Marcella Zollino

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart , Milano, Lombardy, Italy

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    American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/ajmg.a.36860 · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine genetic features of a pediatric uveal melanoma in a 6-year-old girl by array-based comparative genomic hybridization (a-CGH) and assess prognosis, and to search for constitutional copy number variations (CNVs) encompassing oncosuppressor genes. High-resolution a-CGH was performed on genomic DNA from cancer cells and from peripheral blood cells. Histopathology and clinical staging of the tumor were simultaneously assessed. Array-based CGH revealed no CNVs on tumor cells associated with poor prognosis; namely, no monosomy 3, losses of 1p, 6q, or 8p, and no gains of 8q. A unique genomic profile was observed, consisting mainly of partial terminal duplications affecting chromosomes 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 19, and complete trisomy of chromosomes 6, 7, and 20. The nonmetastatic tumor had predominantly epithelioid histology. No constitutional CNVs encompassing oncosuppressor genes were detected. We report a very rare uveal melanoma characterized by low-risk genomic profile and poor prognostic histologic and clinical features. The child is relapse-free at 1-year follow-up. The unusual CNVs detected by a-CGH suggest specific pathogenic mechanisms.
    European journal of ophthalmology 03/2015; DOI:10.5301/ejo.5000600 · 1.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: MED13L haploinsufficiency has recently been described as responsible for syndromic intellectual disability. We planned a search for causative gene variants in seven subjects with intellectual disability and overlapping dysmorphic facial features such as bulbous nasal tip, short mouth and straight eyebrows. We found two de novo frameshift variants in MED13L, consisting in single-nucleotide deletion (c.3765delC) and duplication (c.607dupT). A de novo nonsense variant (c.4420A>T) in MED13L was detected in a further subject in the course of routine whole-exome sequencing. By analyzing the clinical data of our patients along with those recently described in the literature, we confirm that there is a common, recognizable phenotype associated with MED13L haploinsufficiency, which includes intellectual disability and a distinctive facial appearance. Congenital heart diseases are found in some subjects with various degree of severity. Our observation of cleft palate, ataxia, epilepsy and childhood leukemia observed in single cases broadens the known clinical spectrum. Haploinsufficiency for MED13L should be considered in the differential diagnosis of the 1p36 microdeletion syndrome, due to overlapping dysmorphic facial features in some patients. The introduction of massive parallel-sequencing techniques into clinical practice is expected to allow for detection of other causative point variants in MED13L. Analysis of genomic data in connection with deep clinical evaluation of patients could elucidate genetic heterogeneity of the MED13L haploinsufficiency phenotype.European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 25 February 2015; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2015.19.
    European journal of human genetics: EJHG 02/2015; DOI:10.1038/ejhg.2015.19 · 4.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) is a major component of the pathologic inclusions observed in the motor neurons of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. We examined TDP-43 expression in primary fibroblasts cultures from 22 ALS patients, including cases with SOD1 (n = 4), TARDBP (n = 4), FUS (n = 2), and C9ORF72 (n = 3) mutations and 9 patients without genetic defect. By using a phosphorylation-independent antibody, 15 patients showed notable alterations of TDP-43 level in the nuclear or cytoplasmic compartments. In particular, a marked accumulation of TDP-43 was observed in the cytoplasm of all cases with C9ORF72 and TARDBP mutations, 1 patient with FUS mutation and 3 patients without genetic defect. Patients with SOD1 mutations revealed a significant reduction of TDP-43 in the nuclei without cytoplasmic mislocalization. These changes were associated with the presence of truncated and phosphorylated TDP-43 species. Our results show that fibroblasts recapitulate some of hallmark TDP-43 abnormalities observed in neuronal cells. The reduction of full-length TDP-43 level in mutant SOD1 cells indicates that at least some SOD1 mutations alter TDP-43 metabolism. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Neurobiology of Aging 02/2015; 36(5). DOI:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2015.02.009 · 4.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mutations in CHCHD10 have recently been described as a cause of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) comorbid with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The aim of this study was to assess the frequency and clinical characteristics of CHCHD10 mutations in Italian patients diagnosed with familial (n = 64) and apparently sporadic ALS (n = 224). Three apparently sporadic patients were found to carry c.100C>T (p.Pro34Ser) heterozygous variant in the exon 2 of CHCHD10. This mutation had been previously described in 2 unrelated French patients with FTD-ALS. However, our patients had a typical ALS, without evidence of FTD, cerebellar or extrapyramidal signs, or sensorineural deficits. We confirm that CHCHD10 mutations account for ∼1% of Italian ALS patients and are a cause of disease in subjects without dementia or other atypical clinical signs. