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Height is a classic complex trait with common variants in a growing list of genes known to contribute to the phenotype. Using a genecentric genotyping array targeted toward cardiovascular-related loci, comprising 49,320 SNPs across approximately 2000 loci, we evaluated the association of common and uncommon SNPs with adult height in 114,223 individuals from(More)
AIMS Growth factors play an important role in regulating vascular function. Data are limited regarding clinical and genetic correlates of endothelial growth factors and their associations with vascular function. METHODS AND RESULTS We evaluated clinical and genetic correlates of circulating vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF), its soluble receptor(More)
Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are mobilized into the vascular space and home to damaged tissues, where they promote repair in part through a process of angiogenesis. Neuregulins (NRGs) are ligands in the epidermal growth factor family that signal through type I receptor tyrosine kinases in the erbB family (erbB2, erbB3, and erbB4) and regulate(More)
OBJECTIVE The metabolic and genetic correlates of circulating insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and its main circulating carrier, IGF-1-binding-protein-3 (IGFBP-3), are unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS We measured serum IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 concentrations in a sample of the Framingham Heart Study (N=3977, aged 40+/-9 years, 46% male) and evaluated their(More)
Mean and pulsatile components of hemodynamic load are related to cardiovascular disease. Vascular growth factors play a fundamental role in vascular remodeling. The links between growth factors and hemodynamic load components are not well described. In 3496 participants from the Framingham Heart Study third generation cohort (mean age: 40±9 years; 52%(More)
Purpose: Neuregulins (NRG) are growth factors that bind to receptors of the erbB family, and are known to mediate a number of processes involved in diverse tissues. Neuregulin-1 is expressed in skeletal muscle and is activated by exercise. We hypothesized that NRG-1 might circulate in the bloodstream and increase as a consequence of physical activity. A(More)
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