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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Liver Kinase B1, a genetic risk factor for multiple sclerosis
Principal Investigator:

Douglas L. Feinstein

Location: Chicago, IL
Congressional District Code: 7
Research Service: Biomedical Laboratory R&D
Project Period: January 2020 - December 2023
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $156,800
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


During the course of recruiting MS patients for a study of PBMCs, a family with 5 siblings diagnosed with MS was identified. The presence of a co-morbidity for certain rare tumors led to sequencing analysis of tumor suppressor gene STK11, and a variant (small nucleotide polymorphism, SNP) was identified. Genotyping of a large number of DNA samples showed that this SNP is present at higher levels in MS patients in both Caucasian and African American cohorts. STK11 codes for the Liver kinase B1 (L...

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