Christa M Lese

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Telomere-specific clones are a valuable resource for the characterization of chromosomal rearrangements. We previously reported a first-generation set of human telomere probes consisting of 34 genomic clones, which were a known distance from the end of the chromosome ( approximately 300 kb), and 7 clones corresponding to the most distal markers on the(More)
Gene amplification is a common feature of tumors. Overexpression of some amplified genes plays a role in tumor progression. Gene amplification can occur either extrachromosomally as double-minute chromosomes (dmin) or intrachromosomally in the form of homogeneously staining regions (hsrs). Approximately one-half of our oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs)(More)
Neonatal diabetes, which can be transient or permanent, is defined as hyperglycemia that presents within the first month of life and requires insulin therapy. Transient neonatal diabetes mellitus has been associated with abnormalities of the paternally inherited copy of chromosome 6, including duplications of a portion of the long arm of chromosome 6 and(More)
Since 1993, the position of the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) has been that prenatal interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is investigational. In 1997, the FDA cleared the AneuVysion assay (Vysis, Inc.) to enumerate chromosomes 13, 18, 21, X and Y for prenatal diagnosis. Data is presented from the clinical trial that led to(More)
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) develops along a multistep genetic pathway including loss of tumor suppressor genes and alteration of oncogenes. We characterized seven OSCC cell lines by classical and molecular cytogenetic analysis and fresh tumor and adjacent oral mucosa corresponding to three of the cell lines by molecular cytogenetics. We observed(More)
BACKGROUND Turcot syndrome (TS) or the glioma-polyposis syndrome, is a rare, heritable disorder thought by some authors to be a variant of familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). It is characterized by central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms and gastrointestinal polyposis. METHODS We present a case report of a patient who developed a medulloblastoma at age 5(More)
Clinical cytogenetic laboratories frequently identify an apparent duplication of proximal 15q that does not involve probes within the PWS/AS critical region and is not associated with any consistent phenotype. Previous mapping data placed several pseudogenes, NF1, IgH D/V, and GABRA5 in the pericentromeric region of proximal 15q. Recent studies have shown(More)
Genome-wide physical and genetic mapping efforts have not yet fully addressed the problem of closure at the telomeric ends of human chromosomes. Targeted efforts at cloning human and mouse telomeres have succeeded in identifying unique sequences at most telomeres, but gap sizes between these telomere clones and the distal markers on integrated(More)
Cryptic telomere deletions have been proposed to be a significant cause of idiopathic mental retardation. We present two unrelated subjects, with normal G banding analysis, in whom 22q telomere deletions were serendipitously detected at two different institutions using fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH). Both probands presented with several of the(More)
Interpretation of a complex chromosome rearrangement (CCR) using only G-band analysis is difficult and potentially inaccurate. We present two patients with de novo, partially cryptic, CCRs that illustrate both the value and limitations of using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) whole chromosome paint probes to characterize these types of(More)