Jiangtao Zhang

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This study investigated the risk factors and early predictors for heterotopic pregnancy (HP) after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET). From January 2008 to January 2013, 41 cases of HP and 72 cases of intrauterine twin pregnancy after IVF-ET were recruited and retrospectively analyzed. Compared with intrauterine twin pregnancy group, the HP(More)
The leucine-rich repeat kinase-2 (LRRK2) gene has been regarded as 1 of the most common genetic causes of Parkinson's disease (PD). We hypothesized that LRRK2-susceptible allele(s) for PD might pose a risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this study, we screened 12 LRRK2 gene variants in 2 independent cohorts from southwestern China (341 AD patients and 435(More)
Neuropsychological endophenotype approach is an emerging strategy in schizophrenia research to understand and identify the functional importance of genetically transmitted, brain-based deficits present in this disorder. Accumulating evidence indicated that working memory deficit is a core neuropsychological dysfunction in schizophrenia and a primary(More)
One functional polymorphism (rs1800497) within the ankyrin repeat and kinase domain containing-1 gene (ANKK1) was reported to be associated with schizophrenia, but results among different studies vary and conclusions remain controversial. The present study sought to clarify this potential association among a population of Han Chinese with early onset(More)
BACKGROUND Since 2003, the National Center for Clinical Laboratories (NCCL) has organized a network of reference laboratories and several survey programs to improve standardization in China. METHODS We analyzed the 2015 trueness verification program to assess the status of enzyme measurement standardization. Commutable serum-based materials were prepared(More)
In this pilot study, we aimed to examine whether iPad-assisted cognitive training could be beneficial in ameliorating some of the cognitive impairment that accompany schizophrenia. Totally, 20 first-episode schizophrenia patients were randomly assigned to an experiment group (with cognitive training) or to a control group (without cognitive training). The(More)
A simple pre-column derivatization procedure for HPLC analysis of cholesterol in biological samples was developed. Cholesterol was treated with chromic acid and sulfuric acid in acetone (the Jones oxidation) and cholest-4-en-3,6-dione was formed. The reaction was finished in 5 min at room temperature and the product showed a strong UV absorbance at 250 nm(More)
BACKGROUND We developed an ultracentrifugation and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method for simultaneous measurement of cholesterol in serum high density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL) subfractions and lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)]. METHODS Serum aliquots of 0.05 ml were centrifuged at background densities of 1.006, 1.044(More)
Complement pathway activation was found to occur frequently in schizophrenia, and complement 3 (C3) plays a major role in this process. Previous studies have provided evidence for the possible role of C3 in the development of schizophrenia. In this study, we hypothesized that the gene encoding C3 (C3) may confer susceptibility to schizophrenia in Han(More)
Simple and precise methods for LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) and HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) measurements are essential for assessment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks and for lipid and lipoprotein studies. We report here an ultracentrifugation (UC) and HPLC method that requires substantially less specimen volume and provides the necessary reliability and(More)