Bohdan Bakay

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The clinical phenotype in Lesch-Nyhan disease has been analyzed in 19 patients studied in hospital. In each case the diagnosis was made on the basis of inactivity of the enzyme hypoxanthine guanine phosphoribosyltransferase in erythrocyte lysates. All had hyperuricemia, and the presence of 'orange sand' in the diaper was a prominent early complaint. All had(More)
A deficiency of the enzyme hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT) is associated with a varying clinical picture which may include hyperuricaemia, neurological abnormalities and bizarre self-multilating behaviour. Due to technical problems with the usualin vitro enzyme assays, it has not been possible to establish a correlation between the(More)
A homozygous gene deletion at the glutathioneS-transferase M1 (GSTM1) locus of genomic DNA from blood spots was studied by PCR in the group of Slavic populations from the north-western and central-eastern regions of European Russia and in patients with lung cancer (LC), other tumors (OT), endometriosis (E), alcoholic cirrhosis (AC), cystic fibrosis (CF) and(More)
Sixty-eight independent hybrid clones were isolated after irradiated normal human lymphocytes were fused with Chinese hamster fibroblasts lacking hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase activity. The cells were grown under selective conditions requiring retention of the X chromosome-linked locus for human hypoxanthine-guanine(More)
Fusion of hypoxanthine phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT)(-) rat hepatoma cells with HPRT(+) human fibroblasts yielded hybrid clones that grew in HAT selective medium and contained all the rat chromosomes and one to nine human chromosomes. Among the retained chromosomes was the human X chromosome. In all clones backselected in medium containing 8-azaguanine,(More)
Flat agarose gel electrophoresis and autoradiography were used to analyze HPRT and APRT activity in individual hair roots collected from the scalps of females to determine the presence of HPRT-deficient cells. Autoradiographs of hair-root lysates of normal homozygous females contained two well-separated dark zones representing HPRT and APRT activities. In(More)
In women heterozygous for hypoxanthine guanine phosphoribosyl trasferase deficiency, the activity of this enzyme in the erythrocyte is usually normal. In a key kindred two such obligate heterozygotes were also heterozygous for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase types A and B. The AB genotype was confirmed in one by assay of skin fibroblasts. Erythrocytes(More)
An inherited, structurally abnormal and superactive form of the enzyme 5-phosphoribosyl 1-pyrophosphate (PP-ribose-P) synthetase (EC 2.7.6.1) has been characterized in fibroblasts cultured from a 14-yr-old male (S.M.) with clinical manifestations of uric acid overproduction present since infancy. PP-ribose-P synthetase from the cells of this child showed(More)