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Antico A.,Clinical Pathology Unit | Platzgummer S.,Clinical Pathology Unit | Bassetti D.,Microbiology Unit | Bizzaro N.,Laboratory of Clinical Pathology | And 2 more authors.
Lupus | Year: 2010

The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of four new enzyme immunoassays (EIAs) for anti-double-stranded-DNA (anti-dsDNA) antibodies, in comparison with the Farr assay and the Crithidia luciliae immunofluorescence test (CLIFT). To this purpose, sera from four patient groups were collected: 52 sera from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); 28 from patients with other connective tissue diseases (CTD); 36 from patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection; and 24 from those with acute viral infection. All sera were tested for anti-dsDNA antibodies by four EIA methods using a different antigenic DNA source [synthetic oligonucleotide (Method A), circular plasmid (Method B), recombinant (Method C), and purified extracted (Method D)], and by CLIFT and Farr assays. The diagnostic sensitivity of the assays was as follows: 84.6% (Method A), 73% (B), 82.7% (C), 84.6% (D), 55.8% (CLIFT), and 78.8% (Farr). Specificity was 82.9% (A), 97.7% (B), 96.5% (C), 94.3% (D), 96.5% (CLIFT), and 90.9% (Farr). From these data, we can conclude that the new-generation EIA methods evaluated in this study have higher sensitivity than the CLIFT and Farr assays and, with the exception of Method A, have specificity similar to the CLIFT and slightly higher than the Farr assay. These findings suggest that EIA tests may replace CLIFT as a screening test and the Farr assay as a specific test, for anti-dsDNA antibody detection. © The Author(s), 2010. Source


Antico A.,Cittadella General Hospital | Tozzoli R.,Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology | Giavarina D.,Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry and Hematology | Tonutti E.,University of Udine | Bizzaro N.,Laboratory of Clinical Pathology
Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology | Year: 2012

1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D displays immunoregu-latory and anti-inflammatory properties, and the cells involved in innate and adaptive immune response express the vitamin D receptor and can both produce and respond to this hormone. This article aims at describing the complex immune regulatory role of vitamin D and depicting whether a correlation exists between atrophic type A gastritis and hypovitaminosis. We studied 62 autoimmune gastritis (AIG) patients and compared them to 54 lymphocytic gastritis patients, 21 Helicobacter pylori gastritis patients and 212 healthy subjects. We also statistically analyzed vitamin D concentration in 36,384 outpatients referred to our clinical laboratories. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D levels, the measurable metabolite used to determine vitamin D status in plasma, were measured by a chemiluminescent method. Average level of 25-OHD in AIG subjects was 9.8±5.6 ng/mL (95% confidence interval (CI) 8.4-11.2), 11.1 ±8.4 (CI 7.5-14.7) in H. pylori gastritis patients, 22.2±13.5 (CI 18.6-25.8) in nonspecific lymphocytic gastritis patients, 21.3 ± 12.2 (CI 19.7-22.9) in healthy subjects, and 21.8±13.1 (CI 21.7-21.9) in the 36,384 outpatients. Vitamin D levels in AIG patients were significantly lower than in patients with nonspecific gastritis or in the general population, supporting the hypothesis that hypovitaminosis D might be a risk factor for the development of autoimmune diseases. The low vitamin D concentration in H. pylori gastritis patients might act as predisposing factor for a more severe Th1-type aggression to the stomach epithelium. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011. Source


Bianchi G.,Laboratory of Oncology | Vuerich M.,University of Ferrara | Pellegatti P.,University of Ferrara | Pellegatti P.,Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology | And 7 more authors.
Cell Death and Disease | Year: 2014

