Robert D. Blank

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Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), or brittle bone disease, is most often caused by dominant mutations in the collagen I genes COL1A1/COL1A2, whereas rarer recessive OI is often caused by mutations in genes encoding collagen I-interacting proteins. Recently, mutations in the gene for the proteinase bone morphogenetic 1 (BMP1) were reported in two recessive OI(More)
We investigate the behavior of a population genetics model introduced by (Waxman & Peck, 1998) incorporating mutation, selection, and pleiotropy. The population is infinite and continuous variation of genotype is allowed. Nonetheless , Waxman and Peck showed that if the degree of pleiotropy is large enough, in this model a nonzero fraction of the population(More)
PURPOSE Phenylketonuria (PKU), caused by phenylalanine (phe) hydroxylase loss of function mutations, requires a low-phe diet plus amino acid (AA) formula to prevent cognitive impairment. Glycomacropeptide (GMP), a low-phe whey protein, provides a palatable alternative to AA formula. Skeletal fragility is a poorly understood chronic complication of PKU. We(More)
The recombinant congenic mouse strains HcB-8 and HcB-23 differ in femoral shape, size, and strength, with HcB-8 femora being more gracile, more cylindrical, weaker, and having higher Young's modulus. In previous work, we mapped a robust, pleiotropic quantitative trait locus for these bone traits. Ece1, encoding endothelin converting enzyme 1, is a(More)
Bone is constantly formed and resorbed throughout life by coordinated actions of osteoblasts and osteoclasts. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in osteoblast function remain incompletely understood. Here we show, for the first time, that the peptidyl-prolyl isomerase PIN1 controls the osteogenic activity of osteoblasts. Pin1 null mice exhibited an(More)
BACKGROUND Prior investigations have not identified a major locus for vertebral malformations, providing evidence that there is genetic heterogeneity for this condition. WNT3A has recently been identified as a negative regulator of Notch signaling and somitogenesis. Mice with mutations in Wnt3a develop caudal vertebral malformations. Because congenital(More)
A pleiotropic quantitative trait locus (QTL) for bone geometry and mechanical performance in mice was mapped to distal chromosome 4 via an intercross of recombinant congenic mice HcB-8 and HcB-23. To study the QTL in isolation, we have generated C3H.B10-(rs6355453-rs13478087) (C.B.4.3) and C3H.B10-(rs6369860-D4Mit170) (C.B.4.2) congenic strains that harbor(More)
Inducible Cre–ERT recombinase technology is widely used for gene targeting studies. The second generation of inducible Cre–ERT recombinase, hemizygous B6.129S-Tg(UBC-cre/ERT2)1Ejb/J (hereafter abbreviated as Cre–ERT2), a fusion of a mutated estrogen receptor and Cre recombinase, was engineered to be more efficient and specific than the original Cre–ERT. The(More)
Previously, our laboratory identified ECE-1, encoding endothelin-converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1), as a positional candidate for a pleiotropic quantitative trait locus affecting femoral size, shape, and biomechanical performance. We hypothesized that endothelin-1 (ET-1) signaling promotes osteogenesis. Exposure of immortalized mouse osteoblast (TMOb) cells to(More)
Coexisting conditions such as osteoarthritis and compression fracture may spuriously elevate the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)-measured lumbar spine bone mass. To improve the diagnostic utility of lumbar spine DXA to diagnose osteoporosis, the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) suggests excluding vertebrae affected by focal(More)
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