Eleonora Torti

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Lombardy, Italy

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    ABSTRACT: Monoclonal gammopathies encompass a wide range of diseases characterized by the monoclonal expansion of a B-cell clone. Despite emerging therapeutic strategies, chances of survival of patients who are affected are still scarce, which implies that new tools are necessary not only for the diagnosis but also for the follow-up of patients affected by such diseases. In this context, the use of free light chains (FLCs) has been incorporated into many guidelines. Likewise, tumor microenvironment is consistently gaining importance as role player in tumor pathogenesis. Specifically, Syndecan-1 (CD138), a heparan-sulfate proteoglycan is attracting interests as it is highly expressed and shed by myeloma plasma-cells. The aim of our study was to analyze CD138 levels in the serum of patients affected by multiple myeloma or light chain only disease, and to compare the values obtained with free light chain (FLC) kappa, lambda and FLC ratio in both groups of patients. 84 patients affected by Multiple Myeloma and Light Chain Myeloma were recruited for this study. Serum CD138 was assessed by ELISA (Diaclone Research, France) and FLC values were quantified by nephelometry (Freelite TM Human Kappa and Lambda Free Kits, The Binding Site, UK). Data was analyzed by GraphPad Prism software and Statgraph. We observed higher CD138 mean values in myeloma patients compared to the light chain only myeloma group. A positive linear regression of CD138 and FLC was observed in the light chain only cohort as opposed to myeloma patients which show an inverse trend. The study highlighted an existing relationship between FLCs and CD138 and wishes to seek also a correlation in order to rapidly and efficiently perform diagnosis and different diagnostic schemes.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2015 · Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research
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    ABSTRACT: Background & AimsMixed cryoglobulinaemia (MC) is an HCV-related lymphoproliferative disorder characterized by the presence of circulating immune complexes called cryoglobulins. Treatment with anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab is proved to be very useful, especially in patients ineligible to interferon-based antiviral therapy. Recently, free light chain (FLC) / ratio and FLC patterns were associated with MC. The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in FLC-, FCL-, FLC ratio following rituximab treatment in patients with HCV-related MC and to correlate FLC-, FCL- and FLC ratio values with therapy response. Patients and Methods We retrospectively enrolled 46 patients with HCV infection (26 females, 20 males), including 10 patients without signs/symptoms of MC-related vasculitis, 36 with MC vasculitis. Clinical and biological data were recorded at baseline and 6months after RTX treatment. Nephelometric measurement of serum FLCs was taken. ResultsThe mean serum FLC- level and FLC ratio were significantly higher in patients with MC, compared to HCV patients without MC and to blood donors. An abnormal FLC ratio at baseline correlated with the presence of cryoglobulins, C4 consumption, higher RF level and higher vasculitis rate. To evaluate the predictive value of FLCs, patients with MC were divided into two groups according to RTX therapy outcome (responders and no/partial responders). Abnormal baseline FLC ratio was significantly associated with no/partial response. ConclusionsRTX treatment in HCV-related MC induces a reduction in FLC- and RF levels. Moreover, pretreatment FLC ratio, which can be easily assessed by a routine test, may be useful to predict response to this expensive treatment for patients with HCV-related MC ineligible to IFN-based therapy.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2015 · Liver International
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    ABSTRACT: Background and AimsMixed Cryoglobulinemia (MC) is an HCV-related lymphoproliferative disorder characterized by the presence of circulating immune-complexes called cryoglobulins. Treatment with anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody Rituximab is proved to be very useful, especially in patients ineligible to interferon-based antiviral therapy. Recently, free light chain (FLC) κ/λ ratio and FLC patterns were associated with MC. The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in FLC-κ, FCL-λ, FLC-ratio following Rituximab treatment in HCV-related MC patients and to correlate FLC-κ, FCL-λ, FLC-ratio values with therapy response.Patients and Methods We retrospectively enrolled 46 patients with HCV infection (26 females, 20 males), including 10 patients without signs/symptoms of MC-related vasculitis, 36 with MC-vasculitis. Clinical and biological data were recorded at baseline and six months after RTX treatment. Nephelometric measurement of serum FLCs was performed.ResultsThe mean serum FLC-κ level and FLC-ratio were significantly higher in MC patients, compared to HCV patients without MC and to blood donors. An abnormal FLC-ratio at baseline correlated with presence of cryoglobulins, C4 consumption, higher RF level and higher vasculitis rate.In order to evaluate the predictive value of FLCs, MC patients were divided into two groups according to RTX therapy outcome (responders and no/partial responders).Abnormal baseline FLC-ratio was significantly associated with no/partial response.ConclusionsRTX-treatment in HCV-related MC induces a reduction of FLC-κ and RF levels. Moreover, pre-treatment FLC-ratio, which can be easily assessed by a routine test, may be useful to predict response to this expensive treatment for HCV-related MC patients ineligible to IFN-based therapy.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2015 · Digestive and Liver Disease
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    Full-text · Article · Jan 2015 · Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: Anti-nuclear antibodies are immunoglobulins directed against nuclear antigens. They are associated with many autoimmune disorders, but are frequently found in patients infected with hepatitis C virus, possibly indicating an underlying common origin. Likewise, mixed cryoglobulinemia often accompanies autoimmune diseases and hepatitis C infection. To compare anti-nuclear antibodies and immunoglobulin content of cryoprecipitates from hepatitis C virus-positive patients in order to assess their predictive value in the onset of hepatitis C virus-driven extrahepatic disorders. Serum from 40 hepatitis C virus-positive patients and 50 controls with rheumatoid arthritis was processed for cryoglobulin detection: all subjects presented with Type III mixed cryoglobulinemia. Immunoglobulin content and immunoglobulin subclasses of cryoprecipitates were assessed by immunofixation and tested by ELISA for rheumatoid factor. Cryoprecipitates were also analysed for anti-nuclear antibodies by indirect immuno-fluorescence to identify specific patterns typical of each condition. Anti-nuclear antibody patterns differed significantly; 26 infected subjects (65%) were IgG3 positive: of these, 25 were also anti-nuclear antibody-positive (96.1%). IgG3 are autoreactive clones unrelated to viral recognition and possibly involved in autoimmune disorders. Altogether, these results may represent useful diagnostic device for early detection of hepatitis C virus-induced autoimmune diseases. Copyright © 2014 Editrice Gastroenterologica Italiana S.r.l. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2014 · Digestive and Liver Disease
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    Full-text · Article · Nov 2012 · Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
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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.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2011 · The International journal of biological markers
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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.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2011 · Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
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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.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2011 · Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
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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.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2007 · British Journal of Dermatology

  • No preview · Article · Feb 2007 · Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine