Eleonora Torti

The Catholic University of America, Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

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Publications (6)16.1 Total impact

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    Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 11/2012; DOI:10.1515/cclm-2012-0153 · 2.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: MUTYH glycosylase recognizes the 8-oxoG:A mismatch and is able to excise the adenine base using proofreading mechanisms. Some papers have reported a strong association between cancer development or aggressiveness and MUTYH gene mutations. The aim of this study was to find a possible association between the most frequent MUTYH mutations and melanoma in the context of a case-control pilot study. One hundred ninety-five melanoma patients and 195 healthy controls were matched for sex and age. Clinical and laboratory data were collected in a specific database and all individuals were analyzed for MUTYH mutations by high-resolution melting and direct sequencing techniques. Men and women had significantly different distributions of tumor sites and phototypes. No significant associations were observed between the Y165C, G382D and V479F MUTYH mutations and risk of melanoma development or aggressiveness. Our preliminary findings therefore do not confirm a role for MUTYH gene mutations in the melanoma risk. Further studies are necessary for the assessment of MUTYH not only in melanoma but also other cancer types with the same embryonic origin, in the context of larger arrays studies of genes involved in DNA stability or integrity.
    The International journal of biological markers 03/2011; 26(1):37-42. DOI:10.5301/JBM.2011.6285 · 1.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), an X-linked hereditary deficiency, is the most common of all clinically significant enzyme defects. While many drugs are responsible for haemolytic anaemia in G6PD-deficient patients, acetaminophen's imputability is still under debate, although an overdose of this drug can provoke acute haemolytic events. We report a case of a Philipino child carrying the G6PD-Vanua Lava mutation with acute haemolytic crisis related to infection in progress and acetaminophen's administration. Fever and concomitant infection, through an increment of erythrocyte glutathione depletion, sensitized the infant to the haemolytic event. In this condition, acetaminophen (or paracetamol [PCM]) was capable of inducing a haemolytic crisis in our G6PD-deficient patient although administered under standard conditions. PCM seems to have induced the haemolytic event, probably by the alteration of its catabolism due to dehydration and fever. The enzymatic G6PD instability associated to the presence of the G6PD-Vanua Lava mutation could have led to an increment of red blood cells' sensitivity to lysis; hence, it is possible that PCM toxicity may also be due to the presence of this particular mutation. Finally, we propose a new biochemical classification of this G6PD variant.
    Annals of Clinical Biochemistry 03/2011; 48(Pt 3):282-5. DOI:10.1258/acb.2010.010163 · 2.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The poor comparability of growth hormone (GH) results obtained using commercially available methods, is partly due to standard preparations used in calibration. The system relies on the use of the International Reference Preparation (IRP) international standard (IS) 80/505, of human pituitary origin, containing all GH isoforms. Recently, a 22K recombinant GH isoform IRP IS 98/574 was commercialized. Our aim was to evaluate the influence of both calibrators on GH results. GH concentration in 97 serum samples from children undergoing a growth hormone releasing hormone+arginine stimulation test was measured using Siemens IMMULITE electro-chemiluminescence method, calibrated with both IS 80/505 and IS 98/574 (GRH Growth hormone-Recombinant 98/574-kit). Comparison of our results obtained with the two sets of calibrators showed good correlation, although we found higher percentage variation (var%) than that stated by Siemens. The mean var% value was confirmed when all results were sub-divided into subgroups based on both high and low GH concentrations. Since the GH assay is influenced by a variety of binding proteins, isoforms and conversion factors, standardization of the assay is strongly required. In Italy, the Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco 39 note provides GH laboratory values which are useful for therapy. On the basis of our results, we therefore propose to adjourn these GH values in order to ensure better management of patients with GH-related disorders.
    Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 03/2011; 49(5):851-3. DOI:10.1515/CCLM.2011.138 · 2.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Literature data report an association between some vitamin D receptor (VDR) polymorphisms and different kinds of tumours, including malignant melanoma (MM). Only three VDR polymorphisms (FokI, TaqI and A-1012G) have been investigated in association with the presence of cutaneous MM or the development of metastases. The present paper analyses for the first time the association between BsmI polymorphism and MM prevalence together with Breslow thickness. In addition, the FokI single nucleotide polymorphism was also determined. One hundred and one patients with MM and 101 healthy donors matched for age and sex were enrolled. Molecular VDR typing was performed by means of restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. All cases and controls were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium for BsmI, FokI and A-1012G. Significant associations were found between the BsmI bb genotype frequency and MM (P = 0.02) along with Breslow thickness (P = 0.001). This same behaviour was not observed for the FokI or A-1012G polymorphisms. Multivariate logistic regression analysis confirmed these significant results after correction for age, gender, skin type and MM localization. Although the biological meaning of the effects exerted by BsmI polymorphism is still under debate, the statistical association found in the present study suggests that further work should be done to verify this variant as a possible risk marker for MM and its aggressiveness, also considering that the real association may be due to other unknown genes linked to the BsmI b allele.
    British Journal of Dermatology 03/2007; 156(2):277-82. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2006.07620.x · 4.28 Impact Factor
  • Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 02/2007; 45(7):923-4. DOI:10.1515/CCLM.2007.144 · 2.71 Impact Factor