I have a research background in basic immunology/biochemistry and animal/cellular models of allergic disease. Since 2016, I have been a full time clinical faculty member caring for patients with a variety of allergic diseases and immune deficiency. I have been involved as a participating clinician and investigator with the PANS clinic at LPCH.
- Allergy and Immunology
- Food allergy, allergic rhinitis, asthma, immune deficiency
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Immunology and Allergy
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Member, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (2010 - Present)
Fellowship:Stanford University Allergy and Immunology FellowshipCA
Medical Education:UCLA Registrar (2007) CA
Residency:Univ of California San FranciscoCA
Internship:Univ of California San FranciscoCA
Board Certification: Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Allergy and Immunology (2013)
Board Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (2010)
Outcomes and treatment strategies for autoimmunity and hyperinflammation in patients with RAG deficiency.
The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practice
BACKGROUND: While autoimmunity and hyperinflammation secondary to recombinase activating gene (RAG) deficiency have been associated with delayed diagnosis and even death, our current understanding is limited primarily to small case series.OBJECTIVE: Understand the frequency, severity, and treatment responsiveness of autoimmunity and hyperinflammation in RAG deficiency.METHODS: In reviewing the literature and our own database, we identified 85 patients with RAG deficiency, reported between 2001 and 2016, and compiled the largest case series to date of 63 patients with prominent autoimmune and/or hyperinflammatory pathology.RESULTS: Diagnosis of RAG deficiency was delayed a median of 5 years from the first clinical signs of immune dysregulation. The majority of patients (55.6%) presented with more than one autoimmune or hyperinflammatory complication, with the most common etiologies being cytopenias (84.1%), granulomas (23.8%), and inflammatory skin disorders (19.0%). Infections, including live viral vaccinations, closely preceded the onset of autoimmunity in 28.6% of cases. Autoimmune cytopenias had early onset (median 1.9, 2.1, and 2.6 years for autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) and autoimmune neutropenia (AN), respectively) and were refractory to intravenous immunoglobulin, steroids, and rituximab in the majority of cases (64.7%, 73.7%, and 71.4% for AIHA, ITP, and AN, respectively). Evans syndrome specifically was associated with lack of response to first-line therapy. Treatment-refractory autoimmunity/hyperinflammation prompted hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in 20 patients.CONCLUSIONS: Autoimmunity/hyperinflammation can be a presenting sign of RAG deficiency and should prompt further evaluation. Multi-lineage cytopenias are often refractory to immunosuppressive treatment and may require hematopoietic cell transplantation for definitive management.
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The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practice
2018; 6 (6): 2178
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- Allergic Diseases and Immune-Mediated Food Disorders in Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome PEDIATRIC ALLERGY IMMUNOLOGY AND PULMONOLOGY 2018; 31 (3): 158–65
Anaphylaxis to invasive chlorhexidine administration despite tolerance of topical chlorhexidine use
JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY-IN PRACTICE
2018; 6 (3): 1067-+
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The pathophysiology of anaphylaxis.
The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology
2017; 140 (2): 335–48
Anaphylaxis is a severe systemic hypersensitivity reaction that is rapid in onset; characterized by life-threatening airway, breathing, and/or circulatory problems; and usually associated with skin and mucosal changes. Because it can be triggered in some persons by minute amounts of antigen (eg, certain foods or single insect stings), anaphylaxis can be considered the most aberrant example of an imbalance between the cost and benefit of an immune response. This review will describe current understanding of the immunopathogenesis and pathophysiology of anaphylaxis, focusing on the roles of IgE and IgG antibodies, immune effector cells, and mediators thought to contribute to examples of the disorder. Evidence from studies of anaphylaxis in human subjects will be discussed, as well as insights gained from analyses of animal models, including mice genetically deficient in the antibodies, antibody receptors, effector cells, or mediators implicated in anaphylaxis and mice that have been "humanized" for some of these elements. We also review possible host factors that might influence the occurrence or severity of anaphylaxis. Finally, we will speculate about anaphylaxis from an evolutionary perspective and argue that, in the context of severe envenomation by arthropods or reptiles, anaphylaxis might even provide a survival advantage.
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Clinical Management of Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS): Part II – Use of Immunomodulatory Therapies
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
2017; 27 (7): 574-593
View details for DOI 10.1089/cap.2016.0148
Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Response to Oral Corticosteroid Bursts: An Observational Study of Patients in an Academic Community-Based PANS Clinic.
Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology
2017; 27 (7): 629–39
Sudden-onset severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms and/or severely restrictive food intake with at least two coinciding, similarly debilitating neuropsychiatric symptoms define Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). When associated with Group A Streptococcus, the syndrome is labeled Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infections (PANDAS). An abnormal immune response to infection and subsequent neuroinflammation is postulated to play an etiologic role. Most patients have a relapsing-remitting course. Treatment outcome data for youth with PANS and PANDAS are limited.One hundred seventy-eight consecutive patients were seen in the Stanford PANS clinic between September 1, 2012 and January 15, 2016, of whom 98 met PANS or PANDAS criteria, had a single episode of PANS or relapsing/remitting course, and collectively experienced 403 flares. Eighty-five flares were treated with 102 total courses of oral corticosteroids of either short (4-5 days) or long (5 days-8 weeks) duration. Response to treatment was assessed within 14 days of initiating a short burst of corticosteroids and at the end of a long burst based on clinician documentation and patient questionnaires. Data were analyzed by using multilevel random-effects models.Patients experienced shorter flares when treated with oral corticosteroids (6.4 ± 5.0 weeks vs. 11.4 ± 8.6 weeks) than when not treated (p < 0.001), even after controlling for presumed confounding variables, including age at flare, weeks since onset of PANS illness, sex, antibiotic treatment, prophylactic antibiotics, previous immunomodulatory treatment, maintenance anti-inflammatory therapy, psychiatric medications, and cognitive behavioral therapy (p < 0.01). When corticosteroids were given for the initial PANS episode, flares tended to be shorter (10.3 ± 5.7 weeks) than when not treated (16.5 ± 9.6 weeks) (p = 0.06). This difference was statistically significant after controlling for the relevant confounding variables listed earlier (p < 0.01). Earlier use of corticosteroids was associated with shorter flare durations (p < 0.001). Longer courses of corticosteroids were associated with a more enduring impact on the duration of neuropsychiatric symptom improvement (p = 0.014).Corticosteroids may be a helpful treatment intervention in patients with new-onset and relapsing/remitting PANS and PANDAS, hastening symptom improvement or resolution. When corticosteroids are given earlier in a disease flare, symptoms improve more quickly and patients achieve clinical remission sooner. Longer courses of corticosteroids may result in more durable remissions. A double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial of corticosteroids in PANS is warranted to formally assess treatment efficacy.
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A TNFRSF14-Fc epsilon RI-mast cell pathway contributes to development of multiple features of asthma pathology in mice
Asthma has multiple features, including airway hyperreactivity, inflammation and remodelling. The TNF superfamily member TNFSF14 (LIGHT), via interactions with the receptor TNFRSF14 (HVEM), can support TH2 cell generation and longevity and promote airway remodelling in mouse models of asthma, but the mechanisms by which TNFSF14 functions in this setting are incompletely understood. Here we find that mouse and human mast cells (MCs) express TNFRSF14 and that TNFSF14:TNFRSF14 interactions can enhance IgE-mediated MC signalling and mediator production. In mouse models of asthma, TNFRSF14 blockade with a neutralizing antibody administered after antigen sensitization, or genetic deletion of Tnfrsf14, diminishes plasma levels of antigen-specific IgG1 and IgE antibodies, airway hyperreactivity, airway inflammation and airway remodelling. Finally, by analysing two types of genetically MC-deficient mice after engrafting MCs that either do or do not express TNFRSF14, we show that TNFRSF14 expression on MCs significantly contributes to the development of multiple features of asthma pathology.
View details for DOI 10.1038/ncomms13696
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Novel tools for primary immunodeficiency diagnosis: making a case for deep profiling.
Current opinion in allergy and clinical immunology
2016; 16 (6): 549-556
This review gives an overview of the systems-immunology single-cell proteomic and transcriptomic approaches that can be applied to study primary immunodeficiency. It also introduces recent advances in multiparameter tissue imaging, which allows extensive immune phenotyping in disease-affected tissue.Mass cytometry is a variation of flow cytometry that uses rare earth metal isotopes instead of fluorophores as tags bound to antibodies, allowing simultaneous measurement of over 40 parameters per single-cell. Mass cytomety enables comprehensive single-cell immunophenotyping and functional assessments, capturing the complexity of the immune system, and the molecularly heterogeneous consequences of primary immunodeficiency defects. Protein epitopes and transcripts can be simultaneously detected allowing immunophenotype and gene expression evaluation in mixed cell populations. Multiplexed epitope imaging has the potential to provide extensive phenotypic characterization at the subcellular level, in the context of 3D tissue microenvironment.Mass cytometry and multiplexed epitope imaging can complement genetic methods in diagnosis and study of the pathogenesis of primary immunodeficiencies. The ability to understand the effect of a specific defect across multiple immune cell types and pathways, and in affected tissues, may provide new insight into tissue-specific disease pathogenesis and evaluate effects of therapeutic interventions.
