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Essential hypertension is a common human disease believed to result from the interplay of multiple genetic and environmental determinants. In genetic studies of two large panels of hypertensive sibships from widely separated geographical areas, we obtained evidence of genetic linkage between the angiotensinogen gene (AGT) and hypertension, demonstrated(More)
Glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism (GRA), an autosomal dominant disorder, is characterized by hypertension with variable hyperaldosteronism and by high levels of the abnormal adrenal steroids 18-oxocortisol and 18-hydroxycortisol, which are all under control of adrenocorticotropic hormone and suppressible by glucocorticoids. These abnormalities could(More)
Recurrent seizures, commonly known as epilepsies, occur in 1.7% of the general population by age 40. The factors that initiate or underlie seizures are not well understood, but trauma, infectious disease and genetics have been implicated. An understanding of the molecular basis of seizures would shed light on the basic mechanisms of neuronal homeostasis and(More)
The pseudoautosomal region of the human X and Y chromosomes is subject to frequent X-Y recombination during male meiosis. We report the finding of two pseudoautosomal loci, DXYS20 and DXYS28, characterized by highly informative restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs). The pseudoautosomal character of DXYS20 and DXYS28 was formally demonstrated by(More)
Cystic fibrosis is a recessive genetic disorder, characterized clinically by chronic obstructive lung disease, pancreatic insufficiency and elevated sweat electrolytes; affected individuals rarely live past their early twenties. Cystic fibrosis is also one of the most common genetic diseases in the northern European population. The frequency of carriers of(More)
The resolution between skewness in the distribution of a quantitative trait and segregation of a major gene is a difficult issue in family studies. Quantitative data were simulated on six-member nuclear families in order to study the behavior of the unified model under these circumstances. Replicates of 100 nuclear families were generated assuming a(More)
To search for unique mutations in the apolipoprotein B (apoB) gene that disrupt the binding of LDL to its receptor and cause hypercholesterolemia, we examined more than 800 patients with high LDL cholesterol levels and/or coronary artery disease (CAD). Analysis of patient DNA by single-strand conformation polymorphism and allele-specific oligonucleotide(More)
BACKGROUND Ubiquitination serves multiple cellular functions, including proteasomal degradation and the control of stability, function, and intracellular localization of a wide variety of proteins. NEDD4L is a member of the HECT class of E3 ubiquitin ligases. A defining feature of NEDD4L protein isoforms is the presence or absence of an amino-terminal C2(More)