Genetic Study of the FBN1 Gene and Fibrillin-1 Abnormalities in Choctaw Native Americans and Other Patients With Systemic Sclerosis
Recruitment status was Recruiting
OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether defects in fibrillin-1 cellular processing are present in the tsk1 mouse model that carries a known FBN1 gene rearrangement and in a population of Choctaw Native American patients with systemic sclerosis who have a strong genetic predisposition to the disease.
II. Determine the ultrastructural features of fibrillin-1 in these patients. III. Screen the FBN1 gene for mutations beginning at the regions homologous to the tsk1 duplication and latent transforming growth factor binding proteins in these patients and in an unaffected Choctaw control group.
IV. Determine the correlation between fibrillin-1 abnormalities and clinical presentation, autoantibodies, and ethnicity.
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Screening|
|Official Title:||Genetic Study of the FBN1 Gene and Fibrillin-1 Abnormalities in Choctaw Native Americans and Other Patients With Systemic Sclerosis|
|Study Start Date:||July 1998|
Patients undergo punch skin biopsy obtained from the upper arm or back. Studies of fibrillin-1 synthesis and cellular processing, and FBN1 mutational analysis, linkage analysis, and genetic mapping are performed on the tissue samples. Patients from all major US ethnic groups (Caucasian, Hispanic, African Americans) will be recruited for the study in the next 2 years.
|United States, Texas|
|University of Texas- Houston Medical School||Recruiting|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|
|Contact: Filemon K. Tan 713-500-6892|
|Study Chair:||Filemon Tan, M.D.||University of Texas|