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Non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) represent common genomic variations that alter protein sequence and function. Some nsSNPs affecting conserved amino acids have been reported to be associated with cancer susceptibility. Interestingly, Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) is commonly overexpressed and mutated in many cancers. In this(More)
Intronless genes (IGs) fraction varies between 2.7 and 97.7% in eukaryotic genomes. Although many databases on exons and introns exist, there was no curated database for such genes which allowed their study in a concerted manner. Such a database would be useful to identify the functional features and the distribution of these genes across the genome. Here,(More)
BACKGROUND The prognosis of breast carcinoma is related to a large variety of clinical and pathological factors. Currently, only oestrogen (ER) and progesterone (PR) receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) are used in routine pathological assessment as biomarkers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic impact of epidermal(More)
The G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) form a large protein family in the human genome that have been widely studied and classified into classes and phylogenetic subfamilies. However, there still exist orphan GPCRs that are not classified in any of the known subfamilies and new bioinformatics approaches are still needed to address this issue. One of the(More)
We evaluated the association of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) 142285G>A (R521K) and estrogen receptor alpha (ESR1) 2014G>A (T594T) single nucleotide polymorphisms with breast cancer risk and prognosis in Tunisian patients. EGFR 142285G>A and ESR1 2014G>A were genotyped in a sample of 148 Tunisian breast cancer patients and 303 controls using(More)
Autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (ARRP) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder. ARRP could be associated with extraocular manifestations that define specific syndromes such as Usher syndrome (USH) characterized by retinal degeneration and congenital hearing loss (HL). The USH type II (USH2) associates RP and mild-to-moderate HL with preserved(More)
Thyroid hormone receptors (TR) are prototypes of nuclear transcription factors that regulate the expression of target genes. These receptors play an important role in many physiological processes. Moreover, a dysfunction of these proteins is often implicated in several human diseases and malignancies. Here we report genetic variations and alterations of the(More)
OBJECTIVE Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a long-term complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Genetic studies on DN have been of little help so far, since several genetic association studies have shown conflicting results. Here we report the findings of a case-control study on five SNPs in the glucose transporter 1 (GLUT1) gene. The study investigated(More)
BACKGROUND The Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) is a candidate gene in the aetiology of several common diseases. The study of the haplotype structure of this gene is of interest in diagnosis and in pharmacogenomics. AIM The study investigated the haplotype profile of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the ACE gene in the Tunisian population(More)
Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) are transmembrane proteins involved in the control of fundamental cellular processes in metazoans. RTKs possess a general structure that includes an extracellular domain, a transmembrane domain and a highly conserved tyrosine kinase domain. RTKs are classified according to their variable extracellular ligand-binding domain.(More)