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  • 2005-2009  (1)
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    Electronic Resource
    Electronic Resource
    Oxford, UK : Blackwell Science Ltd
    British journal of dermatology 152 (2005), S. 0 
    ISSN: 1365-2133
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Background  Werner syndrome (WS) is a rare autosomal recessive progeroid disorder caused by mutations of the WRN gene encoding a protein of the RecQ-type family of DNA helicases.Objectives  To develop a rapid and simple reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) strategy for mutation analysis of the WRN gene, to identify pathogenic mutations in a German patient with WS and to determine the effects of the pathogenic mutations on WRN mRNA stability.Methods  Allele-specific RT-PCR, semiquantitative RT-PCR, DNA sequencing.Results  We describe a novel and rapid RT-PCR-based method for mutation analysis in WS and report a German patient with WS carrying a previously reported (1396delA) as well as a novel nonsense mutation (2334delAC) of the WRN gene. By semiquantitative RT-PCR analysis we demonstrate that this compound heterozygous genotype leads to WRN transcript decay.Conclusions  In previous studies WS was primarily attributed to a loss of function of stable truncated WRN gene products. Our findings indicate that mutations can also lead to markedly decreased WRN transcript stability.
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