June Cassano

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Family history is a major risk factor for myocardial infarction (MI). However, known gene variants associated with MI cannot fully explain the genetic component of MI risk. We hypothesized that a gene-centric association study that was not limited to candidate genes could identify novel genetic associations with MI. We studied 11,053 single-nucleotide(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to identify genetic variants associated with severe coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS We used 3 case-control studies of white subjects whose severity of CAD was assessed by angiography. The first 2 studies were used to generate hypotheses that were then tested in the third study. We tested 12,077(More)
Coronary artery disease (CAD), including its most serious complication myocardial infraction (MI), is the leading cause of death in the US and developed countries. We recently discovered that a seven-amino acid deletion in MEF2A, a transcription factor with a high level of expression in the endothelium of coronary arteries, co-segregates with CAD/MI in one(More)
Our previous genomewide linkage scan of 428 nuclear families (GeneQuest) identified a significant genetic susceptibility locus for premature myocardial infarction (MI) on chromosome 1p34-36. We analyzed candidate genes in the locus with a population-based association study involving probands with premature coronary artery disease (CAD) and/or MI from the(More)
Saphenous veins grafts (SVGs) continue to be used as conduits for coronary bypass surgery in nearly 350,000 patients annually in the United States. A possible genetic contribution to SVG longevity has not been well studied. We analyzed 168 single nucleotide polymorphisms from 150 candidate genes in 155 patients (2.1 SVGs/patient) followed for 10 +/- 4 years(More)
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