Jan Rudolf Ortlepp

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A backcross model of New Zealand obese mice (NZO) with the lean, atherosclerosis-resistant SJL strain was established to locate genes responsible for obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes-like hyperglycemia. In male NZO x F1 backcross mice, a major susceptibility locus for the development of hyperglycemia and hypoinsulinemia (Nidd/SJL) was(More)
BACKGROUND A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs599839 located at chromosome 1p13.3 has previously been associated with risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and with serum levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). A functional link explaining the association of SNP rs599839 with LDL-C levels and CAD risk has not yet been elucidated. (More)
BACKGROUND Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an inherited disease of the sarcomere characterised clinically by myocardial hypertrophy and its consequences. Phenotypic expression is heterogeneous even within families with the same aetiological mutation and may be influenced by additional genetic factors. OBJECTIVE To determine the influence of genetic(More)
Smoking and interleukin-6 are important factors in driving inflammation. This study assessed the relationship between smoking, interleukin-6 genotype, physical fitness, and peripheral blood count in healthy young men. For this interleukin-6 promoter polymorphism −174 genotype-phenotype association study 1,929 healthy German male aviators recruited at the(More)
OBJECTIVE There is growing evidence that hypertensive pregnancy complications and other adverse pregnancy outcomes are associated with the presence of inherited or acquired thrombophilias. As hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets (HELLP) syndrome is one of the most severe forms of pre-eclampsia we aimed to assess the prevalence of the factor V(More)
AIMS The study evaluated the relationship between cardiovascular risk factors (CRF), gene polymorphism, calcification and fibrosis of stenotic aortic valves. METHODS AND RESULTS The calcium content of 187 excised stenotic aortic valves was determined using atomic absorption spectroscopy. Hydroxyproline content was quantified. Left-heart catheterization(More)
Aims/hypothesis. To locate genes responsible for obesity and insulin resistance, a backcross model of New Zealand obese (NZO) mice with the lean Swiss/Jackson Laboratory (SJL) strain was stablished. Results. In female NZO x F1 backcross mice, two major quantitative trait loci for variables of obesity (body weight, body mass index, total body fat) and(More)
AIMS Vitamin D can influence lipolysis and insulin secretion. A common genetic polymorphism of the vitamin D receptor, which has been found to be associated with bone mineral density, has also been reported to be associated with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. To test the influence of the vitamin D receptor polymorphism on the prevalence of Type 2(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies found a relationship between Vitamin D and atherosclerosis. A common genetic polymorphism of the Vitamin D receptor (VDR) has been associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in small study populations. To assess its influence on the prevalence and severity of CAD we studied a large-scale population. METHODS A total of 3441(More)
BACKGROUND Angiotensin II is known to stimulate proliferation of fibroblasts and smooth muscle cells and enhance the atherosclerotic process in native coronary arteries. The impact of genetic polymorphisms of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system on coronary bypass graft degeneration is unknown. METHODS We examined polymorphisms of four genes (AGTR1,(More)