Daniel T. Meehan

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Alport syndrome is a genetic disorder resulting from mutations in type IV collagen genes. The defect results in pathological changes in kidney glomerular and inner-ear basement membranes. In the kidney, progressive glomerulonephritis culminates in tubulointerstitial fibrosis and death. Using gene knockout-mouse models, we demonstrate that two different(More)
A mouse model for the autosomal form of Alport syndrome was produced. These mice develop a progressive glomerulonephritis with microhematuria and proteinuria, consistent with the human disease. End-stage renal disease develops at approximately 14 weeks of age. TEM analysis of the glomerular basement membranes (GBM) during development of renal pathology(More)
BACKGROUND Alport syndrome results from mutations in either the alpha3(IV), alpha4(IV), or alpha5(IV) collagen genes. The disease is characterized by a progressive glomerulonephritis usually associated with a high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss. A mouse model for an autosomal form of Alport syndrome [collagen alpha3(IV) knockout] was produced and(More)
Patients with Alport's syndrome develop a number of pro-inflammatory cytokine and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) abnormalities that contribute to progressive renal failure. Changes in the composition and structure of the glomerular basement membranes likely alter the biomechanics of cell adhesion and signaling in these patients. To test if enhanced strain(More)
BACKGROUND Alport syndrome is a group of genetic disorders resulting from mutations in either the alpha3(IV), alpha4(IV) or alpha5(IV) collagen chains. The disease is characterized by a progressive glomerulonephritis, usually associated with a high-frequency specific sensorineural hearing loss, dot and fleck retinopathy, and lens abnormalities. Dogs with(More)
The cochleae from a COL4A3-deficient mouse line were examined for defects that might shed light on the molecular mechanism of otopathology observed in humans with Alport syndrome. At the light microscopic level no obvious defects were observed. Immunohistochemical analysis using antibodies specific for the basement membrane collagen chains revealed the(More)
The rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) is a key species for advancing biomedical research. Like all draft mammalian genomes, the draft rhesus assembly (rheMac2) has gaps, sequencing errors and misassemblies that have prevented automated annotation pipelines from functioning correctly. Another rhesus macaque assembly, CR_1.0, is also available but is(More)
The Usher syndrome 3A (CLRN1) gene encodes clarin-1, which is a member of the tetraspanin family of transmembrane proteins. Although identified more than 6 years ago, little is known about its localization or function in the eye and ear. We developed a polyclonal antibody that react with all clarin-1 isoforms and used it to characterize protein expression(More)
Alport syndrome, hereditary glomerulonephritis with hearing loss, results from mutations in type IV collagen COL4A3, COL4A4, or COL4A5 genes. The mechanism for delayed glomerular disease onset is unknown. Comparative analysis of Alport mice and CD151 knockout mice revealed progressive accumulation of laminin 211 in the glomerular basement membrane. We show(More)
It has been known for some time that laminins containing α1 and α2 chains, which are normally restricted to the mesangial matrix, accumulate in the glomerular basement membranes (GBM) of Alport mice, dogs, and humans. We show that laminins containing the α2 chain, but not those containing the α1 chain activates focal adhesion kinase (FAK) on glomerular(More)