Paola Rimessi

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AIMS Hereditary transthyretin (TTR)-related amyloidosis (ATTR) is mainly considered a neurologic disease. We assessed the phenotypic and genotypic spectra of ATTR in a Caucasian area and evaluated the prevalence, genetic background, and disease profile of cases with an exclusively cardiac phenotype, highlighting possible hints for the differential diagnosis(More)
Deletion and duplication of one or more exons in the dystrophin gene account for 70% of patients with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies (DMD and BMD) and other allelic clinical entities such as raised serum creatine kinase and X linked dilated cardiomyopathy (XLDC). The severity of the resulting phenotype can be generally predicted by whether these(More)
The commonest pathogenic DMD changes are intragenic deletions/duplications which make up to 78% of all cases and point mutations (roughly 20%) detectable through direct sequencing. The remaining mutations (about 2%) are thought to be pure intronic rearrangements/mutations or 5'-3' UTR changes. In order to screen the huge DMD gene for all types of copy(More)
Potentially viable therapeutic approaches for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) are now within reach. Indeed, clinical trials are currently under way. Two crucial aspects still need to be addressed: maximizing therapeutic efficacy and identifying appropriate and sensible outcome measures. Nevertheless, the end point of these trials remains painful muscle(More)
The human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) is a human gamma2-herpesvirus that is implicated in the development of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), primary effusion lymphoma and Castelman's disease. Since the responses of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) play a key role in the control of herpesvirus infection, it is important to identify and to characterize the CTL target epitopes(More)
The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) glycoprotein B (gB-1) gene, deleted of 639 nucleotides that encode the transmembrane anchor sequence and reconstructed with the extramembrane and intracytoplasmic domains, was cloned under control of the Rous sarcoma virus long terminal repeat in the episomal replicating vector pRP-RSV, which contains the origin of(More)
The 2.2 Mb long dystrophin (DMD) gene, the largest gene in the human genome, corresponds to roughly 0.1% of the entire human DNA sequence. Mutations in this gene cause Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other milder X-linked, recessive dystrophinopathies. Using a custom-made tiling array, specifically designed for the DMD locus, we identified a variety of(More)
The molecular pathogenesis of ovarian carcinoma involves altered expression of growth factors, activation of oncogenes and loss of tumor suppressor genes. Loss of heterozygosity on chromosomes 3p, 6q, 11p, 17 and 18q was reported as a significant alteration in ovarian cancer. However, no functional proof has been provided of tumor suppressor activity(More)
Wild-type P16/CDKN2 (p16INK4A, MTS1) cDNA, directed by the cytomegalovirus (CMV) immediate early promoter, was transfected into RT4 and RT112 bladder-carcinoma cell lines bearing a mutated endogenous P16/CDKN2 gene and lacking endogenous P16/CDKN2 respectively. In both cases, only transfected clones with rearranged exogenous P16/CDKN2 cDNA could be grown(More)
DMD gene exons duplications account for up to 5-10 % of Duchenne (DMD) and up to 5-19% of Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies; as for the more common deletions, the genotype-phenotype correlation and the genetic prognosis are generally based on the "reading frame rule". Nevertheless, the transcriptional profile of duplications, abridging the genomic(More)