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Jelena Dinić, Jelena Kusić, Aleksandra Nikolić, Aleksandra Divac, Momcilo Ristanović, Dragica Radojković
BACKGROUND/AIM: Impaired fertility of a male partner is the main cause of infertility in up to one half of all infertile couples. At the genetic level, male infertility can be caused by chromosome aberrations or gene mutations. The presence and types of Y chromosome microdeletions and cystic fybrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene mutations as genetic cause of male infertility was tested in Serbian men. The aim of this study was to analyze CFTR gene mutations and Y chromosome microdelations as potential causes of male infertility in Serbian patients, as well as to test the hypothesis that CFTR mutations in infertile men are predominantly located in the several last exons of the gene...
April 2007: Vojnosanitetski Pregled. Military-medical and Pharmaceutical Review
Cristina Auriche, Daniela Carpani, Massimo Conese, Emanuela Caci, Olga Zegarra-Moran, Pierluigi Donini, Fiorentina Ascenzioni
Artificial chromosomes have been claimed to be the ideal vector for gene therapy, but their use has been hampered by an inability to produce stable and well designed molecules. We have used a structurally defined minichromosome to clone the human cystic fybrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) locus. To guarantee the presence of the proper regulatory elements, we used the 320 kb yeast artificial chromosome (YAC) 37AB12 with the intact CFTR gene and upstream sequences. The resulting minichromosome was analyzed for the presence of the entire CFTR gene and for its functional activity by molecular and functional methods...
September 2002: EMBO Reports
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