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Mutations in a proto-oncogene that are ular proto-oncogene to change into an oncogene generic 1 mg amaryl free shipping diabetic diet exchange list. There growth factor receptors can result in oncogenes that pro- appear to be environmental triggers such as exposure to duce receptors that do not require growth factors to stim- toxic chemicals quality 4mg amaryl diabetes nerve pain. Overstimulation of cells to enter the since changes in other genes in a particular cell can trig- cell cycle can result and promote uncontrolled cell ger changes in proto-oncogenes. Most proto-oncogene growth factor receptors are called tyrosine kinases and are very involved in control- The mechanisms through which proto-oncogenes are ling cell shape and growth. The RET (rearranged during Proto-oncogenes are transformed into oncogenes transfection) oncogene is a mutated form of GDFNR and through: 1) mutation 2) chromosomal translocation, and is commonly found in cancerous thyroid cells. A tiny change, called a mutation, in a proto-oncogene SIGNAL TRANSDUCERS Signal transducers are pro- can convert it into an oncogene. The mutation results in teins that relay cell cycle stimulation signals, from an oncogene that produces a protein with an abnormal growth factor receptors to proteins in the nucleus of the structure. The transfer of signals to the nucleus is a stepwise ant to regulation and cause uncontrolled and continuous process that involves a large number of proto-oncogenes activity of the protein. Signal transducer oncogenes are the Chromosomal translocations, which result from largest class of oncogenes. The RAS family is a group of errors in mitosis, have also been implicated in the trans- 50 related signal transducer oncogenes that are found in formation of proto-oncogenes into oncogenes. Benign—A non-cancerous tumor that does not Parathyroid glands—A pair of glands adjacent to spread and is not life-threatening. The tumor causes Chromosome—A microscopic thread-like structure uncontrolled and irregular secretion of certain hor- found within each cell of the body and consists of a mones. Changes in Protein—Important building blocks of the body, either the total number of chromosomes or their composed of amino acids, involved in the forma- shape and size (structure) may lead to physical or tion of body structures and controlling the basic mental abnormalities. Gene—A building block of inheritance, which con- tains the instructions for the production of a partic- Proto-oncogene—A gene involved in stimulating ular protein, and is made up of a molecular the normal growth and division of cells in a con- sequence found on a section of DNA. Leukemia—Cancer of the blood forming organs Somatic cells—All the cells of the body except for which results in an overproduction of white blood the egg and sperm cells. Translocation—The transfer of one part of a chro- Lymphoma—A malignant tumor of the lymph nodes. A balanced translocation occurs when pieces cell not destined to become a sperm or egg—dupli- from two different chromosomes exchange places cates its chromosomes and divides to produce two without loss or gain of any chromosome material. An unbalanced translocation involves the unequal loss or gain of genetic information between two Mutation—A permanent change in the genetic chromosomes. The Sometimes this translocation results in the transfer of a resulting oncogene produces an unregulated protein proto-oncogene next to a gene involved in the immune that is involved in stimulating uncontrolled cell prolif- system. The first discovered fusion oncogene resulted the immune system gene and as a result becomes dereg- from a Philadelphia chromosome translocation. One example of this mechanism is the transfer of type of translocation is found in the leukemia cells of the c-myc proto-oncogene from its normal location on greater than 95% of patients with a chronic form of chromosome 8 to a location near an immune system gene leukemia. It is not GALE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GENETIC DISORDERS 835 known how this protein contributes to the formation of Oncogenes as targets for cancer treatment cancer cells. The discovery of oncogenes approximately 20 Some oncogenes result when multiple copies of a years ago has played an important role in developing an proto-oncogene are created (gene amplification). Oncogenes promise to play an amplification often results in hundreds of copies of a even greater role in the development of improved can- gene, which results in increased production of proteins cer therapies since oncogenes may be important targets and increased cell growth. Multiple copies of proto-onco- for drugs that are used for the treatment of cancer. Sometimes amplified goal of these therapies is to selectively destroy cancer genes form separate chromosomes called double minute cells while leaving normal cells intact. Many anti-can- chromosomes and sometimes they are found within nor- cer therapies currently under development are designed mal chromosomes. Other therapies hope to trigger specific oncogenes to cause programmed cell In most cases, oncogenes result from changes in death in cancer cells. Whatever the mechanism by proto-oncogenes in select somatic cells and are not which they operate, it is hoped that these experimental passed on to future generations.

