Catherine Costa

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Dreher (dr(J)) is an autosomal recessive mutation in the newly identified LIM homeobox gene, Lmx1a. The homozygous mutant phenotype includes misplaced neurons (heterotopia) in the cerebral cortex, cerebellum and hippocampus, which mimic the mild end of the spectrum of neuronal migration disorders in humans. Heterotopic neurons are found mainly in the(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene have been widely detected in infertile men with congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (CBAVD). Despite extensive analysis of the CFTR gene using varied screening methods, a number of cases remain unsolved and could be attributable to the presence of(More)
Approximately 30% of alleles causing genetic disorders generate premature termination codons (PTCs), which are usually associated with severe phenotypes. However, bypassing the deleterious stop codon can lead to a mild disease outcome. Splicing at NAGNAG tandem splice sites has been reported to result in insertion or deletion (indel) of three nucleotides.(More)
To the Editor: Gene deletions are common events in various hereditary diseases, but conventional PCR often fails to detect such defects in heterozygous patients (1). This highlights the need for a suitable method, easily applicable in a diagnostic laboratory (2). Large deletions account for ϳ5% of cases of hemophilia, inherited as a recessive X-linked(More)
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