Scott M. Adams

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We isolated and characterized the entire coding sequence of a human gene encoding a protein that interacts with RPGR, a protein that is absent or mutant in many cases of X-linked retinitis pigmentosa. The newly identified gene, called "RPGRIP1" for RPGR-interacting protein (MIM 605446), is located within 14q11, and it encodes a protein predicted to contain(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine if the genes encoding complement factor H (CFH), apolipoprotein E (APOE), and elongation of very-long-chain fatty acids-like 4 (ELOVL4) confer risk of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in an independent or interactive manner when controlling for smoking exposure. METHODS We studied 103 unrelated patients with(More)
PURPOSE To survey patients with dominant retinitis pigmentosa (RP) for mutations in the RP1 gene to determine the spectrum of dominant mutations in this gene, to estimate the proportion of dominant RP caused by this gene, and to determine whether the clinical features of patients with RP1 mutations differ from features of those with rhodopsin mutations. (More)
OBJECTIVE To examine if the genes encoding the pleckstrin homology domain-containing protein gene (PLEKHA1), hypothetical LOC387715/ARMS2 gene, and HtrA serine peptidase 1 gene (HTRA1) located on the long arm of chromosome 10 (10q26 region) confer risk for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in an independent or interactive manner when(More)
Vitamin D has been shown to have anti-angiogenic properties and to play a protective role in several types of cancer, including breast, prostate and cutaneous melanoma. Similarly, vitamin D levels have been shown to be protective for risk of a number of conditions, including cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease, as well as numerous autoimmune(More)
To identify novel genes and pathways associated with AMD, we performed microarray gene expression and linkage analysis which implicated the candidate gene, retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor alpha (RORA, 15q). Subsequent genotyping of 159 RORA single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a family-based cohort, followed by replication in an(More)
PURPOSE To examine if the gene encoding C-reactive protein (CRP), a biomarker of inflammation, confers risk for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the presence of other modifiers of inflammation, including body mass index (BMI), diabetes, smoking, and complement factor H (CFH) Y402 genotype. Additionally we examined the degree to which(More)
PURPOSE To examine the interaction of genotypic variation of 16 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in the complement factor H (CFH) and LOC387715/ARMS2/HTRA1 loci with clinical characteristics of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. METHODS Eighty-four patients with neovascular AMD were genotyped using direct(More)
To examine if the significantly associated SNPs derived from the genome wide allelic association study on the AREDS cohort at the NEI (dbGAP) specifically confer risk for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We ascertained 134 unrelated patients with AMD who had one sibling with an AREDS classification 1 or less and was past the age at which(More)
PURPOSE We assessed for mutations in a large number of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in primary uveal melanomas using a high-throughput profiling system. METHODS DNA was extracted and purified from 134 tissue samples from fresh-frozen tissues (n = 87) or formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues (n = 47) from 124 large uveal melanomas that(More)