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Different activation signals induce distinct mast cell degranulation strategies
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
2016; 126 (10): 3981-3998
Mast cells (MCs) influence intercellular communication during inflammation by secreting cytoplasmic granules that contain diverse mediators. Here, we have demonstrated that MCs decode different activation stimuli into spatially and temporally distinct patterns of granule secretion. Certain signals, including substance P, the complement anaphylatoxins C3a and C5a, and endothelin 1, induced human MCs rapidly to secrete small and relatively spherical granule structures, a pattern consistent with the secretion of individual granules. Conversely, activating MCs with anti-IgE increased the time partition between signaling and secretion, which was associated with a period of sustained elevation of intracellular calcium and formation of larger and more heterogeneously shaped granule structures that underwent prolonged exteriorization. Pharmacological inhibition of IKK-β during IgE-dependent stimulation strongly reduced the time partition between signaling and secretion, inhibited SNAP23/STX4 complex formation, and switched the degranulation pattern into one that resembled degranulation induced by substance P. IgE-dependent and substance P-dependent activation in vivo also induced different patterns of mouse MC degranulation that were associated with distinct local and systemic pathophysiological responses. These findings show that cytoplasmic granule secretion from MCs that occurs in response to different activating stimuli can exhibit distinct dynamics and features that are associated with distinct patterns of MC-dependent inflammation.
View details for DOI 10.1172/JCI85538
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Molecular and cellular mechanisms of food allergy and food tolerance.
journal of allergy and clinical immunology
2016; 137 (4): 984-997
Ingestion of innocuous antigens, including food proteins, normally results in local and systemic immune nonresponsiveness in a process termed oral tolerance. Oral tolerance to food proteins is likely to be intimately linked to mechanisms that are responsible for gastrointestinal tolerance to large numbers of commensal microbes. Here we review our current understanding of the immune mechanisms responsible for oral tolerance and how perturbations in these mechanisms might promote the loss of oral tolerance and development of food allergies. Roles for the commensal microbiome in promoting oral tolerance and the association of intestinal dysbiosis with food allergy are discussed. Growing evidence supports cutaneous sensitization to food antigens as one possible mechanism leading to the failure to develop or loss of oral tolerance. A goal of immunotherapy for food allergies is to induce sustained desensitization or even true long-term oral tolerance to food allergens through mechanisms that might in part overlap with those associated with the development of natural oral tolerance.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jaci.2016.02.004
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Single-cell systems-level analysis of human Toll-like receptor activation defines a chemokine signature in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus
JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY
2015; 136 (5): 1326-1336
Activation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) induces inflammatory responses involved in immunity to pathogens and autoimmune pathogenesis, such as in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Although TLRs are differentially expressed across the immune system, a comprehensive analysis of how multiple immune cell subsets respond in a system-wide manner has not been described.We sought to characterize TLR activation across multiple immune cell subsets and subjects, with the goal of establishing a reference framework against which to compare pathologic processes.Peripheral whole-blood samples were stimulated with TLR ligands and analyzed by means of mass cytometry simultaneously for surface marker expression, activation states of intracellular signaling proteins, and cytokine production. We developed a novel data visualization tool to provide an integrated view of TLR signaling networks with single-cell resolution. We studied 17 healthy volunteer donors and 8 patients with newly diagnosed and untreated SLE.Our data revealed the diversity of TLR-induced responses within cell types, with TLR ligand specificity. Subsets of natural killer cells and T cells selectively induced nuclear factor κ light chain enhancer of activated B cells in response to TLR2 ligands. CD14(hi) monocytes exhibited the most polyfunctional cytokine expression patterns, with more than 80 distinct cytokine combinations. Monocytic TLR-induced cytokine patterns were shared among a group of healthy donors, with minimal intraindividual and interindividual variability. Furthermore, autoimmune disease altered baseline cytokine production; newly diagnosed untreated SLE patients shared a distinct monocytic chemokine signature, despite clinical heterogeneity.Mass cytometry defined a systems-level reference framework for human TLR activation, which can be applied to study perturbations in patients with inflammatory diseases, such as SLE.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jaci.2015.04.008
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Multivalent interactions between lectins and supramolecular complexes: Galectin-1 and self-assembled pseudopolyrotaxanes
CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY
2007; 14 (10): 1140-1151
