Rebecca L. Margraf

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Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by antibody deficiency, poor humoral response to antigens, and recurrent infections. To investigate the molecular cause of CVID, we carried out exome sequence analysis of a family diagnosed with CVID and identified a heterozygous frameshift mutation, c.2564delA(More)
Phevor integrates phenotype, gene function, and disease information with personal genomic data for improved power to identify disease-causing alleles. Phevor works by combining knowledge resident in multiple biomedical ontologies with the outputs of variant-prioritization tools. It does so by using an algorithm that propagates information across and between(More)
The 144-kDa lambda2 protein is a structural component of mammalian reovirus particles and contains the guanylyltransferase activity involved in adding 5' caps to reovirus mRNAs. After incubation of reovirus T3D core particles at 52 degrees C, the lambda2 protein became sensitive to partial protease degradation. Sequential treatments with heat and(More)
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2) is an inherited, autosomal-dominant disorder caused by deleterious mutations within the RET protooncogene. MEN2 RET mutations are mainly heterozygous, missense sequence changes found in RET exons 10, 11, and 13-16. Our group has developed the publicly available, searchable MEN2 RET database to aid in(More)
Determination of sequence variation within a genetic locus to develop clinically relevant databases is critical for molecular assay design and clinical test interpretation, so multisample pooling for Illumina genome analyzer (GA) sequencing was investigated using the RET proto-oncogene as a model. Samples were Sanger-sequenced for RET exons 10, 11, and(More)
Three related males presented with a newly recognized x-linked syndrome associated with neurodegeneration, cutaneous abnormalities, and systemic iron overload. Linkage studies demonstrated that they shared a haplotype on Xp21.3-Xp22.2 and exome sequencing was used to identify candidate variants. Of the segregating variants, only a PIGA mutation segregated(More)
BACKGROUND Single-base pair missense mutations in exons 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, and 16 of the RET protooncogene are associated with the autosomal dominant multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2) syndromes: MEN2A, MEN2B, and familial medullary thyroid carcinoma. The current widely used approach for RET mutation detection is sequencing of the exons. METHODS(More)
An unlabeled probe assay relies on a double-stranded DNA-binding dye to detect and verify target based on amplicon and probe melting. During the development and application of unlabeled probe assays, aberrant melting peaks are sometimes observed that may interfere with assay interpretation. In this report, we investigated the origin of aberrant melting(More)
Multi-sample pooling and Illumina Genome Analyzer (GA) sequencing allows high throughput sequencing of multiple samples to determine population sequence variation. A preliminary experiment, using the RET proto-oncogene as a model, predicted ≤ 30 samples could be pooled to reliably detect singleton variants without requiring additional confirmation testing.(More)
In the relatively short time frame since the introduction of next generation sequencing, it has become a method of choice for complex genomic research studies. As a paradigm shifting technology, we are now witnessing its translation into clinical diagnostic laboratories for patient care. Multi-gene panels for a variety of disorders are now available in(More)