Ali M. Alasmari

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OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency of mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDS) in infants with cholestasis and liver failure and to further clarify the clinical, biochemical, radiologic, histopathologic, and molecular features associated with MDS due to deoxyguanosine kinase (DGUOK) and MPV17 gene mutations. STUDY DESIGN We studied 20 infants with(More)
Purpose:Retinal dystrophies (RD) are heterogeneous hereditary disorders of the retina that are usually progressive in nature. The aim of this study was to clinically and molecularly characterize a large cohort of RD patients.Methods:We have developed a next-generation sequencing assay that allows known RD genes to be sequenced simultaneously. We also(More)
Brain channelopathies represent a growing class of brain disorders that usually result in paroxysmal disorders, although their role in other neurological phenotypes, including the recently described NALCN-related infantile encephalopathy, is increasingly recognized. In three Saudi Arabian families and one Egyptian family all affected by a remarkably similar(More)
BACKGROUND There are numerous nuclear genes that cause mitochondrial disorders and clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders whose aetiology often remains unsolved. In this study, we aim to investigate an autosomal recessive syndrome causing leukodystrophy and neuroregression. We studied six patients from five unrelated consanguineous families. (More)
The Master's Thesis Advisory Committee, as representatives of the faculty, certifies that this thesis has met all standards of excellence and scholarship as determined by the faculty. In presenting this thesis as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the advanced degree from Georgia State University, I agree that the library of Georgia State(More)
A multicenter clinical exome study in unselected cohorts from a consanguineous population of Saudi Arabia demonstrated a high diagnostic yield Ahmed Alfares ⁎, Majid Alfadhel , Tariq Wani , Saud Alsahli , Iram Alluhaydan , Fuad Al Mutairi , Ali Alothaim , Mohammed Albalwi , Lamia Al subaie , Saeed Alturki , Waleed Al-Twaijri , Muhammad Alrifai , Ahmed(More)
Defects in the human gene encoding methylmalonyl-CoA mutase enzyme (MCM) give rise to a rare autosomal recessive inherited disorder of propionate metabolism termed mut methylmalonic acidemia (MMA). Patients with mut MMA have been divided into two subgroups: mut0 with complete loss of MCM activity and mut- with residual activity in the presence of(More)
Intellectual disability (ID) is a common morbid condition with a wide range of etiologies. The list of monogenic forms of ID has increased rapidly in recent years thanks to the implementation of genomic sequencing techniques. In this study, we describe the phenotypic and genetic findings of 68 families (105 patients) all with novel ID-related variants. In(More)
BACKGROUND Very long chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase (VLCAD) deficiency (OMIM#201475) is an autosomal recessive disorder of fatty acid beta oxidation caused by defect in the ACADVL. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical, biochemical, and molecular features of VLCAD deficiency in Saudi Arabia, including the treatment and outcome. METHODS We(More)
Inherited aberrancies in intracellular vesicular transport are associated with a variety of neurological and non-neurological diseases. RUSC2 is a gene found on chromosome 9p13.3 that codes for iporin, a ubiquitous protein with high expression in the brain that interacts with Rab proteins (GTPases implicated in intracellular protein trafficking). Although(More)