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OBJECTIVES Our purpose was to determine whether the common polymorphisms (SNP-604, SNP1192, and SNP1719) in KDR are associated with risk of coronary heart disease. BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptor KDR (kinase insert domain-containing receptor/fetal liver kinase-1, also called VEGFR2) play critical roles in angiogenesis(More)
Angiopoietin-1 is a vascular strengthening factor during vascular development and a protective factor for pathological vascular inflammation and leakage. Brain vascular leaking and inflammation are two important pathological processes of stroke; therefore, we hypothesized that variants of the microRNA-binding site in angiopoietin-1 would affect its(More)
BACKGROUND There are more than 1 million patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in China, but the genetic basis is presently unknown. METHODS We investigated 100 independent patients with HCM (proband 51, sporadic 49) by sequencing the three most frequent HCM-causing genes (MYH7, MYBPC3, TNNT2). RESULTS Thirty-four patients (34%) carried 25(More)
Abnormalities in type III collagen in the arterial walls cause certain familial intracranial aneurysms (IAs); however, it remains unknown whether COL3A1 variants contribute to the risk of sporadic IAs. To study whether COL3A1 variants are associated with sporadic IAs, the association of COL3A1 variants with sporadic IAs was tested in 298 cases and 488(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of serum albumin on prognosis and the power of albumin adding information to NT-proBNP in a Chinese cohort of heart failure. DESIGN AND METHODS 385 consecutive patients (male vs. female: 292 vs. 93; mean age: 54.89±14.41years; NYHA classes II-V) admitted for heart failure exacerbation with LVEF≤45% were enrolled, and(More)
Angiopoietin-2 is an important mediator of angiogenesis, and we hypothesized that genetic variants of ANGPT2 (the gene encoding angiopoietin-2) would result in abnormal angiogenesis and contribute to stroke susceptibility. To test our hypothesis, we investigated the association of variants in the promoter of ANGPT2 with stroke in a multi-centre case-control(More)
The IC53 gene was reported to be upregulated in the colon adenocarcinoma cell line SW480. Here, we show that the expression level of IC53 is positively correlated with the grade and depth of invasion in adenocarcinoma of the colon. Injection of IC53 stably transfected HCT-116 cells into athymic nude mice promoted tumor growth. Furthermore, overexpression of(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare cervical length measurements obtained by transvaginal two-dimensional (2D) and transvaginal three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound. STUDY DESIGN Thirty-four consecutive women having transvaginal assessment of cervical length as part of an obstetric ultrasound examination consented to have a 3D ultrasound scan. The cervical lengths obtained(More)
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