Helen Storey

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IL-22 is an IL-10 homologue that binds to and signals through the class II cytokine receptor heterodimer IL-22RA1/CRF2-4. IL-22 is produced by T cells and induces the production of acute-phase reactants in vitro and in vivo, suggesting its involvement in inflammation. Here we report the identification of a class II cytokine receptor designated IL-22RA2(More)
Alport syndrome is an inherited disease characterized by hematuria, progressive renal failure, hearing loss, and ocular abnormalities. Autosomal recessive Alport syndrome is suspected in consanguineous families and when female patients develop renal failure. Fifteen percent of patients with Alport syndrome have autosomal recessive inheritance caused by two(More)
BACKGROUND Alport syndrome is a clinically heterogeneous, progressive nephropathy caused by mutations in collagen IV genes, namely COL4A3 and COL4A4 on chromosome 2 and COL4A5 on chromosome X. The wide phenotypic variability and the presence of incomplete penetrance suggest that a simple Mendelian model cannot completely explain the genetic control of this(More)
This study determined the family history and clinical features that suggested autosomal recessive rather than X-linked Alport syndrome. All patients had the diagnosis of Alport syndrome and the mode of inheritance confirmed by genetic testing, and underwent examination at a single centre. Patients comprised 9 males and 6 females with autosomal recessive(More)
X-linked Alport syndrome is a form of progressive renal failure caused by pathogenic variants in the COL4A5 gene. More than 700 variants have been described and a further 400 are estimated to be known to individual laboratories but are unpublished. The major genetic testing laboratories for X-linked Alport syndrome worldwide have established a Web-based(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to examine the effects of recombinant human Fgf18 on chondrocyte proliferation and matrix production in vivo and in vitro. In addition, the expressions of Fgf18 and Fgf receptors (Fgfr) in adult human articular cartilage were examined. METHODS Adenovirus-mediated transfer of Fgf18 into murine pinnae and addition of(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the clinical and molecular genetic findings in 2 carriers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who exhibited marked hemiatrophy. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an X-linked disorder in which affected male patients harbor mutations in the dystrophin gene. Female patients with heterozygous mutations may be manifesting carriers. DESIGN(More)
Mutations in podocyte and basement membrane genes are associated with a growing spectrum of glomerular disease affecting adults and children. Investigation of familial cases has helped to build understanding of both normal physiology and disease. We investigated a consanguineous family with a wide clinical phenotype of glomerular disease using clinical,(More)
1.5 Mutational spectrum COL4A5: missense mutations (B41% of the mutations; B85% of which are glycine substitutions in the conserved Gly-Xaa-Yaa repeat sequence in the collagenous domain of the alpha5(IV)-chain); splice site mutations (B16%); frame shifts (small deletions, small insertions/ duplications) (B22%); nonsense mutations (B6%); large deletions,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Alport syndrome (AS) is a predominantly X-linked hereditary nephritis associated with high-tone, sensorineural deafness and characteristic eye signs. Clinical diagnostic criteria were defined in 1988. Most cases result from mutations in the X-linked collagen gene COL4A5, with mutations in the autosomal genes COL4A3 and COL4A4 on(More)