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MOTIVATION Biomarker discovery and gene ranking is a standard task in genomic high-throughput analysis. Typically, the ordering of markers is based on a stabilized variant of the t-score, such as the moderated t or the SAM statistic. However, these procedures ignore gene-gene correlations, which may have a profound impact on the gene orderings and on the(More)
Ghrelin was shown to increase slow wave sleep (SWS) and the secretion of growth hormone (GH) and cortisol in young males. In terms of sleep, such information for females, however, is lacking. Therefore, polysomnographies were recorded (23:00-07:00 h) and nocturnal (20:00-07:00 h) secretion profiles of GH and cortisol were determined in 10 healthy females(More)
Ghrelin activates the somatotropic and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axes, being crucially involved in sleep regulation. Simplified, growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) increases slow-wave sleep and REM sleep in males, whilst corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) increases wakefulness and decreases REM sleep. Ghrelin's role in sleep regulation and(More)
Converging evidence implicates immune abnormalities in schizophrenia (SCZ), and recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified immune-related single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with SCZ. Using the conditional false discovery rate (FDR) approach, we evaluated pleiotropy in SNPs associated with SCZ (n=21,856) and multiple(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiological and clinical studies suggest comorbidity between prostate cancer (PCA) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. However, the relationship between these two phenotypes is still not well understood. Here we sought to identify shared genetic loci between PCA and CVD risk factors. METHODS We applied a genetic epidemiology(More)
Ghrelin and growth hormone (GH) releasing hormone (GHRH) both stimulate GH secretion and slow wave sleep (SWS), whereas ghrelin increases, and GHRH decreases cortisol in males. However, GHRH's effect on sleep and cortisol was abolished, on GH mitigated, when administered in the early morning, possibly due to counteracting corticotropin releasing hormone(More)
Blood pressure is a critical determinant of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. It is affected by environmental factors, but has a strong heritable component. Despite recent large genome-wide association studies, few genetic risk factors for blood pressure have been identified. Epidemiological studies suggest associations between blood pressure and(More)
Tumorigenesis is characterised by changes in transcriptional control. Extensive transcript expression data have been acquired over the last decade and used to classify prostate cancers. Prostate cancer is, however, a heterogeneous multifocal cancer and this poses challenges in identifying robust transcript biomarkers. In this study, we have undertaken a(More)
RATIONALE Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a critical determinant of morbidity and mortality. Previous studies have identified several cardiovascular disease risk factors, which may partly arise from a shared genetic basis with CAD, and thus be useful for discovery of CAD genes. OBJECTIVE We aimed to improve discovery of CAD genes and inform the(More)
BACKGROUND Ankyrin-3 (ANK3) was one of the first genes to reach significance in a bipolar disorder genome-wide association study. Many subsequent association studies confirmed this finding and implicated this gene in schizophrenia. However, the exact nature of the role of ANK3 in the pathophysiology remains elusive. In particular, the specific isoforms(More)