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BACKGROUND Myopathy, probably caused by 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibition in skeletal muscle, rarely occurs in patients taking statins. This study was designed to assess the effect of high-dose statin treatment on cholesterol and ubiquinone metabolism and mitochondrial function in human skeletal muscle. METHODS Forty-eight(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence of decreased kidney function in an elderly population and to evaluate the impact of using alternative markers of glomerular filtration rate (GFR), focusing on serum cystatin C (Cys C) and the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) Study prediction equation. DESIGN AND METHODS In a cross-sectional community-based(More)
The presenilin proteins are components of high-molecular-weight protein complexes in the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus that also contain beta-catenin. We report here that presenilin mutations associated with familial Alzheimer disease (but not the non-pathogenic Glu318Gly polymorphism) alter the intracellular trafficking of beta-catenin after(More)
Estrogens may be implicated in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Most of their effects are mediated via receptors whose function and expression may be modified by DNA polymorphisms. Here the estrogen receptor 1 gene (ESR1) polymorphisms XbaI and PvuII were analyzed in 214 AD patients and 290 controls. In logistic regression analysis, a(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was undertaken to examine the relation of in vivo low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and other lipid risk factors to coronary reactivity in normal subjects. BACKGROUND Experimental studies have shown that oxidized LDL (ox-LDL) particles are injurious to the vascular wall by impairing its normal vasodilator function. METHODS We(More)
Conflicting results have been reported as to whether genetic variations (Val66Met and C270T) of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene (BDNF) confer susceptibility to Alzheimer's disease (AD). We genotyped these polymorphisms in a Japanese sample of 657 patients with AD and 525 controls, and obtained weak evidence of association for Val66Met (P =(More)
The etiopathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is still unclear, although clinical diagnostic criteria exist and the neuropathology of AD has been studied in great detail during the last 20 years. The present study addresses certain problems in the search for biological markers for the diagnosis, as well as in the follow-up of the course of AD and its(More)
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) modulates dopamine turnover in the brain and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) enzyme is an important agent in the metabolic inactivation of dopamine and norepinephrine. Functional polymorphism in the COMT and ACE genes causes variation in enzyme activities. We investigated the relationship of COMT and ACE gene(More)
Serum bioactive but not immunoreactive interleukin-6 (IL-6), and serum C-reactive protein (CRP), have been reported to be of prognostic significance in multiple myeloma (MM). We measured serum immunoreactive IL-6 by a sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 30 MM patients at diagnosis. In 30% of the patients serum immunoreactive IL-6 exceeded the(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the functional C957T single-nucleotide polymorphism of the dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) gene and the risk for schizophrenia. We therefore conducted a case-control association study of 188 Finnish schizophrenia patients meeting the DSM-IV criteria and 384 healthy controls. The 5' nuclease assay(More)