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We studied the association between high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and MBL2 functional polymorphisms in a group of 180 high-risk HPV-infected women and 180 healthy control subjects. The most frequent high-risk HPV genotypes were 16 (47.2%), 31 (11.7%), 33 (5%), and 18 (2.2%), respectively. Of the 180 HPV-infected women, 99 presented with(More)
We investigated whether there is a correlation between MBL2 polymorphisms and the host susceptibility to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cancer development. Toward this end, we analyzed MBL2 exon 1 polymorphisms in 172 women infected by strains of HPV that are associated with high-risk of cervical cancer development (or "high-risk" HPV infection),(More)
In our case-control study we analyzed two functional IL18 gene promoter polymorphisms (-137G/C and -607C/A) and an additional polymorphism at position -656 (G/T) in Alzheimer patients and healthy controls in order to verify the involvement of these genetic variations in the onset of Alzheimer disease. No significant differences were detected for the three(More)
We investigated the role of the polymorphisms in the first exon of MBL2 gene in the susceptibility to recurrent tonsillitis in a selected group of Italian children and healthy controls. Significant difference has been observed in MBL2 genotype and allelic frequencies between children with recurrent tonsillitis and healthy controls matched for sex and age.(More)
IL-18 is an important cytokine in both innate and acquired immunity. IL-18 promoter polymorphisms have been investigated in several autoimmune and infectious diseases. Here we present two assays for a medium to a high throughput genotyping of C-607A and G-137C IL-18 SNPs. Using these protocols we have been able to rapidly genotype a cohort of 131 healthy(More)
In our study we analysed three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the 5' untranslated region (UTR) of the DEFB1 gene, namely -52(G/A) -44(C/G) and -20(G/A), in three groups of northeastern Brazilian children in order to assess their role in HIV-1 infection. Our results allowed us to hypothesize that the SNPs located in the 5' UTR of the DEFB1 gene(More)
The pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is not fully understood, but the majority of patients with HCC are associated with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Mannan-binding lectin (MBL) is a collectin that can act directly as opsonine or activate MBL-associated serine proteases (MASPs) thus initiating the(More)
OBJECTIVE In our study we evaluated the frequency of three SNPs (-52 G/A, -44 C/G; -20 G/A) in the 5' UTR of DEFB-1 gene, in a cohort of 130 HIV-1 infected mothers and their children, collected by the Italian group SIGO in Obstetrics and Gynecology. METHODS The three SNPs (-52 G/A, -44 C/G; -20 G/A) in the 5' UTR of DEFB-1 gene were genotyped by direct(More)