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Cutaneous melanoma occurs in both familial and sporadic forms. We investigated a melanoma-prone family through linkage analysis and high-throughput sequencing and identified a disease-segregating germline mutation in the promoter of the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene, which encodes the catalytic subunit of telomerase. The mutation creates a(More)
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Japan) has approved research into primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) and pulmonary hypertension due to chronic thromboembolic and/or embolic disease (CTE-PH) to examine their epidemiology, pathophysiology, and develop new therapeutic strategies. The Respiratory Failure Research Group, with grant support from the(More)
Deficiency of the mitochondrial enzyme 2-methyl-3-hydroxybutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase involved in isoleucine metabolism causes an organic aciduria with atypical neurodegenerative course. The disease-causing gene is HSD17B10 and encodes 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 10 (HSD10), a protein also implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.(More)
PURPOSE To describe the phenotypic expression of a new family with familial lateral temporal lobe epilepsy with aphasic seizures, and to compare the findings with the clinical features of previously reported families linked to chromosome 10q22-q24. METHODS Medical records were collected from 12 living affected members. The patients underwent a personal(More)
BACKGROUND Familial primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) is an autosomal-dominant inherited disease with incomplete penetrance and poor prognosis. This study was performed to examine whether asymptomatic carriers of a mutated PPH gene can be identified at an early stage by their pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) response to exercise. METHODS AND(More)
We applied a new approach based on Mantel statistics to analyze the Genetic Analysis Workshop 14 simulated data with prior knowledge of the answers. The method was developed in order to improve the power of a haplotype sharing analysis for gene mapping in complex disease. The new statistic correlates genetic similarity and phenotypic similarity across pairs(More)
Skin biopsies from a patient with a dissection of the left internal carotid artery and from four of his children were analyzed by electron microscopy. The index patient and three children showed mild but regular electron microscopic connective tissue aberrations. They were considered as carriers of an unknown autosomal dominant mutation. Thirty-four(More)
Patients with abnormal accumulations of desmin have been described in myopathies with or without cardiac involvement. Desmin deposits were sometimes associated with abnormal aggregates of other cytoskeletal proteins. In the present study we present how the cytoskeletal organisation of desmin, nestin, synemin, paranemin, plectin and alphaB-crystallin is(More)
BACKGROUND Urine proteome analysis is rapidly emerging as a tool for diagnosis and prognosis in disease states. For diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy (DN), urinary proteome analysis was successfully applied in a pilot study. The validity of the previously established proteomic biomarkers with respect to the diagnostic and prognostic potential was assessed(More)
BACKGROUND The neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder Niemann-Pick disease type C (NP-C) is characterized by a broad clinical variability involving neurological, psychiatric and systemic signs. Diverse patterns of disease manifestation and progression considerably delay its diagnosis. Here we introduce the NP-C clinical database (NPC-cdb) to(More)