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Neurobiology of Aging 01/2015; 36(4). DOI:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2015.01.017 · 4.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To analyze the frequency and clinical characteristics of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with intermediate-length (CAG) expansion (encoding 27-33 glutamines, polyQ) in the ATXN2 gene, in a population-based cohort of Italian patients with ALS (discovery cohort), and to replicate the findings in an independent cohort of consecutive patients from an ALS tertiary center (validation cohort). PolyQ repeats were assessed in 672 patients with incident ALS in Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta regions, Italy, in the 2007-2012 period (discovery cohort); controls were 509 neurologically healthy age- and sex-matched subjects resident in the study area. The validation cohort included 661 patients with ALS consecutively seen between 2001 and 2013 in the ALS Clinic Center of the Catholic University in Rome, Italy. In the discovery cohort, the frequency of ≥31 polyQ ATNX2 repeats was significantly more common in ALS cases (19 patients vs 1 control, p = 0.0001; odds ratio 14.8, 95% confidence interval 1.9-110.8). Patients with an increased number of polyQ repeats had a shorter survival than those with <31 repeats (median survival, polyQ ≥31, 1.8 years, interquartile range [IQR] 1.3-2.2; polyQ <31, 2.7 years, IQR 1.6-5.1; p = 0.001). An increased number of polyQ repeats remained independently significant at multivariable analysis. In the validation cohort, patients with ≥31 polyQ repeats had a shorter survival than those with <31 repeats (median survival, polyQ ≥31, 2.0 years, IQR 1.5-3.4; polyQ <31, 3.2 years, IQR 2.0-6.4; p = 0.007). ATXN2 polyQ intermediate-length repeat is a modifier of ALS survival. Disease-modifying therapies targeted to ATXN2 represent a promising therapeutic approach for ALS. © 2014 American Academy of Neurology.
    Neurology 12/2014; 84(3). DOI:10.1212/WNL.0000000000001159 · 8.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mowat–Wilson syndrome (MWS) is characterized by moderate to severe intellectual disability and distinctive facial features in association with variable structural congenital anomalies/clinical features including congenital heart disease, Hirschsprung disease, hypospadias, agenesis of the corpus callosum, short stature, epilepsy, and microcephaly. Less common clinical features include ocular anomalies, craniosynostosis, mild intellectual disability, and choanal atresia. These cases may be more difficult to diagnose. In this report, we add 28 MWS patients with molecular confirmation of ZEB2 mutation, including seven with an uncommon presenting feature. Among the “unusual” patients, two patients had clinical features of charge syndrome including choanal atresia, coloboma, cardiac defects, genitourinary anomaly (1/2), and severe intellectual disability; two patients had craniosynostosis; and three patients had mild intellectual disability. Sixteen patients have previously-unreported mutations in ZEB2. Genotype-phenotype correlations were suggested in those with mild intellectual disability (two had a novel missense mutation in ZEB2, one with novel splice site mutation). This report increases the number of reported patients with MWS with unusual features, and is the first report of MWS in children previously thought to have CHARGE syndrome. These patients highlight the importance of facial gestalt in the accurate identification of MWS when less common features are present. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 10/2014; 164A(10). DOI:10.1002/ajmg.a.36696 · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background Classic clinical manifestations of HNPP are characterized by recurrent painless mononeuropathies, but a minority of patients presents with atypical clinical pattern, including CMT-like neuropathy, acute or chronic inflammatory demyelinating neuropathy-like polyneuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome. Electrophysiological examination plays a central role in the diagnosis of HNPP, disclosing a non-uniform conduction slowing, more pronounced at entrapment sites. Patients and Methods We report clinical, electrophysiological and pathological findings from 73 patients with HNPP, coming from 53 unrelated families, followed in our Institute of Neurology over a 20-year period. Results Typical presentation with recurrent multiple mononeuropathies was observed in 28/64 (44%) patients. In the remaining 36/64 (56%), we observed an atypical clinical presentation, characterized by generalized weakness and cramps; chronic ulnar neuropathy; carpal tunnel syndrome; chronic sensory polyneuropathy; Guillain-Barrè-like presentation; CMT-like presentation. Nine patients were asymptomatic for neuropathic symptoms. Nerve conduction studies showed in all cases a sensori-motor demyelinating polyneuropathy with conduction abnormalities preferentially localized at common entrapment sites. When performed, sural nerve biopsy disclosed focal thickenings of the myelin sheath in all patients. Conclusions About half of patients with HNPP from our cohort showed an atypical clinical presentation. Neurophysiological examination represents the main tool for a proper diagnosis.
