Afia Sultana

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OBJECTIVE To map and identify the gene for autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED2, OMIM 217700), a disorder characterised by diffuse bilateral corneal clouding that may lead to visual impairment and requiring corneal transplantation. METHODS Members of 16 families with autosomal recessive CHED were genotyped for 13(More)
PURPOSE Autosomal recessive congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (AR-CHED or CHED2) is a bilateral corneal disorder manifesting at birth or in early childhood. CHED2 is caused by mutations in the sodium bicarbonate transporter-like solute carrier family 4 member 11 (SLC4A11) gene on chromosome 20p13. We screened 42 unrelated families with CHED2 in(More)
PURPOSE To determine the immunophenotypes of macular corneal dystrophy (MCD) in Indian patients and to correlate them with mutations in the carbohydrate 6-sulfotransferase (CHST6) gene. METHODS Sixty-four patients from 53 families with MCD that were previously screened for mutations in CHST6 were included in an immunophenotype analysis. Antigenic keratan(More)
Olfm1, a secreted highly conserved glycoprotein, is detected in peripheral and central nervous tissues and participates in neural progenitor maintenance, cell death in brain, and optic nerve arborization. In this study, we identified Olfm1 as a molecule promoting axon growth through interaction with the Nogo A receptor (NgR1) complex. Olfm1 is coexpressed(More)
Allelic heterogeneity of the carbohydrate sulfotransferase-6 gene in patients with macular corneal dystrophy. Macular corneal dystrophy (MCD) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by grayish white opacities in the cornea. It is caused by mutations in the carbohydrate sulfotransferase-6 (CHST6) gene, which codes for the enzyme corneal(More)
Olfactomedin 1 (Olfm1) is a secreted glycoprotein that is preferentially expressed in neuronal tissues. Here we show that deletion of exons 4 and 5 from the Olfm1 gene, which encodes a 52 amino acid long region in the N-terminal part of the protein, increased neonatal death and reduced body weight of surviving homozygous mice. Magnetic resonance imaging(More)
PURPOSE Macular corneal dystrophy (MCD) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by progressive central haze, confluent punctate opacities and abnormal deposits in the cornea. It is caused by mutations in the carbohydrate sulfotransferase-6 (CHST6) gene, encoding corneal N-acetyl glucosamine-6-O-sulfotransferase (C-GlcNAc-6-ST). We screened the(More)
PURPOSE Olfactomedin 2 (OLFM2) belongs to the family of olfactomedin domain-containing proteins. Genetic data suggest its association with glaucoma in Japanese patients. However, its functions are still elusive. In this study, the properties of mammalian OLFM2 were investigated. METHODS Expression of the rat and mouse Olfm2 gene was studied by using(More)
Olfactomedin 2 (Olfm2) is a secretory glycoprotein belonging to the family of olfactomedin domain-containing proteins. A previous study has shown that a mutation in OLFM2 is associated with primary open angle glaucoma in Japanese patients. In the present study, we generated Olfm2 deficient mice by replacing the Olfm2 gene with the LacZ gene. The loss of(More)
The olfm1a and olfm1b genes in zebrafish encode conserved secreted glycoproteins. These genes are preferentially expressed in the brain and retina starting from 16 h post-fertilization until adulthood. Functions of the Olfm1 gene is still unclear. Here, we produced and analyzed a null zebrafish mutant of both olfm1a and olfm1b genes (olfm1 null). olfm1 null(More)