LEONIDAS A. PHYLACTOU
Articles written in Journal of Genetics
Volume 93 Issue 2 August 2014 pp 471-476 Research Note
Volume 94 Issue 4 December 2015 pp 749-754 Research Note
George A. Tanteles Michael Nicolaou Vassos Neocleous Christos Shammas Maria A. Loizidou Angelos Alexandrou Elena Ellina Nasia Patsia Carolina Sismani Leonidas A. Phylactou Violetta Christophidou-Anastasiadou
Volume 95 Issue 4 December 2016 pp 761-766 RESEARCH ARTICLE
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) has traditionally been considered as a monogenic autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the MEFV gene with highest incidence among Mediterranean populations. In a considerable number of patients with typical FMF, only one MEFV mutation was identified and the possibility that more than one autoinflammatory gene may be responsible for their disease was investigated. In the present study, an extensive search for possiblemutations in three hereditary recurrent fever (HRF) genes was performed in 128 MEFV heterozygous Greek–Cypriots clinically diagnosed based on their phenotype with FMF-like disease from a previous study. Sequence analysis was performedfor MVK, TNFRSF1A and NLRP3 genes which is also known to cause HRFs. In total, three patients were identified with heterozygous mutations and a second mutation in an autoinflammatory gene. Two patients carried a MEFVmutation and a NLRP3 mutation, and an additional third carried a MEFV mutation and a TNFRSF1A mutation. Patient 1 carried MEFV p.[Val726Ala] (NM_000243.2:c.2177T>C) and NLRP3 p.[Val198Met] (NM_001243133.1:c.592G>A) variants and patient 2 carried MEFV p.[Glu148Gln] (NM_000243.2:c.442G>C) variant which is of uncertain significance and NLRP3 p.[Arg176Trp] (NM_001243133.1:c.526C>T). Lastly, patient 3 was identified to carry MEFV p.[Met694Val] (NM_000243.2:c.2080A>G) and TNFRSF1A p.[Arg121Gln] (NM_001065.3:c.362G>A) variants. The results from this study indicate that screening of genes known to cause HRFs in patients already identified with a single MEFV mutation, can reveal quite rare but potentially causative mutational combinations at different loci. Such interaction provide further evidence for possible locus–locus interactions and phenotypes resulting from digenic inheritance.
Volume 95 Issue 4 December 2016 pp 839-845 RESEARCH ARTICLE
ANGELOS ALEXANDROU IOANNIS PAPAEVRIPIDOU KYRIAKOS TSANGARAS IOANNA ALEXANDROU MARIOS TRYFONIDIS VIOLETTA CHRISTOPHIDOU-ANASTASIADOU ELENI ZAMBA-PAPANICOLAOU GEORGE KOUMBARIS VASSOS NEOCLEOUS LEONIDAS A. PHYLACTOU NICOS SKORDIS GEORGE A. TANTELES CAROLINA SISMANI
Haploinsufficiency of the short stature homeobox contaning SHOX gene has been shown to result in a spectrum of phenotypes ranging from Leri–Weill dyschondrosteosis (LWD) at the more severe end to SHOX-related short stature at the milder end of the spectrum. Most alterations are whole gene deletions, point mutations within the coding region, or microdeletions in its flanking sequences. Here, we present the clinical and molecular data as well as the potential molecular mechanism underlying a novel microdeletion, causing a variable SHOX-related haploinsufficiency disorder in a three-generation family. The phenotyperesembles that of LWD in females, in males, however, the phenotypic expression is milder. The 15523-bp SHOX intragenic deletion, encompassing exons 3–6, was initially detected by array-CGH, followed by MLPA analysis. Sequencing of thebreakpoints indicated an Alu recombination-mediated deletion (ARMD) as the potential causative mechanism.
Volume 96 Issue 1 March 2017 pp 155-160 RESEARCH NOTE
The prevalence of genetic variants associated to cutaneous melanoma (CM) has never been determined within Cypriot melanomas. This study evaluates the frequency of variants in cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A (CDKN2A) andmelanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) in 32 patients diagnosed with CM. Other characteristics and risk factors were also assessed. CDKN2A p.Ala148Thr was detected in three of 32 patients, while the control group revealed no variationswithin CDKN2A. MC1R screening in 32 patients revealed the following variations: p.Val60Leu in 11 patients, p.Arg142His in four patients, p.Thr314Thr in one patient, p.Arg160Trp in one patient, p.Val92Met/p.Thr314Thr in one patient andp.Val92Met/p.Arg142His/p.Thr314Thr in one patient. The control group revealed only p.Val60Leu (in 10 of 45 individuals), which is frequently found in general populations. Two unrelated patients carried CDKN2A p.Ala148Thr in combination with MC1R p.Arg142His, suggesting digenic inheritance that may provide evidence of different gene variants acting synergistically to contribute for CM development. This study confirms the presence of CDKN2A and MC1R variants among Cypriot melanomas and supports existing evidence of a role for these variants in susceptibility to melanoma.
Volume 98 All articles Published: 7 February 2019 Article ID 0005 RESEARCH NOTE
Gitelman syndrome is an autosomal recessive salt-wasting tubulopathy caused by mutations in the
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