Melinda Procter

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Piezo1 ion channels are mediators of mechanotransduction in several cell types including the vascular endothelium, renal tubular cells and erythrocytes. Gain-of-function mutations in PIEZO1 cause an autosomal dominant haemolytic anaemia in humans called dehydrated hereditary stomatocytosis. However, the phenotypic consequence of PIEZO1 loss of function in(More)
BACKGROUND Approximately 99% of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and 80% of Angelman syndrome (AS) cases have deletions at a common region in chromosome 15q11.2-q13, uniparental disomy for chromosome 15 (UPD15), or imprinting center defects affecting gene expression in this region. The resulting clinical phenotype (PWS or AS) in each class of genomic(More)
BACKGROUND Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a relatively common genetic disorder that can lead to the development of pulmonary disorders. Diagnosis of AAT deficiency is typically performed by isoelectric focusing (IEF) protein phenotyping in concert with determination of AAT serum concentration levels. The "P" phenotypic variant is associated with(More)
We describe two unrelated patients with mental retardation and normal karyotypes found to have relatively large homozygous deletions (>150 kb) of different regions detected by array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH). Patient 1 showed a 157-214 kb deletion at 8q24.2, containing BAC clone RP11-17M8. This patient was born to phenotypically normal(More)
This study was conducted to assess the reliability of a commercial enzyme-linked viral inducible system (ELVIS) (Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc., Athens, OH) for rapid detection and typing of herpes simplex virus (HSV). Results using ELVIS were compared to those of shell vial culture (SVC) and HSV detection with monoclonal antibodies and an immunoperoxidase stain(More)
Mutations in the insulin receptor gene cause the inherited insulin resistant syndromes Leprechaunism and Rabson-Mendenhall syndrome. These recessive conditions are characterized by intrauterine and post-natal growth restrictions, dysmorphic features, altered glucose homeostasis, and early demise. The insulin receptor gene (INSR) maps to the short arm of(More)
An integrative diagnostic algorithm for alpha1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency testing in the clinical laboratory was developed and evaluated. A novel rapid LightCycler (Roche, Indianapolis, IN) molecular assay was used to detect the common S and Z deficiency allelic variants. However, use of such molecular assays for these variants also can result in the(More)
The BTD gene codes for production of biotinidase, the enzyme responsible for helping the body reuse and recycle the biotin found in foods. Biotinidase deficiency is an autosomal recessively inherited disorder resulting in the inability to recycle the vitamin biotin and affects approximately 1 in 60,000 newborns. If untreated, the depletion of intracellular(More)
OBJECTIVES α1-Antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is associated with an increased risk for lung and liver disease. Identification of AAT deficiency as the underlying cause of these diseases is important in correct patient management. METHODS AAT deficiency is commonly diagnosed by demonstrating low concentrations of AAT followed by genotype and/or phenotype(More)