Michael L. Diluna

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Mutations in Krev1 interaction trapped gene 1 (KRIT1) cause cerebral cavernous malformation, an autosomal dominant disease featuring malformation of cerebral capillaries resulting in cerebral hemorrhage, strokes, and seizures. The biological functions of KRIT1 are unknown. We have investigated KRIT1 expression in endothelial cells by using specific(More)
Congenital ataxia with cerebellar hypoplasia is a heterogeneous group of disorders that presents with motor disability, hypotonia, incoordination, and impaired motor development. Among these, disequilibrium syndrome describes a constellation of findings including non-progressive cerebellar ataxia, mental retardation, and cerebellar hypoplasia following an(More)
The identification of pathways that underlie common disease has been greatly impacted by the study of rare families that segregate single genes with large effect. Intracranial aneurysm is a common neurological problem; the rupture of these aneurysms constitutes a frequently catastrophic neurologic event. The pathogenesis of these aneurysms is largely(More)
Intraventricular hemorrhage is a common complication of preterm infants. Mutations in the type IV procollagen gene, COL4A1, are associated with cerebral small vessel disease with hemorrhage in adults and fetuses. We report a rare variant in COL4A1 associated with intraventricular hemorrhage in dizygotic preterm twins. These results expand the spectrum of(More)
Malignant gliomas arise from two distinct pathways, as de novo lesions or from secondary transformation from low-grade lesions. Herein, we describe the cases of two patients to illustrate the proposition that de novo malignant gliomas can originate as non-enhancing tumors and rapidly progress to a pattern of ring enhancement characteristic of a(More)
OBJECT A gene contributing to the autosomal-dominant cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) phenotype, KRIT1 (an acronym for Krev Interaction Trapped 1), has been identified through linkage analysis and mutation screening. The authors collected blood samples from 68 patients with familial CCM and 138 patients with apparently sporadic CCM as well as from(More)
Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) is a potentially debilitating neuropsychiatric disorder defined by the presence of both vocal and motor tics. Despite evidence that this and a related phenotypic spectrum, including chronic tics (CT) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), are genetically mediated, no gene involved in disease etiology has been(More)
BACKGROUND Although current guidelines for the management of unruptured intracranial aneurysms (IAs) suggest aneurysms larger than 7 mm should be considered for treatment, a significant number of subarachnoid hemorrhages are caused by IAs 7 mm or smaller. Thus, we sought to identify risk factors associated with the rupture of IAs 7 mm or smaller. METHODS(More)
SNP and comparative genome hybridization arrays (aCGH) are powerful techniques for identifying genome rearrangements, deletions, and duplications. We hypothesized that current array-based detection of copy number variation (CNV) could complement parametric linkage analysis and allow the rapid identification of functional mutations in families with inherited(More)
OBJECTIVE Myxopapillary ependymoma is a subclassification of ependymoma that is thought to be nearly exclusive to the conus medullaris or filum terminale. Primary intracerebral or brainstem myxopapillary ependymomas are rare. CLINICAL PRESENTATION An 8-year-old child presented with a 5-month history of nausea and vomiting and a 1-week history of headache.(More)