Catherine M Costa

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To obtain a rapid genotyping method of Candida albicans, three polymorphic microsatellite markers were investigated by multiplex PCR. The three loci, called CDC3, EF3, and HIS3, were chosen because they are on different chromosomes so as to improve the chances of finding polymorphisms. One set of primers was designed for each locus, and one primer of each(More)
To improve the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), we developed a LightCycler PCR assay targeted to Aspergillus fumigatus and A. flavus mitochondrial DNA. To avoid contamination, fully automated nucleic acid extraction with the MagNA Pure LC apparatus was used. The linearity of the results was achieved over a 6-log range of input A. fumigatus DNA,(More)
Several PCR assays have been developed for detecting Aspergillus fumigatus DNA in blood of patients with invasive aspergillosis. However, the best blood fraction to be assayed has not been defined and the multicopy genes used as the DNA targets for amplification not characterized. Firstly, we developed a real-time PCR assays based on the TaqMan technology(More)
We investigated the molecular basis of hereditary fructose intolerance (HFI) in 160 patients from 92 families by means of a PCR-based mutation screening strategy, consisting of restriction enzyme digestion and direct sequencing. Sixteen different mutations of the aldolase B (ALDOB) gene were identified in HFI patients. As in previous studies, p.A150P (64%),(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)
BACKGROUND The majority of society's deaths occur in a health care environment. Regardless of whether a death occurs in acute care, hospice, residential aged care or community settings, nurses are the health professionals that will spend the largest proportion of time with the patient who has a terminal condition and their families. As few nurses have(More)
With the increased number of identified nucleotide sequence variations in genes, the current challenge is to classify them as disease causing or neutral. These variants of unknown clinical significance can alter multiple processes, from gene transcription to RNA splicing or protein function. Using an approach combining several in silico tools, we identified(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Chronic hemolytic anemias are very frequent diseases in intertropical countries mainly caused by hemoglobin disorders. We studied a Vietnamese family in which a first child suffered from a severe transfusion-dependent anemia. The family requested an antenatal diagnosis during a second pregnancy. To characterize the molecular(More)
Grade III fetal bowel hyperechogenicity and/or loop dilatation observed at the second trimester of pregnancy can be due to several disease conditions, including cystic fibrosis (CF). Screening for frequent CF mutations is performed as a first step and, in certain situations, such as when a frequent CF mutation is found in the fetus, the increased risk of CF(More)