Rachele Piras

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE A critical aspect of multiple sclerosis (MS) treatments is understanding the effect of disease-modifying drugs (DMDs) on the long-term risk of disability and whether the effect is related to disability at start of treatment. METHODS We performed an observational study on 3060 MS patients. The effect of therapy on progression to(More)
Mutations on the LMNA gene are responsible for an heterogeneous group of diseases. Overlapping syndromes related to LMNA gene alterations have been extensively reported. Study scope is to perform a systematic analysis of the overlapping syndromes so far described and to try to correlate the clinical features to the associated genetic alterations. We(More)
Laminopathies are a heterogeneous group of LMNA-gene-mutation-related clinical disorders associated with alterations of cardiac and skeletal muscle and peripheral nerves, metabolic defects, and premature aging. Leg muscle imaging investigations were performed in a cohort of patients with LMNA gene alterations who were suffering from Emery-Dreifuss muscular(More)
INTRODUCTION LMNA gene mutations are associated with cardiac and skeletal muscle alterations. METHODS A cohort of 21 mutated individuals was assessed with clinical and instrumental investigations over the years. RESULTS The median observation period was 6 years. Cardiac compromise was detected in 16 patients. Bradyarrhythmias were the most frequent(More)
Five Sardinian patients presented in their 5th or 6th decade with progressive limb girdle muscle weakness but their muscle biopsies showed vacuolar myopathy. The more or less abundant subsarcolemmal and intermyofibrillar vacuoles showed intense, partially α-amylase resistant, PAS-positive deposits consistent with polyglucosan. The recent description of(More)
Patients with a partial reduction of merosin due to mutations in the laminin-α2 chain gene usually present with a mild form of congenital muscular dystrophy or a limb-girdle-like muscular dystrophy. To our knowledge, cardiac impairment has never been reported in such patients. A longitudinal study of a patient with partial laminin-α2 deficiency secondary to(More)
INTRODUCTION Familial dilated cardiomyopathy with conduction system defects variably associated with skeletal muscle abnormalities is frequently caused by LMNA gene mutations. METHODS A family affected by cardiac abnormalities, either isolated or variably associated with skeletal muscle compromise, was identified. LMNA gene analysis was applied to all(More)
The following is a report on a large family with 5 males affected by the X-linked recessive form of Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy with mutation in the STA gene. A detailed longitudinal cardiological evaluation and muscle imaging studies allowed for the assessment of intrafamilial variability of cardiac and muscle involvement. Long term cardiological(More)
Genetic evidence indicates a central role of cerebral accumulation of beta-amyloid (Abeta) in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Beside presenilin 1 and 2, three other recently discovered proteins (Aph 1, PEN 2 and nicastrin) are associated with gamma-secretase activity, the enzymatic complex generating Abeta. Alterations in genes encoding these(More)
A series of 6-thioxopyrimidines (5, 6), their 6-oxo- analogs (11-14), and pyrimidine-2,4-diones (20-26), were synthesized and evaluated for their antitumoral activity against 60 tumoral cell lines. The activity of propenethioamide (3, 4) and propeneamide (7-10 and 15-19) intermediates is also reported. Among the tested compounds the thioxopyrimidine 5c,(More)