Patrizia Ferrero

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An inflammatory response has been hypothesised to be involved in the pathogenesis of primary dementias, above all Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study was aimed at evaluating interleukin (IL)-12 and a panel of related cytokine levels in paired CSF and sera of demented patients. IL-12 (p70 heterodimer and total IL-12 p40 chain), interferon (IFN)-gamma, IL-10(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is generally considered to be a paradigm of pure motor neuron disorder; nevertheless, the possible occurrence of cognitive impairment up to a frank dementia in patients affected by ALS is recognized. The appraisal of the cognitive impairment in ALS patients is crucial not only to the therapeutic trials of this incurable(More)
An inflammatory response has been hypothesised to be involved in the pathogenesis of primary dementias, above all Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This study was aimed at evaluating interleukin (IL)-12 and a panel of related cytokine levels in paired CSF and sera of demented patients. IL-12 (p70 heterodimer and total IL-12 p40 chain), interferon (IFN)-γ, IL-10 and(More)
BACKGROUND A hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the first intron of C9ORF72 has been shown to be responsible for a high number of familial cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Atypical presentations have been described, particularly psychosis. METHODS We determined the frequency of the hexanucleotide repeat(More)
Peripheral benzodiazepine receptors (pBDZr) were analyzed in lymphocyte membranes from patients with anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), n = 15; panic disorder (PD), n = 10; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), n = 18), other mental disorders (n = 40) and 50 healthy controls, by the specific binding of 3H-PK11195. The number of binding(More)
A historical cohort study was undertaken to determine the risk of epilepsy in a population of 371 newborns with an acute neurological disorder related to fetal and/or neonatal hypoxia compared with a control population of 362 normal newborns. The results showed that the risk of epilepsy was 5.1 times higher in the group of subjects affected at birth by a(More)
This study was aimed at identifying, in 203 patients with Alzheimer's disease followed during long-term treatment with Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs), the predictive factors of the clinical response among cognition (MMSE), functioning (BADL and IADL) measures and age and gender at the baseline (T0). The ANCOVA test showed a significant association(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Recent studies showed that TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), encoded by the TARDBP gene, is a major pathological protein in both sporadic and familial frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The aim of this study was to search for mutations of the TARDBP gene in the disease. METHODS We sequenced the TARDBP gene in 172 unrelated FTLD(More)
Since age effects on central conduction time in the acoustic pathway are still debated, we recorded brainstem auditory evoked potentials in 154 normoacoustic subjects, with no history of neurologic or otologic pathology. Linear regression has been used for statistical analysis. Data obtained show an age-related prolongation of latency values which is(More)
BACKGROUND The allergic reaction is characterized by an inflammatory response, which is correlated to the allergen exposure, and is detectable in mite allergic patients, even when symptoms are absent. OBJECTIVE The study was aimed at assessing the presence of inflammation in patients with pollen allergy during a long observation period. METHODS Six(More)