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Autosomal recessive osteopetrosis is usually associated with normal or elevated numbers of nonfunctional osteoclasts. Here we report mutations in the gene encoding RANKL (receptor activator of nuclear factor-KB ligand) in six individuals with autosomal recessive osteopetrosis whose bone biopsy specimens lacked osteoclasts. These individuals did not show any(More)
Activating mutations in genes encoding phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)-AKT pathway components cause megalencephaly-polymicrogyria-polydactyly-hydrocephalus syndrome (MPPH, OMIM 603387). Here we report that individuals with MPPH lacking upstream PI3K-AKT pathway mutations carry de novo mutations in CCND2 (encoding cyclin D2) that are clustered around a(More)
Ceruloplasmin is a multicopper oxidase essential for normal iron homeostasis. To elucidate the mechanisms of copper incorporation into this protein, holoceruloplasmin biosynthesis was examined by immunoblot analysis and (64)Cu metabolic labeling of Chinese hamster ovary cells transfected with cDNAs encoding wild-type or mutant ceruloplasmin. This analysis(More)
The signalling of interleukin-23 (IL-23) and its receptor (IL-23R) is a key element in the differentiation of T cells to the Th17 phenotype. Here, we present the identification and characterization of human IL23R splice variants resulting from alternative splicing of the IL23R mRNA, from activated human leukocytes, following the analysis of IL23R cDNA.(More)
Alternative splicing of mRNA is an important mechanism for organisms to enhance protein diversity from a limited number of genes. In this report, we described a novel exon insertion in the interleukin 23 (IL-23) receptor between exons 9 and 10, denoted as exon 9a. This 162 base-pair insertion was the only insertion variant discovered in more than 20 IL23R(More)
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