The Model Organisms Screening Center (MOSC) for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) is composed of two Centers that use fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster), nematode worm (Caenorhabditis elegans) and zebrafish (Danio rerio) genetics and biology to tackle rare and undiagnosed diseases.
The participant’s parents first noticed that the participant was not meeting her developmental milestones at 9 months. At 11 months, she started having seizures (infantile spasms). An MRI at 11 months was normal; however, she had an abnormal EEG (hypsarrhythmia) that was consistent with epileptic encephalopathy. Despite medications, her seizures … read more
Starting in early childhood, the participant experienced chronic diarrhea with excess fat in his stool (steatorrhea), fragile and sagging skin (cutis laxa), and poor wound healing. At 11 years old, a heart murmur was detected. Later in life, the participant was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy). … read more
The patient began experiencing muscle weakness and tiredness around 9 years old. He was found to have problems with coordination (ataxia), drooping eyelids (ptosis), and rapid, uncontrolled eye movements (nystagmus). A brain MRI showed moderate atrophy of his cerebellum. His symptoms have progressed quickly and he now requires the use … read more