Silvana Pileggi

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Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are congenital vascular anomalies of the central nervous system that can result in seizures, haemorrhage, recurrent headaches and focal neurologic deficit. CCMs can occur as an autosomal dominant trait with incomplete penetrance and a wide phenotypic variability. The genes responsible for this disease are KRIT1/CCM1(More)
Cavernous malformations are angiographically occult, low-pressure neurovascular lesions with distinct imaging and clinical characteristics; main clinical manifestations are seizure, focal neurological deficits and epileptic attacks. Here we describe the molecular characterization of an Italian child, a symptomatic patient, affected by multiple cerebral(More)
A number of features of the pathology occurring in spontaneously hypertensive stroke prone rats (SHRSPs), such as MRI brain signal abnormalities, the presence of high protein content in cerebrospinal fluid and vessel wall thickening, seem to indicate that this strain is a suitable model for cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common congenital heart disorder, affecting up to 2% of the population. Involvement of aortic root and ascending aorta (aneurysm or, eventually, dissection) is frequent in patients with pathologic or normal functioning BAV. Unfortunately, there are no well-known correlations between valvular and(More)
BACKGROUND Lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) is responsible for cholesterol esterification in plasma. Mutations of LCAT gene cause familial LCAT deficiency, a metabolic disorder characterized by hypoalphalipoproteinemia. Apolipoprotein B (apoB) is the main protein component of very-low-density lipoproteins and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).(More)
The Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell'Infarto Miocardico-Heart Failure (GISSI-HF) study reported benefits of n-3 fatty acid (FA) treatment on cardiovascular (CV) events, but the effects of treatment on a putative CV disease risk factor, the red blood cell (RBC) n-3 FA level (the omega-3 index), have not been examined in this context. We(More)
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