Israel Zelikovic

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Familial tumoral calcinosis (FTC; OMIM 211900) is a severe autosomal recessive metabolic disorder that manifests with hyperphosphatemia and massive calcium deposits in the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Using linkage analysis, we mapped the gene underlying FTC to 2q24-q31. This region includes the gene GALNT3, which encodes a glycosyltransferase responsible(More)
Taurine transport undergoes an adaptive response to changes in taurine availability. Unlike most amino acids, taurine is not metabolized or incorporated into protein but remains free in the intracellular water. Most amino acids are reabsorbed at rates of 98-99%, but reabsorption of taurine may range from 40% to 99.5%. Factors that influence taurine(More)
BACKGROUND Gitelman syndrome (GS) and Bartter syndrome (BS) are hereditary hypokalemic tubulopathies with distinct phenotypic features. GS has been considered a genetically homogeneous disorder caused by mutation in the gene encoding the NaCl cotransporter (TSC) of the distal convoluted tubule. In contrast, BS is caused by mutations in the genes encoding(More)
The anionic requirements and the stoichiometric relationships of Na+-taurine cotransport into rat renal brush-border membrane vesicles (BBMV) were evaluated. External Cl- (100 mM) or Br- (100 mM) gradients supported the full overshoot of Na+-taurine symport and yielded similar high-affinity transport systems for taurine uptake. No active uptake of taurine(More)
We describe two siblings from a consanguineous family with autosomal recessive Fanconi's syndrome and hypophosphatemic rickets. Genetic analysis revealed a homozygous in-frame duplication of 21 bp in SLC34A1, which encodes the renal sodium-inorganic phosphate cotransporter NaPi-IIa, as the causative mutation. Functional studies in Xenopus laevis oocytes and(More)
This study examines the effect of a low sulfur amino acid diet (LTD) and a high taurine diet (HTD), compared with a normal diet, on the plasma, urine, muscle, brain and renal cortex levels of taurine in immature and adult rats. Milk taurine from lactating dams reflected the taurine content of the diet, being low in LTD-fed and high in HTD-fed animals.(More)
We conducted a retrospective analysis of 37 children with Escherichia coli O157:H7-associated hemolytic-uremic syndrome. The infection was traced to contaminated hamburgers at a fast-food restaurant chain. Within 5 days of the first confirmed case, the Washington State Department of Health identified the source and interrupted transmission of infection.(More)
Amino acids are reabsorbed from the tubular lumen by a saturable, carrier-mediated, concentrative transport mechanism driven by a Na+ electrochemical gradient across the luminal membrane. This process is followed by efflux mainly via carrier-mediated, Na+-independent facilitated diffusion across the basolateral membrane. Individual amino acids may have two(More)
BACKGROUND Familial renal glucosuria (FRG) is an isolated disorder of proximal tubular glucose transport, characterized by abnormal urinary glucose excretion in the presence of normal blood glucose levels. Generalized aminoaciduria has not generally been considered a feature of this disorder. FRG has recently been shown to result from mutations in SLC5A2,(More)