J Wahlström

University of Gothenburg, Goeteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden

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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the safety (primary objective) and efficacy (secondary objective) of (-)-OSU6162 in Huntington's disease (HD).
    Acta Neuropsychiatrica 10/2014; 26(5):298-306. · 0.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Somatic mutations in the POLE gene encoding the catalytic subunit of DNA polymerase ε have been found in sporadic colorectal cancers (CRCs) and are most likely of importance in tumour development and/or progression. Recently, families with dominantly inherited colorectal adenomas and colorectal cancer were shown to have a causative heterozygous germline mutation in the proofreading exonuclease domain of POLE. The highly penetrant mutation was associated with predisposition to CRC only and no extra‑colonic tumours were observed. We have identified a mutation in a large family in which the carriers not only developed CRC, they also demonstrate a highly penetrant predisposition to extra-intestinal tumours such as ovarian, endometrial and brain tumours. The mutation, NM_006231.2:c.1089C>A, p.Asn363Lys, also located in the proofreading exonuclease domain is directly involved in DNA binding. Theoretical prediction of the amino acid substitution suggests a profound effect of the substrate binding capability and a more severe impairment of the catalytic activity compared to the previously reported germline mutation. A possible genotype to phenotype correlation for deleterious mutations in POLE might exist that needs to be considered in the follow-up of mutation carriers.
    International Journal of Oncology 04/2014; · 2.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Celiac disease is a common autoimmune disorder characterized by an intestinal inflammation triggered by gluten, a storage protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Similar to other autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease is the result of an immune response to self-antigens leading to tissue destruction and production of autoantibodies. Common diseases like celiac disease have a complex pattern of inheritance with inputs from both environmental as well as additive and non-additive genetic factors. In the past few years, Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have been successful in finding genetic risk variants behind many common diseases and traits. To complement and add to the previous findings, we performed a GWAS including 206 trios from 97 nuclear Swedish and Norwegian families affected with celiac disease. By stratifying for HLA-DQ, we identified a new genome-wide significant risk locus covering the DUSP10 gene. To further investigate the associations from the GWAS we performed pathway analyses and two-locus interaction analyses. These analyses showed an over-representation of genes involved in type 2 diabetes and identified a set of candidate mechanisms and genes of which some were selected for mRNA expression analysis using small intestinal biopsies from 98 patients. Several genes were expressed differently in the small intestinal mucosa from patients with celiac autoimmunity compared to intestinal mucosa from control patients. From top-scoring regions we identified susceptibility genes in several categories: 1) polarity and epithelial cell functionality; 2) intestinal smooth muscle; 3) growth and energy homeostasis, including proline and glutamine metabolism; and finally 4) innate and adaptive immune system. These genes and pathways, including specific functions of DUSP10, together reveal a new potential biological mechanism that could influence the genesis of celiac disease, and possibly also other chronic disorders with an inflammatory component.
    PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(8):e70174. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We found that 19% (9/47) of healthy siblings of patients with clinically definite multiple sclerosis had an intrathecal immunological reaction with two or more 2 CSF-enriched oligoclonal bands (OCBs), in contrast to (4%) (2/50) unrelated healthy controls. Furthermore, in this group of nine healthy sibs the measles CSF IgG antibody titers were higher than that of the other sibs and that of controls. There were also differences in the serum titers for measles IgG antibody, which were higher in the group of all healthy sibs than in healthy volunteers, and (as with CSF titers) higher in the subgroup of healthy sibs with two or more 2 CSF-enriched OCBs than the other sibs. Thus a significant proportion of healthy siblings to MS patients have a partially hyperimmune condition similar to that occurring in MS, which in 19% manifested itself as an OCB reaction, in 9% as increased CSF measles IgG antibody titers, and in 21% as increased serum measles IgG antibody titers, these phenomena tending to occur in the same individuals. This condition is characterized by CSF-enriched OCBs with undefined specificity, although some increased antiviral reactivity is found both in the serum and CSF. While it needs further characterization, a genetic trait interacting with common infections is suggested. The recurrence risk of this condition is approximately five times higher than the 3–4% recurrence risk for manifest MS reported for sibs.
