Marjolaine Lapointe

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BACKGROUND Mutations in the E-cadherin (CDH1) gene are a well documented cause of hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC). Development of evidence based guidelines for CDH1 screening for HDGC have been complicated by its rarity, variable penetrance, and lack of founder mutations. METHODS Forty three new gastric cancer (GC) families were ascertained from(More)
Protein L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT) repairs the damaged proteins which have accumulated abnormal aspartyl residues during cell aging. Gene targeting has elucidated a physiological role for PIMT by showing that mice lacking PIMT died prematurely from fatal epileptic seizures. Here we investigated the role of PIMT in human mesial temporal lobe(More)
Protein l-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT) functions as a repair enzyme that acts upon damaged proteins bearing abnormal aspartyl residues. We previously reported that PIMT expression and activity are reduced by half in human epileptic hippocampus. Here we investigated PIMT regulation in astrocytic tumors, which are the most common human brain tumors.(More)
We have cloned and characterized the right end terminal 796 bp of the transposable Mu-like bacteriophage D108. This region encompasses a 520 bp region of D108-specific sequences not present in phage Mu that contain an open reading frame encoding a 12 KDa protein. This protein can be visualized in vivo when the region is placed downstream from the strong lac(More)
We have cloned a repetitive EcoRI fragment from the human genome which displays weak homologies with the Drosophila melanogaster transposable P-element. This cloned DNA appeared not to be a mobile element but, instead, a divergent member of human satellite II or III DNAs. We present here the first complete nucleotide sequence of a 1.797 kilobase pair (kb)(More)
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