Michelle D. Johnson

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Identification of the genes underlying complex phenotypes and the definition of the evolutionary forces that have shaped eukaryotic genomes are among the current challenges in molecular genetics. Variation in gene copy number is increasingly recognized as a source of inter-individual differences in genome sequence and has been proposed as a driving force(More)
A validated quality of life (QOL) measure, the SF-36 questionnaire, was used to assess patients' perception of the impact of a pituitary adenoma, prior to treatment, on his or her physical and mental functioning. Of 270 new patients evaluated for pituitary disease at the University of Virginia Pituitary Clinic, 168 met the criteria for inclusion (pituitary(More)
Chondrocalcinosis (CC) is a common cause of joint pain and arthritis that is caused by the deposition of calcium-containing crystals within articular cartilage. Although most cases are sporadic, rare familial forms have been linked to human chromosomes 8 (CCAL1) or 5p (CCAL2) (Baldwin et al. 1995; Hughes et al. 1995; Andrew et al. 1999). Here, we show that(More)
The spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) is the most widely studied animal model of hypertension. Scores of SHR quantitative loci (QTLs) have been mapped for hypertension and other phenotypes. We have sequenced the SHR/OlaIpcv genome at 10.7-fold coverage by paired-end sequencing on the Illumina platform. We identified 3.6 million high-quality single(More)
Hypertension in humans and experimental models has a strong hereditary basis, but identification of causative genes remains challenging. Quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for hypertension and salt sensitivity have been reported on rat chromosome 18. We set out to genetically isolate and prioritize genes within the salt-sensitivity and hypertension QTLs on the(More)
Acromegaly is a chronic condition associated with considerably increased morbidity and mortality if left unchecked. In December 2004, a national meeting was held to discuss the diversity in clinical practice across the country in diagnosing and treating patients with acromegaly, as well as to seek consensus on a number of management principles. The group(More)
PURPOSE The guidelines for management of prolactinomas during pregnancy are mostly based on retrospective evidence or expert opinion. We conducted a survey to assess the current trends in management of prolactinomas during pregnancy. METHODS A case-based electronic questionnaire was sent in January 2011 to all practicing endocrinologists, in four Canadian(More)
Epigenetic marks such as cytosine methylation are important determinants of cellular and whole-body phenotypes. However, the extent of, and reasons for inter-individual differences in cytosine methylation, and their association with phenotypic variation are poorly characterised. Here we present the first genome-wide study of cytosine methylation at(More)
Unlike other methods to assess methylation, whole-genome shotgun bisulfite sequencing is used to generate quantitative genome-wide methylation profiles at single-nucleotide resolution. As described in this unit, this method allows for the quantitative measurement of methylation at each cytosine base by treatment of genomic DNA with sodium bisulfite followed(More)