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Articles by M Azhar
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  P Snider , K. N Standley , J Wang , M Azhar , T Doetschman and S. J. Conway
 

Abstract: Cardiac fibroblasts are the most populous nonmyocyte cell type within the mature heart and are required for extracellular matrix synthesis and deposition, generation of the cardiac skeleton, and to electrically insulate the atria from the ventricles. Significantly, cardiac fibroblasts have also been shown to play an important role in cardiomyocyte growth and expansion of the ventricular chambers during heart development. Although there are currently no cardiac fibroblast-restricted molecular markers, it is generally envisaged that the majority of the cardiac fibroblasts are derived from the proepicardium via epithelial-to-mesenchymal transformation. However, still relatively little is known about when and where the cardiac fibroblasts cells are generated, the lineage of each cell, and how cardiac fibroblasts move to reside in their final position throughout all four cardiac chambers. In this review, we summarize the present understanding regarding the function of Periostin, a useful marker of the noncardiomyocyte lineages, and its role during cardiac morphogenesis. Characterization of the cardiac fibroblast lineage and identification of the signals that maintain, expand and regulate their differentiation will be required to improve our understanding of cardiac function in both normal and pathophysiological states.

  D Saleheen , N Soranzo , A Rasheed , H Scharnagl , R Gwilliam , M Alexander , M Inouye , M Zaidi , S Potter , P Haycock , S Bumpstead , S Kaptoge , E Di Angelantonio , N Sarwar , S. E Hunt , N Sheikh , N Shah , M Samuel , S. R Haider , M Murtaza , A Thompson , R Gobin , A Butterworth , U Ahmad , A Hakeem , K. S Zaman , A Kundi , Z Yaqoob , L. A Cheema , N Qamar , A Faruqui , N. H Mallick , M Azhar , A Samad , M Ishaq , S. Z Rasheed , R Jooma , J. H Niazi , A. R Gardezi , N. A Memon , A Ghaffar , F. u Rehman , M. M Hoffmann , W Renner , M. E Kleber , T. B Grammer , J Stephens , A Attwood , K Koch , M Hussain , K Kumar , A Saleem , M. S Daood , A. A Gul , S Abbas , J Zafar , F Shahid , S. M Bhatti , S. S Ali , F Muhammad , G Sagoo , S Bray , R McGinnis , F Dudbridge , B. R Winkelmann , B Boehm , S Thompson , W Ouwehand , W Marz , P Frossard , J Danesh and P. Deloukas
  Background—

Evidence is sparse about the genetic determinants of major lipids in Pakistanis.

Methods and Results—

Variants (n=45 000) across 2000 genes were assessed in 3200 Pakistanis and compared with 2450 Germans using the same gene array and similar lipid assays. We also did a meta-analysis of selected lipid-related variants in Europeans. Pakistani genetic architecture was distinct from that of several ethnic groups represented in international reference samples. Forty-one variants at 14 loci were significantly associated with levels of HDL-C, triglyceride, or LDL-C. The most significant lipid-related variants identified among Pakistanis corresponded to genes previously shown to be relevant to Europeans, such as CETP associated with HDL-C levels (rs711752; P<10–13), APOA5/ZNF259 (rs651821; P<10–13) and GCKR (rs1260326; P<10–13) with triglyceride levels; and CELSR2 variants with LDL-C levels (rs646776; P<10–9). For Pakistanis, these 41 variants explained 6.2%, 7.1%, and 0.9% of the variation in HDL-C, triglyceride, and LDL-C, respectively. Compared with Europeans, the allele frequency of rs662799 in APOA5 among Pakistanis was higher and its impact on triglyceride concentration was greater (P-value for difference <10–4).

Conclusions—

Several lipid-related genetic variants are common to Pakistanis and Europeans, though they explain only a modest proportion of population variation in lipid concentration. Allelic frequencies and effect sizes of lipid-related variants can differ between Pakistanis and Europeans.

 
 
 
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