Samuli Hemmer

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This review summarizes reports of recurrent DNA sequence copy number amplifications in human neoplasms detected by comparative genomic hybridization. Some of the chromosomal areas with recurrent DNA copy number amplifications (amplicons) of 1p22-p31, 1p32-p36, 1q, 2p13-p16, 2p23-p25, 2q31-q33, 3q, 5p, 6p12-pter, 7p12-p13, 7q11.2, 7q21-q22, 8p11-p12, 8q,(More)
The genetic changes leading to thyroid cancer are poorly characterized. We studied DNA copy number changes by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) in 69 primary thyroid carcinomas. In papillary carcinoma, DNA copy number changes were rare (3 of 26, 12%). The changes were all gains, and they were associated with old age (P = 0.01) and the presence of(More)
This review summarizes reports of recurrent DNA sequence copy number losses in human neoplasms detected by comparative genomic hybridization. Recurrent losses that affect each of the chromosome arms in 73 tumor types are tabulated from 169 reports. The tables are available online at and http://www. approximately(More)
Bipolar affective disorder (BPAD), also known as manic depressive illness, is a severe psychiatric disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression. It has a lifetime prevalence of approximately 1% in all human populations. In order to identify chromosomal regions containing genes that play a role in determining susceptibility to this psychiatric(More)
Previously reported linkage of bipolar affective disorder to DNA markers on chromosome 18 was reexamined in a large sample of German bipolar families. Twenty-three short tandem repeat markers were investigated in 57 families containing 103 individuals with bipolar I disorder (BPI), 26 with bipolar II disorder (BPII), nine with schizoaffective disorder of(More)
Complete or partial congenital absence of hair (congenital alopecia) may occur either in isolation or with associated defects. The majority of families with isolated congenital alopecia has been reported to follow an autosomal-recessive mode of inheritance (MIM 203655). As yet, no gene has been linked to isolated congenital alopecia, nor has linkage been(More)
We report a null mutation in the first exon of the human dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) gene. The mutation is predicted to result in a truncated non-functional protein and is the first natural nonsense mutation found in a human dopamine receptor gene. It occurs with a frequency of about 2% in the general population. The distribution of the mutation was found(More)
DNA copy number changes were compared in 29 histologically benign follicular adenomas, of which five were atypical, and 13 follicular carcinomas of the thyroid by comparative genomic hybridization. DNA copy number changes were frequent in adenomas (14 out of 29, 48%). Most changes were gains, and they always involved a gain of the entire chromosome 7 (10(More)
Germ-line mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes confer a predisposition to breast as well as ovarian carcinoma. Except for loss of the respective wild-type allele, somatic genetic changes needed for the progression of inherited ovarian tumors are unknown. A genome-wide search for such alterations was performed by comparative genomic hybridization analysis(More)