Stephen M Hague

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BACKGROUND Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder affecting up to 10% of women of reproductive age. Women with anovulatory PCOS have hyperinsulinaemia, insulin resistance, and dyslipidaemia, and the syndrome is associated with greatly increased risks of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease and it often(More)
Mutations in DJ-1 have been linked to an autosomal recessive form of early-onset parkinsonism. To identify mutations causing Parkinson's disease (PD), we sequenced exons 1 through 7 of DJ-1 in 107 early-onset (age at diagnosis up to 50 years) PD subjects. One subject had a frameshift mutation in the first coding exon and an exon 7 splice mutation both(More)
The authors recently demonstrated that genetic triplication of the SNCA locus causes Parkinson disease. Here it is shown that SNCA triplication results in a doubling in the amount of alpha-synuclein protein in blood. Examination of brain tissue showed a doubling in the level of SNCA message. However, at the protein level in brain, there was a greater effect(More)
Risk for ischemic stroke is mediated by both environmental and genetic factors. Although several environmental exposures have been implicated, relatively little is known about the genetic basis of predisposition to this disease. Recent studies in Iceland identified risk polymorphisms in two putative candidate genes for ischemic stroke: phosphodiesterase 4D(More)
Previous studies have failed to identify mutations in the Wilson's disease gene ATP7B in a significant number of clinically diagnosed cases. This has led to concerns about genetic heterogeneity for this condition but also suggested the presence of unusual mutational mechanisms. We now present our findings in 181 patients from the United Kingdom with(More)
Mutations in a gene on chromosome 1, DJ-1, have been reported recently to be associated with recessive, earlyonset Parkinson's disease. While one mutation is a large deletion that is predicted to produce an effective knockout of the gene, the second is a point mutation, L166P, whose precise effects on protein function are unclear. In the present study, we(More)
Mutations in the DJ-1 gene are associated with recessive, early onset Parkinson's disease (PD). We reported previously that one of the point mutations, L166P, destabilizes the protein and thus produces an effective knockout of the gene. Here, we have expanded this analysis to include a series of mutations and polymorphisms identified throughout the gene.(More)
Mutations in DJ-1 are a cause of autosomal recessive parkinsonism. Polymorphism of genes implicated in hereditary forms of parkinsonism may be a predisposing factor in sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD). The authors analyzed whether a polymorphism (g.168_185del) within exon 1 of DJ-1 contributes to the risk of sporadic PD in a Finnish case-control series.(More)
Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease are both model diseases. Parkinson's disease is the most common of several akinetic-rigid syndromes and Huntington's disease is only one of an ever growing number of trinucleotide repeat disorders. Molecular genetic studies and subsequent molecular biological studies have provided fascinating new insights into(More)