Stavros Doudounakis

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To initiate the complete characterization of mutations in the CFTR gene in Greek cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, we screened 184 patients for six relatively common mutations (AF 508, G542X, G551D, 621+1 G→T, N1303K, W1282X) using allele-specific hybridization and, in addition, analyzed exons 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 17b, 19, 20 and 21 using the method of(More)
The increase in genome scanning data, derived from clinical genetics practice, is producing a wealth of information on human sequence variability. The critical issue is to identify if a given nucleotide change results in a benign polymorphism or a disease-causing mutation. We have focused on one specific gene expression step, pre-mRNA processing, where we(More)
To completely characterize the spectrum of mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene in Greek cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, we screened 500 CF chromosomes by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis followed by direct sequencing. We identified 48 mutations, accounting for 85.6% of CF chromosomes. They included eight novel(More)
In order to investigate the incidence of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene mutations and unclassified variants in chronic pulmonary disease in children and adults, we studied 20 patients with asthma, 19 with disseminated bronchiectasis (DB) of unknown aetiology, and 12 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),(More)
The effects of chronic psychogenic stress on the expression of DNA damage and cellular response to the damage were investigated. Using the comet assay, basal DNA damage was found to be similar in lymphocytes of both affected and non-affected populations (n = 30 in both groups). The induction of DNA damage in lymphocytes by external factors (H2O2 and(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic pulmonary disease and progressive tissue hypoxia are major causes of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF). Normally the body adapts to tissue hypoxia by increasing the red cell mass and decreasing the Hb-O(2) affinity. These adaptations are commonly observed in patients with cyanotic heart disease and individuals living at high(More)
Acute recurrent/chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a complex multigenic disease. This is a case-control study consisting of 25 Greek patients with CP and a control population of 236 healthy Greek subjects. The whole coding area and neighboring intronic regions of the three genes were screened. Seventeen of 25 patients (68%) had mutations in the cystic fibrosis(More)
Impaired vitamin K status in cystic fibrosis (CF) has been considered as a newly emerged pathogenetic factor for reduced bone mineral density (BMD). Our aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of vitamin K supplementation in managing bone formation abnormalities in children and adolescents with CF. The statuses of vitamins K and D in relation to biochemical(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) is associated with increased morbidity. Chronic infection can cause limb and respiratory muscle compromise. Respiratory muscle function can be assessed via maximal inspiratory pressure (PImax), maximal expiratory pressure (PEmax), and the pressure-time index of(More)