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The inward rectifier K(+) channel Kir2.1 mediates the potassium I(K1) current in the heart. It is encoded by KCNJ2 gene that has been linked to Andersen's syndrome. Recently, strong evidences showed that Kir2.1 channels were associated with mouse atrial fibrillation (AF), therefore we hypothesized that KCNJ2 was associated with familial AF. Thirty Chinese(More)
AIMS Apoptosis plays a critical role in cardiomyocyte loss during ischaemic heart injury. A detailed understanding of the mechanism involved has a substantial impact on the optimization and development of treatment strategies. Here, we report that the expression of SIRT4, a mitochondrial sirtuin, is markedly down-regulated in hypoxia-induced apoptosis of(More)
BACKGROUND SIRT5 is located in the mitochondria, and plays a crucial role in the regulation of metabolic process and cellular apoptosis. Cardiomyocytes are abundant in mitochondria. However, the role of SIRT5 in oxidative stress-induced apoptosis is still unknown in cardiomyocytes. METHODS AND RESULTS Western blots analysis revealed that SIRT5 is(More)
Microvascular dysfunction is an important characteristic of diabetic retinopathy. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in diverse biological processes. In this study, we investigated the role of lncRNA-MEG3 in diabetes-related microvascular dysfunction. We show that MEG3 expression level is significantly down-regulated in the retinas of(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. We first reported an S140G mutation of KCNQ1, an alpha subunit of potassium channels, in one Chinese kindred with AF. However, the molecular defects and cellular mechanisms in most patients with AF remain to be identified. We evaluated 28 unrelated Chinese(More)
BACKGROUND We recently reported that an S140G mutation in human KCNQ1, an alpha subunit of potassium channels, was involved in the pathogenesis of familial atrial fibrillation (AF), but it is not clear whether the mutation is associated with other cardiac arrhythmias. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to further explore the association of the KCNQ1(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous small non-coding RNAs that play crucial roles in numerous biological processes. However, the role of miRNAs in skin color determination in fish has not been completely determined. Here, we identified that 13 miRNAs are differentially expressed between red and white skin. The analysis of miRNA spatial and temporal expression(More)
OBJECTIVE Statins prevent cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, there is little information regarding the vascular effects of statins on arterial wall stiffness in CAD patients. METHODS A total of 36 patients were randomly assigned to receive rosuvastatin (10 mg per day) or simvastatin/ezetimibe (10/10 mg per day)(More)