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PURPOSE We investigated the genetic characteristics of retinitis pigmentosa 1-like 1 (RP1L1) gene in patients with occult macular dystrophy (OMD) and identified genotype-phenotype correlations. METHODS We sequenced the entire exons and flanking regions of the RP1L1 gene in 19 Korean OMD patients. Detailed retinal morphologic abnormalities were evaluated(More)
Genomic rearrangement occasionally affects the BRCA1/2 genes in Caucasian breast cancer patients. However, the incidence of BRCA1/2 genomic rearrangement in Asians, including the Korean population, has not been well established. Here, we investigated the contribution of BRCA1/2 genomic rearrangement to high-risk breast cancer patients in this population. We(More)
Mutations in mitofusin-2 (MFN2) are the most common cause of axonal Charcot–Marie–Tooth (CMT) neuropathy. Herein, we report a novel double mutation in cis (c.[474+4A>G; 668T>A]) in a Korean family with late-onset autosomal dominant mild axonal CMT. Transcriptional analysis demonstrated aberrant splicing with exon 5 skipping and premature termination of(More)
PURPOSE Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a rare hereditary disorder characterized by the failure of peripheral retinal vascularization. The genes FZD4, LRP5, and TSPAN12 are known to be associated with the autosomal inheritance form of FEVR. In this study, we performed mutation screening for FZD4, LRP5, and TSPAN12 in patients with clinical(More)
Large genomic rearrangements (LGRs) in the BRCA1/2 genes are frequently observed in breast cancer patients who are negative for BRCA1/2 small mutations. Here, we examined 221 familial breast cancer patients from 37 hospitals to estimate the contribution of LGRs, in a nationwide context, to the development of breast cancer. Direct sequencing or mutation(More)
We evaluated the diagnostic and clinical usefulness of blood specimens to detect Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection in 21 patients from the 2015 outbreak in South Korea. Viral RNA was detected in blood from 33% of patients at initial diagnosis, and the detection preceded a worse clinical course.
During the 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in South Korea, we sequenced full viral genomes of strains isolated from 4 patients early and late during infection. Patients represented at least 4 generations of transmission. We found no evidence of changes in the evolutionary rate and no reason to suspect adaptive changes in viral(More)
Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia (MED) is a genetically heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by variable degrees of epiphyseal abnormality primarily involving the hip and knee joints. The purpose of this study was to investigate the frequency of mutations in individuals with a clinical and radiographic diagnosis of MED and to test the hypothesis that(More)
BACKGROUND The largest outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection outside Middle East Asia in 2015 has necessitated the rapid expansion of laboratories that conduct MERS-CoV molecular testing in Korea, together with external quality assessment (EQA) to evaluate the assays used. METHODS The EQA program consisted of two(More)
Glutaric aciduria type I (GA I) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase. Although over 400 patients confirmed as GA I have been reported, reports from the Asian population had contributed to the minor proportion. We recently diagnosed two cases of GA I confirmed with mutational analysis. Here, we present their(More)