Hassen Hadj-Kacem

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CONTEXT The PDS gene (SLC26A4) is responsible for Pendred syndrome (PS). Genetic analysis of PDS using Tunisian samples showed evidence for linkage and association with autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD) emergence. In addition, the PDS gene product, pendrin, was recently identified as a novel autoantigen in Graves' disease (GD) or Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT)(More)
Deleterious mutations of SLC26A4 cause Pendred syndrome (PS), an autosomal recessive disorder comprising goitre and deafness with enlarged vestibular aqueducts (EVA), and nonsyndromic hearing loss (NSHL). However, the SLC26A4 hyperactivity was recently associated with the emergence of autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD) and asthma among human and mouse(More)
Autoimmune diseases (AID) are caused by the loss of immunological tolerance against self-antigens. The deoxyribonuclease I (DNASE1) gene seems to participate in the genetic susceptibility of some AID. In fact, two mutations were reported among systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients from Japan and Spain (the 172 A → T mutation (K5X) and the 46_72(More)
Mutations in the SLC26A4 gene encoding pendrin, an anion transporter, are responsible for non-syndromic hearing loss (HL) (DFNB4) and Pendred syndrome (PS). PS is a genetic disorder that causes early HL and affects the thyroid gland. Here, we report eight Tunisian families affected with profound HL. Clinical investigations revealed goiter in few patients.(More)
The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence of Y chromosomal microdeletions in infertile Tunisian men. Three groups of infertile men, 65 normospermic, 53 oligozoospermic and 45 azoospermic, were tested for Yq microdeletions detection by multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using specific Y chromosome AZF regions tagged site markers (STS). One(More)
Autoimmune thyroid diseases are common polygenic multifactorial disorders with the environment contributing importantly to the emergence of the disease phenotype. Some of the disease manifestations, such as severe thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy, pretibial myxedema and thyroid antigen/antibody immune complex nephritis are unusual to rare. The spectrum of(More)
Azoospermia factor (AZF) deletions were associated with severe oligospermia and azoospermia with testicular histologies varying from maturation arrest (MA) to Sertoli cell-only (SCO) phenotypes. Abnormal androgen receptor (AR) structure or function has also been implicated in male infertility. To assess the contribution of these genetic defects to(More)
BACKGROUND We previously demonstrated that the PDS gene is involved in the genetic susceptibility to autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD) in Tunisia. In the same population, we now investigated the presence of anti-pendrin auto-antibodies (aAbs) in AITD patients' sera. METHODS Thirty seven Tunisian AITD patients and 19 healthy subjects from families(More)
Several reports implicated a relation between the trinucleotide (CAG) repeat length in the androgen receptor (AR) gene and male infertility. But such result was not reproduced in others. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the number of (CAG) repeats in the AR gene among two groups of infertile (n = 129) and fertile Tunisian men (n = 98), using(More)
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