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Rac1 regulates a wide variety of cellular processes. The polybasic region of the Rac1 C terminus functions both as a plasma membrane-targeting motif and a nuclear localization sequence (NLS). We show that a triproline N-terminal to the polybasic region contributes to the NLS, which is cryptic in the sense that it is strongly inhibited by geranylgeranylation(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the association between plasma homocysteine (Hcy), blood pressure (BP) and poor outcome at hospital discharge among acute ischemic stroke patients, and if high Hcy increases the risk of poor outcome based on high BP status in a northern Chinese population. METHODS Between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2013, a total of 3695 acute ischemic(More)
A cycle of palmitoylation/depalmitoylation of H-Ras mediates bidirectional trafficking between the Golgi apparatus and the plasma membrane, but nothing is known about how this cycle is regulated. We show that the prolyl isomerase (PI) FKBP12 binds to H-Ras in a palmitoylation-dependent fashion and promotes depalmitoylation. A variety of inhibitors of the PI(More)
The FZD3 protein is a transmembrane receptor for secreted Wnt glycoproteins involved in the Wnt signal transduction cascades. The alteration of Wnt signal transduction cascades has been thought to be involved in producing the cytoarchitectural defects observed in schizophrenia. Because the human FZD3 gene is mapped to chromosome 8p21, which is a potential(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototypic autoimmune disease characterized by excessive production of a variety of autoantibodies, accumulation of immune complexes, and multiple organ systems involvement. Interleukin-10 (IL-10) has an important role in the growth, survival, differentiation, and function of B cells. Abnormally increased IL-10(More)
Several confirmed genetic susceptibility loci involved in the interferon signaling and Th17/B cell response for SLE in Chinese Han populations have been described. Available data also indicate that sex-specific genetic differences contribute to SLE susceptibility. The aim of this study was to test for gene-gene/gene-sex epistasis (interactions) in these(More)
BACKGROUND Biliary atresia (BA) is the leading cause of pediatric end-stage liver disease and liver transplantation in the United States. Early diagnosis leads to improved outcomes, but diagnosis is often delayed, leading to increased rates of transplantation and mortality. METHODS A Markov model was developed to simulate the natural history and(More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease arising from the action of multiple genetic and environmental risk factors. The aim of this study was to examine the association of a single-nucleotide polymorphism, rs1990760, of the interferon induced with helicase C domain 1 (IFIH1) gene with SLE in a Chinese population. A total of 877(More)
The two products of the KRAS locus, K-Ras4A and K-Ras4B, are encoded by alternative fourth exons and therefore, possess distinct membrane-targeting sequences. The common activating mutations occur in exons 1 or 2 and therefore, render both splice variants oncogenic. K-Ras4A has been understudied, because it has been considered a minor splice variant. By(More)
The aim to this study was to investigate the association between the single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of interleukin (IL)-23 receptor gene and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a Chinese population. A case–control study was performed to investigate the associations of SNPs in IL-23R gene (rs10889677 and rs1884444) with susceptibility to SLE in 521(More)