Demetra S. Stamm

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Excitation-contraction coupling, the process that regulates contractions by skeletal muscles, transduces changes in membrane voltage by activating release of Ca(2+) from internal stores to initiate muscle contraction. Defects in excitation-contraction coupling are associated with muscle diseases. Here we identify Stac3 as a novel component of the(More)
BACKGROUND Invasion of the intestinal mucosa by leucocytes is a characteristic of intestinal inflammation but the role of the epithelium in orchestrating this recruitment has not been examined in vivo. Cultured intestinal epithelial cells secrete a wide variety of chemokines, often in response to agents present in the intestinal lumen. Macrophage(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Normal weaning induces class II major histocompatibility complex (Ia) and invariant chain (Ii) expression in the mouse intestinal epithelium. Because the class II transactivator protein (CIITA) induces Ia and Ii in most cell types, we hypothesized that diet-induced expression of these genes was through CIITA. METHODS Mouse litters were(More)
Native American myopathy (NAM) [OMIM 255995], a putative autosomal recessive disorder, was first reported in the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina. NAM features include congenital weakness and arthrogryposis, cleft palate, ptosis, short stature, kyphoscoliosis, talipes deformities, and susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia (MH) provoked by anesthesia.(More)
BACKGROUND Neural tube defects (NTDs) are considered complex, with both genetic and environmental factors implicated. To date, no major causative genes have been identified in humans despite several investigations. The first genomewide screen in NTDs demonstrated evidence of linkage to chromosomes 7 and 10. This screen included 44 multiplex families and(More)
BACKGROUND Native American myopathy (NAM) is an autosomal recessive congenital myopathy first reported in the Lumbee Indian people. Features of NAM include congenital weakness, cleft palate, ptosis, short stature, and susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia provoked by anesthesia. METHOD We identified five individuals with NAM from the Lumbee population,(More)
BACKGROUND NTDs are considered complex disorders that arise from an interaction between genetic and environmental factors. NTD family 8776 is a large multigenerational Caucasian family that provides a unique resource for the genetic analysis of NTDs. Previous linkage analysis using a genome-wide SNP screen in family 8776 with multipoint nonparametric(More)
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