    Journal of Neurology 04/2012; 247(8):616-622. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There is a compelling body of evidence that developmental dyslexia runs in families and seems to be highly inheritable. Several investigations during the last two decades have shown possible locations of genes that might be involved in dyslexia, including regions of chromosomes 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 13, 15 and 18. In addition, six candidate genes (KIAA0319, DYX1C1, DCDC2, ROBO1, MRPL19 and C2ORF3) seem to be related to dyslexia. The present study carried out a whole genome scan in a six-generation pedigree. In addition to literacy skills the assessment included cognitive skills and records concerning the history of reading and writing ability. Thirty-five percent were regarded as dyslexic in the family. A linkage analysis using both a quantitative and a qualitative approach has been performed. No evidence was obtained to support the hypothesis that the transmission of dyslexia in this pedigree is due to a highly penetrant major gene, and previous linkage findings were not replicated; however, power in this small study was not adequate to confirm linkage of genes with small to moderate effects. The results were discussed in relation to diagnostic procedures and sample characteristics.
    Behavior Genetics 01/2011; 41(1):43-9. · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Coeliac disease (CD) is a genetically driven immunological intolerance to dietary gluten with a wide range of clinical presentations. The aim of this study was to investigate the heritability of the phenotype in CD and the influence on the phenotype of different genes associated with the disease. One hundred and seven families with at least 2 siblings with CD were collected. The patients were grouped in symptom grades on the basis of the clinical presentation, the age at diagnosis, and sex. Stratification analyses of the human leucocyte antigen-DQA1 and human leucocyte antigen-DQB1 genotypes, the CTLA4 +49A/G polymorphism, the CTLA4 haplotype MH30*G:-1147*T:+49*A:CT60*G:CT61*A, and the 5q31-33 loci were done. The heritability of the phenotype was estimated to be 0.45. Significant association and linkage was found between the clinical presentation and the CTLA4 +49A/G polymorphism but not for the other genotypes. No correlation was found between genotypes and age at diagnosis or sex. Our results indicate that the heritability is determiner of the phenotype in CD. The CTLA4 +49A/G polymorphism is correlated to the clinical presentation: the AA genotype is associated with clinically silent disease.
    Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition 07/2009; 49(2):165-9. · 2.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recently, a few genes have been reported to be causative in inflammatory diseases. Still, we are waiting for the vast majority to be discovered. New tools for genotyping and statistical analysis have been developed and emphasis has been put on study design. Coeliac disease (CD) is a disorder, where prolamins in dietary wheat gluten and related proteins from rye or barley are not tolerated. It is one of the most common chronic diseases in humans exceeding a population prevalence of 1%. In this article, we will summarise what is currently known about the genetics influencing CD with the emphasis on the non-HLA genetic component. We will discuss some difficulties when searching for susceptibility genes in disorders with complex inheritance patterns.
    European Journal of HumanGenetics 06/2008; 16(5):542-53. · 4.32 Impact Factor
  • Clinical Genetics 04/2008; 27(2):113 - 117. · 4.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A female child is described with features of Silver's syndrome, including pre- and postnatal growth delay, triangular face, hypertelorism, clinodactyly and developmental delay. In all lymphocytes analyzed, a small deletion was found in chromosome 13. The karyotype was 46,XX,del(13)(q22–32).
    Acta Paediatrica 01/2008; 82(12):993 - 996. · 1.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The previous genome-wide scan in Scandinavian families supported earlier evidence for linkage of a region on chromosome 5 (5q31-33) to coeliac disease. This study deals with further genetic mapping of an 18 cM region, spanning from marker GAh18A (131.87 Mb) to D5S640 (149.96 Mb). Linkage and association analyses were performed in a two-step approach. First, seven microsatellites were added. Strong evidence for linkage was obtained with a Zlr score of 3.96, P(nc) = 4 x 10(-5) at marker D5S436. The strongest association was with a haplotype consisting of the markers D5S2033 and D5S2490 (P(nc) < 0.001). In the second step, we added 17 microsatellites and 69 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to the analysis. These markers were located close to or within candidate genes across the region of approximately 7 Mb beneath the linkage peak marked by D5S2017 and D5S812. A substantial increase of the linkage signal with a maximum Zlr score of 4.6 at marker rs1972644 (P(nc) = 2 x 10(-6)) was obtained and several SNPs showed association. Seven SNPs that individually showed the strongest association were genotyped in a second independent family sample set (225 trios). In the trio family sample as well as in the multiplex family sample, the strongest association was found with SNPs within the region flanked by the associated microsatellites D5S2033 and D5S2490 at 5q32.
