ligand/receptor hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/c-met signaling system promotes cellular growth and angiogenesis through PI3K/phosphor-Akt and STAT3/phosphor-STAT3 downstream effectors. In this study, we have evaluated the expression of molecules of the HGF/c-met pathway in pituitary adenomas (PA). The expression of HGF, c-met, PI3K (p85αsubunit) pAkt,(More)
Diagnosis of mild Cushing's disease (CD) can be difficult in pregnant women, because its clinical and biochemical features can be erroneously interpreted as consequence of the gestation. Corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) and desmopressin (DDAVP) tests are currently used to confirm CD, but data concerning adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) response(More)