Pamela A. McCaskie

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A great deal of effort and expense are being expended internationally in attempts to detect genetic polymorphisms contributing to susceptibility to complex human disease. Techniques such as Linkage Disequilibrium mapping are being increasingly used to examine and compare markers across increasingly large datasets. Visualisation techniques are becoming(More)
Asthma, atopy, and related phenotypes are heterogeneous complex traits, with both genetic and environmental risk factors. Extensive research has been conducted and over hundred genes have been associated with asthma and atopy phenotypes, but many of these findings have failed to replicate in subsequent studies. To separate true associations from false(More)
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is a known predictor of coronary heart disease (CHD). Studies have shown that the C-480T polymorphism of the hepatic lipase (HL) gene is predictive of HDL-C; however, its observed relationship with the risk of CHD has been inconsistent. We analysed four biallelic polymorphisms in the HL gene in participants from(More)
Researchers wishing to conduct genetic association analysis involving single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or haplotypes are often confronted with the lack of user-friendly graphical analysis tools, requiring sophisticated statistical and informatics expertise to perform relatively straightforward tasks. Tools, such as the SimHap package for the R(More)
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is a known inverse predictor of coronary heart disease (CHD) and is thus a potential therapeutic target. Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) is a key protein in HDL-C metabolism such that elevated CETP activity is associated with lower HDL-C. Currently available HDL-C raising drugs are relatively(More)
The objective of this study was to determine whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the Interleukin-1 (IL-1) gene family are associated with central obesity and metabolic syndrome in a coronary heart disease population. The IL-1α C-889T (rs1800587) and IL-1β +3954 (rs1143634) SNPs were studied in a Western Australian coronary heart disease (CHD)(More)
Serum high density lipoprotein (HDL) levels are inversely related to the development of coronary artery disease (CAD). Apolipoproteins AI and AII are the major protein constituents of HDL particles. APOAI and APOAII genetic polymorphisms have been proposed to affect transcriptional efficiency of their respective genes, thereby altering serum lipid levels(More)
OBJECTIVE We have previously demonstrated high concentrations of the glycoprotein osteoprotegerin (OPG) in biopsies of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and demonstrated that ligation of the nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma) downregulates OPG in vitro and within a mouse model. The aims of this study were to assess(More)
Common genetic variants influence plasma triacylglycerol, HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) and glucose levels in cross-sectional studies. However, the longitudinal effects of these established variants have not been studied. Our aim was to examine the longitudinal associations of four such variants in the apolipoprotein A-V (APOA5), lipoprotein lipase (LPL), and(More)
PARL (presenilin-associated rhomboid-like) is a mitochondrial protein involved in mitochondrial membrane remodelling, and maps to a quantitative trait locus (3q27) associated with metabolic traits. Recently the rs3732581 (Leu262Val) variant was found to be associated with increased levels of plasma insulin, a finding not replicated in a larger cohort. The(More)