Li Ka Shing Learning Center (LKSC)
|DATE:||October 4, 2017|
|TIME:||1:30 - 3:00 pm|
|TITLE:||Transcription signature of Williams syndrome
Clinical Associate Professor
Williams syndrome (WS) is the result of a deletion of 1.5–1.8 Mb on chromosome 7, involving 26–28 genes. Its most obvious symptoms include elfin facial features, hypersocial personality, and cognitive impairment (mean IQ of 50–60). This consultation will focus on cardiovascular aspects, particularly narrowing of the arteries (stenosis). The WS deletion includes the gene ELN, which codes for the protein elastin, and elastin is essential for the elasticity of blood vessels. The hemizygosity of ELN cannot be the only factor causing stenosis in WS patients, however, because the severity of symptoms is highly variable: 20% have no cardiovascular symptoms while another 20% require surgical intervention, often by the age of 5. The goal of this project is to use RNA expression data to identify other factors affecting elastin and vascular health.
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