Serafina Massari

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The pseudocapsule (PC) of the uterine leiomyoma (UL) is an anatomic entity that surrounds the myoma separating it from the myometrium (UM). Although a number of microarray experiments have identified differences in gene expression profile in the UL when compared with the UM, there is a lack of systematic studies on the PC. In this study, quantitative RT-PCR(More)
In mammals, T cells develop along two discrete pathways characterized by expression of either the αβ or the γδT cell receptors. Human, mouse, and dog display a low peripheral blood γδ T cell percentage, while sheep accounts for a high proportion of γδ T lymphocytes. In all these species, the genomic organization of the T cell receptor gamma (TRG) locus is(More)
Analyzing the recent high-quality genome sequence of the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), we deduced for the first time in a mammalian species belonging to Carnivora order, the genomic structure and the putative origin of the TRG locus. New variable (TRGV), joining (TRGJ) and constant (TRGC) genes for a total of 40 are organized into eight cassettes(More)
The present study identifies the genomic structure and the gene content of the T cell receptor beta (TRB) locus in the Oryctolagus cuniculus whole genome assembly. The rabbit locus spans less than 600 Kb and the general genomic organization is highly conserved with respect to other mammalian species. A pool of 74 TRB variable (TRBV) genes distributed in 24(More)
Fifty-five members of a family with the cancer family syndrome (CFS) were investigated for the following potential biomarkers for cancer proneness: (1) cytogenetics of peripheral blood lymphocytes and skin fibroblasts; (2) in vitro tetraploidy of dermal fibroblast monolayer cultures; (3) quantitative serum immunoglobulin determinations; (4) study of genetic(More)
In mammals, T cells develop along two discrete pathways characterized by expression of either the αβ or the γδ T cell receptors. Human and mouse display a low peripheral blood γδ T cell percentage ("γδ low species") while sheep, bovine and pig accounts for a high proportion of γδ T lymphocytes ("γδ high species"). While the T cell receptor alpha (TRA) and(More)
BACKGROUND In most species of mammals, the TRB locus has the common feature of a library of TRBV genes positioned at the 5'- end of two in tandem aligned D-J-C gene clusters, each composed of a single TRBD gene, 6-7 TRBJ genes and one TRBC gene. An enhancer located at the 3'end of the last TRBC and a well-defined promoter situated at the 5'end of the TRBD(More)
Uterine leiomyoma (UL), the most common benign tumour found in females, is associated with many recurrent genetic aberrations, such as translocations, interstitial deletions and specific germline mutations. Among these, mutations affecting exon 2 of the mediator complex subunit 12 (MED12) gene are commonly detected in the majority of ULs. Mutational(More)
The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is a mammal that belongs to the Cetartiodactyla and have lived in marine ecosystems for nearly 60 millions years. Despite its popularity, our knowledge about its adaptive immunity and evolution is very limited. Furthermore, nothing is known about the genomics and evolution of dolphin antigen receptor immunity.(More)
Ventricular arrhythmias are one of the most common causes of death in developed countries. The use of implantable cardiac defibrillators is the most effective treatment to prevent sudden cardiac death. To date, the ejection fraction is the only approved clinical variable used to determine suitability for defibrillator placement in subjects with heart(More)