Supramolecular chemistry has been employed to develop flexible and adaptable multivalent neoglycoconjugates for binding galectin-1 (Gal-1). Gal-1, a dimeric lectin with two galactoside-binding sites, regulates cancer progression and immune responses. Self-assembled pseudopolyrotaxanes consisting of lactoside-displaying cyclodextrin (LCD) "beads" threaded onto polyviologen "strings" display mobile ligands as a result of cyclodextrin rotation about, and limited translation along, the polymer chain. The pseudopolyrotaxanes rapidly and efficiently precipitate Gal-1 and provide valency-corrected enhancements of up to 30-fold compared to native lactose and 20-fold over free LCD in a T-cell agglutination assay. A supramolecular statistical effect was observed, wherein the efficacy of Gal-1 inhibition correlates with the number of ligands connected to each other solely through mechanical and noncovalent interactions. Such flexible and adaptable self-assembled pseudopolyrotaxanes show promise for the study of multivalent interactions and targeting of therapeutically relevant lectins.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.chembiol.2007.09.007
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Differential glycosylation of T(H)1, T(H)2 and T-H-17 effector cells selectively regulates susceptibility to cell death
2007; 8 (8): 825-834
Regulated glycosylation controls T cell processes, including activation, differentiation and homing by creating or masking ligands for endogenous lectins. Here we show that stimuli promoting T helper type 1 (TH1), TH2 or interleukin 17-producing T helper (TH-17) differentiation can differentially regulate the glycosylation pattern of T helper cells and modulate their susceptibility to galectin-1, a glycan-binding protein with anti-inflammatory activity. Although TH1- and TH-17-differentiated cells expressed the repertoire of cell surface glycans critical for galectin-1-induced cell death, TH2 cells were protected from galectin-1 through differential sialylation of cell surface glycoproteins. Consistent with those findings, galectin-1-deficient mice developed greater TH1 and TH-17 responses and enhanced susceptibility to autoimmune neuroinflammation. Our findings identify a molecular link among differential glycosylation of T helper cells, susceptibility to cell death and termination of the inflammatory response.
View details for DOI 10.1038/ni1489
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T-cell activation results in microheterogeneous changes in glycosylation of CD45
2007; 19 (7): 847-856
During T-cell development and activation, dramatic changes occur in glycan structures that decorate cell-surface glycoproteins. These changes have been considered to be general cellular events that affect many glycans on many glycoproteins. For example, loss of sialic acid from core 1 O-glycans on T-cell surface glycoproteins CD45, CD43 and CD8, detected with peanut agglutinin (PNA), is a hallmark of immature thymocytes and activated peripheral T cells. Loss of cell-surface sialic acid during T-cell activation has been proposed to enhance TCR reactivity with antigen. However, CD4 T-cell activation also results in increased binding of the CZ-1 antibody that recognizes a sialic acid-containing epitope on CD45RB. This indicates that increased sialylation of the CZ-1 epitope occurs during CD4 T cell activation, and that loss of cell surface sialic acid during T-cell activation is a selective event rather than affecting all cell surface glycans. As specific glycans on specific glycoprotein backbones control critical events in T-cell maturation and survival, understanding mechanisms of selective glycoprotein glycosylation is important for regulating T-cell development and function. We define the sialylated O-glycan epitope recognized by CZ-1, and find that, paradoxically, CZ-1 and PNA binding are simultaneously increased on activated CD4(+) T cells, demonstrating site-specific changes in CD45 sialylation. Moreover, we identify ST3Gal I as the sialyltransferase responsible for creating the CZ-1 epitope. Thus, changes in glycan structure during T-cell activation are microheterogeneous and unique to individual glycans on specific glycoproteins, implying that these glycans have precise functions in T-cell biology.
View details for DOI 10.1093/intimm/dxm053
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Galectin-1 binds different CD43 glycoforms to cluster CD43 and regulate T cell death
JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
2006; 177 (8): 5328-5336
Galectin-1 kills immature thymocytes and activated peripheral T cells by binding to glycans on T cell glycoproteins including CD7, CD45, and CD43. Although roles for CD7 and CD45 in regulating galectin-1-induced death have been described, the requirement for CD43 remains unknown. We describe a novel role for CD43 in galectin-1-induced death, and the effects of O-glycan modification on galectin-1 binding to CD43. Loss of CD43 expression reduced galectin-1 death of murine thymocytes and human T lymphoblastoid cells, indicating that CD43 is required for maximal T cell susceptibility to galectin-1. CD43, which is heavily O-glycosylated, contributes a significant fraction of galectin-1 binding sites on T cells, as T cells lacking CD43 bound approximately 50% less galectin-1 than T cells expressing CD43. Although core 2 modification of O-glycans on other glycoprotein receptors is critical for galectin-1-induced cross-linking and T cell death, galectin-1 bound to CD43 fusion proteins modified with either unbranched core 1 or branched core 2 O-glycans and expression of core 2 O-glycans did not enhance galectin-1 binding to CD43 on T cells. Moreover, galectin-1 binding clustered CD43 modified with either core 1 or core 2 O-glycans on the T cell surface. Thus, CD43 bearing either core 1 or core 2 O-glycans can positively regulate T cell susceptibility to galectin-1, identifying a novel function for CD43 in controlling cell death. In addition, these studies demonstrate that different T cell glycoproteins on the same cell have distinct requirements for glycan modifications that allow recognition and cross-linking by galectin-1.
