Harry Cuppens

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There is great heterogeneity in the clinical manifestations of cystic fibrosis (CF). Some patients may have all the classical manifestations of CF from infancy and have a relatively poor prognosis, while others have much milder or even atypical disease manifestations and still carry mutations on each of the CFTR genes. It is important to distinguish between(More)
The increasing number of laboratories offering molecular genetic analysis of the CFTR gene and the growing use of commercial kits strengthen the need for an update of previous best practice guidelines (published in 2000). The importance of organizing regional or national laboratory networks, to provide both primary and comprehensive CFTR mutation screening,(More)
In congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens patients, the T5 allele at the polymorphic Tn locus in the CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator) gene is a frequent disease mutation with incomplete penetrance. This T5 allele will result in a high proportion of CFTR transcripts that lack exon 9, whose translation products will not(More)
We used the Xenopus laevis oocyte expression system to characterize adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) activation of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). With conventional two-microelectrode voltage-clamp techniques, we recorded transmembrane conductance (G m) and membrane current (I m). Using five different sine wave(More)
We have previously shown that about 85% of the mutations in 194 Belgian cystic fibrosis alleles could be detected by a reverse dot-blot assay. In the present study, 50 Belgian chromosomes were analyzed for mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene by means of direct solid phase automatic sequencing of PCR products of(More)
It is often challenging for the clinician interested in cystic fibrosis (CF) to interpret molecular genetic results, and to integrate them in the diagnostic process. The limitations of genotyping technology, the choice of mutations to be tested, and the clinical context in which the test is administered can all influence how genetic information is(More)
A nonisotopic oligotyping method using reverse dot blot hybridization was developed for HLA class II DQA1, DQB1, DPB1, DRB1, DRB3, DRB4, DRB5 alleles. The polymorphic second exon of the different genes was amplified by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). For each gene the amplified DNA was hybridized at stringent conditions to membrane-bound(More)
Ten polymorphic loci, located in a 1 Mb interval across the cystic fibrosis locus, were analyzed on normal and mutant CFTR genes. A different distribution of haplotype backgrounds among normal and mutant CFTR genes was observed. With exception of the D7S8 locus, the three most common mutations, delta F508, G542X and N1303K, were found on an identical(More)
RATIONALE Genome-wide association studies have identified genetic variants in the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) on chromosome 15q24/25 as a risk for nicotine dependence, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Assessment of bronchial obstruction by spirometry, typically used for diagnosing COPD, fails, however, to detect(More)
In order to get a better insight into the function of amino acid residues located in the second transmembrane domain of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, all exon 18 mutations found in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients were characterized at the protein and at the electrophysiological level. Of the different mutations(More)