Deeann Wallis

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Gfi1 was first identified as causing interleukin 2-independent growth in T cells and lymphomagenesis in mice. Much work has shown that Gfi1 and Gfi1b, a second mouse homolog, play pivotal roles in blood cell lineage differentiation. However, neither Gfi1 nor Gfi1b has been implicated in nervous system development, even though their invertebrate homologues,(More)
Gfi1 is a transcriptional repressor implicated in lymphomagenesis, neutropenia, and hematopoietic development, as well as ear and lung development. Here, we demonstrate that Gfi1 functions downstream of Math1 in intestinal secretory lineage differentiation. Gfi1(-/-) mice lack Paneth cells, have fewer goblet cells, and supernumerary enteroendocrine cells.(More)
OBJECTIVE The intent of this review is to provide an overview for the practicing psychologist/psychiatrist regarding the complexities of and the most recent advances made in the study of the genetic basis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS We review a variety of concepts including: (a) complexities involved in studying the(More)
BACKGROUND Turner syndrome (TS) results from the loss of part or all of one X chromosome in females. It can result in short stature, various dysmorphic findings, and difficulties with psychosocial adjustment. Girls with TS have previously been found to exhibit increased levels of hyperactivity and inattention. However, no studies have assessed whether(More)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder in childhood, and often has effects detectable into adulthood. Advances in genetic linkage and association analysis have begun to elucidate some of the genetic factors underlying this complex disorder. Recently, we identified LPHN3, a novel ADHD susceptibility gene(More)
BACKGROUND Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) comorbid with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or conduct disorder (CD) and substance abuse/dependence seems to represent a specific subset within the phenotypic ADHD spectrum. METHODS We applied complex segregation and linkage analyses in a set of multigenerational families densely segregating(More)
Human small cell lung cancers might be derived from pulmonary cells with a neuroendocrine phenotype. They are driven to proliferate by autocrine and paracrine neuropeptide growth factor stimulation. The molecular basis of the neuroendocrine phenotype of lung carcinomas is relatively unknown. The Achaete-Scute Homologue-1 (ASH1) transcription factor is(More)
The neural nicotinic acetylcholine receptor α4 subunit (CHRNA4), at 20q13.2-q13.3, is an important candidate gene for conferring susceptibility to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Several studies have already looked for association/linkage between ADHD and CHRNA4 in different populations. We used the Pedigree Disequilibrium Test to search(More)