Ugo Ramenghi

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Diamond Blackfan anaemia (DBA) is a rare, genetically and clinically heterogeneous, inherited red cell aplasia. Classical DBA affects about seven per million live births and presents during the first year of life. However, as mutated genes have been discovered in DBA, non-classical cases with less distinct phenotypes are being described in adults as well as(More)
UNLABELLED Among 94 osteopetrotic patients presenting with a severe clinical picture and diagnosed early in life, 12 bore mutations in the ClCN7 gene, but only 7 of them had the expected two recessive mutations. The remaining five patients seem to be heterozygous for a ClCN7 mutation, and significant variations were observed in the clinical manifestations(More)
Fas (CD95) is a transmembrane molecule that induces programmed cell death (PCD) of lymphocytes. We examined its function in children with chronic thrombocytopenia, serum autoantibodies, and lymphadenopathy and/or splenomegaly. We found that T-cell lines from six of seven patients with this autoimmune/lymphoproliferative disease (ALD) were relatively(More)
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) in children is sometimes characterized by a severe course, requiring prolonged administration of immunosuppressive therapy. Rituximab is able to cause selective in vivo destruction of B lymphocytes, with abrogation of antibody production. In a prospective study, we have evaluated the use of rituximab for the treatment of(More)
Diamond-Blackfan Anemia (DBA) is characterized by a defect of erythroid progenitors and, clinically, by anemia and malformations. DBA exhibits an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance with incomplete penetrance. Currently nine genes, all encoding ribosomal proteins (RP), have been found mutated in approximately 50% of patients. Experimental evidence(More)
Hereditary hyperferritinaemia-cataract syndrome (HHCS) is an autosomal dominant disease caused by mutations in the iron responsive element (IRE) of the l-ferritin gene. Despite the elucidation of the genetic basis, the overall clinical spectrum of HHCS has been less well studied as, to date, only individual case reports have been described. Therefore, we(More)
Mutations of the ribosomal protein S19 (RPS19) gene were recently identified in 10 patients with Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA). To determine the prevalence of mutations in this gene in DBA and to begin to define the molecular basis for the observed variable clinical phenotype of this disorder, the genomic sequence of the 6 exons and the 5' untranslated(More)
BACKGROUND Familial tumoral calcinosis (FTC) is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterised by the development of multiple calcified masses in periarticular soft tissues; GALNT3 gene mutations have recently been described in an African American and in a Druse Arab family with FTC. OBJECTIVE To report the clinical and histological features caused by a(More)
We report the long-term follow-up (median 39.5 months) of 49 paediatric patients (33 females and 16 males) with refractory symptomatic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) treated with rituximab. The overall response rate was 69% (34/49 patients). Twenty-one responders had a platelet count >50 x 10(9)/l at a median 20.2 months from treatment. Kaplan-Meier(More)
Human umbilical cord blood as an alternative source of hematopoietic stem cells for bone marrow reconstitution, has recently been demonstrated to yield successful HLA-matched placental blood grafts in children. It has been shown that cord blood contains sufficient progenitor cells to effect hematological reconstitution. Since then, more than 25 cord blood(More)