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INTRODUCTION We aimed to replicate association of newly identified systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) loci. METHODS We selected the most associated SNP in 10 SLE loci. These 10 SNPs were analysed in 1,579 patients with SLE and 1,726 controls of European origin by single-base extension. Comparison of allele frequencies between cases and controls was done(More)
The objective of this study was to ascertain if incomplete correction leaving a residual uterine septum of < or = 1 cm affects fertility outcome. Reproductive outcome in 17 women with a residual septum of between 0.5 cm and 1 cm after hysteroscopic metroplasty was compared to that in 51 women with no residual septum or one of < 0.5 cm. Septal lysis was(More)
BACKGROUND Heart valve bioprostheses for cardiac valve replacement are fabricated by xeno- or allograft tissues. Decellularization techniques and tissue engineering technologies applied to these tissues might contribute to the reduction in risk of calcification and immune response. Surprisingly, there are few data on the cell phenotypes obtained after(More)
The potential for in vitro colonization of decellularized valves by human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hBM-MSCs) towards the anisotropic layers ventricularis and fibrosa and in homo- vs. heterotypic cell-ECM interactions has never been investigated. hBM-MSCs were expanded and characterized by immunofluorescence and FACS analysis. Porcine and human(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the endometrial surface morphology in patients with septate uterus and primary infertility in an attempt to throw light on the question of whether endometrial anomalies are involved in the pathogenesis of infertility in women with mullerian malformations. DESIGN Endometrial biopsies were performed in eight women with septate uterus(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the efficacy of goserelin versus a low-dose cyclic oral contraceptive (OC) in improving pelvic pain in women with endometriosis and to compare recurrence of symptoms during follow-up. DESIGN Open-label, randomized trial. SETTING University hospital endometriosis center. PATIENTS Fifty-seven women with moderate or severe pelvic(More)
INTRODUCTION Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) shows a spectrum of clinical manifestations that complicate its diagnosis, treatment and research. This variability is likely related with environmental exposures and genetic factors among which known SLE susceptibility loci are prime candidates. The first published analyses seem to indicate that this is the(More)
Twenty-one patients with unexplained infertility underwent controlled ovarian hyperstimulation with buserelin acetate and human menopausal and chorionic gonadotropins, and follicular growth was monitored by ultrasonography and daily 17 beta-estradiol (E2) assays. Endometrial biopsy was performed when E2 levels were greater than or equal to 250 pg/mL per(More)
Serum Ca-125 levels were measured in 154 patients undergoing laparoscopy or laparotomy for infertility and/or pelvic pain. Pelvic endometriosis at various stages was observed in 102 of the patients, and 52 had a visually normal pelvis and served as a control group. We found a significantly higher mean serum Ca-125 concentration in the patients with stages(More)
The objective of this study was to determine whether the matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) rs3918242 single nucleotide polymorphism may confer susceptibility to systemic sclerosis (SSc) with and without ulcers in an Italian Caucasian population. The MMP-9 rs3918242 functional polymorphism was genotyped in 461 subjects of Italian Caucasian origin: 228(More)