Jannine D. Cody

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Deletions of chromosome 18q are among the most common segmental aneusomies compatible with life. The estimated frequency is approximately 1/40,000 live births [Cody JD, Pierce JF, Brkanac Z, Plaetke R, Ghidoni PD, Kaye CI, Leach RJ. 1997. Am. J. Med. Genet. 69:280-286]. Most deletions are terminal encompassing as much as 36 Mb, but interstitial deletions(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MRI relaxometry were used to investigate disturbed brain myelination in 18q- syndrome, a disorder characterized by mental retardation, dysmorphic features, and growth failure. T1-weighted and dual spin-echo T2-weighted MR images were obtained, and T1 and T2 parametric image maps were created for 20 patients and 12(More)
UNLABELLED Mutations in Sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1) have been shown to segregate with familial Paget's disease of bone (PDB). We examined the coding sequence of SQSTM1 in five PDB pedigrees and found three novel mutations clustered around the C-terminal ubiquitin associated domain. Disruptions of the C-terminal domain of SQSTM1 seem to be a leading cause of(More)
Individuals with a constitutional chromosome abnormality consisting of a deletion of a portion of the long arm of chromosome 18 (18q-) have a high incidence ( approximately 95%) of dysmyelination. Neuroradiologic findings in affected children report a smaller corpus callosum, but this finding has not been quantified. This is in part due to the large(More)
Individuals with the 18q- syndrome have variable deletions from the long arm of chromosome 18. They also exhibit a highly variable phenotype. To correlate genotype with phenotype accurately, extensive molecular and phenotypic analyses are needed on each affected individual. As a part of this analysis, we have determined the parental origin of the deleted(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the spectrum of growth abnormalities in children with 18q deletions. The growth axis of 50 individuals with a cytogenetically and molecularly confirmed 18q deletion was investigated by determining height, growth velocity, insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), IGF-binding protein-3, bone maturation, and response to(More)
Growth hormone insufficiency is a common cause of growth failure in children with the 18q- syndrome. Individuals with this syndrome have a deletion as large as 36 Mb from the long arm of chromosome 18. We have evaluated 33 children with this syndrome for growth hormone production and have identified a region of approximately 2 Mb, which is deleted in every(More)
Chromosome rearrangements are a significant cause of intellectual disability and birth defects. Subtelomeric rearrangements, including deletions, duplications and translocations of chromosome ends, were first discovered over 40 years ago and are now recognized as being responsible for several genetic syndromes. Unlike the deletions and duplications that(More)
Ring chromosome 18 is a rare condition which has predominantly been described by case reports and small case series. We assessed a cohort of 30 individuals with ring 18 using both microarray comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). We determined that each participant had a unique combination of hemizygosity for(More)
The melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) is a seven, transmembrane G-protein-coupled receptor whose ligand, α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH), is a post-translational derivative of pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC). The regulatory pathway, of which MC4R is a part, has become an area of intense interest because of its potential role in obesity. Three studies have(More)