Huda Mussaffi

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OBJECTIVES Treatment with pancreatic enzymes fails to completely correct malabsorption and gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). The aim of the present study was to examine the small intestine of patients with CF without overt evidence of gastrointestinal disease using capsule endoscopy (CE). METHODS Patients with CF received(More)
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by chronic destructive airway disease and randomization of left/right body asymmetry. Males often have reduced fertility due to impaired sperm tail function. The complex PCD phenotype results from dysfunction of cilia of the airways and the embryonic node and the(More)
Nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection, particularly due to Mycobacterium abscessus, is an emerging disease that can be relentlessly progressive, particularly in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The risk factors that were associated with this increasingly symptomatic infection in a group of CF patients were investigated. A total of 139 CF patients aged(More)
Primary ciliary dyskinesia most often arises from loss of the dynein motors that power ciliary beating. Here we show that DNAAF3 (also known as PF22), a previously uncharacterized protein, is essential for the preassembly of dyneins into complexes before their transport into cilia. We identified loss-of-function mutations in the human DNAAF3 gene in(More)
Aberrant nucleic acids generated during viral replication are the main trigger for antiviral immunity, and mutations that disrupt nucleic acid metabolism can lead to autoinflammatory disorders. Here we investigated the etiology of X-linked reticulate pigmentary disorder (XLPDR), a primary immunodeficiency with autoinflammatory features. We discovered that(More)
OBJECTIVES Most patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) have pancreatic insufficiency; however, 15% of the patients are pancreatic sufficient (PS). Several laboratory tests have been developed to distinguish between pancreatic insufficiency and PS. The gold standard to determine pancreatic function apart from direct pancreatic stimulation test is the 72-hour(More)
BACKGROUND Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are emerging infections in the CF population. AIMS To assess NTM infection prevalence and associated features in our CF clinic population. METHODS Patient records, 2002-2011, were reviewed for NTM infection. FEV1, pancreatic function, sputum microbiology, and serum cytokines were compared in patients with and(More)
Chemokines play a pivotal role in homeostatic and inflammatory migration of naive and activated natural killer (NK) subsets. Recent studies have shown that aberrant chemokine receptor expression on certain immune cells underlies the pathogenesis of clinical conditions in which recruitment of such cells is altered. Progressive accumulation of activated NK(More)
Reduced generation of multiple motile cilia (RGMC) is a novel chronic destructive airway disease within the group of mucociliary clearance disorders with only few cases reported. Mutations in two genes, CCNO and MCIDAS, have been identified as a cause of this disease, both leading to a greatly reduced number of cilia and causing impaired mucociliary(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (CBAVD) is presumed to occur prenatally and is present in over 99% of adult males with cystic fibrosis (CF). AIMS To describe ultrasonic features in male children with CF. We aimed to describe urogenital anomalies, comparing pancreatic sufficient and insufficient CF patients. METHODS Pelvic and(More)