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BACKGROUND A variant in the promoter of the human uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) gene, the G-866A polymorphism, has been associated with future risk of coronary heart disease events, in those devoid of traditional risk factors and in those suffering from diabetes. We thus examined the impact of the G-866A polymorphism on 5-year survival in a cohort of 901(More)
AIMS Plasma aldosterone levels have been shown to be associated with adverse clinical outcomes after ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We investigated whether aldosterone levels in patients presenting with STEMI or non-STEMI, are predictive of mortality during prolonged follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS Aldosterone levels were assayed in plasma(More)
This study investigated whether gene expression profiles of myofibroblasts derived from infarcted myocardium differ from normal cardiac fibroblasts. We compared the expression of cytoskeletal proteins in cultured ovine cardiac fibroblasts derived from infarcted (ID) and noninfarcted ovine myocardium (NID) and the levels of expression of the natriuretic(More)
Angiotensinogen M235T and T174M polymorphisms have individually been associated with elevated levels of plasma angiotensinogen, hypertension, and left ventricular hypertrophy. In this study, heart failure patients (n=451) were genotyped for the angiotensinogen M235T and T174M polymorphisms to investigate association with survival (recorded over 4 years of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The methylene-tetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase (NADP+ dependent) 1-like (MTHFD1L) gene is involved in mitochondrial tetrahydrofolate metabolism. Polymorphisms in MTHFD1L, including rs6922269, have been implicated in risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). We investigated the association between rs6922269 and known metabolic risk factors(More)
Maintaining high levels of physical function is an important aspect of successful ageing. While muscle mass and strength contribute to functional performance in older adults, little is known about the possible genetic basis for the heterogeneity of physical function in older adults and in how older adults respond to exercise. Two genes that have possible(More)
BACKGROUND Lifestyle modifications including, physical activity can reduce obesity-related morbidity and subsequent cardiovascular disease in youth. This study will investigate the efficacy of a culturally-sensitive, non-contact, boxing-orientated training program on obesity and related cardio-metabolic conditions in Māori and Pasifika adolescents. Details(More)
To the Editor: Nakayama et al 1 have described an interesting polymorphism in the NPR-A gene in a Japanese population. An 8-nucleotide deletion in the 5Ј untranslated region (UTR) of the gene was found to be associated with essential hypertension and left ventricular hypertro-phy in a study of 200 hypertensive (HT) and 200 normotensive (NT) subjects. The(More)
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