Suzanne A. Al-Bustan

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The microphallid Maritrema eroliae parasitizes shore birds in marine ecosystems while its larval stages infect mud snails and crustacean hosts. Because it is difficult to morphologically distinguish between larvae of M. eroliae and other microphallids co-occurring in the same habitat, partial nucleotide sequences of the ribosomal DNA (rDNA), including the(More)
Probolocoryphe species occur primarily as intestinal parasites of birds and mammals. Infection of the crab Nanosesarma minutum with the metacercarial cyst stages of Probolocoryphe uca is common in Kuwait Bay. In this study, the snail Cerithidea cingulata was used to determine if it would serve as first intermediate host in the parasite’s life cycle. To(More)
AIM The aim of the study was to ascertain some epidemiological factors such as sex and consanguinity that may be associated with cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL +/- CP) in Kuwait as well as to conduct genetic segregation analysis of these families. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION A total of 113 families ascertained through 121 CL +/- CP and CP(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Polymorphism in the p53 gene at codon 72 has been linked to the development of certain diseases including cancer. A possible association between such polymorphism and the development of coronary artery disease (CAD) and diabetes is being investigated, but no conclusive evidence has been reached yet. Our study is the first pilot study to(More)
Apolipoproteins (lipid-free) are lipid-binding proteins that circulate in the plasma of human blood and are responsible for the clearance of lipoproteins. Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is one of the several classes of this protein family. It acts as a ligand for the low-density lipid (LDL) receptors and is important for the clearance of very low-density lipid(More)
APOAI, a member of the APOAI/CIII/IV/V gene cluster on chromosome 11q23-24, encodes a major protein component of HDL that has been associated with serum lipid levels. The aim of this study was to determine the genetic association of polymorphisms in the APOAI promoter region with plasma lipid levels in a cohort of healthy Kuwaiti volunteers. A 435 bp region(More)
Several studies have identified APOB as a candidate gene predisposing individuals to dyslipidemia. Polymorphisms including the signal peptide (rs11279109), codon 2488 XbaI (rs1042031), codon 3611 MspI (rs693), codon 4154 EcoRI (rs1801701) and the 3’ variable number of tandem repeats have been reported to be associated with dyslipidemia in several(More)
Avian schistosomes belonging to the genus Austrobilharzia (Digenea: Schistosomatidae) are among the causative agents of cercarial dermatitis in humans. In this paper, ribosomal and mitochondrial DNA sequences were used to study schistosome cercariae from Kuwait Bay that have been identified morphologically as Austrobilharzia sp. Sequence comparison of the(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to investigate the possible association of clinical variables and apolipoprotein (APOE, APOCI and APOB) polymorphisms with the development of myocardial infraction (MI) and coronary heart disease (CHD) in Kuwaitis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS APOE, APOCI and APOB genotypes were determined by polymerase chain reaction(More)