Thomas Maher

Thomas Maher
Boston University | BU · Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

M.S.

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Additional affiliations
November 2012 - present
Boston University School of Medicine
Position
  • Laboratory Manager
January 2001 - October 2012
Boston University School of Medicine
Position
  • Director Forensics, Molecular Genetics Lab Manager

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Publications (39)
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Next-generation sequencing refers to a high-throughput technology that determines the nucleic acid sequences and identifies variants in a sample. The technology has been introduced into clinical laboratory testing and produces test results for precision medicine. Since next-generation sequencing is relatively new, graduate students, medical student...
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Aarskog-Scott syndrome is a rare X-linked recessive disorder with characteristic facial, skeletal, and genital abnormalities. We report on Aarskog-Scott syndrome in male dizygotic twins with an identical de novo mutation in FGD1 that resulted from germline mosaicism in the phenotypically normal mother. This is the first report of inheritance by ger...
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We report the case of a 15-year-old girl who presented to a pediatric endocrinology clinic for delayed puberty with no signs of secondary sexual development. Her past medical history was significant for bilateral colobomas, inner-ear anomalies, hearing loss, and anosmia. Genetic testing revealed a novel de novo mutation in the CHD7 gene, one of the...
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We report a girl with a de novo pure partial trisomy 21 with some clinical features of Down syndrome. The girl patient presented a flat broad face, brachycephaly, and a flat nasal bridge. She also had upwardly slanted palpebral fissures, epicanthal folds, blepharitis, brushfield spots, and strabismus. Her mouth was wide with downturned corners, pro...
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Neuroligins (NLs) are postsynaptic cell-adhesion molecules essential for normal synapse function. Mutations in neuroligin-4 (NL4) (gene symbol: NLGN4) have been reported in some patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental impairments. However, the low frequency of NL4 mutations and the limited information about the aff...
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The objective of the study was to report experience with prenatal molecular diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Sequential deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) studies were performed on amniotic fluid cells and chorionic villi from 50 pregnant women at risk for having a child with TSC. Mutations were determined by gene sequencing and deletion/dup...
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Branchio-oculo-facial syndrome (BOFS) is a rare autosomal-dominant cleft palate-craniofacial disorder with variable expressivity. The major features include cutaneous anomalies (cervical, infra- and/or supra-auricular defects, often with dermal thymus), ocular anomalies, characteristic facial appearance (malformed pinnae, oral clefts), and, less co...
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We present clinical and developmental data on a patient with a de novo recombinant pseudodicentric bisatellited chromosome 22 associated with a partial trisomy 22pter-22q12.1. The patient was evaluated at birth and followed-up until 21 years of age. Clinical findings include facial and digital dysmorphism, hydrocephalus and postnatal-onset growth d...
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Supernumerary marker chromosomes (SMCs) without detectable alphoid DNA are predicted to have a neocentromere and have been referred to as mitotically stable neocentromere marker chromosomes (NMCs). Here we report the molecular cytogenetic characterization of a new case of Pallister-Killian syndrome (PKS) in a boy with an analphoid, inverted duplica...
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Waardenburg syndrome (WS) is an autosomal-dominant neurocristopathy characterized by sensorineural hearing loss, pigmentary abnormalities of the iris, hair, and skin, and is responsible for about 3% of congenital hearing loss. Point mutations in PAX3 have been identified in more than 90% of affected individuals with WS Type 1/WS Type 3. MITF point...
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Lacrimo-auriculo-dento-digital syndrome [LADD (MIM 149730)] is an autosomal-dominant multiple congenital anomaly disorder characterized by aplasia, atresia or hypoplasia of the lacrimal and salivary systems, cup-shaped ears, hearing loss, and dental and digital anomalies. Loss of function mutations in FGF10 were recently described in aplasia of the...
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Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is an important cause of hereditary stroke. Mutations in the Notch3 gene are clearly causally linked to this progressive vascular disorder. Cerebral ischemic attacks, cognitive decline, strokes, and vascular dementia constitute the major manifestati...
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The objective was to analyze the clinical and molecular findings in a cohort of neonates and infants with the autosomal dominant long QT syndrome (LQTS). Those affected face a high risk of ventricular arrhythmia resulting in syncope, seizure or sudden death. Blood samples submitted for molecular diagnostic studies on 7 infants were subject to DNA e...
