Huizhi Zhao

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BACKGROUND Impaired one-carbon metabolism is thought to be associated with the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs); however, the role of methylation in NTDs remains unclear. Long interspersed nucleotide element-1 (LINE-1) constitutes 17-25% of the human genome. LINE-1 hypomethylation correlates with global DNA methylation levels in cancerous cells, but(More)
DNA repair is critical for proper embryogenesis, and altered expression of DNA repair genes has been associated with neural tube defects (NTDs). The expression of DNA repair enzymes may be controlled, in part, by methylation of the promoter region. To assess whether disturbed promoter methylation pattern increases the incidence of NTDs, we employed(More)
BACKGROUND Neural tube defects (NTDs) are one of the most common birth defects caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Currently, little is known about the genetic basis of NTDs although up to 70% of human NTDs were reported to be attributed to genetic factors. Here we performed genome-wide copy number variants (CNVs) detection in a(More)
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are serious congenital malformation of fusion failure of the neural tube during early embryogenesis. DNA methylation disorders have been found in NTD-affected fetuses, and are correlated to the risk of NTDs. The insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) gene, maternally imprinted, has a key role in fetal development. IGF2 transcription(More)
The PCMT1 gene encodes the protein repair enzyme protein-l-isoaspartate (d-aspartate) O-methyltransferase, which is known to protect certain neural cells against Bax-induced apoptosis. Previous studies have produced inconsistent results regarding the effects of PCMT1 (rs4816 and rs4552) polymorphisms on neural tube defects (NTDs). Reduced maternal plasma(More)
Folate hydrolase 1 (FOLH1) gene encodes intestinal folate hydrolase, which regulates intestinal absorption of dietary folate. Previous studies on the association between polymorphisms rs202676 and rs61886492 and the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) were inconclusive. A case–control study of women with NTD-affected pregnancies (n = 160) and controls (n =(More)
Protein-L-isoaspartate (D-aspartate) O-methyltransferase 1 (PCMT1) gene encodes for the protein repair enzyme L-isoaspartate (D-aspartate) O-methyltransferase (PIMT), which is known to protect certain neural cells from Bax-induced apoptosis. Previous study has shown that PCMT1 polymorphisms rs4552 and rs4816 of infant are associated with spina bifida in the(More)
Glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCPII) catalyzes the hydrolysis of N-acetylaspartylglutamate into N-acetylaspartate and glutamate in the brain. Animal experiments suggested that GCPII plays an essential role in early embryonic development. Previous studies provided conflicting results on the effect of the GCPII rs61886492 C>T (or 1561C>T) polymorphism on(More)
Uncoupling protein 2(UCP2) is an attractive candidate gene for screening neural tube defects (NTDs) risk. In this study, polymerase chain reaction and agarose gel electrophoresis were used to determine the distribution of the polymorphism in a case group of 140 deliveries with NTDs, and a control group of 251 normal newborns. We found that the frequencies(More)
BACKGROUND Animal models of neural tube defects (NTDs) have indicated roles for the Fzd3 gene and the planar cell polarity signaling pathway in convergent extension. We investigated the involvement of FZD3 in genetic and epigenetic mechanisms associated with human NTDs, especially spina bifida. We explored the effects of variants spanning the FZD3 gene in(More)
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