Angus J Clarke

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OBJECTIVE Rett syndrome (RTT) is a severe neurodevelopmental disease that affects approximately 1 in 10,000 live female births and is often caused by mutations in Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2). Despite distinct clinical features, the accumulation of clinical and molecular information in recent years has generated considerable confusion regarding the(More)
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder caused, in most classic cases, by mutations in the X-linked methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 gene (MECP2). A large degree of phenotypic variation has been observed in patients with RTT, both those with and without MECP2 mutations. We describe a family consisting of a proband with a phenotype that(More)
The communication of risk is a central activity in clinical genetics, with genetic health professionals encouraging the dissemination of relevant information by individuals to their at-risk family members. To understand the process by which communication occurs as well as its outcomes, a systematic review of actual communication in families about genetic(More)
Mutations in the CDKL5 gene (also known as STK9) have recently been shown to cause early onset epilepsy and severe mental retardation (ISSX or West syndrome). Patients with CDKL5 mutations sometimes also show features similar to those seen in Rett Syndrome (RTT). We have screened the CDKL5 gene in 94 patients with RTT or a RTT-like phenotype who had tested(More)
As an individual’s understanding of their genetic risk may influence risk management decisions, it is important to understand the ways in which risk is constructed and interpreted. We systematically reviewed the literature, undertaking a narrative synthesis of 59 studies presenting data on the ways in which individuals perceive, construct and interpret(More)
Mutations in MECP2 are a cause of Rett syndrome. Recently, a new isoform of MeCP2 was described, which has an alternative N-terminus, transcribed from exon 1. We screened exon 1 and the promoter region of MECP2 in 97 mutation-negative Rett syndrome cases. We found two sequence variants, but there was no evidence that they are pathogenic. Mutations in exon 1(More)
The Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC) is the professional organisation which represents genetic counsellors and genetic nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) and Eire. The AGNC recognises that genetic counselling supervision is instrumental to the practice, training and registration of genetic counsellors in the UK. The AGNC formed a(More)
OBJECTIVE To measure test accuracy of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Down, Edwards and Patau syndromes using cell-free fetal DNA and identify factors affecting accuracy. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies. DATA SOURCES PubMed, Ovid Medline, Ovid Embase and the Cochrane Library published from 1997 to 9 February(More)
'Genetic responsibility' has emerged as a key notion for understanding how genetic risk reshapes patterns of choice, identification and obligation within families. Where previous research has examined the difficulties of managing responsibility for genetic testing and disclosure of the testing process and results, there is little work that examines these(More)