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Microdeletions of the 22q11 region, responsible for the velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS), are associated with an increased risk for psychosis and mental retardation. Recently, it has been shown in a hyperprolinemic mouse model that an interaction between two genes localized in the hemideleted region, proline dehydrogenase (PRODH) and(More)
We report duplication of the APP locus on chromosome 21 in five families with autosomal dominant early-onset Alzheimer disease (ADEOAD) and cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). Among these families, the duplicated segments had a minimal size ranging from 0.58 to 6.37 Mb. Brains from individuals with APP duplication showed abundant parenchymal and vascular(More)
BACKGROUND Autosomal dominant early onset Alzheimer's disease (ADEOAD) is genetically heterogeneous. Mutations of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), presenilin 1 (PSEN1), and presenilin 2 (PSEN2) genes have been identified. OBJECTIVE To further clarify the respective contribution of these genes to ADEOAD. METHODS 31 novel families were investigated.(More)
The increased prevalence of schizophrenia among patients with the 22q11 interstitial deletion associated with DiGeorge syndrome has suggested the existence of a susceptibility gene for schizophrenia within the DiGeorge syndrome chromosomal region (DGCR) on 22q11. Screening for genomic rearrangements of 23 genes within or at the boundaries of the DGCR in 63(More)
DNA sequence variations within the 22q11 DiGeorge chromosomal region are likely to confer susceptibility to psychotic disorders. In a previous report, we identified several heterozygous alterations, including a complete deletion, of the proline dehydrogenase (PRODH) gene, which were associated with moderate hyperprolinemia in a subset of DSM III(More)
Abnormality in the P50 auditory-evoked potential gating is an endophenotype associated with schizophrenia. Biochemical and genetic studies have suggested that the alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) is involved in this sensory gating deficit. Two related alpha 7 genes (CHRNA7 and CHRNA7-like gene) resulting from a partial duplication (from exon(More)
The authors report a presenilin 1 (PSEN1) mutation (L113P) in a family with six cases of dementia. The patients had personality changes and behavioral disorders, whereas spatial orientation and praxis were preserved late in the course of the illness. Neuroimaging features were consistent with the diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. The authors conclude(More)
The MECP2 gene is responsible for 80-85% of typical cases of Rett syndrome with deleterious mutations affecting exons 3 and 4. Recently, an alternate transcript including exon 1 was discovered with a new protein isoform (MeCP2_e1) much more abundant in brain. We screened exon 1 of MECP2 for mutations and for large rearrangements in a panel of 212 typical(More)
As suggested by several studies, abnormal sensory gating measured by the P50 paradigm could be an endophenotype predisposing to schizophrenia. In a previous work, we have shown a significant association between the presence of at least one -2 bp deletion located within exon 6 of the CHRNA7-like gene and the P50 abnormality in the general population. A(More)
We genotyped five polymorphisms, including two polymorphisms with known effects on transcriptional activity, in a large cohort of 427 Alzheimer disease (AD) cases and 472 control subjects. An association between rs463946 (-3102 G/C) and AD was found and was confirmed in a replication sample of a similar size. By contrast, analysis of three recently(More)