Maria Haanpää

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RAD51C, a RAD51 paralogue involved in homologous recombination, is a recently established Fanconi anemia and breast cancer predisposing factor. In the initial report, RAD51C mutations were shown to confer a high risk for both breast and ovarian tumors, but most of the replication studies published so far have failed to identify any additional susceptibility(More)
Mutations in downstream Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway genes, BRCA2, PALB2, BRIP1 and RAD51C, explain part of the hereditary breast cancer susceptibility, but the contribution of other FA genes has remained questionable. Due to FA's rarity, the finding of recurrent deleterious FA mutations among breast cancer families is challenging. The use of founder(More)
BACKGROUND About 5-10% of breast cancer is due to inherited disease predisposition. Many previously identified susceptibility factors are involved in the maintenance of genomic integrity. AATF plays an important role in the regulation of gene transcription and cell proliferation. It induces apoptosis by associating with p53. The checkpoint kinases ATM/ATR(More)
Testing for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes among high-risk breast cancer patients has become a routine practice among clinical geneticists. Unfortunately, however, the genetic background of a majority of the cases coming to the clinics remains currently unexplained, making genetic counseling rather challenging. In recent years it has become evident(More)
WNT proteins comprise a 19-member glycoprotein family that act in several developmental and regenerative processes. In bone, WNT proteins regulate osteoblast differentiation and maintain bone health by activating the canonical WNT/β-catenin pathway. We reported a heterozygous missense mutation c.652T>G (p.C218G) in WNT1 exon 4 as the cause for severe(More)
Kabuki syndrome is a rare developmental disorder characterized by typical facial features, postnatal growth deficiency, mild to moderate intellectual disability, and minor skeletal anomalies. It is caused by mutations of the KMT2D and KDM6A genes while recently RAP1A and RAP1B mutations have been shown to rarely contribute to the pathogenesis. We report two(More)
MRG15 is a recently identified member of the BRCA multiprotein complex, essential for the maintenance of the genome integrity and DNA repair. The functional relationship between PALB2 and MRG15 makes MRG15 a strong candidate breast cancer susceptibility gene. We screened affected probands from 232 BRCA1/2-negative breast cancer families for mutations in(More)
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