Ales Maver

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There is tremendous potential for genome sequencing to improve clinical diagnosis and care once it becomes routinely accessible, but this will require formalizing research methods into clinical best practices in the areas of sequence data generation, analysis, interpretation and reporting. The CLARITY Challenge was designed to spur convergence in methods(More)
Sarcoidosis is a systemic inflammatory disease characterised by appearance of granulomas. Precise etiology has not been elucidated. Osteopontin (Opn) is a Th1 cytokine whose levels have been found increased in granulomas and serum samples from patients with sarcoidosis. We investigated whether genetic variation in Osteopontin gene (OPN) gene contributes to(More)
A universal biomarker panel with the potential to predict high-risk pregnancies or adverse pregnancy outcome does not exist. Transcriptome analysis is a powerful tool to capture differentially expressed genes (DEG), which can be used as biomarker-diagnostic-predictive tool for various conditions in prenatal setting. In search of biomarker set for predicting(More)
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a secondary complication of diabetes associated with retinal neovascularization and represents the leading cause of blindness in the adult population in the developed world. Despite research efforts, the nature of pathogenetic processes leading to DR is still unknown, making development of novel effective treatments difficult.(More)
MOTIVATION Recent abundance of data from studies employing high-throughput technologies to reveal alterations in human disease on genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and other levels, offer the possibility to integrate this information into a comprehensive picture of molecular events occurring in human disease. Diversity of data originating from these(More)
Objective: OMICs research has become of great interest over the last years and enabled the research community to acquisition an increasing amount of data. In a prior study by our group, we have employed a novel positional integrative approach. For this second study we utilized the same integration method but weighed each individual data source trying to(More)
AIM To determine whether maternal leptin (LEP) and leptin receptor (LEPR) gene polymorphisms are associated with idiopathic recurrent spontaneous abortion (IRSA). METHODS This case-control association study conducted from 2010 to 2012 at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital Center Osijek and Clinical Institute of Medical(More)
In human IVF procedures objective and reliable biomarkers of oocyte and embryo quality are needed in order to increase the use of single embryo transfer (SET) and thus prevent multiple pregnancies. During folliculogenesis there is an intense bi-directional communication between oocyte and follicular cells. For this reason gene expression profile of(More)
Specific gene expression in oocytes and its surrounding cumulus (CC) and granulosa (GC) cells is needed for successful folliculogenesis and oocyte maturation. The aim of the present study was to compare genome-wide gene expression and biological functions of human GC and CC. Individual GC and CC were derived from 37 women undergoing IVF procedures. Gene(More)
BACKGROUND The circadian system has a major role in maintaining homeostasis and proper body functions including reproductive capacity. The aim of this study was to examine whether there is an association between genetic variability in the primary clock genes CLOCK and ARNTL and male infertility in humans. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We performed a(More)