Maria Mercedes Garcia-Barcelo

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Hirschsprung’s disease (HSCR) is a congenital disorder characterised by the absence of ganglia along variable lengths of the intestine. The RET gene is the major HSCR gene. Reduced penetrance of RET mutations and phenotypic variability suggest the involvement of additional modifying genes in the disease. A RET-dependent modifier locus was mapped to 9q31 in(More)
BACKGROUND The rearranged during transfection (RET) gene encodes a single-pass receptor whose proper expression and function are essential for the development of enteric nervous system. Mutations in RET regulatory regions are also associated with Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) (aganglionosis of the colon). We previously showed that 2 polymorphisms in RET(More)
The Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is a complex congenital disorder, arising from abnormalities in enteric nervous system (ENS) development. There is a gender disparity among the patients, with the male to female ratio as high as 5 : 1. Loss-of-function mutations of HSCR genes and haploinsufficiency of their gene products are the primary pathogenic mechanisms(More)
Epidemiological studies have shown a lower prevalence of tardive dyskinesia (TD) among Chinese psychiatric patients compared to Caucasian and Black patient populations. It has been hypothesized that pharmacogenetic factors may underlie this cross-cultural difference. Due to the important implications of the dopamine D3 receptor gene (DRD3) in motor control,(More)
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