Melissa Thys

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Otosclerosis is a common form of progressive hearing loss, characterized by abnormal bone remodeling in the otic capsule. The etiology of the disease is largely unknown, and both environmental and genetic factors have been implicated. To identify genetic factors involved in otosclerosis, we used a case-control discovery group to complete a genome-wide(More)
Otosclerosis is a common disorder of the otic capsule resulting in hearing impairment in 0.3–0.4% of the Caucasian population. The aetiology of the disease remains unclear. In most cases, otosclerosis can be considered as a complex disease. In some cases, the disease is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, sometimes with reduced penetrance. To date,(More)
UNLABELLED We studied the role of polymorphisms in 13 candidate genes on the risk of otosclerosis in two large independent case-control sets. We found significant association in both populations with BMP2 and BMP4, implicating these two genes in the pathogenesis of this disease. INTRODUCTION Otosclerosis is a progressive disorder of the human temporal(More)
Otosclerosis is a progressive hearing loss characterized by an abnormal bone homeostasis of the otic capsule that leads to stapes fixation. Although its etiology remains unknown, otosclerosis can be considered a complex disease. Transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta1) was chosen for a case-control association study, because of several non-genetic(More)
Otosclerosis is a common form of hearing impairment among white adults with a prevalence of 0.3–0.4%. It is caused by abnormal bone homeostasis of the otic capsule that compromises free motion of the stapes in the oval window. Otosclerosis is in most patients a multifactorial disease, caused by both genetic and environmental factors. In some cases, the(More)
Otosclerosis (MIM 166800) has a prevalence of 0.2-1% among white adults, making it the single most common cause of hearing impairment in this ethnic group. Although measles virus, hormones, human leukocyte antigen alleles and genetic factors have been implicated in the development of otosclerosis, its etiology remains unknown. In a focused effort to(More)
Otosclerosis is a common form of hearing loss characterized by abnormal bone remodeling in the otic capsule. It is considered a complex disease caused by both genetic and environmental factors. In a previous study, we identified a region on chr7q22.1 located in the RELN gene that is associated with otosclerosis in Belgian–Dutch and French populations.(More)
K Van Den Bogaert, E M R De Leenheer, W Chen, Y Lee, P Nürnberg, R J E Pennings, K Vanderstraeten, M Thys, C W R J Cremers, R J H Smith, G Van Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(More)
A multiple choice questionnaire was submitted to medical technologists in three medical laboratories, at varying times after obtaining an EN 45001 accreditation. A large majority (85-90 per cent) considered that their workload was increased by the accreditation process. In two laboratories, the technologists did not think that the accreditation process had(More)
HYPOTHESIS/BACKGROUND Otosclerosis is a frequent cause of hearing impairment in the Caucasian population and is characterized by abnormal bone remodeling of the otic capsule. Associations with several genes have been reported, and recently, an association between the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and otosclerosis has been suggested. Polymorphisms in(More)