Sheila Cástro-Sánchez

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Alström syndrome (ALMS) is a rare genetic disorder that has been included in the ciliopathies group, in the last few years. Ciliopathies are a growing group of diseases associated with defects in ciliary structure and function. The development of more powerful genetic approaches has been replaced the strategies to follow for getting a successful molecular(More)
BACKGROUND Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a pleiotropic autosomal recessive ciliopathy that displays retinal dystrophy, obesity, polydactyly, cognitive impairment, urogenital anomalies and renal abnormalities as primary clinical features. To date, 19 causative genes (BBS1-19) have been involved, whose mutations would explain over 80% of patients. The(More)
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a rare multisystem genetic disease, with high phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity. Rod-cone dystrophy, obesity, polydactyly, hypogonadism, cognitive impairment and renal abnormalities have been established as primary features. There are 17 BBS genes (BBS1-BBS17) described to date, which explain 70-80% of the patients(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a multisystemic genetic disorder, which is not widespread among the Caucasian population, characterized by a highly variable phenotype and great genetic heterogeneity. BBS belongs to a group of diseases called ciliopathies, caused by defects in the structure and/or function of cilia. Due to the(More)
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) and Alström syndrome (ALMS) are rare diseases belonging to the group of ciliopathies. Although mutational screening studies of BBS/ALMS cohorts have been extensively reported, little is known about the functional effect of those changes. Thus, splicing variants are estimated to represent 15% of disease-causing mutations, and(More)
Objective Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a rare disease characterized by a high genetic heterogeneity, accounting for 75% of affected families. As part of the next-generation technology , whole-exome sequencing (WES) allows all exons of the genome to be sequenced at once. Here we show the use of WES as a useful approach in BBS families in which mutations in(More)
Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a progressive disease that causes the obstruction of precapillary pulmonary arteries and a sustained increase in pulmonary vascular resistance. The aim was to analyze functionally the variants found in the BMPR2 gene and to establish a genotype-phenotype correlation. mRNA expression studies were performed using pSPL3(More)
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