Muheiddine Seoud

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Hydatidiform mole (HM) is an abnormal human pregnancy with no embryo and cystic degeneration of placental villi. We report five mutations in the maternal gene NALP7 in individuals with familial and recurrent HMs. NALP7 is a member of the CATERPILLER protein family involved in inflammation and apoptosis. NALP7 is the first maternal effect gene identified in(More)
Hydatidiform mole is a benign trophoblastic neoplasia characterized by an abnormal development of the embryo and proliferation of placental villi. Using microsatellite markers amplified by the polymerase chain reaction, we have performed a genetic study on eight independent molar tissues occurring in two sisters. Karyotype and genotype data demonstrate a(More)
The study aims to investigate the vocal symptoms and acoustic changes in pregnant women pre- and postpartum in comparison to the controls. A total of 25 pregnant women who presented for delivery were enrolled in this study. Twenty-one nonpregnant women were matched as controls. Vocal symptoms such as hoarseness, vocal fatigue, and aphonia were assessed.(More)
An imprinting disorder has been believed to underlie the etiology of familial biparental hydatidiform moles (HMs) based on the abnormal methylation or expression of imprinted genes in molar tissues. However, the extent of the epigenetic defect in these tissues and the developmental stage at which the disorder begins have been poorly defined. In this study,(More)
The study aimed at determining the prevalence, risk factors, perinatal transmission, and serotypes of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) among pregnant women and their newborns in Beirut, Lebanon. This was a cross-sectional study of all pregnant women admitted from February to September 2006 to three major hospitals. Overall, 137 of 775 (17.7%) mothers and 50 of(More)
Vascular endothelial cells produce endothelin-1, a peptide with potent vasoconstrictor and mitogenic properties. Heparin suppresses thrombin-stimulated endothelin-1 production in endothelial cells; this is consistent with its reported effect of lowering blood pressure. Since heparin is a heterogeneous mixture of glycosaminoglycans, we examined the effects(More)
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