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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that causes multiple organ damage. Although recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have contributed to discovery of SLE susceptibility genes, few studies has been performed in Asian populations. Here, we report a GWAS for SLE examining 891 SLE cases and 3,384 controls and multi-stage(More)
In order to investigate the contribution of genetic variation in the human dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4) to the risk of developing schizophrenia, we carried out a genetic analysis of 27 polymorphisms in 216 schizophrenic patients and 243 healthy controls from the Kyushu region of Japan. Twenty-two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and five(More)
Non-small-cell lung cancer harboring epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations attains a meaningful response to EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). However, acquired resistance to EGFR-TKIs could affect long-term outcome in almost all patients. To identify the potential mechanisms of resistance, we established cell lines resistant to EGFR-TKIs(More)
PURPOSE To identify possible mutations in known candidate genes in patients with autosomal recessive (ar) and simplex retinitis pigmentosa (RP), by using an established strategy of flexible, multiplexed, microsatellite-based homozygosity mapping. METHODS A total of 78 microsatellite markers corresponding to 16 genes known to be responsible for arRP were(More)
PURPOSE To search for mutations in the Norrie disease gene (NDP) in Japanese patients with familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) and Norrie disease (ND) and to delineate the mutation-associated clinical features. METHODS Direct sequencing after polymerase chain reaction of all exons of the NDP gene was performed on blood collected from 62 probands(More)
The haplotype map constructed by the HapMap Project is a valuable resource in the genetic studies of disease genes, population structure, and evolution. In the Project, Caucasian and African haplotypes are fairly accurately inferred, based mainly on the rules of Mendelian inheritance using the genotypes of trios. However, the Asian haplotypes are inferred(More)
The Definitive Haplotype Database (D-HaploDB) is a web-accessible resource of genome-wide definitive haplotypes determined from a collection of Japanese complete hydatidiform moles (CHMs), each of which carries a genome derived from a single sperm. Currently, the database contains genotypes for 281 439 common SNPs from 74 CHMs which were determined by a(More)
We have employed a laser-capture microdissection technique and single-nucleotide polymorphism arrays to characterize genomic alterations associated with the development of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Combined analysis of loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and copy number revealed that more than half (56.3%) of the 254 identified LOH loci showed no copy-number(More)
PURPOSE To describe a hierarchical approach for efficient genetic diagnosis of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP). METHODS Forty di-, tri-, or tetra-nucleotide repeats tightly linked to 10 genes known to be responsible for adRP were identified from the human genome sequence and used as markers in multiplex amplification and genotyping,(More)
PURPOSE Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a complex disease with a genetic predisposition, but little is known about its genetic background. It has a clinical resemblance to familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR), a hereditary disease characterized by defects in the development of retinal vessels. Several studies have suggested that mutations in the(More)