Teresa Santostasi

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OBJECTIVE This study aim was to determine the prevalence of microorganisms in the respiratory tract of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) admitted to the CF Reference Centre in Southern Italy between 2002-2010. METHODS Microbiology assessment of samples (sputum and tracheal aspirates) collected from patients with pulmonary exacerbation admitted to(More)
Lung disease and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) airway colonization represent a major cause of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF). Human beta-defensin (hBD)-1 is believed to play an important role in mucosal innate immunity in the lung. This study aimed to investigate whether three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the(More)
During a multicentric study conducted in Southern Italy, we studied five sets of cystic fibrosis siblings bearing a strongly discordant liver phenotype, three with genotype DeltaF508/R553X, one with genotype DeltaF508/unknown, and one with genotype unknown/unknown. The siblings of each set were raised in the same family environment, and there were no(More)
We screened the whole coding region of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene in 371 unrelated cystic fibrosis (CF) patients from three regions of southern Italy. Forty-three mutations detected 91.5% of CF mutated chromosomes by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis, and three intragenic CFTR polymorphisms predicted a myriad of(More)
BACKGROUND It is not known whether antibiotic therapy for lung disease in cystic fibrosis (CF) has an influence on circulating polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) function and apoptosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS Blood PMNs were obtained from 14 CF patients before and after antibiotic treatment for an acute exacerbation, and from 10 healthy controls. PMNs were(More)
We and others have recently reported a high frequency (70-80%) of ALL-1 (MLL, HRX, HTRX) gene rearrangements in infants with acute leukemias (AL) aged less than 1 year. Preliminary observations in limited series also suggested that ALL-1 gene configuration is an important prognostic factor in this leukemic subset. We have now extended our study to a series(More)
A detailed analysis of immunophenotype of 112 infants aged less than 18 months with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) was performed. Patients were divided into three groups on the basis of age at presentation (under 6 months: group 1: 6-12 months: group 2; 13-18 months: group 3). There were three cases of T-ALL (2.6%). The proportion of other subtypes(More)
Currently, more than 1,000 mutations have been identified in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene. While some mutations are common worldwide, the majority are restricted in certain ethnic groups. We have found that in Southern Italy, the 852del22 mutation is well represented with a frequency of 3.5%. We have screened, by reverse dot blot,(More)
The t(1;19)(q23;p13), a non-random chromosome rearrangement associated with childhood pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), results at molecular level in the hybrid E2A-PBX1 gene. This gene is expressed in a typical set of fusion transcripts and oncogenic chimeric proteins. However, the occurrence of t(1;19) molecular variants has been recently(More)