By Charles G. D. Brook, Peter E. Clayton, Rosalind S. Brown, M. O. Savage
This treatise of paediatric endocrinology, now in its moment variation, covers either pathophysiological and physiological facets of the topic, with a unique emphasis on scientific administration. Written by way of a multi-author crew of foreign contrast, the ebook is a worthwhile reference for common departments of paediatrics and for endocrinologists facing young children. during this moment version which has been completely revised and with a commonly new authorship, a lot emphasis has been put on more recent features of endocrine body structure that are mirrored in scientific perform.
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The detection of chromosomal loci that segregate with a disease by linkage has been widely used to identify the gene responsible for the disease by positional cloning, a technique of isolating a gene from the knowledge of its map location. It has also been used to predict the odds of disease gene transmission in genetic counseling. Polymorphisms are essential for linkage studies because they provide a means to distinguish the maternal and paternal chromosomes in an individual. On average, one out of every 300 bp varies from one person to the next.
Transcription factors interact with other nuclear proteins, co-activators, and co-repressors, and generate large regulatory complexes that ultimately activate or repress transcription. In the eukaryotic cell nucleus, DNA is packaged by histones into nucleosomes. This packaging inhibits transcription by impeding the binding of transcriptional activators to their cognate DNA sites. Therefore, alterations in chromatin structure typically precede gene transcription. Repression is often associated with histone deacetylation.
Each chromosome pair forms two sister chromatids (2n to 4n). This is followed by an exchange of DNA between homologous chromosomes through the process of crossover. In most instances, there is at least one crossover on each chromosomal arm. This recombination process occurs more frequently in female meiosis than in male meiosis. Subsequently, the chromosomes segregate randomly. As there are 23 chromosomes, this can generate 223 (> 8 million) possible combinations of chromosomes. Together with the genetic exchanges that occur during recombination through crossover, chromosomal segregation generates tremendous diversity, and therefore each gamete is genetically unique.