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Although a relatively small number of previous studies suggest a modest response to hydroxyurea (HU) therapy in beta-thalassemia, more recent investigations have revealed that some transfusion-dependent patients can become transfusion-independent following HU therapy. Patients with Ggamma XmnI polymorphism, several beta-globin mutations, and(More)
Congenital dyserythropoietic anemias (CDAs) constitute a rare group of inherited red-blood-cell disorders associated with dysplastic changes in late erythroid precursors. CDA type I (CDAI [MIM 224120], gene symbol CDAN1) is characterized by erythroid pathological features such as internuclear chromatin bridges, spongy heterochromatin, and invagination of(More)
In the course of positional cloning of the Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anemia type I (CDAI) [MIM 224120] gene on 15q15.1-15.3, we examined a family of French origin, in which the propositus suffered from asthenoteratozoospermia and nonsyndromic deafness in addition to CDAI. Two of his brothers had a similar phenotype. All three siblings were homozygous(More)
Understanding reaction pathways of phosphylation, reactivation, and "aging" of AChE with toxic organophosphate compounds is both a biochemical and a pharmacological challenge. Here we describe experiments which allowed to resolve some of the less well understood reaction pathways of phosphylation and "aging" of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) involving(More)
Evidence has recently been mounting suggesting that a number of chromatin components previously thought to primarily or exclusively have structural function, also have a regulatory role in eukaryotic transcription. Notably, in yeast, histone H4 N-terminal sequence has been shown to be required for promoter activation of certain genes in vivo, and mutations(More)
OBJECTIVES In a previous study, we investigated the molecular basis of Fanconi anemia (FA) in 13 unrelated Israeli Jewish FA patients and identified four ethnicity specific mutations. In the present study we extended our study to Israeli Arab patients. METHODS We studied three consanguineous families with nine FA patients and an additional unrelated(More)
Congenital dyserythropoietic anaemia (CDA) type I is a rare, inherited disorder characterised by ineffective erythropoiesis and macrocytic anaemia. Complex bone disease has only occasionally been associated with this disease. CDA I is caused by mutations in the CDAN1 gene encoding for codanin-1. Our aim was to characterise the CDAN1 mutation in eight(More)
Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia (CDA) type I is an inherited disorder characterized by macrocytic anemia with pathognomonic morphologic ultrastructural features of the erythroid precursors. The authors recently cloned the CDAN1 gene and identified one founder missense mutation in all of their Bedouin patients. In a previous study, the authors found that(More)
OBJECTIVE Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia (CDA) is characterized by ineffective erythropoiesis, binuclearity of erythroid precursors and secondary hemochromatosis. Recently, the gene mutated in CDA type II (CDA II), SEC23B, was identified. All Israeli patients with CDA II are of North African (mainly Moroccan) Jewish descent. We investigated the(More)
The Drosophila melanogaster pair-rule gene odz (odd Oz, or Ten-m) is expressed in distinct patterns in the larval eye imaginal disc. Its earliest eye expression occurs in ommatidial precursors starting from the posterior edge of the morphogenetic furrow. Loss of function of odz activity leads to visible light photoreceptor loss; R7 photoreceptor loss;(More)