H. E. McDermid

Learn More
A major challenge for human genetics is to identify new causes of mental retardation, which, although present in about 3% of individuals, is unexplained in more than half of all cases. We have developed a strategy to screen for the abnormal inheritance of subtelomeric DNA polymorphisms in individuals with mental retardation and have detected three(More)
We have recently collected clinical information on 37 individuals with deletion of 22q13 and compared the features of these individuals with 24 previously reported cases. The features most frequently associated with this deletion are global developmental delay, generalized hypotonia, absent or severely delayed speech, and normal to advanced growth. Minor(More)
22q11.2 microduplications of a 3-Mb region surrounded by low-copy repeats should be, theoretically, as frequent as the deletions of this region; however, few microduplications have been reported. We show that the phenotype of these patients with microduplications is extremely diverse, ranging from normal to behavioral abnormalities to multiple defects, only(More)
We have studied seven patients who have chromosome 22q13.3 deletions as revealed by high-resolution cytogenetic analysis. Clinical evaluation of the patients revealed a common phenotype that includes generalized developmental delay, normal or accelerated growth, hypotonia, severe delays in expressive speech, and mild facial dysmorphic features. Dosage(More)
METHODS The 22q13 deletion syndrome (MIM 606232) is characterised by moderate to profound mental retardation, delay/absence of expressive speech, hypotonia, normal to accelerated growth, and mild dysmorphic features. We have determined the deletion size and parent of origin in 56 patients with this syndrome. RESULTS Similar to other terminal deletion(More)
The 22q11 region is involved in chromosomal rearrangements that lead to altered gene dosage, resulting in genomic disorders that are characterized by mental retardation and/or congenital malformations. Three such disorders-cat-eye syndrome (CES), der(22) syndrome, and velocardiofacial syndrome/DiGeorge syndrome (VCFS/DGS)-are associated with four, three,(More)
Previous estimates of the size ofDrosophila melanogaster chromosome4 have indicated that it is 1% to 4% of the genome or ∼6 Mb. We have used pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to separate megabase-sized molecules ofD. melanogaster chromosomal DNA. Southern blots of these gels were probed with DNA fragments from thecubitus interruptus andzfh-2 genes,(More)
Two unrelated patients with cryptic subtelomeric deletions of 22q13.3 were identified using FISH with the commercially available Oncor probe, D22S39. Proband 1 was found to have a derivative chromosome 22 resulting from the unbalanced segregation of a t(1;22)(q44;q13.32) in her mother. Additional FISH analysis of proband 1 and her mother placed the(More)
Two closely related genes have been identified at 2q13 and 22q13.3. These genes show similarity to members of the RAB family of small GTPases. RABL2A and RABL2B differ by three conservative amino acid changes over a total of 228 residues. Both are expressed in all tissues tested. Northern analysis showed that a 2.5-kb transcript is expressed in all tissues(More)