Branka Zukic

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AIMS 6-mercaptopurine influences in vitro TPMT gene expression in a TPMT promoter variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR)-dependent manner. We studied TPMT expression following 6-mercaptopurine and methotrexate administration in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients and the pharmacogenomic potential of the VNTR architecture. MATERIALS &(More)
We developed a series of interrelated locus-specific databases to store all published and unpublished genetic variation related to hemoglobinopathies and thalassemia and implemented microattribution to encourage submission of unpublished observations of genetic variation to these public repositories. A total of 1,941 unique genetic variants in 37 genes,(More)
AIMS Thiopurine S-methyltransferase (TPMT) activity is polymorphic, and a trimodal distribution has been demonstrated in Caucasians (low, intermediate and high methylator groups). The TPMT gene promoter contains a variable number of three GC-rich tandem repeats, namely A, B and C, ranging from three to nine in length in a A(n)B(m)C architecture. MATERIALS(More)
Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) is a rare hereditary condition resulting in elevated levels of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) in adults. Typical HPFH is associated with promoter mutations or large deletions affecting the human fetal globin (HBG1 and HBG2) genes, while genetic defects in other genes involved in human erythropoiesis, e.g. KLF1, also(More)
The expression of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) gene is altered in myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and the regulation of transcription could be a mechanism that modulates JAK2 gene expression. We analyzed the transcriptional potential of single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs12343867 T > C in JAK2 intron 14, tagging 46/1 haplotype, and its influence on JAK2(More)
AIM In this study we explored the association between genetic variations in MAP3K5 and PDE7B genes, residing on chromosome 6q23, and disease severity in β-hemoglobinopathy patients, as well as the association between these variants with response to hydroxyurea (HU) treatment. Furthermore, we examined MAP3K5 expression in the context of high fetal hemoglobin(More)
AIM TPMT activity is characterized by a trimodal distribution, namely low, intermediate and high methylator. TPMT gene promoter contains a variable number of GC-rich tandem repeats (VNTRs), namely A, B and C, ranging from three to nine repeats in length in an A(n)B(m)C architecture. We have previously shown that the VNTR architecture in the TPMT gene(More)
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a metabolic disease caused by mutations in the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene. Although the PAH genotype remains the main determinant of PKU phenotype severity, genotype–phenotype inconsistencies have been reported. In this study, we focused on unanalysed sequences in non-coding PAH gene regions to assess their possible(More)
Thalassemia syndromes constitute a group of genetic disorders, widespread throughout the world. The present study contains data on thalassemia syndromes and their chromosomal environment obtained in Serbia over a period of 10 years. Ten different β-thalassemia (β-thal) mutations and two hemoglobin (Hb) variants were detected in 127 members of 68 families.(More)
Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory disease in the small intestine triggered by gluten uptake that occurs in genetically susceptible individuals. HLA-DQ2 protein encoded by HLA-DQA1*05 and DQB1*02 alleles is found in 90-95% of CD patients. All of the remaining patients carry HLA-DQ8 protein encoded by HLA-DQA1*03 and DQB1*03:02 alleles. Specific(More)