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Mutation detection through exome sequencing allows simultaneous analysis of all coding sequences of genes. However, it cannot yet replace Sanger sequencing (SS) in diagnostics because of incomplete representation and coverage of exons leading to missing clinically relevant mutations. Targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS), in which a selected fraction of(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the plakophilin-2 gene (PKP2) have been found in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVC). Hence, genetic screening can potentially be a valuable tool in the diagnostic workup of patients with ARVC. METHODS AND RESULTS To establish the prevalence and character of PKP2 mutations and to study(More)
We identified, by homozygosity mapping, a novel locus on 10q21.3-q22.1 for Goldberg-Shprintzen syndrome (GOSHS) in a consanguineous Moroccan family. Phenotypic features of GOSHS in this inbred family included microcephaly and mental retardation, which are both central nervous system defects, as well as Hirschsprung disease, an enteric nervous system defect.(More)
BACKGROUND Desmin-related myopathy is a clinically heterogenous group of disorders encompassing myopathies, cardiomyopathies, conduction disease, and combinations of these disorders. Mutations in the gene encoding desmin (DES), a major intermediate filament protein, can underlie this phenotype. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate the(More)
Natural isolates of Bacillus subtilis are often difficult to transform due to their low genetic competence levels. Here we describe two methods that stimulate natural transformation. The first method uses plasmid pGSP12, which expresses the competence transcription factor ComK and stimulates competence development about 100-fold. The second method(More)
BACKGROUND Desmin-related myopathy (DRM) is an autosomally inherited skeletal and cardiac myopathy, mainly caused by dominant mutations in the desmin gene (DES). We describe new families carrying the p.S13F or p.N342D DES mutations, the cardiac phenotype of all carriers, and the founder effects. METHODS We collected the clinical details of all carriers of(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to identify the underlying gene defect in a family with inherited myocardial fibrosis. BACKGROUND A large family with an autosomal dominantly inherited form of myocardial fibrosis with a highly malignant clinical outcome has been investigated. Because myocardial fibrosis preceded the clinical and echocardiographic(More)
Despite the fact that numerous studies have been performed on diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), only few have concerned extranodal lymphomas occurring in the testis. We performed a cytogenetic and molecular study of 17 testicular non-Hodgkin lymphomas, of which 14 were proven primary DLBCL of the testis. Cytogenetic analysis revealed in 8 out of 11(More)
Chromosomal instability in colon tumors implies the presence of numerical and structural chromosome aberrations and is further characterized by the absence of microsatellite instability and the occurrence of KRAS and/or TP53 mutations. In a previous screening of 194 colon tumors for both microsatellite instability and TP53 mutation, we found 25(More)