    Journal of the neurological sciences 06/2014; 341(1-2). DOI:10.1016/j.jns.2014.03.046 · 2.26 Impact Factor
  • Mauro Longoni, Giuseppe Marangi, Marcella Zollino
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    ABSTRACT: Several recently developed technologies, collectively known as next-generation sequencing (NGS), or massively parallel sequencing, are designed to gather data from large portions of the genome in a single experiment. Whole exome sequencing (WES) is a common implementation of NGS targeted to coding regions, or exons, where most disease causing mutations are believed to reside. As WES is becoming more cost effective, it is shifting from research to clinical applications, particularly for the diagnosis of rare genetic disorders of unknown etiology. NGS is also gaining ground in the specialized fields of pathology, prenatal diagnosis, and copy number detection. The large scope of NGS is raising important ethical and policy issues, such as reporting of incidental or secondary findings. In this review, these topics are discussed with specific focus on pediatrics, drawing examples from the study of intellectual disability and congenital heart disease.
    06/2014; 2(2):82-92. DOI:10.1007/s40124-014-0039-7
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    ABSTRACT: Objective Seizure disorder is one of the most relevant clinical manifestations in Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) and it acts as independent prognostic factor for the severity of intellectual disability (ID). LETM1, encoding a mitochondrial protein playing a role in K+/H+ exchange and in Ca2+ homeostasis, is currently considered the major candidate gene. However, whether haploinsufficiency limited to LETM1 is enough to cause epilepsy is still unclear. The main purpose of the present research is to define the 4p chromosome regions where genes for seizures reside.Methods Comparison of our three unusual 4p16.3 deletions with 13 literature reports. Array-comparative genomic hybridization (a-CGH). Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) on messanger RNA (mRNA) of LETM1 and CPLX1. Direct sequencing of LETM1.ResultsThree unusual 4p16.3 deletions were detected by array-CGH in absence of a obvious clinical diagnosis of WHS. Two of these, encompassing LETM1, were found in subjects who never had seizures. The deletions were interstitial, spanning 1.1 Mb with preservation of the terminal 1.77 Mb region in one case and 0.84 Mb with preservation of the terminal 1.07 Mb region in the other. The other deletion was terminal, affecting a 0.564 Mb segment, with preservation of LETM1, and it was associated with seizures and learning difficulties. Upon evaluating our patients along with literature reports, we noted that six of eight subjects with terminal 4p deletions preserving LETM1 had seizures, whereas seven of seven with interstitial deletions including LETM1 and preserving the terminal 1 Mb region on 4p did not. An additional chromosome region for seizures is suggested, falling within the terminal 1.5 Mb on 4p, not including LETM1.SignificanceWe consider that haploinsufficiency not limited to LETM1 but including other genes acts as a risk factor for the WHS-associated seizure disorder, according to a comorbidity model of pathogenesis. Additional candidate genes reside in the terminal 1.5 Mb region on 4p, most likely distal to LETM1.A PowerPoint slide summarizing this article is available for download in the Supporting Information section here.
    Epilepsia 04/2014; 55(6). DOI:10.1111/epi.12617 · 4.58 Impact Factor
  • American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 11/2013; 161(11). DOI:10.1002/ajmg.a.36261 · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We describe a family in which four individuals (the mother and three children) presented with an overlapping phenotype of minor physical anomalies and intellectual disability. Four previously unreported copy number variants were found inherited either from the affected mother or from the healthy father, consisting of a 3p22.3p22.2 deletion (2.5 Mb), a 3p24.3 deletion (0.55 Mb), a 6q22.31 duplication (0.74 Mb), all maternally inherited, and an 18q11.2 duplication (0.276 Mb) which was paternally inherited. The deletions on chromosome 3 were both found to segregate with the disease. However, being the 0.55 Mb deleted segment on 3p24.3 devoid of genes, we considered that the 2.5 Mb deletion on 3p22.3p22.2 acts as major pathogenic rearrangement in this condition. Among the transcribed genes residing in this interval, ARPP21 and CLASP2 are proposed as good candidate genes on the basis of their functional properties. A co-morbidity role for the other small rearrangements detected in the affected individuals in association with the 3p22.3p22.2 deletion is also suggested, according to a second-side model of pathogenesis. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 11/2013; 161(11). DOI:10.1002/ajmg.a.36257 · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To characterize epileptic phenotype, electroencephalography (EEG) features, and epileptic evolution in patients with ring 14 r(14) syndrome. Twenty-two patients with ring chromosome 14 were enrolled in the study. We examined age at onset, seizure semiology and frequency at onset and at follow-up, drug responsiveness/resistance, and interictal/ictal EEG data. The degree of severity of the epileptic phenotype negatively influences child cognitive development. The incidence of epilepsy in patients with r(14) syndrome is virtually 100%, characterized by early onset, polymorphic seizures, and drug-resistant seizures. In addition, we ascertained focal secondarily generalized epilepsy, seizure cluster tendency, frequent status epilepticus, and a rather typical epilepsy evolution. EEG abnormalities consisted of slow background activity with pseudoperiodic bursts of generalized slow waves in the early stage, focal frontotemporal or temporoposterior slow waves with multifocal spikes interposed, and unusual rhythmic fast recruiting posterior spikes followed by secondary generalization. The degree of severity of the epileptic phenotype negatively influences child cognitive development. This study provides a more precise definition of seizure types, natural history, and drug responsiveness of r(14) syndrome, a highly epileptogenic chromosomal condition.
    Epilepsia 10/2013; 54(12). DOI:10.1111/epi.12393 · 4.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Low back pain (LBP) is a very common complaint in pregnancy. For this reason, it is often considered directly attributable to the pregnancy rather than a medical problem requiring diagnostic workup. Pregnancy-related LBP should be differentiated from the rare cases of LBP associated with serious spinal diseases. Hemangioblastoma is a vascular tumor of the central nervous system that very rarely can involve the spinal cord. Pregnancy can increase the growth of hemangioblastomas, leading to the appearance of neurologic symptoms. To describe an unusual cause of LBP in pregnancy. A case report. A 38-year-old woman, with a history of surgical resection of a cerebellar hemangioblastoma at the age of 15 years, presented at 38 weeks of gestation with worsening LBP and numbness of the lower limbs. Diagnostic workup led to a diagnosis of spinal hemangioblastoma. The tumor was removed after cesarean section in the 39th week of gestation. The detection of spinal hemangioblastoma resulted in a good outcome for both mother and infant. This case emphasizes the main role of clinical evaluation in establishing the diagnostic workup, especially in pregnancy. Although LBP is commonly reported, this patient's medical history and the presence of clinical signs on neurologic examination suggested the need for further investigation.
