Irene L Y Yu

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BACKGROUND Alpha-synuclein plays a central role in the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease. Three missense mutations in SNCA, the gene encoding alpha-synuclein, as well as genomic multiplications have been identified as causes for autosomal-dominantly inherited Parkinsonism. METHODS Here, we describe a novel missense mutation in exon 4 of SNCA encoding(More)
BACKGROUND Amplification and activating mutations of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) oncogene are molecular hallmarks of glioblastomas. We hypothesized that deletion of NFKBIA (encoding nuclear factor of κ-light polypeptide gene enhancer in B-cells inhibitor-α), an inhibitor of the EGFR-signaling pathway, promotes tumorigenesis in glioblastomas(More)
Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) is a hormone that has received significant attention as a therapy for diabetes because of its ability to stimulate insulin biosynthesis and release and to promote growth and survival of insulin-producing beta cells. While GLP-1 is produced from the proglucagon precursor by means of prohormone convertase (PC) 1/3 activity in(More)
A Saskatchewan multi-incident family was clinically characterized with Parkinson disease (PD) and Lewy body pathology. PD segregates as an autosomal-dominant trait, which could not be ascribed to any known mutation. DNA from three affected members was subjected to exome sequencing. Genome alignment, variant annotation and comparative analyses were used to(More)
This study describes how melanoma patients used the Internet as a melanoma information source and how it impacted their clinical encounter and treatment decision. From 2010 to 2013, melanoma patients were invited to complete a 23-question paper survey with open- and close-ended questions. Thirty-one of the 62 patients approached completed the survey. The(More)
A variant in Syntaxin 6 (a soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor STX6) (rs1411478) has been shown to be associated with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Although Parkinson's disease (PD) and PSP are distinct neurodegenerative diseases, they share some clinical and genetic features. In this study, we evaluated STX6(More)
Tissue-specific alternative splicing is critical for the emergence of tissue identity during development, yet the role of this process in malignant transformation is undefined. Tissue-specific splicing involves evolutionarily conserved, alternative exons that represent only a minority of the total alternative exons identified. Many of these conserved exons(More)
Cancer patients are increasingly using the Internet to learn about their disease, connect with others undergoing similar treatments and obtain support outside of the clinical encounter. The goal of this project was to explore how patients with gynecological cancers (ovarian, cervical, and endometrial) used the Internet as an information resource and how(More)
Bevacizumab may potentiate the risk of venous thromboembolisms (VTEs) in cancer patients, who are already predisposed to pro-thrombotic states. We aimed to characterize the incidence of VTEs in a population-based cohort of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients treated with bevacizumab, describe patient and treatment factors associated with VTEs, and(More)
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