John S. Beck

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Sensory and signaling pathways are exquisitely organized in primary cilia. Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) patients have compromised cilia and signaling. BBS proteins form the BBSome, which binds Rabin8, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) activating the Rab8 GTPase, required for ciliary assembly. We now describe serum-regulated upstream vesicular(More)
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a human genetic disorder resulting in obesity, retinal degeneration, polydactyly, and nephropathy. Recent studies indicate that trafficking defects to the ciliary membrane are involved in this syndrome. Here, we show that a novel complex composed of three chaperonin-like BBS proteins (BBS6, BBS10, and BBS12) and CCT/TRiC(More)
The identification of mutations in genes that cause human diseases has largely been accomplished through the use of positional cloning, which relies on linkage mapping. In studies of rare diseases, the resolution of linkage mapping is limited by the number of available meioses and informative marker density. One recent advance is the development of(More)
Primary cilium dysfunction affects the development and homeostasis of many organs in Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS). We recently showed that seven highly conserved BBS proteins form a stable complex, the BBSome, that functions in membrane trafficking to and inside the primary cilium. We have now discovered a BBSome subunit that we named BBIP10. Similar to(More)
Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis has proven to be a simple and effective technique for the detection of single base substitutions. We have used SSCP to analyze 29 mouse globin mutations, 27 p53 mutations, and 8 rhodopsin mutations contained within different size PCR products. Our results indicate that the type of mutation (transition(More)
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS, OMIM 209900) is a genetic disorder with the primary features of obesity, pigmentary retinopathy, polydactyly, renal malformations, mental retardation and hypogenitalism. Individuals with BBS are also at increased risk for diabetes mellitus, hypertension and congenital heart disease. What was once thought to be a homogeneous(More)
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a pleiotropic, genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by obesity, retinopathy, polydactyly, cognitive impairment, renal and cardiac anomalies, as well as hypertension and diabetes. Multiple genes are known to independently cause BBS. These genes do not appear to code for the same functional category of proteins; yet,(More)
During a double-blind randomised clinical trial of cimetidine and ranitidine in the management of duodenal ulcer, the response of patients' peripheral blood lymphocytes to optimal mitogenic stimulation in vitro has been measured. Treatment with cimetidine, but not ranitidine, was associated with a significant increase in the proportion of peripheral blood(More)
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of disorders characterized by progressive degeneration of the outer retina, resulting in night blindness, visual field loss, an abnormal electroretinogram, and characteristic retinal pigmentary changes. An important step in the understanding of RP has been the recognition that some cases of autosomal dominant RP (ADRP)(More)