Aaron J Stevens

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We observed apparent non-Mendelian behaviour of alleles when genotyping a region in a CpG island at the 5' end of the maternally imprinted human MEST isoform. This region contains three single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in total linkage disequilibrium, such that only two haplotypes occur in the human population. Only one haplotype was detectable in(More)
In recent years, innovations in molecular techniques and sequencing technologies have resulted in a rapid expansion in the number of known viral sequences, in particular those with circular replication-associated protein (Rep)-encoding single-stranded (CRESS) DNA genomes. CRESS DNA viruses are present in the virome of many ecosystems and are known to infect(More)
Interest in exploring G-quadruplex (G4) structures in nucleic acids is growing as it becomes more widely recognized that these structures have many interesting biological roles and chemical properties. Probing the G4-forming potential of DNA with dimethyl sulfate, polymerase stop assays, or nuclease digestion are three commonly used techniques that usually(More)
Many aspects of human development and disease are influenced by the interaction between genetic and environmental factors. Understanding how our genes respond to the environment is central to managing health and disease, and is one of the major contemporary challenges in human genetics. Various epigenetic processes affect chromosome structure and(More)
The promoter region of the imprinted gene MEST contains several motifs capable of forming G-quadruplex (G4) structures, which appear to contribute to consistent allelic dropout during polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of this region. Here, we extend our previous analysis of MEST G4 structures by applying fluorescent footprinting techniques to assess(More)
The promoter of the human imprinted gene MEST is differentially methylated with respect to the parent of origin and contains several non B-DNA motifs that are capable of forming G-quadruplexes. These factors can contribute to a consistent allelic dropout (ADO) of the maternally methylated DNA during polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of such gene(More)
Loss of one allele during polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of DNA, known as allelic dropout, can be caused by a variety of mechanisms. Allelic dropout during PCR may have profound implications for molecular diagnostic and research procedures that depend on PCR and assume biallelic amplification has occurred. Complete allelic dropout due to the(More)
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