Katherine R Neas

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Börjeson-Forssman-Lehmann syndrome (BFLS) is a rare X-linked mental retardation syndrome that is caused by germline mutations in PHF6. We describe a 9-year-old male with BFLS, who developed T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). The PHF6 gene is located on the X chromosome and encodes a protein with two PHD-type zinc finger domains and four nuclear(More)
Pseudoachondroplasia (PSACH) and some forms of multiple epiphyseal dysplasia (MED) result from mutations in the gene encoding cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP). COMP is a large pentameric glycoprotein found predominantly in the extracellular matrix of cartilage, tendon, and ligament. As a modular protein, it is composed of a coiled-coil domain,(More)
BACKGROUND Retrospective investigation of sudden unexplained death in the young (SUDY) reveals that a high proportion is due to inherited heart disease. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to ascertain the diagnostic value of postmortem long QT (LQT) genetic analysis in a prospective study of SUDY victims 1-40 years old. METHODS Denaturing(More)
X-linked lymphoproliferative (XLP) syndrome is a rare primary immune-deficiency disorder caused by mutations of the SH2D1A or XIAP genes. Males with the disorder are usually in good health until contracting Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) whereupon the majority of patients die from fulminant infectious mononucleosis, lymphoma or hypogammaglobulinaemia. This report(More)
Distal limb contractures (DLC) represent a heterogeneous clinical and genetic condition. Overall, 20-25% of the DLC are caused by mutations in genes encoding the muscle contractile apparatus. Large interstitial deletions of the 3p have already been diagnosed by standard chromosomal analysis, but not associated with a specific phenotype. We report on four(More)
BACKGROUND Molecular autopsy in sudden unexplained death in the young (SUDY) victims cannot usually be performed if tissue suitable for DNA extraction is not retained at autopsy. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility and clinical value of posthumous genetic testing for long QT syndrome (LQTS) using residual material from the(More)
We have screened 13 patients with neurological abnormalities and 3-methylglutaconic aciduria (3MGA) for mutations in the OPA3 gene, which are known to be the cause of Costeff syndrome (optic atrophy, chorea and spasticity; type III 3MGA). We aimed to explore whether mutations in the OPA3 gene are present in patients with 3MGA but without classic Costeff(More)
Primary immune deficiency disorders (PIDs) are a group of diseases associated with a genetic predisposition to recurrent infections, malignancy, autoimmunity and allergy. The molecular basis of many of these disorders has been identified in the last two decades. Most are inherited as single gene defects. Identifying the underlying genetic defect plays a(More)
We report on three male infants with de novo terminal deletions of chromosome 9q34.3. The clinical features are compared to the nine cases described in the literature. Case 1 and 3 were ascertained following the use of subtelomeric FISH to screen for a chromosomal anomaly, case 2 was confirmed by FISH probe following detection of a 9q deletion on standard(More)