Stefan Kammerer

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A genome-wide case-control association study done in our laboratory has identified a single nucleotide polymorphism located in RAD21 as being significantly associated with breast cancer susceptibility. RAD21 is believed to function in sister chromatid alignment as part of the cohesin complex and also in double-strand break (DSB) repair. Following our(More)
Skewing of X inactivation may contribute to the manifestation of symptoms in adrenoleukodystrophy carriers. We observed highly skewed X inactivation in 32% of 22 symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers but not in 7 related and 35 unrelated controls. Skewing of X inactivation correlated with clinical neurological scores but not with the extent of very(More)
PURPOSE Whole-genome scan association analysis was carried out to identify genetic variants predictive of lung cancer risk in smokers and to confirm the identified variants in an independent sample. PATIENTS AND METHODS A case-control study was performed using two pools consisting of DNA from 322 German smoking lung cancer patients and 273 healthy smoking(More)
A kinase-anchoring proteins (AKAPs) coordinate cAMP-mediated signaling by binding and localizing cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA), using an amphipathic helical docking motif. Peptide disruptors of PKA localization that mimic this helix have been used successfully to assess the involvement of PKA in specific signaling pathways. However, these peptides(More)
We identified previously a region on chromosome 19p13.2 spanning the genes encoding the intercellular adhesion molecules (ICAM), ICAM1, ICAM4 and ICAM5 as a breast cancer susceptibility locus. Genetic variants in this region were also associated with indicators of disease severity, including higher rates of metastases to other organs. Based on this(More)
We conducted a large-scale association study to identify genes that influence nonfamilial breast cancer risk using a collection of German cases and matched controls and >25,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms located within 16,000 genes. One of the candidate loci identified was located on chromosome 19p13.2 [odds ratio (OR) = 1.5, P = 0.001]. The effect was(More)
OBJECTIVE To perform a large-scale association analysis of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in patients with radiographically defined osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. METHODS We examined >25,000 SNPs located within approximately 14,000 genes for associations with radiographically defined knee OA, using polymerase chain reaction and MassExtend(More)
The focus of human genetics in recent years has shifted toward identifying genes that are involved in the development of common diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and Alzheimer's disease. Because many complex diseases are late-onset, the frequencies of disease susceptibility alleles are expected to decrease in the healthy elderly(More)
Fragility fractures caused by osteoporosis are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in aging populations. Bone mineral density (BMD) is a useful surrogate marker for risk of fracture and is a highly heritable trait. The genetic variants underlying this genetic contribution are largely unknown. We performed a large-scale association study investigating(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have identified rare genetic variations responsible for many cases of familial breast cancer but their contribution to total breast cancer incidence is relatively small. More common genetic variations with low penetrance have been postulated to account for a higher proportion of the population risk of breast cancer. METHODS AND(More)