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CD45 signals outside of lipid rafts to promote ERK activation, synaptic raft clustering, and IL-2 production
JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
2005; 174 (3): 1479-1490
CD45 is dynamically repositioned within lipid rafts and the immune synapse during T cell activation, although the molecular consequences of CD45 repositioning remain unclear. In this study we examine the role of CD45 membrane compartmentalization in regulating murine T cell activation. We find that raft-localized CD45 antagonizes IL-2 production by opposing processive TCR signals, whereas raft-excluded CD45 promotes ERK-dependent polarized synaptic lipid raft clustering and IL-2 production. We propose that these dual CD45 activities ensure that only robust TCR signals proceed, whereas signals meeting threshold requirements are potentiated. Our findings highlight membrane compartmentalization as a key regulator of CD45 function and elucidate a novel signal transduction pathway by which raft-excluded CD45 positively regulates T cell activation.
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Galectin-1 induces nuclear translocation of endonuclease G in caspase- and cytochrome c-independent T cell death
CELL DEATH AND DIFFERENTIATION
2004; 11 (12): 1277-1286
Galectin-1, a mammalian lectin expressed in many tissues, induces death of diverse cell types, including lymphocytes and tumor cells. The galectin-1 T cell death pathway is novel and distinct from other death pathways, including those initiated by Fas and corticosteroids. We have found that galectin-1 binding to human T cell lines triggered rapid translocation of endonuclease G from mitochondria to nuclei. However, endonuclease G nuclear translocation occurred without cytochrome c release from mitochondria, without nuclear translocation of apoptosis-inducing factor, and prior to loss of mitochondrial membrane potential. Galectin-1 treatment did not result in caspase activation, nor was death blocked by caspase inhibitors. However, galectin-1 cell death was inhibited by intracellular expression of galectin-3, and galectin-3 expression inhibited the eventual loss of mitochondrial membrane potential. Galectin-1-induced cell death proceeds via a caspase-independent pathway that involves a unique pattern of mitochondrial events, and different galectin family members can coordinately regulate susceptibility to cell death.
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Ah, sweet mystery of death! Galectins and control of cell fate
2002; 12 (10): 127R-136R
Control of cell death is critical in eukaryotic development, immune system homeostasis, and control of tumorigenesis. The galectin family of lectins is implicated in all of these processes. Other families of molecules function as death receptors or death effectors, but galectins are uniquely capable of acting both extracellularly and intracellularly to control cell death. Extracellularly, galectins cross-link glycan ligands to transduce signals that lead directly to death or that influence other signals regulating cell fate. Intracellular expression of galectins can modulate other signals controlling cell viability. Individual galectins can act on multiple cell types, and multiple galectins can act on the same cell. Understanding how galectins regulate cell viability and function will broaden our knowledge of the roles of galectins in basic biological processes and facilitate development of therapeutic applications for galectins in autoimmunity, transplant-related disease, and cancer.
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Structure and organization of the RBMY genes on the human Y chromosome: Transposition and amplification of an ancestral autosomal hnRNPG gene
1998; 49 (2): 283-289
The RBMY (RNA-binding motif, Y chromosome) gene family encodes a germ-cell-specific nuclear protein implicated in spermatogenesis. It consists of approximately 30 genes and pseudogenes, found on both arms of the Y chromosome. RBMY shares high homology with an autosomal hnRNPG gene that contains an RNA-binding motif and one of the four SRGY repeats found in RBMY. One proposal is that RBMY represents an ancestral hnRNPG gene, transposed to the Y chromosome and then amplified. We characterized seven RBMY genes in interval 6 of the Y chromosome long arm. Four have the normal structure with 12 exons spanning 15 kb, whereas one lacks the first 3 exons, therefore representing a pseudogene. The remaining two genes belong to a different subfamily, resembling the autosomal hnRNPG gene with only one SRGY repeat. We also found that most RBMY genes in interval 6 are arranged in tandem. The structure and organization of the Y-linked RBMY genes support the transposition-amplification hypothesis.
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