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Hypertension is a heritable and major contributor to the global burden of disease. The sum of rare and common genetic variants robustly identified so far explain only 1%-2% of the population variation in BP and hypertension. This suggests the existence of more undiscovered common variants. We conducted a genome-wide association study in 1,621 hypertensive(More)
Astrocytes undergo major phenotypic changes in response to injury and disease that directly influence repair in the CNS, but the mechanisms involved are poorly understood. Previously, we have shown that neurosphere-derived rat astrocytes plated on poly-L-lysine (PLL-astrocytes) support myelination in dissociated rat spinal cord cultures (myelinating(More)
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β is one of the main fibrogenic cytokines that drives the pathophysiology of progressive renal scarring. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous non-coding RNAs that post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression. We examined the role of TGF-β-induced expression of miR-21, miRNAs in cell culture models and miRNA expression in(More)
Genetic mapping on fully sequenced individuals is transforming understanding of the relationship between molecular variation and variation in complex traits. Here we report a combined sequence and genetic mapping analysis in outbred rats that maps 355 quantitative trait loci for 122 phenotypes. We identify 35 causal genes involved in 31 phenotypes,(More)
BACKGROUND Drug-eluting stents reduce the incidence of in-stent restenosis, but they result in delayed arterial healing and are associated with a chronic inflammatory response and hypersensitivity reactions. Identifying novel interventions to enhance wound healing and reduce the inflammatory response may improve long-term clinical outcomes.(More)
RATIONALE The pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains unclear. The 4 microRNAs representing the miR-143 and miR-145 stem loops are genomically clustered. OBJECTIVE To elucidate the transcriptional regulation of the miR-143/145 cluster and the role of miR-143 in PAH. METHODS AND RESULTS We identified the promoter region that(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Essential hypertension is a complex polygenetic disease with a major impact on health worldwide. Despite earlier detection of promising candidate genes, only recent advances in genotyping technology and new approaches to examining gene and protein function have provided the tools to unravel the genetic basis of hypertension. RECENT(More)
Normal gonadal development is dependent upon stimulation by the gonadotropic hormones, and it is likely that control of ovarian development is regulated by expression of gonadotropin receptors. In this study, quantitative changes in LH- and FSH-receptor mRNA levels were measured in the ovary during development in normal mice and in hypogonadal (hpg/hpg)(More)
Large numbers of inbred laboratory rat strains have been developed for a range of complex disease phenotypes. To gain insights into the evolutionary pressures underlying selection for these phenotypes, we sequenced the genomes of 27 rat strains, including 11 models of hypertension, diabetes, and insulin resistance, along with their respective control(More)
Six isoforms of the enzyme 3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3betaHSD) have been identified in the mouse, each the product of a distinct gene. Two of these isoforms (type I and type VI) are detectable in the adult testis but changes in their expression during development are unknown. In this study we have examined changes in testicular expression and(More)