Samantha Berti

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The behaviour of extracellular matrix glycoproteins (fibronectin, laminin, basement membrane heparan-sulphate proteoglycan, type III, IV and V collagens) has been investigated in a sequential model of experimental hepatic fibrosis, using an immunofluorescence technique. The presence of some basement membrane macromolecules (such as type IV and V collagens,(More)
Pemphigoid gestationis (PG) is a rare dermal-epidermal autoimmune bullous disease of pregnancy and postpartum, which relapses more seriously and earlier during following pregnancies. PG also occurs in association with trophoblastic tumours or oral contraceptive treatment. The term 'persistent PG' represents the cases where active disease persists for months(More)
A 2-month-old boy was found to have a red, desquamative dermatitis of the diaper area that had appeared 15 days after birth. He had been born at term with no perinatal problems. Our initial diagnosis was candidal intertrigo, which was confirmed by mycological exam. After a 15-day course of treatment with bifonazole cream, the dermatitis worsened and spread(More)
Vitiligo is a skin disorder characterized by loss of functional melanocytes. Keratinocytes contribute to melanocyte homeostasis, and keratinocyte alteration may play a role in melanocyte dysfunction in vitiligo. In particular, the release of melanogenic mediators and the level of functioning keratinocytes may affect melanocyte dysfunction in vitiligo(More)
Vitiligo can be treated using various new and experimental therapies, such as narrow-band ultraviolet B microphototherapy (NB-UVB), narrow-band ultraviolet B excimer laser and monochromatic excimer light. The first is recommended for generalized vitiligo, whereas the latter two are indicated in patients affected by segmental and bilateral symmetrical(More)
BACKGROUND A recent systematic evaluation of vitiligo and psoriasis comorbidity has not yet been reported in a large series of patients with vitiligo. OBJECTIVE To investigate the practical/clinical implications in subjects with both vitiligo and psoriasis compared to those with vitiligo alone. METHODS This was a case-control study on 463 vitiligo(More)
We describe a 5-year-old boy with red-pink, firm, nodular lesions, with central resolution and prominent borders, localized to the face, backs of the hands, extensor surfaces of the arms and legs, and the buttocks. He also had recurrent bacterial respiratory infections. Quantitative immunoglobulin levels revealed hypogammaglobulinemia and increased IgM(More)
BACKGROUND Current studies have treated a limited portion of the subjective aspects of vitiligo patients and have yet to elucidate possible psychological differences between those with autoimmune markers (AIM) with respect to those without autoimmune markers (NAIM). OBJECTIVE To perform an age and gender-matched 1:1 case-control study through a comparison(More)