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BACKGROUND An E670G polymorphism of the exon 12 of the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) gene was recently found to be associated with increased plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels and severity of coronary atherosclerosis. This case-control study tested for a possible link between this PCSK9 polymorphism and the(More)
BACKGROUND The level of C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammatory biomarker that predicts future cardiovascular events, is a heritable trait that has been associated with variants of CRP and hepatic nuclear factor-1α (HNF1A) genes. Our aim was to test the statistical association between HNF1A genotypes/haplotypes and serum CRP level in Taiwanese. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE We aimed to investigate the association between the ABO blood groups and the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and myocardial infartion (MI) in a young Taiwanese population. METHODS We retrospectively recruited 277 consecutive subjects (men younger than 45 years and women younger than 55 years) who underwent coronary angiography (136 with(More)
Adriamycin is a potent, broad-spectrum chemotherapeutic agent effective against solid tumors and malignant hematological disease. The major limiting factor for adriamycin is its cardiotoxicity. Thus, the objective of this study was to investigate the role of cardiomyocyte and endothelial cell apoptosis in adriamycin-induced cardiomyopathy, in vivo and in(More)
We investigated whether thrombin, the final activator of coagulation cascade, regulates expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-9 in human monocytes. We show that thrombin stimulation induced MMP-9 secretion of monocytes dose- and time-dependently as revealed by gelatin zymography. Real-time RT-PCR and Western blot analysis demonstrated that thrombin(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in the treatment of hemodialysis vascular access stenosis is attenuated by a high restenosis rate, which results mainly from neointimal hyperplasia. Cellular proliferation is one of the most important biological mechanisms involved in neointimal hyperplasia and may be a potential target of(More)
Recently, a T/C polymorphism of the promoter region of the APOA5 gene at position -1131 and a G/T polymorphism at position 553 were found to be associated with increased levels of plasma triglyceride. Triglyceride plays a role in coronary artery disease (CAD), so this case-control study tested for a possible link between these two APOA5 polymorphisms, their(More)
Abnormal keratinocyte terminal differentiation is one of the important characteristics of psoriatic lesions. Filaggrin (FLG) is a key protein that facilitates the terminal differentiation of the epidermis. Thus, FLG genetic variants may modify the risk of psoriasis. In total, 314 patients with psoriasis and 611 control subjects were analyzed for the(More)
Structural and electrical remodeling in the atrium constitutes the main feature of atrial fibrillation (AF), which is characterized by increased oxidative stress. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a potent anti-oxidant system that may provide protection against various oxidative stress-related diseases. The aim of this study is to investigate whether HO-1 has a(More)
BACKGROUND The -1131T>C polymorphism in the apolipoprotein gene A5 (APOA5) was found to be associated with increased levels of plasma triglyceride and decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), which are characteristic dyslipidemic components of metabolic syndrome. This study aimed to identify a link between this polymorphism and the(More)