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Brittle cornea syndrome (BCS) is an autosomal-recessive disorder characterized by a thin cornea that tends to perforate, causing progressive visual loss and blindness. Additional systemic symptoms such as joint hypermotility, hyperlaxity of the skin, and kyphoscoliosis place BCS among the connective-tissue disorders. Previously, we assigned the disease gene(More)
BACKGROUND The hyperpolarization-activated nucleotide-gated channel--HCN4 plays a major role in the diastolic depolarization of sinus atrial node cells. Mutant HCN4 channels have been found to be associated with inherited sinus bradycardia. METHODS AND RESULTS Sixteen members of a family with sinus bradycardia were evaluated. Evaluation included a(More)
Monilethrix is a structural defect of the hair shaft usually inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion and caused by mutations in the hHb1, hHb3, and hHb6 keratin genes. Autosomal recessive inheritance in this disease has been sporadically reported. We encountered 12 Jewish families from Iraq, Iran, and Morocco with microscopic findings of monilethrix, but(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the nonselective application of extended embryo culture on the outcome of IVF. DESIGN Retrospective analysis. SETTING Private practice assisted reproductive technology center. PATIENT(S) Seven hundred ninety nonselected patients undergoing IVF with controlled ovarian stimulation. INTERVENTION(S) For day 3 ET, multicell embryos(More)
In order to evaluate the niche of extended embryo culture in an IVF programme, retrospective analysis of non-selected IVF patients, who underwent ovarian stimulation from April 1998 to June 1999 in a single private practice assisted reproductive technology centre, was performed. Embryos were cultured for 48 h in S1/G1.2 medium followed by 48 to 72 h of(More)
Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), an autosomal recessive disorder is characterized by progressive neurodegeneration, immunodeficiency, sensitivity to ionizing radiation, and predisposition to cancer, especially to lymphoid malignancies. A-T variant is characterized by a milder clinical phenotype and is caused by missense or leaky splice site mutations that(More)
PURPOSE To map the gene that causes brittle cornea syndrome (BCS). METHODS Five patients from four families, all of Jewish Tunisian origin, were recruited into the study. Four of the five patients had red hair. DNA from the five patients and 104 control chromosomes was typed with seven 16q polymorphic markers surrounding the hair color gene, MC1R. (More)
The effect of reducing the amount of cytoplasm available for early embryonic development was investigated in embryos produced by in vitro fertilization (IVF) and nuclear transplantation. In Experiment 1, approximately 1/2 or 1/20 of the cytoplasm was removed from bovine embryos at the pronuclear-stage of development. The percentage of embryos developing to(More)
PURPOSE Case studies of four in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles where embryo transport by commercial airline followed by biopsy and genetic analysis with subsequent culture to Day 5 and resulting ongoing pregnancy. METHOD Retrospective clinical case study of 4 patients requiring preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) testing. Normally fertilized embryos(More)
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