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The region 6q27 from human chromosome 6 has been reported to contain one or more tumor suppressor genes on the basis of cytogenetic, molecular and functional studies. We have recently carried out a detailed analysis of a candidate gene from 6q27 to evaluate its putative role as a tumor suppressor gene involved in ovarian cancer pathogenesis. The RNASET2(More)
In the cystic fibrosis conductance transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene a few small deletions and only a large, complex, 50-kb deletion have been described so far. We report a second large deletion, which had been hypothesized in a patient affected by cystic fibrosis on the basis of an abnormal pattern of inheritance of the intragenic microsatellites(More)
Ribonucleases are ubiquitous enzymes involved in RNA metabolism and are classified in several families on the basis of their structural, catalytic, and biological properties. Here, we describe characterization of the only human member of the Rh/T2/S family of acid hydrolases so far described, named RNASET2. This protein was previously reported to have an(More)
Plasma concentrations of the atherogenic lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) are predominantly determined by inherited sequences within or closely linked to the apolipoprotein(a) gene locus. Much of the interindividual variability in Lp(a) levels is likely to originate at the level of apo(a) gene transcription. However, the liver-specific apo(a) basal promoter is(More)
We report the cloning of the human homologue of the rat metalloprotease N-arginine dibasic convertase (NRD convertase). This endopeptidase is responsible for the processing, at the Arg-Lys dibasic site on the N-terminal side of the arginine residue, of propeptides and proproteins. Comparisons of the human and rat full-length cDNAs show similarity and(More)
The hematological phenotypes of several Mediterranean patients with delta beta-thalassemia and hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin have been characterized. Although clinical and hematological characteristics are essentially superimposable in all heterozygous delta beta-thalassemics, these patients show typical G gamma/A gamma ratios in their Hb F,(More)
Fifty-one endometrial cancers were analyzed with regard to whether or how microsatellite instability (MI) was associated with the development of different types of endometrial malignant neoplasms. We investigated 6 loci previously reported as informative for colorectal cancer and a group of 8 loci located on 6q. Replication error (RER+) phenotype was(More)
The stromal interaction molecular 1 gene (STIM1) encodes a type I trans-membrane protein of unknown function, which induces growth arrest and degeneration of the human tumor cell lines G401 and RD but not HBL100 and CaLu-6, suggesting a role in the pathogenesis of rhabdomyosarcomas and rhabdoid tumors. Here, we describe the STIM1 genomic organization(More)
The identification and functional characterization of genes on chromosome 21 is a necessary step to understand the pathogenesis of the various phenotypic anomalies that affect Down syndrome patients. Using direct cDNA selection we have identified a new gene, SH3BGR, that maps to 21q22.3, proximal to HMG14, and is differentially expressed in heart and(More)
A survey of hemoglobinopathies in Northern Sardinia allowed the identification of two subjects heterozygous for a new type of G gamma hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH). The G gamma-globin gene from the HPFH chromosome shows the presence of a T----C substitution 175 nucleotides upstream of the CAP site, adding a new example of single-point(More)