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We have developed a robust microarray genotyping chip that will help advance studies in genetic epidemiology. In population-based genetic association studies of complex disease, there could be hidden genetic substructure in the study populations, resulting in false-positive associations. Such population stratification may confound efforts to identify true(More)
Oxidative stress is believed to play an important role in the pathogenesis of smoking-induced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We hypothesized that polymorphisms of antioxidant genes glutathione S-transferase M1 (GSTM1), GSTT1, GSTP1, and heme oxygenase-1 (HMOX1) would be associated with susceptibility to accelerated decline of lung function in(More)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) genotype does not explain the heterogeneity observed in CF pulmonary disease severity. Modifier genes are implicated for this heterogeneity. alpha1-antitrypsin (alpha1-AT) is one of the few antiproteases capable of inactivating neutrophil elastase. We investigated whether alpha1-AT alleles (Z,(More)
To investigate associations between genetic variants involved in microRNA networks (microRNA biogenesis, microRNA and microRNA binding sites) and risk of gastric cancer. We genotyped 19 SNPs of the microRNA-related genes in a case–control study of 311 gastric cancers and 425 cancer-free controls in a Chinese Han population. We found that two of the SNPs(More)
Protamine genes play important roles in DNA packaging within the sperm nucleus. In order to evaluate the association of PRM1, PRM2, KIT and KITLG variants with susceptibility to severely defective spermatogenesis, 309 male infertility patients (199 cases with non-obstructive azoospermia and 110 cases with severe oligozoospermia) and 377 controls were(More)
Oxidative stress has been implicated in all stages of atherosclerosis, but how inherited variations in oxidative stress genes influence the severity of cardiovascular disease is not known. We tested associations between polymorphisms in candidate oxidative stress genes, plasma oxidative stress biomarkers, and cardiovascular mortality in an angiography(More)
BACKGROUND Given the complex nature of the responses that can occur in host-pathogen interactions, dual transcriptomics offers a powerful method of elucidating these interactions during infection. The gene expression patterns of Aspergillus fumigatus conidia or host cells have been reported in a number of previous studies, but each focused on only one of(More)
Arrayed primer extension (APEX) is a microarray-based rapid minisequencing methodology that may have utility in 'personalized medicine' applications that involve genetic diagnostics of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). However, to date there have been few reports that objectively evaluate the assay completion rate, call rate and accuracy of APEX. We(More)
Scientific literature describing arrayed primer extension and other array-based minisequencing technologies consistently cite the requirement for four fluorescent dideoxynucleotides (with concomitant absence/inactivation of deoxynucleotides) to ensure single-base extension and thus sequence-specific intensity data that can be interpreted as a base call or(More)
BACKGROUND Aberrant expression of HOX gene expression has been observed in cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate the alteration of HOXA5 and HOXA9 expression and their clinical significance in acute meloid leukemia (AML). MATERIALS AND METHODS The expression of HOXA5 and HOXA9 genes of bone marrow samples from 75 newly diagnosed AML(More)