Vito Giannuzzi

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OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to estimate the seroprevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the general population older than 18 years of age in a southern Italian town. METHODS The survey was conducted from July 2005 through January 2007 in Putignano, Bari, Apulia. A random 1:5 sampling from the list of records maintained by general(More)
A randomized controlled trial of tamoxifen (60 mg/die) versus placebo was performed in patients with cirrhosis and advanced inoperable hepatocellular carcinoma. Twenty-two patients were matched and coupled for sex, age, Child-Pugh class and tumour mass and then randomized to tamoxifen or placebo. Median survival was 74 weeks in the tamoxifen group (range 27(More)
OBJECTIVES Helicobacter pylori is a controversial risk factor for atherosclerosis. We investigated whether the bacterium persistent inflammation or the expression of the cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA) may affect serum lipids as well as Lipoprotein(a). DESIGN AND METHODS Two hundred-eleven healthy volunteers were evaluated for lipids and(More)
90K/MAC-2BP glycoprotein is a serum tumour marker, member of the scavenger receptor cysteine rich (SRCR) protein superfamily, involved in different immunological mechanisms. In the present study, we determined 90K serum levels by a sandwich enzyme immunoassay using the same monoclonal antibody in 11 chronic active hepatitis (CAH), 48 liver cirrhosis and 36(More)
BACKGROUND Up to 80% of hepatitis C patients are refractory to treatment with interferon-alpha. These patients are not likely to benefit from higher dosages or longer duration of interferon alone. The addition of ribavirin has been shown to improve the response rate in patients resistant to a previous course of interferon-alpha alone. AIM To evaluate(More)
BACKGROUND IFN-induced depression is a suitable model for investigating vulnerability to depression. We aimed at investigating the role of two vulnerability factors, lifetime mood disorder (LMD) and 5-HT-related gene polymorphisms in treated patients with infection by Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). METHODS Depressive symptoms of 130 consecutive HCV patients(More)
This study aimed to investigate the role of alexithymia in the quality of life of patients with chronic hepatitis C treated with antiviral therapy. A consecutive sample of 124 patients were evaluated at baseline, during, and 6months after treatment with interferon and ribavirin. At baseline past mood disorders and alexithymia and, at each index visit,(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that alexithymia is associated with gene polymorphisms that regulate the availability of serotonin (5-HT) in the brain. Since the 5-HT network is involved in interferon (IFN)-induced depression, this paper aimed to investigate the role of alexithymia and the functional gene variants of the 5-HT1A receptor (HTR1A) and(More)
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