Deborah S Dunn

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The South African Ashkenazi Jewish population is described in terms of the prevailing frequencies of the genes at 25 red cell enzyme and serum protein loci and 4 placental enzyme loci. Variation was encountered in 23 of these systems. The Tay-Sachs allele which occurs at polymorphic frequencies in Ashkenazi populations was found at a frequency of 0.022,(More)
The prevalence of the different phenotypes of alpha 1-protease inhibitor (alpha 1PI) was investigated in a group of 90 asthmatic patients and compared with that of a control group of 240 individuals representing the general population. The M2M2 phenotype occurred more frequently in the asthmatic group (p = 0.015). Plasma samples of 51 of the asthmatic(More)
BACKGROUND Risk factors for multiple sclerosis (MS) include human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-specific antibody responses, including an epitope within EBV nuclear antigen 1 (EBNA-1) that is of recent interest. OBJECTIVE The objective of this paper is to assess case-control associations between MS risk and anti-EBV antibody(More)
In 1969 a group of hunter-gatherer San were studied (Am J Clin Nutr 1971;24:229-42). Their state of hematological nutrition was excellent with a negligible incidence of iron, folate, or vitamin B12 deficiency. A genetically and linguistically similar San community who have been settled for the past 15 yr were the subjects of the present study. Anemia, due(More)
The gene which causes tyrosinase-positive oculocutaneous albinism (ty-pos OCA) is not known. Forty-seven Bantu-speaking Negroid families with ty-pos OCA were studied in an attempt to find linkage to the gene. Fifteen 'classical' and seven DNA polymorphisms were used in the search for linkage. Close linkage was excluded for the Rh, Gc and beta-globin loci.(More)
A sample of Kgalagadi, Negro speakers of a Sotho/Tswana Bantu language, inhabitants of Botswana, have been investigated for variation in 27 gene-marker systems and for haematological status and the presence of intestinal parasites. They have been found to show indications of genetic affinity both to the other Sotho/Tswana and to the Mbanderu divisions of(More)
Eleven Southern African populations were shown to be polymorphic at the alpha 1-antitrypsin locus. A 'new' electrophoretically detectable alpha 1-antitrypsin variant (PiWsan) which has a lower isoelectric point than does PiM, was found in the Bantu-speaking Negro and San populations. PiWsan appears to be functionally normal as judged by quantitative and(More)
The Ambo are the largest population group of Namibia/South West Africa and consist of seven geographical and sociopolitical entities speaking different dialects of a common language. Nearly 600 individuals representing all the dialect groups were tested for 23 sero-genetic systems: the results reveal no evidence of significant San admixture and unusual(More)