    The spine journal: official journal of the North American Spine Society 09/2013; 13(12). DOI:10.1016/j.spinee.2013.07.428 · 2.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mutations in the gene encoding FUS have been identified in a subset of patients with sporadic and familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Variants in the 3' Untranslated Region (3'UTR) of FUS have also been reported in ALS patients, but their pathogenic role has not been assessed.We sequenced the whole 3'UTR of FUS in 420 ALS patients who were negative for mutations in the currently known ALS genes and in 480 ethnically matched controls. We detected four 3'UTR variants (c.*48 G>A, c.*59 G>A, c.*108 C>T and c.*110 G>A) in four sporadic and in one familial ALS patients compared to none in controls (p=0.02).We investigated whether these variants impaired FUS expression in primary fibroblast cultures from three patients harbouring the c.*59 G>A, c.*108 C>T and c.*110 G>A variants, respectively. The pattern of FUS expression was also investigated in fibroblasts from one ALS patient with FUS R521C mutation, in two ALS patients without mutations in the known ALS genes and in four control individuals. By immunostaining and immunoblotting, large amounts of FUS were observed in both the cytoplasm and nuclei of mutant 3'UTR FUS fibroblasts. In FUS R521C mutant fibroblasts we observed a slight increase of FUS in the cytoplasm associated with a remarkable loss of detection in nuclei.Our findings show that mutations in 3'UTR of FUS are overrepresented in ALS patients and result into translation de-regulation of FUS. Overexpression and mislocalization of wild type FUS likely contribute to ALS pathogenesis in these cases.
    Human Molecular Genetics 07/2013; DOI:10.1093/hmg/ddt328 · 6.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The clinical approach to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been largely modified by the identification of novel genes, the detection of gene mutations in apparently sporadic patients, and the discovery of the strict genetic and clinical relation between ALS and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). As a consequence, clinicians are increasingly facing the dilemma on how to handle genetic counselling and testing both for ALS patients and their relatives. On the basis of existing literature on genetics of ALS and of other late-onset life-threatening disorders, we propose clinical suggestions to enable neurologists to provide optimal clinical and genetic counselling to patients and families. Genetic testing should be offered to ALS patients who have a first-degree or second-degree relative with ALS, FTD or both, and should be discussed with, but not offered to, all other ALS patients, with special emphasis on its major uncertainties. Presently, genetic testing should not be proposed to asymptomatic at-risk subjects, unless they request it or are enrolled in research programmes. Genetic counselling in ALS should take into account the uncertainties about the pathogenicity and penetrance of some genetic mutations; the possible presence of mutations of different genes in the same individual; the poor genotypic/phenotypic correlation in most ALS genes; and the phenotypic pleiotropy of some genes. Though psychological, social and ethical implications of genetic testing are still relatively unexplored in ALS, we recommend multidisciplinary counselling that addresses all relevant issues, including disclosure of tests results to family members and the risk for genetic discrimination.
    Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry 07/2013; 85(5). DOI:10.1136/jnnp-2013-305546 · 5.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report on a young woman admitted to our Cardiology Unit because of an episode of cardiac arrest related to a long-QT syndrome (LQTS). This manifestation was part of a broader phenotype, which was recognized as a mild form of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS). Molecular analysis confirmed the diagnosis of BWS owing to a maternally inherited deletion of the centromeric imprinting center, or ICR2, an extremely rare genetic mechanism in BWS. The deletion interval (198 kb) also included exons 11-16 of the KCNQ1 gene, known to be responsible for LQTS at locus LQT1. No concomitant mutations were found in any other of the known LQT genes. The proposita's mother carries the same deletion in her paternal chromosome and shows manifestations of the Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS). This report describes the smallest BWS-causing ICR2 deletion and provides the first evidence that a paternal deletion of ICR2 leads to a SRS-like phenotype. In addition, our observation strongly suggests that in cases of LQTS due to mutation of the KCNQ1 gene (LQT1), an accurate clinical genetic evaluation should be done in order to program the most appropriate genetic tests.European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication, 20 March 2013; doi:10.1038/ejhg.2012.280.
    European journal of human genetics: EJHG 03/2013; DOI:10.1038/ejhg.2012.280 · 4.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The gene expression pattern of glioblastoma (GBM) is well documented but the expression profile of brain adjacent to tumor is not yet analysed. This may help to understand the oncogenic pathway of GBM development. We have established the genome-wide expression profiles of samples isolated from GBM tumor mass, white matter adjacent to tumor (apparently free of tumor cells), and white matter controls by using the Affymetrix HG-U133 arrays. Array-CGH (aCGH) was also performed to detect genomic alterations. Among genes dysregulated in peritumoral white matter, 15 were over-expressed, while 42 were down-regulated when compared to white matter controls. A similar expression profile was detected in GBM cells. Growth, proliferation and cell motility/adhesion-associated genes were up-regulated while genes involved in neurogenesis were down-regulated. Furthermore, several tumor suppressor genes along with the (a member of natural killer receptor) were also down-regulated in the peritumoral brain tissue. Several mosaic genomic lesions were detected by aCGH, mostly in tumor samples and several GBM-associated mosaic genomic lesions were also present in the peritumoral brain tissue, with a similar mosaicism pattern. Our data could be explained by a dilution of genes expressed from tumor cells infiltrating the peritumour tissue. Alternatively, these findings could be substained by a relevant amount of "apparently normal" cells presenting a gene profile compatible with a precancerous state or even "quiescent" cancer cells. Otherwise, the recurrent tumor may arise from both infiltrating tumor cells and from an interaction and recruitment of apparently normal cells in the peritumor tissue by infiltrating tumor cells.
