Yujun Xu

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The first genomewide association study of ischemic stroke in whites has identified multiple susceptibility loci. We confirmed this study by examining associations with ischemic stroke in a Chinese Han population. METHODS Twenty-five common variants were genotyped in a relatively large sample size including 1123 subjects with(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Accumulating evidence suggests that telomere length is a maker for biological aging of the cardiovascular system. Whether stroke is associated with accelerated biological aging as measured by telomere length has not been conclusively demonstrated. Our aim was to determine whether mean leukocyte telomere length is a predictor for the(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies on genome-wide association have identified common variants on chromosome 9p21 associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). Given that ischemic stroke and CAD share several aspects of etiology and pathogenesis, we investigated the association of variants on chromosome 9p21 with ischemic stroke and CAD in the Chinese Han population(More)
BACKGROUND Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have mapped several novel loci influencing blood lipid levels in Caucasians. We sought to explore whether the genetic variants at newly identified lipid-associated loci were associated with CHD susceptibility in a Chinese Han population. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We conducted a two-stage(More)
Recent publications have found an association between variants of exostosin 2 (EXT2) gene and the risk of type 2 diabetes in some population but not in others. In an attempt to address these inconsistencies, we investigated EXT2 variants in two independent cohorts, and conducted a literature-based meta-analysis. Through regression model, we assessed the(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic architecture of coronary artery disease (CAD) is still to be defined. Since low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 6 (LRP6) gene play critical roles in Wnt signal transduction which are important for vascular development and endodermis specification, we therefore resequenced it to search for mutations in CAD patients. METHODS(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small regulatory RNAs that bind directly to complementary sequences on target messenger RNA (mRNA) transcripts, resulting in translational repression and/or target mRNA degradation. MiRNAs have been proven to play critical roles on the development, differentiation, and function of immune cells. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are of(More)
Interferon-γ (IFN-γ) is known to enhance the immunosuppressive properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The aim of this study was to determine whether gene modification with IFN-γ-expression plasmids could boost the therapeutic effects of MSCs on DSS-induced colitis. We first reconstructed pcDNA3.1-IFNγ plasmids, transfected them to human umbilical cord(More)
Mutations in the genes low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor-related protein-6 (LRP6) and myocyte enhancer factor 2A (MEF2A) were reported in families with coronary artery disease (CAD). We intend to determine the mutational spectrum of these genes among hyperlipidemic and normolipidemic CAD families. Forty probands with early-onset CAD were recruited from(More)
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