Roberta Rolla

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Autoimmune reactions are often associated with alcoholic liver disease; however, the mechanisms responsible are largely unknown. This study investigates the potential role of the immune response against hydroxyethyl free radical (HER)-derived antigens and of polymorphisms in immunoregulatory genes in the development of anti-cytochrome P4502E1 (CYP2E1)(More)
Increasing evidence indicates the involvement of immune reactions in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver disease. We have investigated whether ethanol-induced oxidative stress might contribute to immune response in alcoholics. Antibodies against human serum albumin modified by reaction with malondialdehyde (MDA), 4-hydroxynonenal (HNE), 2-hexenal, acrolein,(More)
The role of genetic factors in the pathogenesis of alcohol-induced liver disease (ALD) is receiving increasing attention. Recently, it has been reported that homozygosity for a valine to alanine substitution in the mitochondrial targeting sequence of manganese superoxide dismutase (Mn-SOD) represents a risk factor for severe ALD. Because this mutation is(More)
BACKGROUND Iron accumulation is a well-known risk factor for the progression of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) to fibrosis. However, the profibrogenic role of the genes controlling iron homeostasis is still controversial. AIM To evaluate the relative role of haemachromatosis (HFE), ferroportin and beta-globin gene mutations in promoting iron accumulation and(More)
Acetaldehyde and malonildialdehyde can form hybrid protein adducts, named MAA adducts that have strong immunogenic properties. The formation of MAA adducts in the liver of chronic alcohol-fed rats is associated with the development of circulating antibodies that specifically recognized these adducts. The aim of this study was to examine whether MAA adducts(More)
Antibodies against malondialdehyde (MDA)-modified proteins are often increased in patients with diseases related to oxidative stress. However, the clinical significance of these antibodies is hampered by their frequent presence also in healthy controls. Aim of this work has been to characterize the immune reactivity against MDA-derived antigens in healthy(More)
BACKGROUND Suboptimal platelet inhibition still represents an important challenge, especially for patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common comorbidity of patients with coronary artery disease, and may potentially influence platelet reactivity. So far only few studies have assessed the role of(More)
AIMS To evaluate the prognostic implications of baseline cardiac troponin (cTn) values in the normal range in stable coronary artery disease (CAD) patients successfully treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS AND RESULTS We investigated the correlation between pre-procedural cTnI levels and major clinical adverse events at three(More)
Cardiovascular risk is still underestimated in women, experiencing higher mortality and worse prognosis after acute cardiovascular events. Gender differences have been reported in thrombotic and hemorrhagic risk during dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), thus suggesting a potential variability in platelet reactivity according to sex. The aim of the present(More)