Maurizia Baldi

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OBJECTIVES To analyze whether there were clinical differences between genetically positive and negative patients fulfilling periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and cervical adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome criteria and to test the accuracy of the Gaslini diagnostic score for identifying patients with PFAPA syndrome with higher probabilities of(More)
OBJECTIVES Cytogenetic analysis of spontaneous abortion samples can be limited by culture failure. Failure to grow in vitro has traditionally been suspected to be due to in vivo death of tissue associated with spontaneous abortion (SAB) or simply technical factors of growth in culture. METHOD We used array comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH) to(More)
Preimplantation HLA matching has recently emerged as a tool for couples desiring to conceive a potential donor progeny for transplantation in a sibling with a life-threatening disorder. In this paper we describe a strategy optimized for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of haemoglobinopathies combined with HLA matching. This procedure involves a(More)
We have applied a new method of genetic analysis, called 'minisequencing', to preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of monogenic disorders from single cells. This method involves computer-assisted mutation analysis, which allows exact base identity determination and computer-assisted visualization of the specific mutation(s), and thus facilitates data(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify a set of clinical parameters that can predict the probability of carrying mutations in one of the genes associated with hereditary autoinflammatory syndromes. METHODS A total of 228 consecutive patients with a clinical history of periodic fever were screened for mutations in the MVK, TNFRSF1A, and MEFV genes, and detailed clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-induced apoptosis in neutrophils from patients with TNF receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS) and to correlate the results with the different kinds of TNFRSF1A mutations. METHODS Two hundred sixty-five patients with clinically suspected inherited autoinflammatory syndrome were screened for mutations(More)
BACKGROUND We report on our experience with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for single gene disorders (SGDs), from 1999 to 2004, describing strategies and overall clinical outcome of 250 cycles in 174 couples for 23 different genetic conditions. METHODS PGD cycles included 15 for autosomal dominant, 148 for autosomal recessive and 19 for X-linked(More)
We report a study of HEMPAS erythrocyte membrane glycoproteins in relation to proteolytic digestion and surface labelling with galactose-oxidase/NaB[3H]4. The proteolytic digestion of band 3, the major intrinsic glycoprotein of the human erythrocyte membrane, reveals an abnormality in the outer glycosylated segment of this protein. 3H incorporation in band(More)
We report two patients with clinical and radiological findings of achondroplasia, who had the most common FGFR3 mutation occurring in thanatophoric dysplasia type I and hypochondroplasia, respectively. Thanatophoric dysplasia is usually a lethal condition, but the patient carrying this mutation is alive and presents a medical history similar to that of(More)
Detection of chromosomal aneuploidies using fetal cells isolated from maternal blood, for prenatal non-invasive genetic investigation, has been a long-sought goal of clinical genetics to replace amniocentesis and chorionic villous sampling to avoid any risk to the fetus. The purpose of this study was to develop a sensitive and specific new assay for(More)