Paola Masturzo

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The clinical expression of heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is highly variable even in patients carrying the same LDL receptor (LDL-R) gene mutation. This variability might be due to environmental factors as well as to modifying genes affecting lipoprotein metabolism. We investigated Apo E (2, 3, 4), MTP (-493G/T), Apo B (-516C/T), Apo A-V(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Although epidemiologic investigations are trying to clarify the role of plasma lipid concentrations (primarily cholesterol and its subfractions) as risk factors for both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, little information is available regarding the effect of sustained hypercholesterolemia on cerebral perfusion. METHODS Regional(More)
The effects of a single oral dose of phenobarbital (PB) on the 24 h secretion of prolactin, growth hormone and luteinizing hormone have been evaluated in normal women. An EEG record was taken and barbiturate levels assayed in serum. A statistically significant decrease of growth hormone 24 h mean levels was observed and growth hormone and prolactin values(More)
We have used four restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) of the human low density lipoprotein receptor (LDL-R) gene, detected by the restriction enzymes Ava II, Pvu II, and ApaLI (5' and 3'), to study the effect of variation at this gene locus in determining plasma cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels. Two hundred eighty-nine normolipidemic(More)
The aim of this study was the characterization of mutations of the LDL receptor gene in 39 Italian patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, who were examined during the period 1994 to 1996. The age of the patients ranged from 1 to 64 years; one third of them were older than 30. Plasma LDL cholesterol level ranged from 10.8 to 25.1 mmol/L. The(More)
One of the genetic features of the Sardinian population is the high prevalence of hemoglobin disorders. It has been estimated that 13% to 33% of Sardinians carry a mutant allele of the alpha-globin gene (alpha-thalassemia trait) and that 6% to 17% are beta-thalassemia carriers. In this population, a single mutation of beta-globin gene (Q39X, beta(0) 39)(More)
In this study, we report four new partial deletions of the LDL-receptor (LDL-R) gene discovered during a survey of 326 Italian patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). All deletions were found in FH heterozygotes whose LDL-R activity in skin fibroblasts ranged from 52% to 43% of the values found in control cells. The size and boundaries of the(More)
In the LDL-receptor gene, a large rearrangement causing hypercholesterolemia was detected in three apparently unrelated families living in northern Italy. In all probands, binding, internalization, and degradation of 125I-LDL measured in skin fibroblasts were found to be 40%-50% of control values, indicative of heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia(More)