Yi-qiang Liang

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BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE The CDKAL1 gene is among the best-replicated susceptibility loci for type 2 diabetes, originally identified by genome-wide association studies in humans. To clarify a physiological importance of CDKAL1, we examined effects of a global Cdkal1-null mutation in mice and also evaluated the influence of a CDKAL1 risk allele on body mass(More)
Cardiac hypertrophy and left ventricular hypertrophy are known to be substantially controlled by genetic factors. As an experimental model, we undertook genome-wide screens for cardiac mass in F2 populations bred from the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP) and normal spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and Wistar Kyoto rats (WKY) of a(More)
AIM It is challenging to identify causal (or target) genes at individual loci detected using genome-wide association studies (GWAS). In order to follow up GWAS loci, we investigated functional genes at homologous loci identified using human lipid GWAS that responded to a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet (HFD) intervention in an animal model. METHODS The(More)
Quantum dots (QDs) have been applied to a wide range of biological studies by taking advantage of their fluorescence properties. There is almost no method to trace small molecules including medicine. Here, we used QDs for fluorescent tracers for medicine and analyzed their kinetics and dynamics. We conjugated QDs with captopril, anti-hypertensive medicine,(More)
Recently, a genome-wide screen has shown a major quantitative trait locus (QTL) for a stroke-associated phenotype on rat chromosome 1 (RNO1) independent of QTL for blood pressure (BP) in the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHRSP) of a Heidelberg colony. However, it remains to be elucidated whether these observations reflect the existence of(More)
Statins have been reported to protect against end-organ damage in essential hypertension; however, detailed mechanisms underlying organ-protective actions of statins remain unclear. Statins can exert pleiotropic effects aside from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels through several different pathways, which may lead to distinct patterns of(More)
To test the functional consequences of blocking the local renin-angiotensin system (RAS), we investigated the effects of an angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker (ARB), candesartan, on the systemic gene expression profile of five important organs (brain, heart, kidney, liver and adipose tissues) in the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHRSP),(More)
The spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) is a model of human insulin resistance syndrome. Quantitative trait loci for cellular defects in glucose and fatty acid metabolism have been mapped to an overlapping region of rat chromosome (RNO) RNO4 in SHR of the National Institute of Health colony, where a deletion in the Cd36 gene has been implicated as the(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) plays an important role in repairing irradiation-induced DNA double-strand break (DSB), and affects the radiosensitivity of tissue cells. This study was to detect the expression of DNA-PKcs in different non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines and evaluate its(More)
To address the multiplicity of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) with particular interest in its local, synergistic regulation, we investigate dynamic changes of the RAS and associated systems in response to external stimuli in the rat. We tested influences of the RAS blockade (candesartan and enalapril), diuretics (hydrochlorothiazide), high lipid diet,(More)
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