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Disinhibition-dementia-parkinsonism-amyotrophy complex (DDPAC) is defined by familial adult-onset behavioral disturbance, followed by frontal lobe dementia, parkinsonism, and amyotrophy in variable proportions. A genetic etiology of DDPAC was suspected because of the familial clustering in family Mo, despite their wide geographic distribution. We have(More)
This study concerns the determination of beta-thalassemia alleles and other hemoglobin variants in 82 patients from Syria. We have characterized 146 chromosomes and found 17 different beta-thalassemia mutations, and one beta-globin chain variant that gives rise to the abnormal Hb S. The eight most common beta-thalassemia mutations were the IVS-I-110(More)
Children with epilepsy, especially those facing intractable seizures, experience a great impact on the quality of their lives. Effective treatment is essential, and although new anti-epileptic drugs have shown an improved profile of action, still a substantial number of children look for more efficacious ways of treatment that are far away from potential(More)
To help clarify the hematological picture of patients who may be positive for beta- and delta-globin gene mutations, the following study was carried out. Our aim was to identify the delta-globin gene mutations found in the Greek Cypriot population, their frequencies and the Hb A2 values associated with them. Seventy-four samples were selected from a random(More)
Haemoglobinopathies are the most common monogenic diseases, posing a major public health challenge worldwide. Cyprus has one the highest prevalences of thalassaemia in the world and has been the first country to introduce a successful population-wide prevention programme, based on premarital screening. In this study, we report the most significant and(More)
Dear Editor, Detection of HbA2 levels is central to the diagnosis of thalassemias, so that identification of δ-globin alleles in a population is critical to national disease prevention and control [1]. Here, we report a novel δ-globin gene variant, HbA2[δN19K] or Hb Famagusta, distinguishable from normal δ-globin by high-performance liquid chromatography(More)
OBJECTIVES Thalassaemia is a potentially lethal inherited anaemia, caused by reduced or absent synthesis of globin chains. Measurement of the minor adult haemoglobin Hb A2, combining α- with δ-globin, is critical for the routine diagnosis of carrier status for α- or β-thalassaemia. Here, we aim to characterize a novel δ-globin variant, Hb A2 Episkopi, in a(More)
After the discovery that cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) is circulating in the maternal plasma of pregnant women, non-invasive prenatal diagnosis for fetal RhD in maternal plasma in RhD negative women at risk for haemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) was clinically established and used by many laboratories. The objectives of this study are: (a) to assess the(More)
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