Valeria Brancolini

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There are several forms of hereditary human hair loss, known collectively as alopecias, the molecular bases of which are entirely unknown. A kindred with a rare, recessively inherited type of alopecia universalis was used to search for a locus by homozygosity mapping, and linkage was established in a 6-centimorgan interval on chromosome 8p12 (the logarithm(More)
Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN) with focally folded myelin sheaths, or Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 4B (CMT4B), is a distinct clinical entity belonging to the heterogeneous group of autosomal recessive demyelinating neuropathies. We first described a large pedigree with CMT4B, which showed a high consanguinity level and an autosomal recessive(More)
Familial calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPDD) is a disease of articular cartilage that is radiographically characterized by chondrocalcinosis due to the deposition of calcium-containing crystals in affected joints. We have documented the disease in an Argentinean kindred of northern Italian ancestry and in a French kindred from the(More)
Cowden syndrome (CS) is an autosomal dominant disorder associated with the development of hamartomas and benign tumors in a variety of tissues, including the skin, thyroid, breast, endometrium, and brain. It has been suggested that women with CS are at increased risk for breast cancer. A locus for CS was recently defined on chromosome 10 in 12 families,(More)
Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy with focally folded myelin sheaths, or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease neuropathy type 4B (CMT4B), is a distinct clinical and genetic entity belonging to the heterogeneous group of autosomal recessive demyelinating neuropathies. We previously described a large pedigree with CMT4B and found evidence of linkage to(More)
A cohort of 31 cystic fibrosis patients showing pancreatic sufficiency and bearing an unidentified mutation on at least one chromosome was analyzed through denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of the whole coding region of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene, including intron-exon boundaries. Three new and 19 previously described(More)
We report on two Italian families with an early-adult onset autosomal dominant disorder, characterized by leukoencephalopathy, migraine, psychiatric disturbances, stroke and dementia. These findings fulfill the diagnostic criteria for cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) syndrome. Moreover, to(More)
The neuronal type of primary chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudoobstruction (CIIP) results from the developmental failure of enteric neurons to migrate or differentiate correctly. This leads to intestinal motility disorders, which are characterized by symptoms and signs of bowel obstruction in the absence of a mechanical obstacle. Most of these conditions(More)