Danielle Depetris

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Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is caused by a point mutation in the LMNA gene that activates a cryptic donor splice site and yields a truncated form of prelamin A called progerin. Small amounts of progerin are also produced during normal aging. Studies with mouse models of HGPS have allowed the recent development of the first therapeutic(More)
The Chudley–Lowry syndrome (ChLS, MIM 309490) is an X-linked recessive condition characterized by moderate to severe mental retardation, short stature, mild obesity, hypogonadism, and distinctive facial features characterized by depressed nasal bridge, anteverted nares, inverted-V-shaped upper lip, and macrostomia. The original Chudley–Lowry family consists(More)
Using fluorescent in-situ hybridization, we investigated the positioning of different human bivalents at the pachytene stage of normal male meiosis. We showed that, in about 35% of nuclei, the pericentromeric region of bivalent 15 is closely associated with the sex vesicle (SV). This behaviour may be linked to the presence of three domains in the(More)
TSPY, a candidate gene for a factor that promotes gonadoblastoma formation (GBY), is a testis-specific multicopy gene family in the male-specific region of the human Y (MSY) chromosome. Although it was originally proposed that male-specific genes on the Y originated from a transposed copy of an autosomal gene (Lahn & Page 1999b), at least two male-specific(More)
We have recently demonstrated that heterochromatin HP1 proteins are aberrantly distributed in lymphocytes of patients with immunodeficiency, centromeric instability and facial dysmorphy (ICF) syndrome. The three HP1 proteins accumulate in one giant body over the 1qh and 16qh juxtacentromeric heterochromatins, which are hypomethylated in ICF. The presence of(More)
BACKGROUND Mental retardation (MR) affects 2-3% of the human population and some of these cases are genetically determined. Although several genes responsible for MR have been identified, many cases have still not been explained. METHODS We have identified a pericentric inversion of the X chromosome inv(X)(p22.3;q13.2) segregating in a family where two(More)
The WD-repeat protein family consists of a large group of structurally related yet functionally diverse proteins found predominantly in eukaryotic cells. These factors contain several (4-16) copies of a recognizable amino-acid sequence motif (the WD unit) thought to be organized into a "propeller-like" structure involved in protein-protein regulatory(More)
DiGeorge (DGS) and velocardiofacial (VCFS) syndromes are frequently associated with microdeletions within the 22q 11 region. The phenotypic spectrum is broad and microdeletions have been found in asymptomatic adults and children with quite subtle manifestations. The severity of the phenotype does not correlate with the extent of the deletion. The 22ql 1(More)
During meiosis in male mammals, the X and Y chromosomes become heterochromatic and transcriptionally silent, and form the XY body. Although the HP1 proteins are known to be involved in the packaging of chromosomal DNA into repressive heterochromatin domains, their involvement in facultative heterochromatinization has not been precisely determined. Here, we(More)