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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)
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)
BACKGROUND The molecular profile of circulating blood can reflect physiological and pathological events occurring in other tissues and organs of the body and delivers a comprehensive view of the status of the immune system. Blood has been useful in studying the pathobiology of many diseases. It is accessible and easily collected making it ideally suited to(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been linked to the molecular pathogenesis of many cancers. In this study, we found that miR-219-5p was significantly downregulated in 83 HCC tissues and three HCC cell lines, compared to their non-tumor counterparts. MiR-219-5p expression correlated with tumor size, histological differentiation, and overall survival time in HCC(More)
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)
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)
Abciximab, a derivative of the murine mAb 7E3, protects against ischemic complications of percutaneous coronary interventions by inhibiting ligand binding to the alphaIIbbeta3 receptor. In this study we identified regions on integrin beta3 that control 7E3 binding. Murine/human amino acid substitutions were created in two regions of the betaA domain that(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)
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)
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is well known for its aggressiveness, but the underlying mechanisms are unclear, limiting the treatment. In the present study, we showed that miR-181c, a commonly downregulated miRNA in GBM reported by several miRNA profiles, was associated with the mesenchymal subtype of GBM and predicted the outcome for patients from a GBM(More)