Wuyan Chen

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Recent findings suggests that PDE4D (gene encoding phosphodiesterase 4D) is a stroke-related gene in the Icelandic population, but it is still very controversial as to whether it is a susceptible gene for stroke in other populations. In the present study, we attempted to explore the role of the gene in the pathogenesis of stroke in the Chinese Han(More)
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder and is the most common cause of ambiguous genitalia in the newborn. The genes encoding 21-hydroxylase, CYP21A2, and tenascin-X (TNX), TNXB, are located within the HLA complex, in a region of high gene density termed the RCCX module. The module has(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic analysis is commonly performed in patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency. STUDY OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to describe comprehensive CYP21A2 mutation analysis in a large cohort of CAH patients. METHODS Targeted CYP21A2 mutation analysis was performed in 213 patients and 232(More)
Recognizing acetyllysine of histone is a vital process of epigenetic regulation that is mediated by a protein module called bromodomain. To contribute novel scaffolds for developing into bromodomain inhibitors, we utilize a fragment-based drug discovery approach. By successively applying docking and X-ray crystallography, we were able to identify 9 fragment(More)
BACKGROUND Chimeric CYP21A1P/CYP21A2 genes, caused by homologous recombination between CYP21A2 (cytochrome P450, family 21, subfamily A, polypeptide 2) and its highly homologous pseudogene CYP21A1P (cytochrome P450, family 21, subfamily A, polypeptide 1 pseudogene), are common in patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) due to 21-hydroxylase(More)
An increasing amount of evidence suggests that the pathophysiology of schizophrenia is associated with activation of the immune system. Four studies have established an association of -308G/A polymorphism of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), a cytokine involved in inflammatory processes, with schizophrenia [Mol. Psychiatry 6 (2001) 79; Mol.(More)
BACKGROUND N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors play important roles in many neurophysiological processes. Evidence from previous studies indicate that NMDA receptors contribute to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Two NMDA receptor subunit genes, GRIN1 and GRIN2A, are both good candidate genes for schizophrenia. METHOD We genotyped five single(More)
Several independent linkage studies have demonstrated that the 1q22 region is likely to harbor candidate schizophrenia susceptibility genes. Recently, some genetic variants within CAPON have been reported as exhibiting significant linkage disequilibrium to schizophrenia in Canadian familial-schizophrenia pedigrees. We examined nine single nucleotide(More)
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency (21-OHD) is an autosomal recessive disorder of adrenal steroidogenesis caused by mutations in the CYP21A2 gene. Direct comparison of established and novel methodologies of CYP21A2 genetic analysis in a large cohort representing a wide range of genotypes has not been previously reported. We(More)
OBJECTIVE To comprehensively phenotype parents identified with nonclassic congenital adrenal hyperplasia (NCCAH) by family genetic studies, termed here as cryptic NCCAH and to define the incidence of cryptic NCCAH in the parents of a large cohort of patients with 21-hydroxylase deficiency. DESIGN Genotyping was performed on 249 parents of 145 unrelated(More)