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Hans Ochs, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology
Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability
University of Washington
Box 356320
Seattle, WA 98195-6320

Dr. Ochs

Dr. Ochs is conducting in vitro studies that may lead to gene therapy for congenital disorders caused by mutations of genes involved in the development of the immune system and normal immune responses. It is hoped these studies will provide information necessary to begin human gene replacement therapy for immunodeficiency disorders. Immune deficient patients who would benefit from such therapy may have multiple disablities. For example, adenosine deaminase (ADA) deficiency and nucleoside phosphorylase (NP) deficiency have associated neurologic syndromes, liver disease, and bone abnormalities, and the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome has a platelet defect, eczema, autoimmune disorders, and a high incidence of malignancies.

Ochs has generated databases to cover mutations in WASP, Btk, CD40 ligand, SAP, and other genes causing immune deficiencies. Most recently, his laboratory has focused on two newly discovered genes causing autosomal recessive hyper IgM syndrome (activation-induced cytidine deaminase, AID), uracil-DNA glycosylate (UNG), and the scurfy gene, FOXP3, responsible for a syndrome involving immune dysregulation, polyendocrinopathy, enteropathy, X-linked (IPEX).

Hans Ochs' Pediatric Infectious Disease Program web page

CHDD Outlook article (2001)

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