Nadia Banchieri

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Sarcoidosis is the disease in which increased levels of serum Angiotensin-converting enzyme (sACE) are most often detected. It has recently been shown that the deletion (D) or the insertion (I) of a 250bp-DNA fragment in the ACE gene accounts for three main ACE genotypes (i.e., II, ID, and DD) and for 47% of total phenotypic variance in sACE level. The aim(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the prevalence of dystrophin defects in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in male patients and to formulate investigation strategies for their identification. BACKGROUND Dystrophin defects presenting with predominant or exclusive cardiac involvement may be clinically indistinguishable from "idiopathic" DCM. Diagnosis may be missed, unless(More)
OBJECTIVES Molecular biological testing for genetic diseases has grown rapidly, but speed, accuracy, specificity, sensitivity, throughput, and cost become more important as large scale screening is considered. This is a pilot study of an assay for the simultaneous detection of up to 31 cystic fibrosis mutations in a multicentre population based screening of(More)
Mitochondrial (mt)DNA defects, both deletions and tRNA point mutations, have been associated with cardiomyopathies. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of pathological mtDNA mutations and to assess associated defects of mitochondrial enzyme activity in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) patients with ultrastructural abnormalities of cardiac(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the possible coexistence of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations in patients with beta myosin heavy chain (beta MHC) linked hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) who develop congestive heart failure. DESIGN Molecular analysis of beta MHC and mtDNA gene defects in patients with HCM. SETTING Cardiovascular molecular diagnostic and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association of the three angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) genotypes, DD, ID, and II, with the occurrence or absence of coronary atherosclerosis and with myocardial infarction and hypertension. DESIGN Cohort analysis study. SETTING North-Italy reference centre. SUBJECTS 388 white Italian patients (281 males; mean age(More)
The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between acute rejection and human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection, as well as the coexpression of HLA-DR and immediate-early (IE) viral antigens, in 143 transbronchial biopsies and bronchoalveolar lavage fluids of 32 lung transplant recipients. We investigated the occurrence of morphologically overt(More)
Serum and aortic tissue cholesterol levels in parallel with aortic relaxation to endothelium-dependent and independent drugs were determined in Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHL) rabbits in comparison with New Zealand (N.Z.) normocholesterolemic rabbits, aged 4-14 months. Serum cholesterol was elevated (626 +/- 99 mg/100 ml) in 4-6-month-old WHHL(More)
Coronary Heart Disease is a condition wherein there is a buildup of plaque in the coronary artery that creates a blockade reducing the supply of oxygen to the myocardial cells. As the muscle cells begin to undergo necrosis, the body is said to be in a state of Mycocardial Infarction. Even though the condition of Myocardial infarction (MI) is extensively(More)
The present study summarizes our ten-year (1985-1995) experience with endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) in patients with idiopathic congestive heart failure (CHF), with specific reference to frequency of myocarditis, treatment policy, relative benefits, and follow-up. Of the 601 patients who constituted our series, 38 were clinically suspected of having(More)