Ganka Nikolova

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Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition, affecting up to a third of women throughout their lifetime. Genetic factors are believed to account for about 30% of the incidence, and are the least understood component of the disorder. Familial cases, particularly those in which prolapse manifests in young women, are especially valuable in the effort to find(More)
C57BL/6J (B6) mice containing the Mus domesticus poschiavinus Y chromosome, YPOS, develop ovarian tissue, whereas testicular tissue develops in DBA/2J or 129S1/SvImJ (129) mice containing the YPOS chromosome. To identify genes involved in sex determination, we used a congenic strain approach to determine which chromosomal regions from 129Sl/SvImJ provide(More)
Some females with little to no risk factors develop prolapse, while other females with multiple risk factors do not. It appears that some women may have a predisposition for prolapse in the setting of equivalent risk factors. We identified 10 patients younger than 55 years old with a family history of prolapse. Their average age was 37 years (range 27–51),(More)
Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition, affecting up to a third of women throughout their lifetime. Genetic factors are believed to account for about 30% of the incidence, and are the least understood component of the disorder. Familial cases, particularly those in which prolapse manifests in young women, are especially valuable in the effort to find(More)
Sex determination is the series of molecular events that direct the undifferentiated bipotential gonad to become either a testis or an ovary. In humans, disruption of this process results in intersexuality, also referred to as disorders of sex development (DSD). Despite the discovery of the sex-determining gene SRY (sex-determining region Y) 15 years ago,(More)
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