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It is predicted that the rapid acquisition of new genetic knowledge and related applications during the next decade will have significant implications for virtually all members of society. Currently, most people get exposed to information about genes and genetics only through stories publicized in the media. We sought to understand how individuals in the(More)
Septins are a highly conserved family of GTP-binding cytoskeletal proteins implicated in multiple cellular functions, including membrane transport, apoptosis, cell polarity, cell cycle regulation, cytokinesis, and oncogenesis. Here we describe the characterization of a novel interacting partner of the septin family, initially cloned from a human testis(More)
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) type VIIC is a recessively inherited connective-tissue disorder, characterized by extreme skin fragility, characteristic facies, joint laxity, droopy skin, umbilical hernia, and blue sclera. Like the animal model dermatosparaxis, EDS type VIIC results from the absence of activity of procollagen I N-proteinase (pNPI), the enzyme(More)
Genetic mapping studies suggest that a small interval on human chromosome distal 17q24-proximal 17q25 harbors genes involved in sporadic breast and ovarian tumorigenesis and in the autosomal dominant disorders hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy and tylosis with esophageal cancer. Prior to this study, isolated genomic clones and markers were assigned to this(More)
SEPT9_v1, the largest transcript of the septin gene family member, SEPT9, encodes a septin isoform implicated in the tumorigenic transformation of mammary epithelial cells. High levels of SEPT9_v1 expression also have been observed in both breast cancer cell lines, primary breast cancers as well as other solid tumor malignancies. We found a novel(More)
Since the discovery of microRNAs (miRNAs) in Caenorhabditis elegans, mounting evidence illustrates the important regulatory roles for miRNAs in various developmental, differentiation, cell proliferation, and apoptosis pathways of diverse organisms. We are just beginning to elucidate novel aspects of RNA mediated gene regulation and to understand how heavily(More)
Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia (SIOD, MIM 242900) is an autosomal-recessive pleiotropic disorder with the diagnostic features of spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, renal dysfunction and T-cell immunodeficiency. Using genome-wide linkage mapping and a positional candidate approach, we determined that mutations in SMARCAL1 (SWI/SNF2-related, matrix-associated,(More)
Linkage analysis of ten Utah kindreds and one Texas kindred with multiple cases of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) provided evidence that a locus for familial melanoma susceptibility is in the chromosomal region 9p13-p22. The genetic markers analyzed reside in a candidate region on chromosome 9p21, previously implicated by the presence of homozygous(More)
The disorder Amish microcephaly (MCPHA) is characterized by severe congenital microcephaly, elevated levels of alpha-ketoglutarate in the urine and premature death. The disorder is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern and has been observed only in Old Order Amish families whose ancestors lived in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Here we show, by using(More)
Rearrangement of the BCL1 (B-cell lymphoma 1) region on chromosome 11q13 appears to be highly characteristic of centrocytic lymphoma and also is found infrequently in other B-cell neoplasms. Rearrangement is thought to deregulate a nearby protooncogene, but transcribed sequences in the immediate vicinity of BCL1 breakpoints had not been identified. PRAD1,(More)