Arpad von Moers

Learn More
Combined pituitary hormone deficiency (CPHD) has been linked with rare abnormalities in genes encoding transcription factors necessary for pituitary development. We have isolated LHX3, a gene involved in a new syndrome, using a candidate-gene approach developed on the basis of documented pituitary abnormalities of a recessive lethal mutation in mice(More)
Interstitial deletions or apparently balanced translocations involving bands 1p31 and 1p32 in the short arm of chromosome 1 are rarely described chromosomal imbalances. To our knowledge, there have been six cases documented to date. Five of these cases, where the NFIA gene is involved, show complex central nervous system malformations and in some cases(More)
In order to screen for cardiac abnormalities, we prospectively studied 15 patients (age 8–25 years, mean 15.5 years) with Duchenne's (DMD) (n= 9) and Becker's (BMD) (n= 6) muscular dystrophy using the echocardiogram. Data were compared to a control group of 92 healthy individuals (age 7.9–25 years, mean 14.3 years). Left ventricular filling in diastole(More)
While frame-shift mutations are usually found in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), in-frame mutations are associated with the less severe phenotype of Becker’s muscular dystrophy. Exceptions have been reported in both directions suggesting the existence of modifying genes, which might be helpful for innovation of new therapeutic strategies. We report on(More)
We report on a 16-month-old boy with congenital disorder of glycosylation type 1a (CDG-1a; OMIM 212065) showing an atypical phenotype. Whereas failure to thrive is known to be a prominent feature in this condition, our patient developed postnatal macrosomia with increase of weight, length and occipitofrontal circumference (OFC) above the 95th percentile(More)
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is a rare and fatal disorder of early infancy, which affects predominantly the mononuclear phagocyte system and is characterized by the presence of fever, hepatosplenomegaly and cytopenia. Neurological symptoms can be extremely variable, ranging from irritability, and convulsions to focal neurological signs. They often(More)
Cerebellar cysts are rare findings in pediatric neuroimaging and rather characteristic for dystroglycanopathies and GPR56-related encephalopathy. We aim to report on seven children with cerebellar cysts showing absence of weakness and ruling out mutations within eight dystroglycanopathy genes and GPR56. Data about neurological and ophthalmological features,(More)
Ataxia telangiectasia (AT) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by cerebellar degeneration, immunodeficiency, oculocutaneous telangiectasias, chromosomal instability, radiosensitivity, and cancer predisposition. The gene mutated in the patients, ATM, encodes a member of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase family proteins. The ATM protein has a key(More)
Three unrelated patients, one girl, one boy, and an adult female, aged 14, 11 and 41 years, respectively, at the time of biopsy, revealed lysosomal glycogen storage, autophagic vacuoles and peculiar globular inclusions of distinct ultrastructure, which were reducing but did not appear like true “reducing bodies” as described in the congenital myopathy(More)
In dystrophinopathies, disease severity is generally related to the extent of muscle fibrosis. To determine whether a decrease in matrix degradation contributes to the severe fibrosis seen in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), we quantified RNA transcript numbers for the fibrolytic matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-1 and −2 and their natural tissue inhibitors(More)