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BACKGROUND Perinatal depression has been linked with deleterious child development outcomes, yet maternal depression interventions have not been shown to have lasting effects on child development, and evidence is not available from countries of low or middle income. In the Thinking Healthy Programme cluster-randomised controlled trial, a perinatal(More)
Unlike the other haemoglobinopathies, few researches have been published concerning alpha-thalassaemia in Tunisia. The aim of the present work is to acquire further data concerning alpha-thalassaemia prevalence and molecular defects spectrum in Tunisia, by collecting and studying several kinds of samples carrying alpha-thalassaemia. The first survey(More)
Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) is a group of genetically heterogeneous conditions characterized by continued expression of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) in adulthood. HPFH may be due not only to point mutations or large deletions in different regions of the cluster β globin, but also to variations in several polymorphic sequences in this(More)
We here present the first report of the detection of two rare beta0-thalassemia (thal) mutations in the Tunisian population: codon 47 (+A) and codons 106/107 (+G). To the best of our knowledge this is the second report of the codon 47 (+A) mutation, the first being identified in a Surinamese subject. The codons 106/107 (+G) mutation was first described in(More)
The short tandem repeats (STR) are undoubtedly the most used molecular markers in genetic diversity studies. β-thalassemia is a hereditary hemolytic anemia which is a common health problem all over the world. The disease has two main clinical forms: the severe form or β-thalassemia major (TM) and the moderate form or β-thalassemia intermedia (TI). To help(More)
BACKGROUND The protein tyrosine phosphatase-1B, a negative regulator for insulin and leptin signalling, potentially modulates glucose and energy homeostasis. PTP1B is encoded by the PTPN1 gene located on chromosome 20q13 showing linkage with type 2 diabetes (T2D) in several populations. PTPN1 gene variants have been inconsistently associated with T2D, and(More)
BACKGROUND In Tunisia, thalassemia and sickle cell disease represent the most prevalent monogenic hemoglobin disorders with 2.21% and 1.89% of carriers, respectively. This study aims to evaluate the diagnosis reliability of a series of red blood cell indices and parameters in differentiation of beta-thalassemia trait (β-TT) from iron deficiency anemia (IDA)(More)
BACKGROUND Studies that considered apolipoprotein B (APOB) gene polymorphisms as risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) have reported conflicting results. We sought to analyze the association between 5' ins/del and 3' VNTR polymorphisms of APOB, lipid parameters and CAD risk. METHODS We recruited 251 patients with CAD, documented by coronary(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a common and serious condition with autosomal recessive inheritance. It is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene (CFTR). The frequencies of mutations vary according to the ethnic origin of populations. We describe in this study a patient with cystic fibrosis. She was homozygous for a new(More)