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Vitamin D is a potent regulator of calcium homeostasis and may have immunomodulatory effects. The influence of vitamin D on human autoimmune disease is controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of vitamin D receptor gene (VDR) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Three polymorphisms for VDR gene FokI T>C (rs 10735810), BsmI A>G (rs 1544410)(More)
INTRODUCTION The majority of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs) are characterized by a striking female predominance superimposed on a predisposing genetic background. The role of extremely skewed X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) has been questioned in the pathogenesis of several autoimmune diseases.(More)
Altered activity of DNA repair enzymes may be involved in modulating cancer susceptibility and pathogenesis of head and neck cancer (HNC). We conducted a case-control study to test the association between three common single-nucleotide polymorphisms of XRCC1, ERCC2, and ERCC3 genes with HNC risk in Tunisian patients. To the best of our knowle dge, this is(More)
We compared the powers of two methods for detection of quantitative trait loci (QTL) using genetic markers, in the simple case of an interval between two codominant markers and a backcross population. The first method is the interval mapping approach, based on the use of likelihood ratio tests performed in many positions within the interval considered and(More)
One of the challenge fruit growers are facing is to balance between tree production and vegetative growth from year to year. To investigate the existence of genetic determinism for reproductive behaviour in olive tree, we studied an olive segregating population derived from a cross between 'Olivière' and 'Arbequina' cultivars. Our strategy was based on (i)(More)
 Genetic variability for partial resistance to bacterial leaf streak in barley, caused by Xanthomonas campestris pv. hordei, was investigated in 119 doubled-haploid lines (DH) developed by the Hordeum bulbosum method from the F1 progeny of the cross between two cultivars, ‘Morex’ (resistant) and ‘Steptoe’ (susceptible). Two experiments were undertaken in a(More)
In crop species, most QTL (quantitative trait loci) mapping strategies use segregating populations derived from an initial cross between two lines. However, schemes including more than two parents could also be used. We propose an approach using a high-density restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) map established on six F 2 populations derived(More)
1Unité Cibles pour le Diagnostic et la Thérapie, Centre de Biotechnologie Sfax, BP ‘1177’ 3018, Universiteé de Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia 2Unité d’ Epidémiologie Génétique et Moléculaire, Faculté de Médecine de Tunis, La Rabta-1007 Bab Saâdoun Tunis, Tunisia 3Unité de Bioinformatique, Centre de Biotechnologie Sfax, BP ‘1177’ 3018, Sfax, Tunisia 4Service(More)
The incidence of bladder tumors has been dramatically increasing since the 1970s, possibly as a consequence of ongoing environmental pollution. Previous studies have provided some evidence of an association between cancer and exposure to carcinogenic metals. In order to examine the association between levels of toxic metals in patients with bladder tumors(More)
Medium composition and culture conditions for the bleaching stable alkaline protease production by Aspergillus clavatus ES1 were optimized. Two statistical methods were used. Plackett–Burman design was applied to find the key ingredients and conditions for the best yield. Response surface methodology (RSM) including full factorial design was used to(More)