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Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common form of congenital cardiovascular defect in humans worldwide and is responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality. Accumulating evidence has demonstated that genetic risk factors are involved in the pathogenesis of BAV. However, BAV is genetically heterogeneous and the genetic basis underlying BAV in a(More)
Tetraology of Fallot (TOF) is the most common form of cyanotic congenital heart disease and is a major cause of significant morbidity and mortality. Emerging evidence demonstrates that genetic risk factors are involved in the pathogenesis of TOF. However, TOF is genetically heterogeneous and the genetic defects responsible for TOF remain largely unclear. In(More)
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common form of congenital cardiovascular defect in humans and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Emerging evidence demonstrates that genetic risk factors play an important role in the pathogenesis of BAV. However, BAV is a genetically heterogenous disorder, and the genetic defects underpinning BAV(More)
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common form of birth defect and is the most prevalent non-infectious cause of infant death. A growing body of evidence documents that genetic defects are involved in the pathogenesis of CHD. However, CHD is a genetically heterogeneous disease and the genetic basis underpinning CHD in an overwhelming majority of(More)
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the most common form of primary myocardial disease. It is the most common cause of chronic congestive heart failure and the most frequent reason for heart transplantation in young adults. There is increasing evidence demonstrating that genetic defects are involved in the pathogenesis of idiopathic DCM. Recent studies have(More)
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the most prevalent type of primary myocardial disease, which is the third most common cause of heart failure and the most frequent reason for heart transplantation. Aggregating evidence demonstrates that genetic risk factors are involved in the pathogenesis of idiopathic DCM. Nevertheless, DCM is of remarkable genetic(More)
The cardiac transcription factor GATA4 is essential for cardiac development, and mutations in this gene have been implicated in a wide variety of congenital heart diseases in both animal models and humans. However, whether mutated GATA4 predisposes to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) remains unknown. In this study, the whole coding region and splice junction(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia, is associated with significantly increased morbidity and mortality. Cumulative evidence highlights the importance of genetic defects in the pathogenesis of AF. However, AF is of remarkable heterogeneity and the genetic determinants of AF (More)
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) represents the most common form of cyanotic congenital heart disease and accounts for significant morbidity and mortality in humans. Emerging evidence has implicated genetic defects in the pathogenesis of TOF. However, TOF is genetically heterogeneous and the genetic basis for TOF in most patients remains unclear. In this study,(More)