John C. K. Barber

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BACKGROUND Duplications and deletions in the human genome can cause disease or predispose persons to disease. Advances in technologies to detect these changes allow for the routine identification of submicroscopic imbalances in large numbers of patients. METHODS We tested for the presence of microdeletions and microduplications at a specific region of(More)
Using a combination of multiplex amplifiable probe hybridization and semiquantitative fluorescence in situ hybridization (SQ-FISH), we analyzed DNA copy number variation across chromosome band 8p23.1, a region that is frequently involved in chromosomal rearrangements. We show that a cluster of at least three antimicrobial beta-defensin genes (DEFB4,(More)
We present the cytogenetic, molecular cytogenetic, and molecular genetic results on 20 unrelated patients with an interstitial duplication of the proximal long arm of chromosome 15. Multiple probes showed that the Prader-Willi/Angelman critical region (PWACR) was included in the duplication in 4/20 patients, each ascertained with developmental delay. The(More)
Chromosomal change is one of the more hotly debated potential mechanisms of speciation. It has long been argued over whether--and to what degree--changes in chromosome structure contribute to reproductive isolation and, ultimately, speciation. In this review we do not aim to completely analyze accumulated data about chromosomal speciation but wish to draw(More)
We analyzed 448 independently ascertained reciprocal translocations and 220 inversions referred to our diagnostic laboratory. Twenty-eight percent of the translocations and 8.5% of the inversions arose de novo, the proportion being influenced by the method of ascertainment. It was highest, 47%, among translocations ascertained through an abnormal phenotype.(More)
Choristomas are congenital lesions representing normal tissue(s) in an abnormal location. They are the most common epibulbar and orbital tumors in children. Epibulbar choristomas affect the cornea, limbus or subconjunctival space, and range in appearance from a small, flat lesion to a large mass filling most of the epibulbar region. Astigmatism is often(More)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and schizophrenia are neurodevelopmental disorders for which recent evidence indicates an important etiologic role for rare copy number variants (CNVs) and suggests common genetic mechanisms. We performed cytogenomic array analysis in a discovery sample of patients with neurodevelopmental disorders referred for clinical(More)
In total, 200 families were reviewed with directly transmitted, cytogenetically visible unbalanced chromosome abnormalities (UBCAs) or euchromatic variants (EVs). Both the 130 UBCA and 70 EV families were divided into three groups depending on the presence or absence of an abnormal phenotype in parents and offspring. No detectable phenotypic effect was(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether Doppler indices of intraovarian blood flow are related to the subsequent follicular response in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) program. METHODS One hundred five women underwent ultrasonographic assessment of ovarian morphology, transvaginal color Doppler measurement of intraovarian blood flow and immunoassay of serum FSH(More)
A de novo dicentric Y;21 (q11.23;p11) translocation chromosome with one of its two centromeres inactive has provided the opportunity to study the relationship between centromeric inactivation, the organization of alphoid satellite DNA and the distribution of CENP-C. The proband, a male with minor features of Down’s syndrome, had a major cell line with 45(More)