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Prior genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of major depressive disorder (MDD) have met with limited success. We sought to increase statistical power to detect disease loci by conducting a GWAS mega-analysis for MDD. In the MDD discovery phase, we analyzed more than 1.2 million autosomal and X chromosome single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 18 759(More)
Whereas in Escherichia coli only one heat shock regulon is transiently induced by mild heat stress, for Bacillus subtilis three classes of heat shock genes regulated by different mechanisms have been described. Regulation of class I heat shock genes (dnaK and groE operons) involves an inverted repeat (CIRCE element) which most probably serves as an operator(More)
It has been shown that an induction therapy with the monoclonal anti-interleukin-2 receptor antibody basiliximab (Simulect) is capable to reduce the incidence of acute graft rejection in adult and pediatric liver transplantation (Ltx). However, data on long-term results using basiliximab in children post-Ltx are still pending. Therefore, the objective of(More)
Childhood maltreatment and depressive disorders have both been associated with a dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. The FKBP5 gene codes for a co-chaperone regulating the glucocorticoid-receptor sensitivity. Previous evidence suggests that subjects carrying the TT genotype of the FKBP5 gene single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)(More)
Bacillus subtilis contains at least three classes of heat-shock genes regulated by different mechanisms. We are studying class I heat-shock genes encoded by the operons dnaK and groE. These two operons are both expressed from a vegetative promoter, and their regulation involves a novel heat-shock element designated CIRCE. Here we show that induction of both(More)
BACKGROUND Depression is a heritable trait that exists on a continuum of varying severity and duration. Yet, the search for genetic variants associated with depression has had few successes. We exploit the entire continuum of depression to find common variants for depressive symptoms. METHODS In this genome-wide association study, we combined the results(More)
The insulin receptor-independent insulin-mimetic signalling provoked by the antidiabetic sulfonylurea drug, glimepiride, is accompanied by the redistribution and concomitant activation of lipid raft-associated signalling components, such as the acylated tyrosine kinase, pp59(Lyn), and some glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins (GPI-proteins). We(More)
Dysregulations of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis have been implicated in the pathogenesis of depressive disorders and the corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) was found to modulate emotional memory consolidation. Recently, two studies have reported an interaction between childhood abuse and the TAT-haplotype of the CRH-Receptor Gene (CRHR1)(More)
BACKGROUND Based on biological interactions between the serotonergic system and the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), BDNF is a plausible candidate for a gene-gene-environment interaction moderating the interaction between the s/l- promoter polymorphism of the serotonin transporter (5-HTTLPR) and childhood abuse. We tested the hypothesis of a(More)
Salvage therapy followed by high-dose therapy (HDT) remains a mainstay for patients with relapsed lymphoma, however no optimal regimen has been defined. Here we report on the results of R-DexaBEAM (rituximab, dexamethasone, carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, melphalan) followed by HDT. Patients aged 18-65 years, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group(More)