    Tissue Antigens 01/2008; 71(1):27-34. · 2.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Celiac disease (CD) is a gluten-induced enteropathy, which results from the interplay between environmental and genetic factors. There is a strong human leukocyte antigen (HLA) association with the disease, and HLA-DQ alleles represent a major genetic risk factor. In addition to HLA-DQ, non-HLA genes appear to be crucial for CD development. Chromosomal region 5q31-33 has demonstrated linkage with CD in several genome-wide studies, including in our Swedish/Norwegian cohort. In a European meta-analysis 5q31-33 was the only region that reached a genome-wide level of significance except for the HLA region. To identify the genetic variant(s) responsible for this linkage signal, we performed a comprehensive single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) association screen in 97 Swedish/Norwegian multiplex families who demonstrate linkage to the region. We selected tag SNPs from a 16 Mb region representing the 95% confidence interval of the linkage peak. A total of 1,404 SNPs were used for the association analysis. We identified several regions with SNPs demonstrating moderate single- or multipoint associations. However, the isolated association signals appeared insufficient to account for the linkage signal seen in our cohort. Collective effects of multiple risk genes within the region, incomplete genetic coverage or effects related to copy number variation are possible explanations for our findings.
    European Journal of HumanGenetics 10/2007; 15(9):980-7. · 4.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The two breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 were identified more than 10 years ago and, depending on population, mutations in these genes are responsible for a varying percentage of familial breast cancer. In more than half the families, the increased risk of breast cancer cannot be explained by mutations in these genes, and the goal of this study was to locate novel susceptibility genes. One of the main difficulties in identifying the cause of hereditary non-BRCA1/BRCA2 breast cancer is genetic heterogeneity, possibly due to multiple, incompletely penetrant susceptibility genes, along with ethnic and geographic differences. In this study, one large family and 13 small to medium-sized families with multiple cases of breast cancer were analyzed by genome-wide linkage analysis. The genome scan was performed by genotype analysis of 10,000 SNP markers on microarrays. The strongest evidence of linkage (HLOD 2.34) was obtained on chromosome region 10q23.32-q25.3. A further two regions were identified, with LOD scores above 2.10 on 12q14-q21 and 19p13.3-q12. In a subset of families of western Swedish origin, two regions generated LOD scores exceeding 1.8: 10q23.32-q25.3 and 19q13.12-q13.32. The large family in the study exceeded LOD 1.5 in three regions: 10q23.32-q25.3, 19q13.12-q13.32, and 17p13. Our results indicate that one or more of the suggested regions may harbor genes that are involved in the development of breast cancer.
    Genes Chromosomes and Cancer 04/2007; 46(3):302-9. · 3.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to analyze whether the occurrence of both breast and ovarian cancer in a woman serves as a marker for BRCA gene mutations. This population-based study included 256 women in western Sweden who developed both invasive breast and ovarian tumors between 1958 and 1999. Archival paraffin tissue blocks of their tumors were retrieved for DNA-extraction to analyze the founder mutation, BRCA1 c.3171_3175dup (c.3171ins5), which is most common in this geographic area and four other common Scandinavian BRCA1 gene mutations and one BRCA2 mutation. Together, account these mutations for approximately 75% of the BRCA1/2 gene mutations in the clinical unit. Ninteen percent (95% confidence interval (CI) 14-24%) of the women carried one of the analyzed BRCA1 gene mutations but none of the women were positive for the analyzed BRCA2 mutation. One-third of the women with both tumors before age 60 were mutation carriers. BRCA1 c.3171_3175dup (c.3171ins5) constituted 84% of all identified mutations. Although the majority of breast cancers were invasive ductal and atypical medullary types, a variety of other breast malignancies were seen among mutation carriers. Serous ovarian carcinomas predominated among ovarian tumors. A variety of other ovarian tumors, including three granulosa-theca cell tumors, were also observed among mutation carriers. The occurrence of both breast and ovarian cancer in a woman is associated with a high likelihood of a constitutional BRCA1 mutation. These women and their families might therefore be considered for mutation screening after appropriate genetic counselling.
