Dong Tien Tran

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Complement receptor 1 (CR1) is an Alzheimer's disease (AD) susceptibility locus that also influences AD-related traits such as episodic memory decline and neuritic amyloid plaque deposition. We implemented a functional fine-mapping approach, leveraging intermediate phenotypes to identify functional variant(s) within the CR1 locus. Using 1709 subjects (697(More)
Cholera toxin (CT) represents a class of ligands that binds preferentially to noncoated pits on the cell surface. In the present study, we have investigated the mechanism of endocytosis of this class of ligand and compared it to the classic coated pit mechanism. When either CT coupled to colloidal gold particles (CT-gold) or 125I-labeled CT were incubated(More)
OBJECTIVE Recently, genome-wide association studies have identified 3 new susceptibility loci for Alzheimer's disease (AD), CLU, CR1, and PICALM. We leveraged available neuropsychological and autopsy data from 2 cohort studies to investigate whether these loci are associated with cognitive decline and AD neuropathology. METHODS The Religious Orders Study(More)
We have leveraged a Drosophila model relevant to Alzheimer disease (AD) for functional screening of findings from a genome-wide scan for loci associated with a quantitative measure of AD pathology in humans. In six of the 15 genomic regions evaluated, we successfully identified a causal gene for the association, on the basis of in vivo interactions with the(More)
Deficiencies in DNA mismatch repair (MMR) result in increased mutation rates and cancer risk in both humans and mice. Mouse strains homozygous for knockouts of either the Pms2 or Mlh1 MMR gene develop cancer but exhibit very different tumor spectra; only Mlh1(-/-) animals develop intestinal tumors. We carried out a detailed study of the microsatellite(More)
A newly developed human hepatoma cell line, designated Hep G-2, expresses high-affinity insulin receptors meeting all the expected criteria for classic insulin receptors. 125I-insulin binding is time-dependent and temperature-dependent and unlabeled insulin competes for the labeled hormone with a half-maximal displacement of 1-3 ng/ml. This indicates a Kd(More)
BACKGROUND Brain atrophy and cognitive dysfunction are neurodegenerative features of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We used a candidate gene approach to address whether genetic variants implicated in susceptibility to late onset Alzheimer's Disease (AD) influence brain volume and cognition in MS patients. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS MS subjects were genotyped(More)
Age-related cognitive decline is likely promoted by accumulated brain injury due to chronic conditions of aging, including neurodegenerative and vascular disease. Because common neuronal mechanisms may mediate the adaptation to diverse cerebral insults, we hypothesized that susceptibility for age-related cognitive decline may be due in part to a shared(More)
Flavonoid-bearing probes have been designed and synthesized to explore their ability to selectively capture target proteins or biosynthetic enzymes under oxidative activation. A proof-of-concept study using biotinylated (epi)catechin-bearing affinity-based probes herein demonstrates the ability of these probes to capture the LDOX flavonoid enzyme using(More)
We report the results of a meta-analysis of genome-wide association scans for multiple sclerosis (MS) susceptibility that includes 2,624 subjects with MS and 7,220 control subjects. Replication in an independent set of 2,215 subjects with MS and 2,116 control subjects validates new MS susceptibility loci at TNFRSF1A (combined P = 1.59 x 10(-11)), IRF8 (P =(More)