Inessa Grinberg

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Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM; OMIM #220200) is a common but poorly understood congenital cerebellar malformation in humans. Through physical mapping of 3q2 interstitial deletions in several individuals with DWM, we defined the first critical region associated with DWM, encompassing two adjacent Zinc finger in cerebellum genes, ZIC1 and ZIC4. Mice with a(More)
We have identified a female patient with a complex phenotype that includes complete agenesis of the corpus callosum, bilateral periventricular nodular heterotopia, and bilateral chorioretinal and iris colobomas. Karyotype analysis revealed an apparently balanced, reciprocal, de novo chromosome translocation t(2;9)(p24;q32). Physical mapping of the(More)
Heterozygous deletions encompassing the ZIC1;ZIC4 locus have been identified in a subset of individuals with the common cerebellar birth defect Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM). Deletion of Zic1 and Zic4 in mice produces both cerebellar size and foliation defects similar to human DWM, confirming a requirement for these genes in cerebellar development and(More)
The human ZIC gene family is comprised of five members encoding zinc-finger transcription factors, which are the vertebrate homologs of the Drosophila odd-paired gene. Mutations in ZIC genes in humans have recently been implicated in a wide variety of congenital malformations, including Dandy-Walker malformation, holoprosencephaly, neural tube defects, and(More)
The pontocerebellar hypoplasias (PCH) are a group of early-onset, autosomal recessive disorders resulting in abnormal growth and function of the brainstem and cerebellum. PCH type 2 (PCH2) is characterized by respiratory and feeding difficulties at birth, extrapyramidal dyskinesia, severe developmental impairment, progressive microcephaly and frequent death(More)
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