    Familial Cancer 02/2007; 6(1):35-41. · 1.94 Impact Factor
  • European Human Genetics Conference, Nice, France; 01/2007
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    ABSTRACT: We studied two extended families in which not only multiple sclerosis (MS) segregates, but also approximately 18% of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) investigated blood relatives have 'MS immunopathic trait', an oligoclonal CSF immunopathy similar to that seen in MS, but with no neurological symptoms. Both families fit a genetic model for autosomal dominant inheritance for MS immunopathic trait, although with reduced penetrance in family A. In order to identify genetic factors of importance for the development of MS immunopathic trait, we performed a genome scan using the CHLC/Weber Screening Set (ver 6A), with 285 successful markers, to test the hypothesis that a single gene is causing the MS immunopathic trait in these families. Using a parametric method, we identified regions with suggestive linkage at chromosome 6q12 with a LOD-score of 2.4, putative linkage with LOD-score 1.5 at chromosome 6p21 (HLA region), putative linkage at chromosome 12q24 with a LOD-score of 1.7 and suggestive linkage at chromosome 19q13.2 with a LOD-score of 1.8. The LOD-score at chromosome 19q13.2 increased to 2.2 when only family A was analysed. In family A, all MS patients and two of five individuals with MS immunopathic trait had HLA DRB1*(15) and in family B, all blood relatives had the rare HLA type DRB1*0103, which is associated with other autoimmune diseases. We suggest that DRB1*0103 is a necessary but not sufficient condition for the susceptibility for MS immunopathic trait in this family.
    Multiple Sclerosis 01/2007; 12(6):723-30. · 4.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have previously reported a region on chromosome 5q as a possible susceptibility region for psoriasis. This cytokine cluster-rich region has also been suggested as a susceptibility locus in other autoimmune or inflammatory diseases including Crohn's disease (CD) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Three specific single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been reported to associate with RA and CD and to change the functional activity of two organic cation transporters, solute carrier family 22 member 4/5 (SLC22A4) and (SLC22A5). In this study, we have analyzed these SNPs for an association with psoriasis. We have also performed a denser linkage analysis of this region with an additional 31 microsatellite markers. We were not able to detect any association with any of the three SNPs analyzed. However, our linkage result supports the involvement of this region in the etiology of psoriasis. We obtained a peak non-parametric linkage value of 3.1 for marker D5S436 in a subgroup of patients with joint complaints. This result supports the findings in another study of psoriasis patients originating from Iceland in which the authors obtained a peak logarithm of the odds score of 2.6 for marker D5S2090, only 2 Mb from D5S436. This suggests a psoriasis susceptibility locus on chromosome 5q32 that is involved in the arthritic phenotype of the disease.
    Journal of Investigative Dermatology 06/2006; 126(5):998-1002. · 6.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Biallelic mutations in the base-excision repair gene MYH have recently been associated with recessive inheritance of multiple colorectal adenomas. An investigation and characterization of MYH mutations in Swedish patients were therefore carried out. A set of 15 unrelated adenomatous polyposis coli (APC)-mutation negative patients from the Swedish Polyposis Registry was screened for germline mutations in the MYH gene. The patients were clinically characterized and compared with 43 APC-mutation positive probands diagnosed during the same period. Disease-causing biallelic MYH mutations were identified in 6 patients (40%). The mean age at diagnosis was 47.8 years versus 34.1 years in APC-mutation positive patients (P = .015). Colorectal cancer at diagnosis of polyposis was present in 67% (4/6) of the patients, and all were right-sided, compared with only 19% versus 12.5% right-sided cancer in APC-mutation positive patients. Upper gastrointestinal manifestations were diagnosed in 1 of 5 compared with 23 of 27 in APC-mutation positive patients (odds ratio, 23; 95% confidence interval, 2-263; P = .0086). One family exhibited apparent dominant inheritance of colorectal adenomatous polyposis. Two new pathogenic mutations, MYH p.G175E and p.P391L, were identified. The mutations are argued to introduce profound changes in substrate-recognizing domains of the protein. Biallelic MYH mutations, including 2 novel mutations, were found in a substantial number of the patients with multiple colorectal adenomas who were negative for APC-mutation. The examined MYH-mutation positive patients were found to have higher risks of colorectal cancer at diagnosis, right-sided location of cancers, and a significantly lower incidence of upper gastrointestinal manifestations, compared with APC-mutation positive patients.
    Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 05/2006; 4(4):499-506. · 6.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We recently described a new autosomal dominant myopathy associated with a missense mutation in the myosin heavy chain (MyHC) IIa gene (MYH2). In this study, we performed mutation analysis of MYH2 in eight Swedish patients with familial myopathy of unknown cause. In two of the eight index cases, we identified novel heterozygous missense mutations in MYH2, one in each case: V970I and L1061V. The mutations were located in subfragment 2 of the MyHC and they changed highly conserved residues. Most family members carrying the mutations had signs and symptoms consisting mainly of mild muscle weakness and myalgia. In addition, we analyzed the extent and distribution of nucleotide variation in MYH2 in 50 blood donors, who served as controls, by the complete sequencing of all 38 exons comprising the coding region. We identified only six polymorphic sites, five of which were synonymous polymorphisms. One variant, which occurred at an allele frequency of 0.01, was identical to the L1061V that was also found in one of the families with myopathy. The results of the analysis of normal variation indicate that there is strong selective pressure against mutations in MYH2. On the basis of these results, we suggest that MyHC genes should be regarded as candidate genes in cases of hereditary myopathies of unknown etiology.
    European Journal of HumanGenetics 06/2005; 13(5):617-22. · 4.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The use of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in most applications is dependent on their undifferentiated proliferation in vitro. Recent studies have illustrated the possibility that chromosomal changes may occur in hESCs during in vitro propagation of these cells. However, no studies so far have screened for chromosomal abnormalities in hESCs using high-resolution techniques that can detect alterations on a few base-pair levels. We have used the recently developed multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification procedure to analyze the possible occurrence of deletions or duplications in the subtelomeric regions of hESCs in early and late passages. In this study we show that no subtelomeric anomalies were detected in any of the nine hESC lines investigated, supporting the conclusion that hESCs, under appropriate conditions, maintain genomic stability during in vitro propagation.
    Stem Cells 05/2005; 23(4):483-8. · 7.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to describe the clinical characteristics of a population of psoriatics sampled from a patient organisation and not from hospitals or out-patient clinics. Furthermore, we wanted to compare siblings with and without psoriasis regarding the occurrence of other diseases. At the end of 1991, we initiated a project which aimed to study genetic factors leading to psoriasis. Firstly, we sent questionnaires to all the members of the Swedish Psoriasis Association. We then examined 1,217 individuals (570 with psoriasis) from 310 families, in their homes in the southern part of Sweden. All the available family members were examined clinically and asked about the course of the skin disease and the occurrence of other diseases. The eight hundred members of the proband generation were divided into two groups, with or without psoriasis, and their clinical features were compared. Most individuals in this study population had a mild form of psoriasis. The siblings with psoriasis had joint complaints significantly more frequently than their siblings without the skin disease and those with joint complaints had more widespread skin disease. Among the other studied concomitant diseases (iritis, heart or hypertension disease, endocrine disease, inflammatory bowel disease and neurological disease), we were not able to find any difference. Seventy-seven of 570 persons were found to be in remission (13.5%). Females had a mean onset 2.5 years earlier than males. We were not able to find any correlation between the extent of the skin disease and age at onset. Twice as many persons with joint complaints were found among those with psoriasis than among those without, 28% versus 13%. Almost half (48%) the psoriatics who also had joint complaints had psoriasis lesions on their nails. Endocrine disorders were found in 9% of those without any allele for Cw6, but only in 1% of those who had Cw6. In fact, none of 183 Cw6 carriers had diabetes, as compared to the population prevalence of 3-5% in Sweden. With the exception of joint complaints, persons with psoriasis, collected from a patient organisation, did not have an increased frequency of (studied) co-existing diseases.
    BMC Dermatology 02/2005; 5:10.

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  • 1971–2014
    • University of Gothenburg
      • • Institute of Biomedicine
      • • Institute of Clinical Sciences
      • • Division of Paediatrics
      • • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
      Goeteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
  • 1995–2012
    • Sahlgrenska University Hospital
      • Department of Cardiology
      Goeteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
    • Chalmers University of Technology
      Goeteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
  • 1993
    • Karolinska Institutet
      • Institutet för miljömedicin - IMM
      Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1986–1990
    • Karolinska University Hospital
      • Department of Clinical Genetics
      Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1985
    • Umeå University
      Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden
  • 1984
    • Mid Sweden University
      Härnösand, Västernorrland, Sweden