Katja Hilbert

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We report on a patient with a skeletal dysplasia characterized by short stature, spondylo-epiphyseal involvement, and brachydactyly E-like changes. This condition has been described as spondyloperipheral dysplasia and the few published cases suggest autosomal dominant inheritance with considerable clinical variability. We found our sporadic case to be due(More)
The matrix metalloproteinases MMP9 and MMP13 catalyze the degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM) components in the growth plate and at the same time cleave and release biologically active molecules stored in the ECM, such as VEGFA. In mice, ablation of Mmp9, Mmp13, or both Mmp9 and Mmp13 causes severe distortion of the metaphyseal growth plate. We report(More)
The term "spondyloperipheral dysplasia" (SPD) has been applied to the unusual combination of platyspondyly and brachydactyly as observed in a small number of individuals. The reported cases show wide clinical variability and the nosologic status and spectrum of this condition are still ill defined. Zabel et al. [1996: Am J Med Genet 63(1):123-128] reported(More)
Du Pan syndrome is a rare acromesomelic dysplasia with characteristic clinical and radiographic findings. It is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. Almost all the patients reported have been from Muslim countries. We report on a female and her child with Du Pan syndrome from a Caucasian, Polish family. Three new heterozygous mutations clustered on(More)
CD24 is a differentiation antigen expressed by murine hematopoietic and neural cells which is linked to the membrane via a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor. In monocytic ESb-MP cells the molecule serves as a ligand for P-selectin and triggering with CD24 specific antibodies can activate VLA-5/L1-mediated cell adhesion in these cells. We report here(More)
Platyspondylic lethal skeletal dysplasia (PLSD) Torrance type (PLSD-T) is a rare skeletal dysplasia characterized by platyspondyly, brachydactyly, and metaphyseal changes. Generally a perinatally lethal disease, a few long-term survivors have been reported. Recently, mutations in the carboxy-propeptide of type II collagen have been identified in two(More)
Fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) is a glycoprotein that belongs to the family of tyrosine kinase receptors. Specific mutations in the FGFR3 gene are associated with autosomal dominant human skeletal disorders such as hypochondroplasia, achondroplasia, and thanatophoric dysplasia. Hypochondroplasia (HCH), the mildest form of this group of(More)
We have developed a protocol that allows fast and efficient mutation screening of the 54 exons from the type II procollagen (COL2A1) gene. The protocol is based on the multiple non-radioactive hybridization of blotted single-strand conformation polymorphism gels. Using this screening procedure we have been able to identify a new (Gly895 to Ser) mutation in(More)
Fragestellung: Molekulargenetische Untersuchungen aus dem Jahr 1994 hatten ergeben, daß der Achondroplasie, der häufigsten Osteochondrodysplasie, praktisch nur eine spezifische Mutation des Fibroblastenwachstumsfaktorrezeptor-3-Gens (FGFR3) zugrundeliegt. In der Folge wurden bei weiteren Mitgliedern dieser Skelettdysplasiefamilie charakteristische(More)
The incidence of perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) depends on the HBeAg/anti-HBe status of the mother. While children of HBeAg-positive mothers have a 90% probability of acquiring a chronic hepatitis B virus carrier state, babies of anti-HBe-positive mothers are more likely to develop fulminant hepatitis within the first 3 to 4 months of(More)