Navigation Links
Indian Scientists Identify Cataract Causing Genes

A joint study by the Indian and foreign scientists have claimed that they have identified three new cataract-causing genes, which are often carried // on for many generations in families in India.

Scientists from the Center for Genetic Disorders of Guru Nanak Dev University in collaboration with researchers from the National Institute of Health, USA and the Institute of Human Genetics in Berlin have claimed after 30 years of research in the field of ophthalmology, to discover three genes that cause cataracts.

The research team led by Dr Jai Rup Singh the Coordinator at the Center for Genetic Disorders achieved the breakthrough by identifying and localizing the genes in Indian families. It was stated that the three genes identified by the scientists cause fan-shaped cataract, cerulean cataract and sutural cataract. Dr Jai Rup Singh, while releasing his research work among press, stated that this research had been carried out on congenital cataract for the past 30 years.

Explaining that they had collected DNA samples from more than 2,400 persons suffering from genetic disease of the eye, he said that the DNA analysis on these cases was initiated in 1990. He further stated that the DNA analysis on many more families with congenital cataract is still in progress. Singh explained that the first breakthrough came in 2001 when two new genes were identified. The first of these, was a fan-shaped cataract gene that is caused by a single nucleotide alteration which changes the structure of alpha-crystalline, an essential lens protein, ultimately leading to congenital cataract that is associated with micro cornea.

The second cataract-causing gene that leads to Cerulean Cataract was discovered during molecular studies by Singh’s team that identified a new type of mutation found in a family of three generations. Singh explained that they found that in this case the replacement of Lysine, an amino acid, with Arginine was found to ul timate lead to Cerulean cataract. He also stated that, the two genes, along with a newly discovered third, have been localized to Indian families.

Singh said that congenital cataract affected about three per 10,000 newborns and was one of the significant causes of blindness in children and often led to life-long visual disability. There is hope that with this discovery there could be a possible breakthrough in finding possible cures for the disease that affects many newborns causing blindness and other visual problems.
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Indian Prime Minister has successful Knee Replacement Surgery
2. Development of AIDS vaccine -- Chiron Corp in talks with four Indian cos
3. Indian Doctor granted US patent on organ regeneration
4. Heart attack kills one in every 10 Indians
5. Indian Cherry: Richest Source of Vitiamin C
6. Indian Nationals with Foreign Medical Degrees can now practice in India
7. An Indian Bride with signs of SARS
8. Are Indians aware of SARS ?
9. Indians Stay Away from Coke, Pepsi After Toxin Scare
10. Indian pharma industry upbeat on WTO drug deal
11. Indian Treatment for Iraqi Babies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/28/2017)... Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... City was selected as one of few medical professionals in the country to sit ... As Founder of Juvly Aesthetics, in just 2 years Dr. Harper helped propel the ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... Carson Liu of SkyLex Advanced Surgical, Inc. is thrilled to offer the recently ... balloon procedure, and this procedure adds to SkyLex Advanced Surgical’s already comprehensive ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... GA (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... With ... to Marshallville, Georgia, in early March. , The seed processing plant opened in Marshallville ... location since 2016. The new office allows opportunity for transition of Patten Seed operations ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Thank you to all who ... 8-10. , This event was exclusive to providers and offered an opportunity to ... took place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt where attendees gathered for a lively discussion ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Bacteria and fungi are probably not the first ingredients that ... fact, including the right microorganisms in your diet can actually improve health outcomes. And the ... This is the topic of a new peer-reviewed paper led by Maria ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... STUTTGART, Germany , March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... provide over 7,000 attendees and more than 600 ... learn, and discover opportunities and solutions that will ... - 6 April 2017 at the Messe Stuttgart, ... is the preeminent medical technology platform showcasing the ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017  A new survey ... found that Medicare,s Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) significantly reduced ... supplies. The lack of choice forces beneficiaries to switch ... dire health consequences. AADE,s survey is ... AADE and others pointing out the inherent problems with ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... NEW YORK , March 27, 2017 FinancialBuzz.com ... According to a ... North America , grew 34 percent to $6.7 billion ... growth rate of (CAGR) over the next five years, from $6.7 billion ... portion of Americans that will be able to purchase cannabis without a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: