Albert Min-Shan Ko

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The Philippines is a strategic point in the Asia-Pacific region for the study of human diversity, history and origins, as it is a cross-road for human migrations and consequently exhibits enormous ethnolinguistic diversity. Following on a previous in-depth study of Y-chromosome variation, here we provide new insights into the maternal genetic history of(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the contribution of urate transporter genes and alcohol use to the risk of gout/tophi. Eight variants of ABCG2, SLC2A9, SLC22A12, SLC22A11 and SLC17A3 were genotyped in male individuals in a case-control study with 157 gout (33% tophi), 106 asymptomatic hyperuricaemia and 295 control subjects from Taiwan. The(More)
Areca quid (AQ) chewing has been implicated an independent risk factor for the development of oral cancer. Taiwanese areca quid (AQ) refers to a combination of areca nut (AN), lime, and inflorescence of Piper betle Linn. (IPB) or Piper betle leaf (PBL). Studies of AQ in other countries reported that AN extract combined with lime generates reactive oxygen(More)
Objective. The aim of this study was to identify a protein for urate transporter 1 (URAT1) regulation. Methods. The clinical dataset consisted of 492 case-control samples of Han Chinese (104 gout and 388 controls). Three alpha kinase 1 ( ALPK1 ) and SLC22A12 loci associated with high gout risk and uric acid levels were genotyped. The overexpression of(More)
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