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Juvenile Huntington's disease (HD) becomes clinically manifest before 20 years of age. The diagnosis of HD is based on family history, characteristic clinical findings, and the detection of an expansion of a CAG polyglutamine tract in the Huntingtin gene. Juvenile HD is characterized by paternal anticipation and large CAG expansions that may be mis...
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Juvenile Huntington's disease (HD) becomes clinically manifest before 20 years of age. The diagnosis of HD is based on family history, characteristic clinical findings, and the detection of an expansion of a CAG polyglutamine tract in the Huntingtin gene. Juvenile HD is characterized by paternal anticipation and large CAG expansions that may be mis...
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X-linked dominant Conradi-Hunermann-Happle syndrome (CDPX2; MIM 302960) is a rare chondrodysplasia punctata primarily affecting females. CDPX2 is presumed lethal in males, although a few affected males have been reported. CDPX2 is a cholesterol biosynthetic disorder due to 3-beta-hydroxysteroid-delta8,delta7-isomerase deficiency caused by mutations...
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Limited mutation analysis for congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (CBAVD) has revealed only a minority of men in whom two distinct mutations were detected. We aimed to determine whether a more extensive mutation analysis would be of benefit in genetic counselling and prenatal diagnosis. We studied a cohort of 92 men with CBAVD using ma...
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Judicious application of highly polymorphic short tandem repeat (STR) analyses and modification of assay conditions readily distinguished nonparentage from true parentage, with occasional failure to transmit one parentally derived allele. These categories were resolved with a reliability of >99.9%, the standard applied to most DNA evidence presente...
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Familial paragangliomas (PGL) are slow-growing, highly vascular, generally benign neoplasms, usually of the head and neck, that arise from neural crest cells. This rare autosomal dominant disorder is highly penetrant and influenced by genomic imprinting through paternal transmission. Timely detection of these tumors may afford the affected individu...
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Rett syndrome is an X-linked dominant neurodevelopmental disorder caused by mutations in the MECP2 gene. Mutations have been demonstrated in more than 80% of females with typical features of Rett syndrome. We identified mutations in the MECP2 gene and documented the clinical manifestations in 65 Rett syndrome patients to characterize the genotype-p...
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Men with cystic fibrosis (CF) have bilateral absence of the vas deferens causing an obstructive azoospermia that is not amenable to surgical correction. Advances in the field of reproductive medicine allow for the procurement of viable sperm and facilitate fertilization and pregnancy in couples where the man has CF. To describe patient anatomy and...
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The efficacy and utility of the Connexin-26 (Cx-26) gene (also called GJB2) analysis from DNA isolated from Guthrie newborn screening cards is demonstrated. This analysis precisely defined a major cause of prelingual nonsyndromic deafness in those children requiring amplification in our study. Guthrie cards were obtained from 49 deaf children requi...
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We report prenatal diagnostic studies for metaphyseal chondrodysplasia of the Schmid type. Identification of a specific COL10A1 gene mutation in an affected father allowed prenatal diagnosis by chorionic villus sampling in a twin pregnancy. Neither of the nonidentical twins received the abnormal COL10A1 gene from their affected father. This result...
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Almost all males with cystic fibrosis (CF) have absent vasa deferentia. It has been suggested that otherwise healthy males with congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (CBAVD), previously considered a distinct genetic entity, have an increased frequency of CF gene mutations. This study examined the genetic commonality of these two disorder...
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Since the localization of the myotonic muscular dystrophy gene, closer deoxyribonucleic acid markers have been discovered. These now facilitate both presymptomatic and prenatal diagnosis of myotonic muscular dystrophy. We report our prenatal diagnosis experience with six cases in five families. Obstetricians are advised to inform their patients wit...
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We report three cases of amniocentesis in which mosaicism for trisomy 12 was detected in two or more independent cultures. The parents elected to terminate the pregnancy in all three cases. Follow-up studies in two of the cases confirmed the mosaicism in fetal tissues (in subcutaneous tissue in one case; in fetal lung in the other), but not in bloo...

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