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ISSN print: 0393 – 0564
ISSN digital: 0392- 7091

BC: Articoli scritti da G. Fortunato

Metalloproteinasi e vescicole extracellulari: una finestra di opportunità per la gestione degli aneurismi
Harnessing the potential of metalloproteinases in extracellular vesicles: a window of opportunity for aneurysm management
<p>An aortic aneurysm is a ruinous condition that compromises the aortic wall. If inaccurately monitored, it could evolve in an extensive dilatation of the vessel and eventually in the aorta&#39;s devastating rupture with low survival rates. The recent attempts to increase clinical remission and disease clearance have only partially alleviated the disease-related poor prognosis. Indeed, aortic aneurysm events annually increase their impact on the National Health Systems of industrialized countries. In recent years, liquid biopsy tests have gained attention as a valuable alternative to traditional diagnostics. Classified as small extracellular vesicles of endosomal origin, exosomes are 30-150 nm diameter vesicles, which are physiologically produced by all cell types and secreted through an exocytosis process in blood, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, and other body fluids. Representing the molecular footprint of the cells of origin, exosomes have been recently considered to design a reliable liquid biopsy for non-invasive monitoring of disease evolution and a valuable tool to monitor the therapy response. Metalloproteinases have been reported as specific markers of aortic aneurysm in terms of disease staging and progression. Of interest, it has been demonstrated a specular metalloproteinase expression in the extracellular vesicles of patients, thus constituting a personal &quot;barcode&quot; of disease progression. This evidence could potentially allow the definition of innovative liquid biopsy approaches for monitoring the disease together with a comprehensive aortic aneurysm-derived exosomes molecular characterization and trapping.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 45(4) 339-347
Rassegne - Reviews
A wide next-generation-sequencing panel improves the molecular diagnosis of dyslipidemias
<p>Introduction: dyslipidemias are common clinical conditions associated to cardiovascular diseases. Among these, Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) and severe Hypertriglyceridemia (sHTG) are the most frequent ones. The aim of this study is to evaluate the possible use of a wide next-generation-sequencing (NGS) panel of 28 genes involved in lipid metabolism, to improve the molecular diagnosis of dyslipidemias.<br />Methods: a reanalysis of 25 patients (21 FH and 4 sHTG) previously analyzed for a few causative genes has been carried on. Patients bearing different types of variants [single nucleotide variants (SNVs) and copy number variations (CNVs)] in different genes, previously analyzed with Sanger sequencing and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) have been selected. DNA libraries have been prepared using Agilent SureSelect target enrichment protocol; the sequencing has been performed using Illumina MiSeq (V2 150x2 Micro). The results of the sequencing have been evaluated by Agilent SureCall and Agilent Alissa Align&amp;Call and Intrepret pipelines.<br />Results: all previously identified SNVs and CNVs have been confirmed by NGS. Additional rare variants, not always associated with dyslipidemias, were found in 23/25 patients. An additional pathogenic variant in the APOBgene has been identified in a sHTG patient carrying only 1 pathogenic variant in the APOA5gene (causative of sHTG).<br />Conclusions: the NGS-method confirmed all the results obtained with direct sequencing and MLPA methodologies. Additional rare variants were detected, even if most of them turned out to be variant of uncertain significance (VUS). In conclusion, this NGS approach may enhance the molecular diagnosis of different types of dyslipidemias, thereby leading to a better understanding and detection of complex phenotypes.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 44(3) 255-262
Contributi Scientifici - Scientific Papers
Il ruolo del laboratorio di Biochimica Clinica nell’organizzazione di un evento sportivo internazionale: la XXX Universiade Estiva
Biochimica Clinica ; 44(3) 314-317
Lettere all'Editore - Letters to the Editor
Galectin-3 and Lp(a) plasma concentrations and advanced carotid atherosclerotic plaques: correlation with plaque presence and features
<p>Introduction: atherosclerosis is one of the leading causes of death and morbidity worldwide. It consists in thedevelopment of plaques in the intima media layers of arteries due to lipid accumulation and oxidation, causingmassive inflammation. We aim to better understand the role of Galectin-3 (Gal-3) and Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] aspossible peripheral markers of plaque presence.<br />Methods: Gal-3 and Lp(a) were measured in plasma samples from 99 patients undergoing carotid endarterectomyand 78 healthy controls, by immunometric assays. Plaques were classified histologically, according to the AmericanHeart Association (AHA) guidelines as type Va (fibroatheroma), Vb (mainly calcific) and Vl (complicated lesion).<br />Results: Gal-3 and Lp(a) plasma levels are higher in patients compared to controls [19.8 ng/mL (SD 5.8) vs 14.0ng/mL (3.6)], p&lt;0.0001 and 8.4 mg/dL (IQR 4.0-25.1) vs 4.7 mg/dL (2.4-12.7), p=0.0003, respectively). Analysis ofROC curves confirmed the discriminating power of these markers obtaining an area under the curve of 0.806(p&lt;0.0001) for Gal-3 and 0.657 (p=0.0001) for Lp(a). At multivariate logistic regression, Gal-3 and Lp(a) plasma levelswere associated with plaque presence independently of each other as well as of age, sex, LDL-C levels and previousmyocardial infarction with an odds ratio of 1.22 (95%CI 1.08-1.38, p=0.002) and 1.05 (1.00-1.09, p=0.048)respectively. No differences of Gal-3 and Lp(a) plasma levels were observed among the plaque types.<br />Conclusion: our data showed that Gal-3 and Lp(a) are reliable markers of advanced atherosclerotic plaques. Theabsence of differences among the different lesion types suggests that the increase of Gal-3 and Lp(a) is independentof the specific plaque features.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 43(3) 289-295
Contributi Scientifici - Scientific Papers