Regina Matsunaga Martin

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Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disorder that affects carriers, principally males, of premutation alleles (55-200 CGG repeats) of the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene. Clinical features of FXTAS include progressive intention tremor and gait ataxia, accompanied by characteristic white matter(More)
Mutations of the p53 tumor suppressor gene are the single most common genetic alterations in human cancers. Recently, a distinct nucleotide substitution was identified in exon 10 of the p53 gene, leading to an Arg337His mutation in 97% of children with adrenocortical tumors from Southern Brazil. In the present study, we investigated the presence of this(More)
ACTH-independent macronodular adrenal hyperplasia (AIMAH) is an uncommon cause of Cushing's syndrome characterized by bilateral nodular adrenocortical hyperfunction in the presence of suppressed ACTH levels. We investigated whether activating mutations in the ACTH receptor (MC2-R) or G(s alpha) (GNAS1) genes might be involved in AIMAH genesis. Five women(More)
Myelin basic protein (MBP), a candidate autoantigen in multiple sclerosis (MS), exists in different isoforms and charge isomers generated by differential splicing of exons and by a combination of posttranslational modifications, respectively. These various isoforms and charge isomers of MBP vary in abundance and most likely serve different functions during(More)
The Wilms' tumor gene (WT1) encodes a zinc-finger transcription factor involved in the development of the kidneys and gonads and their subsequent normal function. Mutations in the WT1 gene were identified in patients with WAGR (Wilms' tumor, aniridria, genitourinary abnormalities, and mental retardation), Denys-Drash syndrome, and Frasier syndrome (FS).(More)
Ten male pseudohermaphrodites with 17 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 3 (17 beta-HSD3) deficiency were evaluated in 1 clinic with an average follow-up of 10.1 years. The diagnoses were made by demonstrating low to normal serum testosterone levels, high androstenedione levels, and high ratios of serum androstenedione to testosterone in the basal state or(More)
Familial hyperestrogenism is a rare clinical condition of unknown etiology in which patients present excessive androgen to estrogen conversion. Excessive aromatization is primarily ascribed to abnormalities in the CYP19. Mice that lack steroid 5alpha-reductase type 1 also exhibit hyperestrogenism due to an increased availability of androgen precursors. Here(More)
The objective of this study was to describe a new mutation in GNAS in a family with pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ia (PHP Ia), a rare osteometabolic disease. An 8-month-old boy was seen by an Endocrinologist due to obesity and low growth velocity. Noteworthy, his mother exhibited typical Albright hereditary osteodystrophy (AHO) phenotype. The clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE PROP1 mutations are the most common cause of genetic combined pituitary hormone deficiency (CPHD). The aim of this study was to investigate the PROP1 gene in two siblings with CPHD. DESIGN Pituitary function and imaging assessment and molecular analysis of PROP1. PATIENTS Two siblings, born to consanguineous parents, presented with GH(More)