Serena Guiducci

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OBJECTIVE The 1980 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria for systemic sclerosis (SSc) lack sensitivity for early SSc and limited cutaneous SSc. The present work, by a joint committee of the ACR and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), was undertaken for the purpose of developing new classification criteria for SSc. (More)
OBJECTIVE Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a disorder characterized by vascular damage and fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. Despite marked tissue hypoxia, there is no evidence of compensatory angiogenesis. The ability of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to differentiate into endothelial cells was recently demonstrated. The aim of this study was to(More)
Telocytes, a peculiar type of stromal cells, have been recently identified in a variety of tissues and organs, including human skin. Systemic sclerosis (SSc, scleroderma) is a complex connective tissue disease characterized by fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. We presently investigated telocyte distribution and features in the skin of SSc patients(More)
Vasoconstriction accompanied by changes in skin color is a normal physiologic response to cold. The distinction between this normal physiology and Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) has yet to be well characterized. In anticipation of the 9th International Congress on Autoimmunity, a panel of 12 RP experts from 9 different institutes and four different countries(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterise bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) for the expression of factors implicated in MSC recruitment at sites of injury, angiogenesis and fibrosis. The study also analysed whether the production/release of bioactive mediators by MSCs were affected by stimulation with cytokines(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a complex connective tissue disease characterized by fibrosis of the skin and various internal organs. In SSc, telocytes, a peculiar type of stromal (interstitial) cells, display severe ultrastructural damages and are progressively lost from the clinically affected skin. The aim of the present work was to investigate the presence(More)
OBJECTIVE Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and systemic sclerosis (SSc) share some pathophysiologic bases as evidenced by individual and familial polyautoimmunity and common susceptibility genetic factors. With regard to the latter, there has been a recent shift from the "common variant" to the "rare variant" paradigm, since rare variants of TNFAIP3 and(More)
OBJECTIVE Advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs), including Nepsilon-(carboxymethyl)lysine-protein adducts (CML) are involved in micro/macrovascular changes and are co-localized with adhesion molecules in inflamed tissues. Serum levels of CML were investigated in systemic sclerosis (SSc) characterized by microvascular modifications and correlated with(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of anti-Ku antibodies in 625 patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) from six European rheumatological centres and to evaluate their clinical and serological characteristics. METHODS Sera of 625 consecutive patients with either limited cutaneous or diffuse cutaneous SSc were tested for antibodies to Ku antigen(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine serum concentrations and tissue expression of matrix metalloproteinase-12 (MMP-12) and their correlation with clinical features in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS Serum MMP-12 levels from 72 patients with SSc and 42 healthy volunteers were examined by ELISA. Immunohistochemical expression of MMP-12 was analysed in(More)