Louise Cheryl Gregory

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CONTEXT Kallmann syndrome (KS), combined pituitary hormone deficiency (CPHD), and septo-optic dysplasia (SOD) all result from development defects of the anterior midline in the human forebrain. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to investigate whether KS, CPHD, and SOD have shared genetic origins. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS A total of 103 patients(More)
CONTEXT Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 8 is important for GnRH neuronal development with human mutations resulting in Kallmann syndrome. Murine data suggest a role for Fgf8 in hypothalamo-pituitary development; however, its role in the etiology of wider hypothalamo-pituitary dysfunction in humans is unknown. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to(More)
The amino acid sequence of the human atrial natriuretic peptide clearance receptor (ANP C-receptor) was deduced from the nucleotide sequence of cDNA clones obtained from human placental and kidney cDNA libraries. The human sequence is highly homologous to the bovine C-receptor sequence already described, and the corresponding mRNA is expressed in human(More)
INTRODUCTION CHARGE syndrome is a multisystem disorder that, in addition to Kallmann syndrome/isolated hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism, has been associated with anterior pituitary hypoplasia (APH). However, structural abnormalities such as an ectopic posterior pituitary (EPP) have not yet been described in such patients. OBJECTIVE The aims of the study(More)
INTRODUCTION The Gli family of zinc finger (GLI) transcription factors mediates the sonic hedgehog signalling pathway (HH) essential for CNS, early pituitary and ventral forebrain development in mice. Human mutations in this pathway have been described in patients with holoprosencephaly (HPE), isolated congenital hypopituitarism (CH) and cranial/midline(More)
Aberrant embryonic development of the hypothalamus and/or pituitary gland in humans results in congenital hypopituitarism (CH). Transcription factor 7-like 1 (TCF7L1), an important regulator of the WNT/β-catenin signaling pathway, is expressed in the developing forebrain and pituitary gland, but its role during hypothalamo-pituitary (HP) axis formation or(More)
KAL1 is implicated in 5% of Kallmann syndrome cases, a disorder which genotypically overlaps with septo-optic dysplasia (SOD). To date, a reporter-based assay to assess the functional consequences of KAL1 mutations is lacking. We aimed to develop a luciferase assay for novel application to functional assessment of rare KAL1 mutations detected in a screen of(More)
OBJECTIVE Recessive mutations in GHRHR are associated with severe isolated growth hormone deficiency (IGHD), with a final height in untreated patients of 130 cm ± 10 cm (-7.2 ± 1.6 SDS; males) and 114 ± 0.7 cm (-8.3 ± 0.1 SDS; females). DESIGN We hypothesized that a consanguineous Pakistani family with IGHD in three siblings (two males, one female) would(More)
CONTEXT Loss-of-function mutations in PROK2 and PROKR2 have been implicated in Kallmann syndrome (KS), characterized by hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and anosmia. Recent data suggest overlapping phenotypes/genotypes between KS and congenital hypopituitarism (CH), including septo-optic dysplasia (SOD). OBJECTIVE We screened a cohort of patients with(More)