Francesca Simonelli

Professor of Ophtalmology

Name Francesca
Surname Simonelli
Institution Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Address Eye Clinic, Multidisciplinary Department of Medical, Surgical and Dental Sciences, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Naples, Italy
Francesca Simonelli


  • Apolipoprotein E polymorphisms in age-related macular degeneration in an Italian population.

    Publication Date: 01/11/2001 on Ophthalmic research
    by Simonelli F, Margaglione M, Testa F, Cappucci G, Manitto MP, Brancato R, Rinaldi E

    Apolipoprotein E (apoE) is an important regulator of cholesterol and lipid transport during compensatory synaptogenesis. Our purpose was to investigate the role of apoE gene polymorphisms in Italian patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

  • Genetics of diabetic retinopathy.

    Publication Date: 01/03/2001 on Seminars in ophthalmology
    by Simonelli F, Testa F, Bandello F
  • New ABCR mutations and clinical phenotype in Italian patients with Stargardt disease.

    Publication Date: 01/03/2000 on Investigative ophthalmology & visual science
    by Simonelli F, Testa F, de Crecchio G, Rinaldi E, Hutchinson A, Atkinson A, Dean M, D'Urso M, Allikmets R

    To assess the mutation spectrum in the ABCR gene and clinical phenotypes in Italian families with autosomal recessive Stargardt disease (STGD1) and fundus flavimaculatus (FFM).

  • Cataract risk factors: blood level of antioxidative vitamins, reduced glutathione and malondialdehyde in cataractous patients.

    Publication Date: 01/01/1991 on Metabolic, pediatric, and systemic ophthalmology (New York, N.Y. : 1985)
    by Libondi T, Costagliola C, Della Corte M, Facchiano F, Menzione M, Savastano S, Simonelli F, Rinaldi E, Auricchio G

    Since many years experimental evidences have suggested an association between nutrition and lens opacities. A dietary deficiency of antioxidants and reactive oxygen scavengers may be involved in the pathogenesis of the "idiopathic" human senile cataract, as it has been demonstrated in some experimental cataracts. We tested the levels of ascorbic acid (vit. C), alpha-tocopherol (vit. E), reduced glutathione (GSH) and malondialdehyde (MDA) in the plasma or in the red blood cells (RBC) of 42 patients who were affected by surgically significant cataract and of 40 age-matched controls. Plasma vit. C mean level was 4.46 gamma/ml in cataracts and 4.62 gamma/ml in controls, while vit. E level was 7.70 and 7.09 gamma/ml respectively. RBC GSH was found to be 342 gamma/ml in cataracts and 346 in controls, while the MDA content was 4.06 picoMol/ml and 4.08 picoMol/ml respectively. The level of each tested nutrient or metabolite was not found to be statistically different between cataractous patients and controls, nor any significant trend was found to be present when the nutrients and metabolites were correlated to each other. Our results do not support the hypothesis of a nutritional deficiency in human senile cataracts. However, a defect in the antioxidative metabolism pathways could be present either systemically or at lens level.