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The type I interferon (IFN-alpha/beta) receptor 1 (IFNAR1) mediates the potent antiviral and immuno-regulatory effects of IFN-alpha/beta that are believed to be pivotal to eradicate hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. IFNAR1 promoter polymorphisms (at -568/-77) have been shown to be associated with susceptibility to chronic HBV infection; however, whether(More)
Glutathione export from uninfected human erythrocytes was compared with that from cells infected with the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum using two separate methods that distinguish between oxidized (GSSG) and reduced (GSH) glutathione. One involved enzymatic recycling with or without thiol-masking; the other involved rapid derivatization followed by(More)
Despite the advances in cancer treatment, the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer has not changed significantly for the past 40 years and still remains among the worst of all anatomic sites. Gene expression microarrays have been used successfully in the identification of genetic alterations in cancer development, however, these have hitherto been limited(More)
OBJECTIVE hSLC39A8 (human solute carrier family 39 member 8) encodes a transmembrane protein that co-transports divalent heavy metal cations, such as Cd2+, with elusive physiological role. Recent genome-wide association studies have identified a non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphism rs13107325 to be associated with hypertension. To investigate the(More)
OBJECTIVE Genomewide-association studies have identified a number of loci influencing blood pressure, one of which is located near SLC4A7 (lead SNP rs13082711). SLC4A7 encodes an electroneutral Na+, HCO3- co-transporter, NBCn1, which contributes to intracellular pH (pHi) regulation in a range of tissues, including vascular smooth muscle and endothelium.(More)
OBJECTIVE A recent genome-wide association study identified a locus within natriuretic peptide receptor C (NPR3) to be significantly associated with blood pressure (BP), To functionally characterise the effect of BP- associated SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) at the NPR3 locus in the context of BP regulatory pathways(Figure is included in full-text(More)
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