Ali J. Marian

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A lthough low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) represent a strong independent risk marker inversely associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), large interventional trials have failed to translate the increases in HDL-C into reductions in cardiovascular events. As HDL plasma levels represent a pool of the different HDL subfractions,(More)
BACKGROUND Plasma level of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C), a heritable trait, is an important determinant of susceptibility to atherosclerosis. Non-synonymous and regulatory single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes implicated in HDL-C synthesis and metabolism are likely to influence plasma HDL-C, apolipoprotein A-I (apo A-I) levels and(More)
AIM Mutations in a sarcomeric protein can cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the opposite ends of a spectrum of phenotypic responses of the heart to mutations. We posit the contracting phenotypes could result from differential effects of the mutant proteins on interactions among the sarcomeric proteins. To test the(More)
BACKGROUND Case-control Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at the 9p21 locus as risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). The locus does not contain a clear candidate gene. Hence, the results of GWAS have raised an intense interest in delineating the basis for the observed association. We(More)
BACKGROUND Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a common manifestation of advanced cardiomyopathies. In a subset of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, VT is the initial and the cardinal manifestation of the disease. The molecular genetic basis of this subset of dilated cardiomyopathy is largely unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We identified 10 patients with(More)
The human genome contains over 4 million variant sites, as compared with the reference genome, including rare sequence variants, which have the potential to exert large phenotypic effects, such as susceptibility to drug toxicity. We report identification and functional characterization of a rare non-synonymous (p.A1427S) variant in the SCN5A gene that was(More)
T hrombospondins are secreted, nonstructural, extracel-lular matrix proteins that are upregulated in the heart and other tissues in response to ischemic injury and pathology. Roles for thrombospondins after they are secreted have been examined in a variety of disease models, including myocardial pathology. However, a recent study published in the journal(More)
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