Stavros Doudounakis

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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)
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)
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)
The aim of our study is to evaluate the association between CFTR gene mutations with asthma and pulmonary function abnormalities. For this purpose, 214 mutation carriers were compared to 185 non-carriers. Although the relative risk of asthma did not differ between groups (OR=0.61, 95% CI: 0.23-1.61, p=0.32), the values of FEV1, and FEV1/FVC ratio were lower(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)
BACKGROUND Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) are at increased risk of inspiratory muscle fatigue and respiratory failure. The time constant (τ) of the inspiratory muscle relaxation is a simple bedside test of muscle fatigue. We have compared patients with CF and healthy controls regarding τ and hypothesized that it is negatively associated with severity of(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) mutation analysis on 437 CF patients, characterized 80 different mutations (20 so far specific to our population) accounting for 91% of CF genes and generating 103 different genotypes. Eight mutations were common [F508del (53.4%), 621+1G>T (5.7%), G542X (3.9%), N1303K (2.6%), 2789+5G>A (1.7%), 2183AA>G (1.4%), E822X (1.4%), R1158X(More)
The effects of four splicing mutations and one nonsense mutation on cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator ( CFTR) gene expression were investigated by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis of mRNA extracted from nasal epithelial cells harvested from patients harbouring the mutations. We studied four subjects with 621+3A-->G,(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)