Nancy C McGuire

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Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia (SIOD) is characterised by autosomal recessive inheritance, spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia causing growth retardation, defective cellular immunity, progressive nephropathy leading to renal failure, hyperpigmented macules, and dysmorphic facial features. Half of SIOD patients also have hypothyroidism, half episodic cerebral(More)
Galphaq, encoded by the human GNAQ gene, is an effector subunit of the Gq heterotrimeric G-protein and the convergence point for signaling of multiple Gq-coupled neurohormonal receptors. To identify naturally occurring mutations that could modify GNAQ transcription, we examined genomic DNA isolated from 355 normal subjects for genetic variants in(More)
BACKGROUND Heightened activity of the sympathetic nervous system in heart failure patients is a major contributor to disease progression and death. I-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) provides an accurate, noninvasive method to assess cardiac sympathetic nerve activity. METHODS Thirty-seven patients with New York Heart Association class II, III, or IV(More)
The overall incidence of infection after transplantation has decreased with improved immunosuppressive agents, increased knowledge and use of prophylaxis, and better detection and treatment of infection. Nevertheless, infection continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in heart transplant recipients. The knowledgeable nurse in any setting who(More)
BACKGROUND Carvedilol treatment reduces the mortality rate in patients with congestive heart failure. It is not known whether carvedilol treatment is effective in heart failure patients with substantial cardiac sympathetic nerve dysfunction. The goal of this study was to determine the effect of chronic carvedilol treatment in patients with cardiac(More)
An 8-year-old, male castrated golden retriever presented for cough and increased respiratory effort. Radiographs revealed an alveolar pattern in the right caudal lung lobe and an opacity at the carina suspected to be enlarged tracheobronchial lymph nodes. The disease progressed to involve the right middle lung lobe. Cytopathology of a fine-needle aspirate(More)
BACKGROUND Exercise performance in patients with congestive heart failure is partially dependent on cardiac beta1-adrenergic receptor (beta1AR) function. There are 2 common polymorphisms of the beta1AR gene that alter the encoded amino acids at positions 49 (Ser or Gly) and 389 (Gly or Arg) and alter receptor function in vitro. Their relevance to(More)
Dogs with diabetes mellitus may develop occult urinary tract infections. In this study, diabetic dogs with negative and positive bacterial urine cultures were compared. Records from 51 dogs with diabetes mellitus were reviewed at the University of Illinois. No difference was identified between the groups in urine specific gravity, pH, glucose, ketones,(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with a deletion of 4 consecutive amino acids in the gene encoding for the alpha(2C)-adrenergic receptor (alpha(2C)Del322-325) have an increased prevalence of clinical heart failure, worse clinical status, and a lower left ventricular ejection fraction compared with patients without this deletion. We postulated that patients with the(More)
The b2-adrenergic receptor (b2AR) exists in multiple polymorphic forms with different characteristics. Their relevance to heart failure (HF) physiology is unknown. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing was performed on 232 compensated HF patients with a defined b2AR genotype. Patients with the uncommon Ile164 polymorphism had a lower peak V̇O2 (15.060.9 mL z kg(More)