Xianjun Zhu

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PURPOSE Human longevity results from a number of factors, including genetic background, favorable environmental, social factors and chance. In this study, we aimed to elucidate the association of human longevity with genetic variations in several major candidate genes in a Han Chinese population. METHODS A case-control association study of 1015 long-lived(More)
Stargardt disease is the most common cause of juvenile macular dystrophy. Five subjects from a two-generation Chinese family with Stargardt disease are reported in this study. All family members underwent complete ophthalmologic examinations. Patients of the family initiated the disease during childhood, developing progressively impaired central vision and(More)
PURPOSE Previous studies have shown that genetic variants in the complement component 2 (C2)/complement factor B (BF) gene are associated with AMD in Caucasians, but not in Han Chinese. Recent studies have indicated that genetic variants in the neighboring superkiller viralicidic activity 2-like (SKIV2L) gene showed significant association with AMD. We(More)
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a rare heterogeneous genetic retinal dystrophy disease, and despite years of research, known genetic mutations can explain only approximately 60% of RP cases. We sought to identify the underlying genetic mutations in a cohort of fourteen Indian autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (arRP) families and 100 Indian sporadic RP(More)
Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a hereditary eye disease characterized by defects in the development of retinal vessels. However, known genetic mutations can only explain approximately 50% of FEVR patients. To assess the mutation frequency of Frizzled 4 (FZD4) in Chinese patients, we analysed patients with FEVR from 61 families from China to(More)
Researchers have recently paid attention to social contact patterns among individuals due to their useful applications in such areas as epidemic evaluation and control, public health decisions, chronic disease research and social network research. Although some studies have estimated social contact patterns from social networks and surveys, few have(More)
PURPOSE This study was intended to identify the disease causing genes in a large Chinese family with autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. METHODS A genome scan analysis was conducted in this family for disease gene preliminary mapping. Snapshot analysis of selected SNPs for two-point LOD score analysis for candidate gene(More)
PURPOSE Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a group of inherited blinding eye diseases characterized by defects in the development of the retinal vessels. Recent studies have identified genetic variants in tetraspanin 12 (TSPAN12) as a cause of FEVR. The purpose of this study was to identify novel TSPAN12 mutations in Chinese patients with FEVR(More)
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) are leading causes of blindness in aging populations. This study was conducted to investigate the associations of chromosome 6p21.3 region, including CFB-SKIV2L-TNXB-FKBPL-NOTCH4 genes, with both neovascular AMD and PCV. Six single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)(More)