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Bone mineral density (BMD), a risk factor for osteoporosis, is believed to be under genetic control. The effect of environmental factors and gender on the heritability of BMD and bone size is ill-defined. In this study, heritability estimates (h2) were determined in 3,320 southern Chinese subjects from 1,019 families using the variance components model. The(More)
Epigenetic processes such as DNA methylation have been implicated in the pathophysiology of neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia and autism. Epigenetic changes can be induced by environmental exposures such as inflammation. Here we tested the hypothesis that prenatal inflammation, a recognized risk factor for schizophrenia and related(More)
Autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA) constitute a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders. The transglutaminase 6 (TGM6) gene was recently suggested as a SCA causative gene in Chinese SCA families. In this study, two affected members of a three-generation Chinese family with SCA characterized by progressive cerebellar ataxia and lower limb(More)
BACKGROUND Lumbar disc disease (LDD) is one of the leading causes of disability in the working-age population. A functional single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), +1184T-->C, in exon 8 of the cartilage intermediate layer protein gene (CILP) was recently identified as a risk factor for LDD in the Japanese population (odds ratio (OR) 1.61, 95% CI 1.31 to(More)
Thioamides antithyroid-drugs (ATDs) are important in hyperthyroid disease management. Identification of the susceptibility locus of ATD-induced agranulocytosis is important for clinical management. We performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) involving 20 patients with ATD-induced agranulocytosis and 775 healthy controls. The top finding was further(More)
This study examined the association of tagging single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the 130 kb region surrounding the microsatellite D17S1303 on chromosome 17p12 with the development of hypertension after 6 years in a cohort of 232 Hong Kong Chinese adults. Four SNPs (rs9899362, rs10491093, rs11658572 and rs9913883) were associated with the development(More)
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