    PLoS ONE 03/2013; 8(3):e57145. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0057145 · 3.53 Impact Factor
  • M Sabatelli, A Conte, M Zollino
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    ABSTRACT: Though clinical picture of ALS is a stereotypical one, resulting from combination of signs secondary to dysfunction of both upper and lower motor neurons, clinical heterogeneity is a consistent feature of the disease. Age of onset, relative mix of upper and lower motor neuron signs, duration of the disease and association with other conditions are major factors contributing to variable clinical phenotypes. Genetically, familial forms of ALS are associated with a large number of pleiotropic genes whose mutations impair different biochemical pathways, resulting in overlapping clinical and pathological phenotypes. Over the last few years contribution of large- and low-effect genes to sporadic ALS is increasingly recognized.
    Clinical Genetics 02/2013; 83(5). DOI:10.1111/cge.12117 · 3.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mowat-Wilson syndrome (MWS) is a genetic disease caused by heterozygous mutations or deletions of the ZEB2 gene and is characterized by distinctive facial features, epilepsy, moderate to severe intellectual disability, corpus callosum abnormalities and other congenital malformations. Epilepsy is considered a main manifestation of the syndrome, with a prevalence of about 70-75%. In order to delineate the electroclinical phenotype of epilepsy in MWS, we investigated epilepsy onset and evolution, including seizure types, EEG features, and response to anti-epileptic therapies in 22 patients with genetically confirmed MWS. Onset of seizures occurred at a median age of 14.5 months (range: 1-108 months). The main seizure types were focal and atypical absence seizures. In all patients the first seizure was a focal seizure, often precipitated by fever. The semiology was variable, including hypomotor, versive, or focal clonic manifestations; frequency ranged from daily to sporadic. Focal seizures were more frequent during drowsiness and sleep. In 13 patients, atypical absence seizures appeared later in the course of the disease, usually after the age of 4 years. Epilepsy was usually quite difficult to treat: seizure freedom was achieved in nine out of the 20 treated patients. At epilepsy onset, the EEGs were normal or showed only mild slowing of background activity. During follow-up, irregular, diffuse frontally dominant and occasionally asymmetric spike and waves discharges were seen in most patients. Sleep markedly activated these abnormalities, resulting in continuous or near-to-continuous spike and wave activity during slow wave sleep. Slowing of background activity and poverty of physiological sleep features were seen in most patients. Our data suggest that a distinct electroclinical phenotype, characterized by focal and atypical absence seizures, often preceded by febrile seizures, and age-dependent EEG changes, can be recognized in most patients with MWS. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 01/2013; DOI:10.1002/ajmg.a.35717 · 2.05 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 1989–2015
    • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
      • • Institute of Medical Genetics
      • • School of Medical Genetics
      • • Institute of Hematology
      • • School of Hematology
      • • Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
      • • Institute of Pathological Anatomy
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 2012
    • GENOMA Molecular Genetics Laboratory
      Roma, Latium, Italy
    • Università degli Studi di Torino
      • Dipartimento di Neuroscienze
      Torino, Piedmont, Italy
  • 1998–2011
    • The Catholic University of America
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
  • 2008
    • ARUP Laboratories: A National Reference Laboratory
      Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • 2005
    • Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine
      Napoli, Campania, Italy
    • Sapienza University of Rome
      Roma, Latium, Italy
  • 1991
    • University of Milan
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 1987
    • Catholic University of the Most Holy Conception
      Ciudad de Concepcion, Biobío, Chile