Joe A Hettinger

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This study presents the first large, population-based molecular investigation of the fragile X (FRAXA) and FRAXE mental retardation syndromes in the Hellenic populations of Greece and Cyprus. The aims of this population screening were to determine the prevalence of FRAXA and FRAXE syndromes among idiopathic mentally retarded (IMR) individuals, to estimate(More)
Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have impairments in executive function and social cognition, with males generally being more severely affected in these areas than females. Because the dopamine D1 receptor (encoded by DRD1) is integral to the neural circuitry mediating these processes, we examined the DRD1 gene for its role in(More)
Inborn errors of purine metabolism have been implicated as a cause for some cases of autism. This hypothesis is supported by the finding of decreased adenosine deaminase (ADA) activity in the sera of some children with autism and reports of an association of the A allele of the ADA G22A (Asp8Asn) polymorphism in individuals with autism of Italian-descent.(More)
In order to identify genetic factors governing expansion of the CGG repeat in the FMR1 gene and to determine what predisposes or causes a normal stable allele to change to an unstable premutation allele, it is essential to study and understand the basis of normal variation. The aim of this study was to investigate genetic variation and intergenerational(More)
The neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) modulates executive functions, learning, and emotional processing, all of which are impaired in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Our previous findings suggest a role for dopamine-related genes in families with only affected males. We examined two additional genes which affect DA function, the DRD2 and(More)
To determine the genetic basis of autosomal dominant neurohypophyseal diabetes insipidus (ADNDI) in a Cypriot family, we ascertained and studied a large, four-generation kindred in which all participating family members had arginine vasopressin-neurophysin II (AVP-NP-II) gene analyses done. A G to A transition was found by DNA sequence analysis at position(More)
We report on a girl with developmental delay and a de novo 264 kb interstitial duplication in the region of Sotos syndrome at 5q35.3 in the immediate vicinity of critical NSD1 gene, but manifesting the phenotype, of overgrowth both prenatal stage and postnatal, macrocephaly, developmental delay, and resembling that of Sotos syndrome, rather than the(More)
We describe 2 Ukrainian families with unbalanced reciprocal translocations (RTs) involving the distal part of chromosome 10q. In both families, the fathers were healthy carriers of the RT. Two affected patients from the first family had an ∼2.3-Mb loss at 10q26.3 and an ∼25-Mb gain at 2q35qter, and the patient from the other family had an ∼12.5-Mb loss at(More)
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