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This study addresses the contributions of gene conversion and a founder effect to the distribution of the two most frequent severe point mutations of the 21-hydroxylase (21OH) gene causing congenital adrenal hyperplasia: the 655G splicing mutation at intron 2, and Gln318Stop in a Spanish...
Human monozygotic (MZ) twins estimated to occur once in 250 live births, result from an errant decision by embryonic cell(s) to develop as separate embryos. They are considered genetically identical and any phenotypic discordance between them has been used to implicate the role of environment....
At least 25% of Ashkenazi Jewish families with two or more cases of premenopausal breast cancers are attributable to one of three founder mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2. As these three founder mutations are common in the Ashkenazi Jewish population (∼ 2.5%) and can easily be tested for in a...
Cohen syndrome (Mendelian Inheritance in Man (MIM) no. 216550) is a rare, autosomal-recessive inherited disorder with mental retardation and a typical appearance. The condition is relatively common in Finland where 35 patients have been diagnosed. We studied 22 patients in detail, obtaining...
Mutations at the PKD1 locus account for 85% of cases of the common genetic disorder called autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Screening for mutations of the PKD1 gene is complicated by the genomic structure of the 5′-duplicated region encoding 75% of the gene. To date, more...
To determine whether familial breast cancer occurs at a younger age in successive generations, we reviewed the clinical records of 435 Ashkenazi women with breast cancer referred to our cancer genetic clinic. Ninety-eight who reported a maternal history of breast cancer were selected for further...
Only one study has reported on the genetic basis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in South African subjects. This was conducted in the Johannesburg region and has suggested that black South Africans only (indigenous Africans) differ from the norm. We have explored this further by DNA studies in...
In order to investigate the interdependent action of the insertion/deletion polymorphism of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene and polymorphism in exon 11 (C1136→T; Ala379Val) of the platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase (PAF-AH) gene, which encodes a functional antagonist of...
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