Alexander S. Whitehead

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Acute-phase serum amyloid A (A-SAA) is a major component of the acute-phase response. A sustained acute-phase response in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with increased joint damage. A-SAA mRNA expression was confirmed in all samples obtained from patients with RA, but not in normal synovium. A-SAA mRNA expression was also demonstrated in cultured(More)
A modestly elevated total plasma homocysteine concentration (tHcy) is generally accepted as an independent and graded risk factor for various pathologies, including vascular diseases, neural tube defects, Alzheimer disease, and pregnancy complications. We analyzed 5 common functional polymorphisms in enzymes involved in homocysteine metabolism (ie,(More)
Low plasma folate and its derivatives have been linked with depressive disorders in studies dating back over 30 years. A thermolabile variant (677C>T) of the enzyme 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is associated with low serum folate. The present study aimed to explore whether the thermolabile variant of MTHFR is associated with a(More)
We have previously reported that the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-1␣ can up-regulate functional Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) expression in primary-cultured murine hepato-cytes, and bacterial lipopeptide (BLP) is capable of signaling through TLR2 to induce serum amyloid A (SAA) expression in hepatocytes. In the present study, we investigated the(More)
Cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder which results in extremely elevated levels of total plasma homocysteine (tHcy) and high risk of thromboembolic events. About half of all patients diagnosed with CBS deficiency respond to pyridoxine treatment with a significant lowering of tHcy levels. We examined 12 CBS-deficient(More)
Keynote address: " Sweet dreams: using genome wide association methods to find genes for diabetes and obesity " Irish Travellers are a nomadic people in whom early marriage, frequent child bearing and consanguinity are cultural norms. They number 22,445, <0.5% of the Irish population, 9.6% of the 1465 patients listed at NCIMD on January 1 st 2007 were(More)
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