Molecular genetics of Usher syndrome

  title={Molecular genetics of Usher syndrome},
  author={James D. Eudy and Janos Sumegi},
  journal={Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS},
  • J. Eudy, J. Sumegi
  • Published 15 October 1999
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS
Abstract. The Usher syndrome, an autosomal recessive deafness and blindness, is genetically and clinically heterogeneous. In the past 4 years, genes mutated in Usher syndrome type Ib and type IIa have been described. The Usher Ib gene encodes the motor protein myosin VIIa and was identified as the human homolog of the mouse shaker-1 gene. The Usher type IIa gene was identified by positional cloning and encodes a protein with homology to extracellular matrix proteins and cell adhesion molecules… 

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