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It can cause difficulties in valves generic 1 mg amaryl fast delivery diabet-x blood sugar support, which are the valves that separate the chambers breathing amaryl 2 mg free shipping diabetes symptoms of lung cancer, especially if the heart, spine, and lung have of the heart. It may also cause between the chambers completely, the condition is called concerns about appearance. Infective endocarditis is an ficulties, it can cause embarassment about appearance. In patients with Marfan syndrome, it is the abnor- of their chest and a pectus carinatum on the other. Some patients with Marfan syn- more likely to develop pes planus (flat feet) or so-called drome develop cystic disease of the lungs or recurrent “claw” or “hammer” toes than people in the general spontaneous pneumothorax, a condition in which air population. They are also more likely to have chronic accumulates in the space around the lungs. Disorders of the eyes and face Disorders of the spine Although the visual problems related to Marfan syn- drome are rarely life-threatening, they are important in • Scoliosis. Eye disorders related to the syndrome include the twist out of line from side to side into an S-shape or a following: spiral. Most patients with Marfan of children with Marfan, and the looseness of the liga- develop nearsightedness, usually in childhood. Ectopia lentis is the medical term for dis- • Kyphosis is an abnormal outward curvature of the location of the lens of the eye. Between 65% and 75% spine, sometimes called hunchback when it occurs in of patients with Marfan have dislocated lenses. Patients with Marfan may develop condition is an important indication for diagnosis of the kyphosis either in the upper (thoracic) spine or the syndrome because there are relatively few other disor- lower (lumbar) spine. This condition is much more prevalent in for a forward slippage of one vertebra on the one below patients with Marfan syndrome than in the general pop- it. Positive thumb sign (B) is the apperance of the thumb tip when making a closed fist. Scoliosis (D) is a marked side-to-side curvature of the spine, and kyphosis (E) is the hunchback form resulting from an outward curvature of the spine. Patients with Marfan syndrome are more terms of the cardiac examination, a standard electrocar- likely to develop cataracts, and to develop them much diogram (EKG) is not sufficient for diagnosis; only the earlier in life, sometimes as early as 40 years of age. The importance of the slit-lamp examination is that more vulnerable to this disorder because of the weak- it allows the doctor to detect a dislocated lens, which is a ness of their connective tissues. The danger of retinal The symptoms of Marfan syndrome in some patients detachment is an important reason for patients to avoid resemble the symptoms of homocystinuria, which is an contact sports or other activities that could cause a blow inherited disorder marked by extremely high levels of on the head or being knocked to the ground. Striae are stretch marks in the skin caused by referred to as marfanoid syndromes. Patients with Marfan Treatment and management often develop striae over the shoulders, hips, and lower back at an early age because of rapid bone growth. The treatment and management of Marfan syndrome Although the patient may be self-conscious about the is tailored to the specific symptoms of each patient. This disturbed breathing pattern drome, he or she should be monitored with an echocar- increases the risk of aortic dissection. If the echocardiogram does not allow the physician to visualize all portions of the Presently, there is no objective diagnostic test for aorta, CT (computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic res- Marfan syndrome, in part because the disorder does not onance imaging) may be used. A patient may be given drugs called ing the FBNI gene through a process called mutational beta-blockers to slow down the rate of aortic enlargement analysis, it is presently not useful as a diagnostic test and decrease the risk of dissection by lowering the blood because there is evidence that there can be mutations in pressure and decreasing the forcefulness of the heartbeat. The most commonly used beta-blockers in patients with Similarly, there is no reliable prenatal test, although some Marfan are propranolol (Inderal) and atenolol physicians have used ultrasound to try to determine the (Tenormin). Patients who are allergic to beta-blockers length of fetal limbs in at-risk pregnancies. The examination should include an prophylactic dose of an antibiotic before having dental echocardiogram taken by a cardiologist, a slit-lamp eye work or minor surgery, as these procedures may allow examination by an ophthalmologist, and a work-up of the bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Patients with Marfan with a composite graft, which is a prosthetic heart valve syndrome should consider wearing shoes with low heels, sewn into one end of a Dacron tube. Foot surgery is been performed widely since about 1985; most patients rarely necessary. Visual and dental concerns Patients who have had a valve replaced must take an Patients with Marfan syndrome should have a thor- anticoagulant medication, usually warfarin (Coumadin), ough eye examination, including a slit-lamp examination, in order to minimize the possibility of a clot forming on to test for dislocation of the lens as well as nearsighted- the prosthetic valve. Dislocation can be treated by a combination of spe- cial glasses and daily use of 1% atropine sulfate ophthalmic drops, or by surgery. Musculoskeletal system Because patients with Marfan syndrome are at Children diagnosed with Marfan syndrome should be increased risk of glaucoma, they should have the fluid checked for scoliosis by their pediatricians at each annual pressure inside the eye measured every year as part of an physical examination.

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