Tumor microenvironment of solid tumors is characterized by a strikingly high concentration of adenosine and ATP. Physiological significance of this biochemical feature is unknown, but it has been suggested that it may affect infiltrating immune cell responses and tumor progression. There is increasing awareness that many of the effects of extracellular ATP on tumor and inflammatory cells are mediated by the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R). Aim of this study was to investigate whether: (i) extracellular ATP is a component of neuroblastoma (NB) microenvironment, (ii) myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) express functional P2X7R and (iii) the ATP/P2X7R axis modulates MDSC functions. Our results show that extracellular ATP was detected in NB microenvironment in amounts that increased in parallel with tumor progression. The percentage of CD11b+/Gr-1+ cells was higher in NB-bearing mice compared with healthy animals. Within the CD11b/Gr-1+ population, monocytic MDSCs (M-MDSCs) produced higher levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), arginase-1 (ARG-1), transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and stimulated more potently in vivo tumor growth, as compared with granulocytic MDSCs (G-MDSCs). P2X7R of M-MDSCs was localized at the plasma membrane, coupled to increased functionality, upregulation of ARG-1, TGF-β1 and ROS. Quite surprisingly, the P2X7R in primary MDSCs as well as in the MSC-1 and MSC-2 lines was uncoupled from cytotoxicity. This study describes a novel scenario in which MDSC immunosuppressive functions are modulated by the ATP-enriched tumor microenvironment. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited All rights reserved. Source


Bizzaro N.,Laboratory of Clinical Pathology | Pregnolato F.,Experimental Laboratory of Immunological and Rheumatologic Researches | Van Boekel M.A.M.,Afdeling Laboratorium | Villalta D.,Clinical Immunology and Virology | And 8 more authors.
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases | Year: 2012

Background: A lyophilised reference serum from one patient with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diluted with serum samples from healthy subjects was evaluated as a possible first international standard for anticitrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPAs). Methods: The authors used 12 commercial ELISAs for ACPA detection in the reference serum and for testing the linearity of the assays by studying twofold serial dilutions. To test the effectiveness of the standardisation, sera from 20 RA patients with variable antibody concentrations were analysed, and the relative concentrations were calculated using both the kit's own curve and the six dilutions of the reference serum as a calibration curve. Fifty sera from normal healthy subjects were used to calculate cut-off values for the reference serum using each commercial kit. Results: The calibration curve obtained for each of the 12 methods using the reference sample dilutions as calibrator allowed harmonisation of the ACPA concentration of the 20 RA serum samples, significantly reducing the dispersion of the values. The mean coefficient of variation (CV) was reduced from 76.4% to 27.9% (p=0.018) and from 85.9% to 33.5% (p=0.028) for the medium/high and negative samples, respectively. Low positive sera CV was also reduced, but to a smaller degree, from 82.5% to 55.5% (p=0.043). Conclusion: This first evaluation of the behaviour of the ACPA reference serum demonstrated that it tested positive in all the assays and that it may be used as a reference standard for establishing calibration curves, reducing the dispersion of antibody values and better comparing results obtained from different methods/laboratories. Source


Ferraresso M.,University of Milan | Belingheri M.,Ca Granda Foundation | Turolo S.,Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology | Ghio L.,Ca Granda Foundation | And 4 more authors.
Pharmacogenomics | Year: 2013

Aim: Cyclosporine is characterized by a wide interindividual variability in its pharmacokinetics. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of ABCB1 and SXR SNPs on cyclosporine exposure in a group of kidney transplant patients followed up from childhood to adulthood. Patients & methods: Recipients were genotyped for ABCB1 C1236T, G2677T/A and C3435T, and for SXR RS3842689 and A7635G. Dose-adjusted trough levels and weight-adjusted daily doses were compared among patients according to allelic status by a generalized estimation equation approach that allows longitudinal data analyses. Results: A genotype-dependent effect was found in all ABCB1 genotypes and in one of the SXR SNPs. This effect was particularly evident for the TT genotype of the ABCB1 G2677T/A SNP, the TT genotype of the ABCB1 C3435T SNP and for heterozygotes of the deletion of 6 bp in the promoter region of SXR. Conclusion: The presence of specific ABCB1 and SXR SNPs could significantly affect cyclosporine exposure during a kidney transplant patients development from childhood to adulthood in a time-dependent fashion. Original submitted 3 May 2013; Revision submitted 25 July 201. © 2013 Future Medicine Ltd. Source

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