Kathryn L. Friend

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We report the discovery of GATA2 as a new myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)-acute myeloid leukemia (AML) predisposition gene. We found the same, previously unidentified heterozygous c.1061C>T (p.Thr354Met) missense mutation in the GATA2 transcription factor gene segregating with the multigenerational transmission of MDS-AML in three families and a GATA2(More)
Epilepsy and mental retardation limited to females (EFMR) is a disorder with an X-linked mode of inheritance and an unusual expression pattern. Disorders arising from mutations on the X chromosome are typically characterized by affected males and unaffected carrier females. In contrast, EFMR spares transmitting males and affects only carrier females. Aided(More)
Copy number variants (CNVs) are associated with many neurocognitive disorders; however, these events are typically large, and the underlying causative genes are unclear. We created an expanded CNV morbidity map from 29,085 children with developmental delay in comparison to 19,584 healthy controls, identifying 70 significant CNVs. We resequenced 26 candidate(More)
BACKGROUND Most patients with pure nonprogressive congenital cerebellar ataxia have a sporadic form of unknown heredity and etiology. Several small families have been reported with a dominantly inherited nonprogressive congenital ataxia (NPCA). METHODS The authors ascertained and clinically characterized a four-generation pedigree segregating an autosomal(More)
It is now clear that mutations of at least two genetic loci can lead to autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). We have compared the clinical features of ADPKD caused by mutations at the PKD1 locus (linked to the alpha-globin complex on chromosome 16) with those of disease not linked to the locus (non-PKD1). We identified 18 families (285(More)
The mutation responsible for fragile X syndrome and myotonic dystrophy involves the amplification of a simple trinucleotide repeat sequence, which increases in successive generations of affected pedigrees accounting for increasing penetrance of both disorders. This common molecular basis suggests that the two diseases may share other genetic features, but(More)
Epilepsy and Mental Retardation limited to Females (EFMR) which links to Xq22 has been reported in only one family. We aimed to determine if there was a distinctive phenotype that would enhance recognition of this disorder. We ascertained four unrelated families (two Australian, two Israeli) where seizures in females were transmitted through carrier males.(More)
Neither the molecular basis for common fragile site DNA instability nor the contribution of this form of chromosomal instability to cancer is clearly understood. Fragile site FRA16D (16q23.2) is within regions of frequent loss-of-heterozygosity (LOH) in breast and prostate cancers, is associated with homozygous deletions in various adenocarcinomas and(More)
Autosomal dominant familial spastic paraplegia (FSP) is a genetically heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder displaying anticipation for which three loci have been mapped to the chromosomal positions 14q11.2-q24.3 (SPG3), 2p21-p24 (SPG4) and 15q11.1 (SPG6). The repeat expansion detection (RED) method has been used to demonstrate expanded CAG repeats in(More)
X-linked intellectual disability (XLID) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder. During the past two decades in excess of 100 X-chromosome ID genes have been identified. Yet, a large number of families mapping to the X-chromosome remained unresolved suggesting that more XLID genes or loci are yet to be identified. Here, we have investigated(More)