Martin Hergersberg

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The Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP) gene was found to be mutated in patients presenting with WAS and in patients showing X-linked thrombocytopenia. Mutation analysis in 19 families of German, Swiss and Turkish descent by single-strand conformation polymorphism and sequencing resulted in the detection of seven novel and 10 known mutations. A striking(More)
Maternal uniparental disomy for the entire chromosome 7 has so far been reported in three patients with intrauterine and postnatal growth retardation. Two were detected because they were homozygous for a cystic fibrosis mutation for which only the mother was heterozygous, and one because he was homozygous for a rare COL1A2 mutation. We investigated 35(More)
Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is an autosomal dominant disorder whose hallmark is bilateral vestibular schwannoma. It displays a pronounced clinical heterogeneity with mild to severe forms. The NF2 tumor suppressor (merlin/schwannomin) has been cloned and extensively analyzed for mutations in patients with different clinical variants of the disease.(More)
PURPOSE A comprehensive screening was conducted for RP2 and retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator (RPGR) gene mutations including RPGR exon ORF15 in 58 index patients. The frequency of RPGR mutations was assessed in families with definite X-linked recessive disease (xlRP), and a strategy for analyzing the highly repetitive mutational hot spot in exon ORF15(More)
We have constructed the first comprehensive microarray representing a human chromosome for analysis of DNA copy number variation. This chromosome 22 array covers 34.7 Mb, representing 1.1% of the genome, with an average resolution of 75 kb. To demonstrate the utility of the array, we have applied it to profile acral melanoma, dermatofibrosarcoma, DiGeorge(More)
Metallothioneins (MTs) are small cysteine-rich proteins whose structure is conserved from fungi to man. MTs strongly bind heavy metals, notably zinc, copper and cadmium. Upon exposure of cells to heavy metal and other adverse treatments, MT gene transcription is strongly enhanced. Metal induction is mediated by several copies of a 15 bp consensus sequence(More)
BACKGROUND Wagner disease and erosive vitreoretinopathy are potentially blinding autosomal dominant diseases that share some similarities with Stickler syndrome. However, both disorders have associated retinal pigment epithelial changes, poor night vision, visual field defects, and abnormal electroretinographic findings, which are not found in families with(More)
Several previous investigations have suggested that the gene for the alpha 7-nicotinic receptor may play a role in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia and may be responsible for the heavy smoking among schizophrenic patients. In a study of 129 healthy controls and 127 schizophrenic, schizoaffective, and bipolar patients we have aimed 1) to confirm the(More)
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is a low-penetrant autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in the porphobilinogen deaminase gene (PBGD). Nearly 60% of all Swiss AIP patients carry a nonsense mutation W283X (G(7916)-->A). In France, the prevalence of W283X is <5%. To determine whether W283X was a founder mutation or originated from multiple de(More)