Annette M. Zaytoun

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BACKGROUND SLC25A12 was previously identified by a linkage-directed association analysis in autism. In this study, we investigated the relationship between three SLC25A12 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs2056202, rs908670 and rs2292813) and restricted repetitive behavior (RRB) traits in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), based on a positive(More)
BACKGROUND Previous research has suggested that a subgroup of children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have neuropsychiatric sequelae of streptococcal pharyngitis, similar to that seen in the neurological manifestation of rheumatic fever (RF). Monoclonal antibody D8/17 demonstrates increased binding to B cells in patients with RF and in patients(More)
To date, the mechanisms of human natural killer (NK) cell activity have been poorly defined. Since microtubules and microfilaments are important in many non-NK leukocytic processes, the potential roles of these cellular elements in natural killing were assessed in simultaneously performed 51-chromium-release microcytotoxicity and single cell cytotoxicity(More)
BACKGROUND Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS) research is based on the hypothesis that infections trigger changes in behavior and movement in children. METHODS We enrolled 693 children (ages 3 to 12 years) into a systematic, longitudinal study. Data were collected monthly for 8 months (October-May) to(More)
Restricted and repetitive behavior (RRB) is a group of heterogeneous maladaptive behaviors. RRB is one of the key diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and also commonly observed in Prader–Willi syndrome (PWS). In this study, we assessed RRB using the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R) in two ASD samples (University of Illinois at(More)
The natural killer (NK) cell activity in fifteen systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients was investigated by employing 51-chromium- (51Cr) release microcytotoxicity and single cell cytotoxicity assays against K562 target cells. Although the SLE patients as a group had depressed NK function in the 51Cr-release assay compared to normal subjects (p less(More)
This study investigated the defective natural killer (NK) cell activity in two patients with the Chediak-Higashi syndrome (CHS) using both a standard 51-chromium release microcytoxicity and a single cell-in-agarose assay against K562 and Molt-4 target cells. CHS patients were deficient in overall maximum NK capacity, but had normal percentages of(More)
We previously reported in a large cohort (N = 104) of post-mortem tissues the detection of both the non-pathogenic adeno-associated virus (AAV2) in approximately 13% and the pathogenic human parvovirus B19 (B19) in approximately 42% of human brains, particularly the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Multiple animal parvoviruses target the developing(More)