Olga Calabrese

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Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) are characterized by progressive lower extremity spasticity due to an axonal degeneration of motor and sensory neurons. We report a four-generation pedigree segregating an autosomal dominant phenotype for HSP and showing a linkage to the SPG10 locus, coding for Kinesin family member 5A. Subsequent to a denaturing high(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Duplication of the lamin B1 gene (LMNB1) has recently been described in a rare form of autosomal dominant adult-onset leucoencephalopathy. The aim of the study was to evaluate the presence of LMNB1 gene defects in a series of eight patients with diffuse adult-onset hereditary leucoencephalopathy. METHODS Clinical features of tested(More)
The length of the CAG repeat responsible for Huntington disease has been analysed by two PCR methods in blood and sperm DNA of 13 expansion carriers, two carriers of intermediate alleles, and four normal subjects. The two methods consistently confirmed size heterogeneity, more pronounced in sperm and confined to the CAG stretch. Based on densitometric(More)
Recent data has suggested that familial recurrent hydatidiform mole is a rare autosomal recessive trait in women experiencing this gestational disease (MIM 231090). Here we provide molecular data on an additional family confirming that recurrent familial hydatidiform moles are diploid, biparental and arise from independent conceptions. A narrowing of the(More)
Autosomal recessive spastic paraplegia with thinning of corpus callosum (ARHSP-TCC) is a complex form of HSP initially described in Japan but subsequently reported to have a worldwide distribution with a particular high frequency in multiple families from the Mediterranean basin. We recently showed that ARHSP-TCC is commonly associated with mutations in(More)
Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia type I is the most common form of dominant ataxia. A genetic heterogeneity has been identified with five different loci (SCA1, 2, 3, 4, and 6). A pathological expansion of a CAG sequence has been identified in SCA1, 2, 3, and 6. We performed molecular analysis in 51 families with autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia type(More)
UNLABELLED Rett syndrome (RTT) is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder affecting almost exclusively females. The Hanefeld variant, or early-onset seizure variant, has been associated with mutations in CDKL5 gene. AIMS In recent years more than 60 patients with mutations in the CDKL5 gene have been described in the literature, but the cardiorespiratory(More)
We assessed neuropsychological performances of 22 patients affected by Autosomal Dominant Cerebellar Ataxia type 1. All subjects completed a comprehensive battery of standardized tests requiring a verbal response, without time constraints. In order to verify the hypothesis that disease severity is the major factor in determining the cognitive status in this(More)
Twenty two patients from 17 families with Friedreich's disease phenotype but with onset ranging from the ages of 21 to 36 are described. Comparison with "typical" Friedreich's disease with onset before 20 years of age showed only a lower occurrence of skeletal deformities. The peripheral and central neurophysiological findings, sural nerve biopsy, and the(More)
We studied 83 patients from 36 Italian families with autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia type I. Mean onset age +/- SD was 34.2 +/- 12.8 years with a mean anticipation of 12.8 +/- 15.1 in 52 parent-offspring pairs. Onset age anticipation occurred predominantly through paternal transmission. Mean age at death was at 56.5 +/- 15.5 years. The most common(More)