Fouad Zahdeh

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One-third of monogenic inherited diseases result from premature termination codons (PTCs). Readthrough of in-frame PTCs enables synthesis of full-length functional proteins. However, extended variability in the response to readthrough treatment is found among patients, which correlates with the level of nonsense transcripts. Here, we aimed to reveal(More)
Recessive CRB2 mutations were recently reported to cause both steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome and prenatal onset ventriculomegaly with kidney disease. We report two Ashkenazi Jewish siblings clinically diagnosed with ciliopathy. Both presented with severe congenital hydrocephalus and mild urinary tract anomalies. One affected sibling also has lung(More)
BACKGROUND Noninvasive prenatal testing can be used to accurately detect chromosomal aneuploidies in circulating fetal DNA; however, the necessity of parental haplotype construction is a primary drawback to noninvasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) of monogenic disease. Family-specific haplotype assembly is essential for accurate diagnosis of minuscule amounts(More)
It is not fully understood how a termination codon is recognized as premature (PTC) by the nonsense-mediated decay (NMD) machinery. This is particularly true for transcripts lacking an exon junction complex (EJC) along their 3’ untranslated region (3’UTR), and thus degrade through the EJC-independent NMD pathway. Here, we analyzed data of transcript(More)
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