Cure MSA

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Principal investigator:
Prof. Maria Teresa Pellecchia

Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (CEMAND),
Department of Medicine and Surgery, Neuroscience Section,
University of Salerno, Italy

Recent publications relevant to the EMSA-SG:

Provitera V, Nolano M, Caporaso G, Stancanelli A, Manganelli F, Iodice R, Selim MM, De Rosa A, Lanzillo B, Pellecchia MT, De Michele G, Santoro L. Postganglionic sudomotor denervation in patients with multiple system atrophy. Neurology 2014;82:2223-2229.


Picillo M, Barone P, Erro R, Spina E, Pellecchia MT. Comment on Numao et al.: Clinical correlates of serum insulin-like growth factor-1 in patients with Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy. Parkinsonism Relat Disord 2014;20:680-681.


Pellecchia MT, Barone P, Vicidomini C, Mollica C, Salvatore E, Ianniciello M, Liuzzi R, Longo K, Picillo M, De Michele G, Filla A, Brunetti A, Salvatore M, Pappata S. Progression of striatal and extrastriatal degeneration in multiple system atrophy: a longitudinal diffusion-weighted MR study. Mov Disord 2011;26:1303-1309.


Pellecchia MT, Pivonello R, Longo K, Manfredi M, Tessitore A, Amboni M, Pivonello C, Rocco M, Cozzolino A, Colao A, Barone P. Multiple system atrophy is associated with changes in peripheral insulin-like growth factor system. Mov Disord 2010;25:2621-2626.


Pellecchia MT, Pivonello R, Colao A, Barone P. Is arginine test a reliable tool for differential diagnosis of multiple system atrophy? Ann Neurol 2010;68:564-565; author reply 565-566.


Pellecchia MT, Barone P, Mollica C, Salvatore E, Ianniciello M, Longo K, Varrone A, Vicidomini C, Picillo M, De Michele G, Filla A, Salvatore M, Pappata S. Diffusion-weighted imaging in multiple system atrophy: a comparison between clinical subtypes. Mov Disord 2009;24:689-696.



Amboni M, Cozzolino A, Longo K, Picillo M, Barone P. Freezing of gait and executive functions in patients with Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord 2008; 23: 395-400. 


Pellecchia MT, Longo K, Manfredi M, Lucetti C, Cossu G, Petrone A, et al. The arginine growth hormone stimulation test in bradykinetic-rigid parkinsonisms. Mov Disord 2008; 23: 190-4.


Quattrone A, Nicoletti G, Messina D, Fera F, Condino F, Pugliese P, et al. MR imaging index for differentiation of progressive supranuclear palsy from Parkinson disease and the Parkinson variant of multiple system atrophy. Radiology 2008; 246: 214-21. 


Nicoletti G, Lodi R, Condino F, Tonon C, Fera F, Malucelli E, et al. Apparent diffusion coefficient measurements of the middle cerebellar peduncle differentiate the Parkinson variant of MSA from Parkinson's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy. Brain 2006; 129: 2679-87. 


Pellecchia MT, Longo K, Pivonello R, Lucetti C, Marchese R, Spampani A, et al. Multiple system atrophy is distinguished from idiopathic Parkinson's disease by the arginine growth hormone stimulation test. Ann Neurol 2006; 60: 611-5. 


Pellecchia MT, Pivonello R, Salvatore E, Faggiano A, Barone P, De Michele G, et al. Growth hormone response to arginine test distinguishes multiple system atrophy from Parkinson's disease and idiopathic late-onset cerebellar ataxia. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 2005; 62: 428-33.


Varrone A, Pellecchia MT, Amboni M, Sansone V, Salvatore E, Ghezzi D, et al. Imaging of dopaminergic dysfunction with [123I]FP-CIT SPECT in early-onset parkin disease. Neurology 2004; 63: 2097-103. 


Pellecchia MT, Ambrosio G, Salvatore E, Vitale C, De Michele G, Barone P. Possible gluten sensitivity in multiple system atrophy. Neurology 2002; 59: 1114-5.