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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)
Two methods for closed-tube single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping without labeled probes have become available: unlabeled probe and amplicon melting. Unlabeled probe and amplicon melting assays were compared using 5 SNPs: human platelet antigens 1, 2, 5, and 15 and a C>T variant located 13910 base pairs (bp) upstream of the lactase gene. LCGreen(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)
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)
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)
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)
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B (MEN2B) is an autosomal dominant, inherited cancer syndrome. MEN2B patients have a high risk of developing medullary thyroid carcinoma, and prophylactic thyroidectomy is recommended by 6 months of age. Genetic testing can identify MEN2B patients before cancer progression. Two RET proto-oncogene mutations, in exon 15 at(More)
High-resolution melting techniques are a simple and cost-effective alternative to other closed-tube genotyping methods. Here, we genotyped human platelet antigens (HPAs) 1 to 6 and 15 by high-resolution melting methods that did not require labeled probes. Conventional melting analysis with hybridization probes (HybProbes) was also performed at each locus.(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)
The genotype of the infecting hepatitis C virus (HCV) helps determine the patient's prognosis and the duration of treatment. Heteroduplex mobility analysis (HMA) is a rapid, inexpensive method for genotyping of HCV that does not require sequencing. We developed an HMA that uses temperature gradient capillary electrophoresis (TGCE) to differentiate HCV(More)