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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)
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)
BACKGROUND Febrile seizures (FSs) relatively represent the most common form of childhood seizures. FSs are not thought of as a true epileptic disease but rather as a special syndrome characterized by its provoking factor (fever) and a typical range of 3 months to 5 years. Although specific genes affecting the majority of FS cases have not been identified(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Febrile Seizure can be associated with heterogeneous epilepsy phenotypes regrouped in a syndrome called generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+). The aim of this report is to search for the gene responsible for GEFS+ in two affected Tunisian families. METHODS Microsatellite marker analysis was performed on the known(More)
We used eight informative microsatellite markers for fingerprinting and evaluation of genetic similarity among 15 Tunisian olive (Olea europaea L.) cultivars and two feral unknown trees named Soulela 1 and Soulela 2. Thirty-one alleles were revealed, and the number of alleles per SSR varied from 2 (UDO12) to 6 (GAPU71A). Cluster analysis grouped cultivars(More)
This paper presents a new interest points detector whose goal is to better catch visual attention than standard detectors. It is based on the generalization of Loy and Zelinsky transform [18] which was originally developed to detect radial symmetry centers. The voting algorithm is here extended to a set of voting orientations which allows the construction(More)
Genetic polymorphisms in some DNA repair proteins are associated with a number of malignant transformations like head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Xeroderma pigmentosum group D (XPD) and X-ray repair cross-complementing proteins 1 (XRCC1) and 3 (XRCC3) genes are involved in DNA repair and were found to be associated with HNSCC in numerous(More)