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Articles by P. A Bertazzi
Total Records ( 4 ) for P. A Bertazzi
  V Bollati , S Fabris , V Pegoraro , D Ronchetti , L Mosca , G. L Deliliers , V Motta , P. A Bertazzi , A Baccarelli and A. Neri

Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized by a wide spectrum of genetic changes. Global hypomethylation of repetitive genomic sequences such as long interspersed nuclear element 1 (LINE-1), Alu and satellite alpha (SAT-) sequences has been associated with chromosomal instability in cancer. Methylation status of repetitive elements in MM has never been investigated. In the present study, we used a quantitative bisulfite-polymerase chain reaction pyrosequencing method to evaluate the methylation patterns of LINE-1, Alu and SAT- in 23 human myeloma cell lines (HMCLs) and purified bone marrow plasma cells from 53 newly diagnosed MM patients representative of different molecular subtypes, 7 plasma cell leukemias (PCLs) and 11 healthy controls. MMs showed a decrease of Alu [median: 21.1 %5-methylated cytosine (%5mC)], LINE-1 (70.0%5mC) and SAT- (77.9%5mC) methylation levels compared with controls (25.2, 79.5and 89.5%5mC, respectively). Methylation levels were lower in PCLs and HMCLs compared with MMs (16.7 and 14.8%5mC for Alu, 45.5 and 42.4%5mC for LINE-1 and 33.3 and 43.3%5mC for SAT-, respectively). Notably, LINE-1 and SAT- methylation was significantly lower in the non-hyperdiploid versus hyperdiploid MMs (P = 0.01 and 0.02, respectively), whereas Alu and SAT- methylation was significantly lower in MMs with t(4;14) (P = 0.02 and 0.004, respectively). Finally, we correlated methylation patterns with DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) messenger RNA levels showing in particular a progressive and significant increase of DNMT1 expression from controls to MMs, PCLs and HMCLs (P < 0.001). Our results indicate that global hypomethylation of repetitive elements is significantly associated with tumor progression in MM and may contribute toward a more extensive stratification of the disease.

  S Pavanello , A. C Pesatori , L Dioni , M Hoxha , V Bollati , E Siwinska , D Mielzynska , C Bolognesi , P. A Bertazzi and A. Baccarelli

Shorter telomere length (TL) in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) is predictive of lung cancer risk. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are established lung carcinogens that cause chromosome instability. Whether PAH exposure and its molecular effects are linked with shorter TL has never been evaluated. In the present study, we investigated the effect of chronic exposure to PAHs on TL measured in PBLs of Polish male non-current smoking cokeoven workers and matched controls. PAH exposure and molecular effects were characterized using measures of internal dose (urinary 1-pyrenol), effective dose [anti-benzo[a]pyrene diolepoxide (anti-BPDE)–DNA adduct], genetic instability (micronuclei, MN) and DNA methylation [p53 promoter and Alu and long interspersed nuclear element-1 (LINE-1) repetitive elements, as surrogate measures of global methylation] in PBLs. TL was measured by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Cokeoven workers were heavily exposed to PAHs (79% exceeded the urinary 1-pyrenol biological exposure index) and exhibited lower TL (P = 0.038) than controls, as well as higher levels of genetic and chromosomal alterations [i.e. anti-BPDE–DNA adduct and MN (P < 0.0001)] and epigenetic changes [i.e. p53 gene-specific promoter and global methylation (P ≤ 0.001)]. TL decreased with longer duration of work as cokeoven worker (P = 0.039) and in all subjects with higher levels of anti-BPDE–DNA adduct (P = 0.042), p53 hypomethylation (P = 0.005) and MN (P = 0.009). In multivariate analysis, years of work in cokery (P = 0.008) and p53 hypomethylation (P = 0.001) were the principal determinants of shorter TL. Our results indicate that shorter TL is associated with chronic PAH exposure. The interrelations with other genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in our data suggest that shorter TL could be a central event in PAH carcinogenesis.

  T. K Lam , M Rotunno , J. H Lubin , S Wacholder , D Consonni , A. C Pesatori , P. A Bertazzi , S. J Chanock , L Burdette , A. M Goldstein , M. A Tucker , N. E Caporaso , A. F Subar and M. T. Landi

Epidemiological and mechanistic evidence on the association of quercetin-rich food intake with lung cancer risk and carcinogenesis are inconclusive. We investigated the role of dietary quercetin and the interaction between quercetin and P450 and glutathione S-transferase (GST) polymorphisms on lung cancer risk in 1822 incident lung cancer cases and 1991 frequency-matched controls from the Environment And Genetics in Lung cancer Etiology study. In non-tumor lung tissue from 38 adenocarcinoma patients, we assessed the correlation between quercetin intake and messenger RNA expression of the same P450 and GST metabolic genes. Multivariate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for sex-specific quintiles of intake were calculated using unconditional logistic regression adjusting for putative risk factors. Frequent intake of quercetin-rich foods was inversely associated with lung cancer risk (OR = 0.49; 95% CI: 0.37–0.67; P-trend < 0.001) and did not differ by P450 or GST genotypes, gender or histological subtypes. The association was stronger in subjects who smoked >20 cigarettes per day (OR = 0.35; 95% CI: 0.19–0.66; P-trend = 0.003). Based on a two-sample t-test, we compared gene expression and high versus low consumption of quercetin-rich foods and observed an overall upregulation of GSTM1, GSTM2, GSTT2, and GSTP1 as well as a downregulation of specific P450 genes (P-values < 0.05, adjusted for age and smoking status). In conclusion, we observed an inverse association of quercetin-rich food with lung cancer risk and identified a possible mechanism of quercetin-related changes in the expression of genes involved in the metabolism of tobacco carcinogens in humans. Our findings suggest an interplay between quercetin intake, tobacco smoking, and lung cancer risk. Further research on this relationship is warranted.

  A Baccarelli , I Martinelli , V Pegoraro , S Melly , P Grillo , A Zanobetti , L Hou , P. A Bertazzi , P. M Mannucci and J. Schwartz

Background— Particulate air pollution has been consistently linked to increased risk of arterial cardiovascular disease. Few data on air pollution exposure and risk of venous thrombosis are available. We investigated whether living near major traffic roads increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), using distance from roads as a proxy for traffic exposure.

Methods and Results— From 1995 through 2005, we examined 663 patients with DVT of the lower limbs and 859 age-matched controls from cities with population >15 000 inhabitants in Lombardia Region, Italy. We assessed distance from residential addresses to the nearest major traffic road using geographic information system methodology. The risk of DVT was estimated from logistic regression models adjusting for multiple clinical and environmental covariates. The risk of DVT was increased (odds ratio=1.33; 95% confidence interval, 1.03 to 1.71; P=0.03 in age-adjusted models; odds ratio=1.47; 95% confidence interval, 1.10 to 1.96; P=0.008 in models adjusted for multiple covariates) for subjects living near a major traffic road (index distance of 3 meters, 10th centile of the distance distribution) compared with those living farther away (reference distance of 245 meters, 90th centile). The increase in DVT risk was approximately linear over the observed distance range (from 718 to 0 meters) and was not modified after adjusting for background levels of particulate matter (odds ratio=1.47; 95% confidence interval, 1.11 to 1.96; P=0.008 for 10th versus 90th distance centile in models adjusting for area levels of particulate matter <10 µm in aerodynamic diameter in the year before diagnosis).

Conclusions— Living near major traffic roads is associated with increased risk of DVT.

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