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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of blindness in older individuals. To accelerate the understanding of AMD biology and help design new therapies, we executed a collaborative genome-wide association study, including >17,100 advanced AMD cases and >60,000 controls of European and Asian ancestry. We identified 19 loci associated at P <(More)
The Denys-Drash syndrome is characterised by a typical nephropathy, genital abnormalities and also predisposes to the development of Wilms' tumor. These patients eventually go into end stage renal failure. A candidate Wilms' tumor gene, WT1, from the 11p13 chromosome region has recently been cloned. We have analysed the DNA sequence in constitutional cells(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the phenotype and age-related penetrance of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in Australian families with the most common Myocilin mutation (Gln368STOP). DESIGN Cross-sectional genetic study. PARTICIPANTS Eight pedigrees carrying the Gln368STOP mutation were ascertained from 1730 consecutive cases of POAG in the Glaucoma(More)
The retinoblastoma-predisposition gene, RB1, segregates as an autosomal dominant trait with high (90%) penetrance. Certain families, however, show an unusual low-penetrance phenotype with many individuals being unaffected, unilaterally affected, or with evidence of spontaneously regressed tumors. We have used single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis(More)
Retinal ganglion cell loss is considered to be a cause of visual impairment in Alzheimer`s patients. Alterations in amyloid precursor protein (APP) processing and amyloid-β (Aβ) accumulation, key molecules associated with Alzheimer`s disease pathogenesis, may therefore contribute to retinal damage. We therefore investigated retinal APP processing and eye(More)
Evidence for an association between age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and obesity is inconsistent. The authors examined associations between adiposity and AMD prevalence using 21,287 participants from the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study aged 40-69 years at baseline (1990-1994). For men, each increase of 0.1 in waist/hip ratio (~1 standard(More)
Several families segregating the autosomal dominant form of the hereditary retinoblastoma predisposition gene have been analysed for the causative mutation. We have used the single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) technique to screen for mutations, exon by exon, in the RB1 gene in affected patients from these families. The SSCP technique has proved a(More)
In the family reported here, a mother and both of her children developed a Wilms tumour, and all three tumours were of the relatively rare monomorphous epithelial histopathological subtype. Using restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis, both sibs were shown to inherit the same maternal allele from the 11p13 region but different maternal alleles(More)
BACKGROUND There is a likely genetic component to transsexualism, and genes involved in sex steroidogenesis are good candidates. We explored the specific hypothesis that male-to-female transsexualism is associated with gene variants responsible for undermasculinization and/or feminization. Specifically, we assessed the role of disease-associated repeat(More)