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We conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure in 19,608 subjects of east Asian ancestry from the AGEN-BP consortium followed up with de novo genotyping (n = 10,518) and further replication (n = 20,247) in east Asian samples. We identified genome-wide significant (P < 5 × 10(-8))(More)
Several lines of evidence have suggested altered functions of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the search for polymorphisms in the 5'-flanking and 5'-noncoding regions of the BDNF gene, we found a novel nucleotide substitution (C270T) in the noncoding(More)
We report a Japanese family with early onset hereditary frontotemporal dementia and a novel missense mutation (Ser305Asn) in the tau gene. The patients presented with personality changes followed by impaired cognition and memory as well as disorientation, but minimal Parkinsonism. Imaging studies showed fronto-temporal atrophy with ventricular dilatation(More)
BACKGROUND Two consortium-based genome-wide association studies have recently identified robust and significant associations of common variants with systolic and diastolic blood pressures in populations of European descent, warranting further investigation in populations of non-European descent. METHODS AND RESULTS We examined the associations at 27 loci(More)
The newly identified apoprotein AV (apoAV) gene was suggested to have a significant effect on triglyceride (TG) metabolism in Caucasians. We studied the genetic effect of this gene on serum TG in a Japanese population. Participants (481 male and 412 female) were recruited at a health examination. A T/C single nucleotide polymorphism called SNP3 in the(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE In Japanese populations, we performed a replication study of genetic loci previously identified in European-descent populations as being associated with lipid levels and risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS We genotyped 48 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 22 candidate loci that had previously been identified by(More)
Thrombomodulin (TM), a thrombin receptor expressed on the endothelial surface, is known to play an important role in the anti-thrombogenic system in vivo. In this study, we examined the effects of 3 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the TM gene (G-33A, C1418T and C1922T) on the development of myocardial infarction (MI) in Koreans. We found that(More)
Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) plays an important role in the regulation of blood pressure through sodium-water homoeostasis. Accordingly, several investigators have raised the question of whether the gene encoding ANP is involved in the aetiology of essential hypertension or related phenotypes such as salt sensitivity. Most of the studies have used(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Silent brain infarction (SBI) is often found with white matter hyperintensity. A recent genetic study on elderly twins indicated that the susceptibility to white matter hyperintensity was largely determined by genetic factors, implying the existence of genetic susceptibility for SBI as well. We therefore studied 3 genetic(More)
As in other tumors, the assessment of microvessel density (MVD) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) may be essential to perform an effective anti-angiogenic therapy for this tumor. The relationship between vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and MVD of HCC as well as the surrounding liver remains to be elucidated. In 71 patients who had undergone(More)