Xingwang Li

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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    ABSTRACT: Bipolar disorder (BPD) is a serious and common mental disorder with high heritability. The serotonergic system is known to be implicated in the etiology of the disorder. Tryptophan hydroxylase isoform-2 (TPH2), which controls the synthesis of serotonin in the brain, has been suggested as a candidate gene for BDP. The aim of this study was to examine the association between the polymorphisms in TPH2 and BPD.
    Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 08/2014; · 3.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The SLC6A3 and SLC6A4 genes are members of a class of neurotransmitter transporters for the release, re-uptake and recycling of neurotransmitters in synapses. SLC6A3 and SLC6A4 encode a dopamine transporter and serotonin transporter, respectively. Abnormal expression and genetic polymorphism of SLC6A3 and SLC6A4 genes may increase the risk of developing mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and aggressive behavior in Alzheimer disease etc. Nevertheless, association between SLC6A3, SLC6A4 genes polymorphism and schizophrenia patients have not been well studied in Han Chinese people. In this study, we examined whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in SLC6A3, SLC6A4 were associated with schizophrenia in Han Chinese people (893 schizophrenia patients and 611 healthy controls). No significant difference in allelic or genotypic frequency was found between schizophrenia patients and healthy controls. No positive linkage disequilibrium (LD) was detected either. No haplotypic distributions were positive. Accordingly, our study suggests that the 10 SNPs within both genes we examined do not play a major role in schizophrenia in the Han Chinese population.
    Neuroscience letters. 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely used drugs for major depressive disorder (MDD), although the treatment outcomes vary in different people. The vesicular glutamate transporter 1 coded by SLC17A7 gene has been reported associated with MDD. According to its role in glutamate transmission, it is reasonable to consider it as a potential pharmacogenetic candidate in SSRI treatment. A total of 290 MDD patients who had been taking SSRIs for 6 weeks were recruited. Their genotypes were assessed for the presence of 4 single-nucleotide polymorphisms, which were selected from either the HapMap Chinese ethnic group or the literature report. Treatment effects were evaluated by the change rate of Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression. After the adjustment for the false discovery rate, 1 single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs74174284, false discovery rate; P = 0.032) demonstrated significant association with SSRI treatment response at week 6. Our results suggest that genetic variants in the SLC17A7 gene may be indicators of treatment response in MDD patients treated by SSRIs.
    Journal of clinical psychopharmacology 04/2014; · 5.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cadherin-7 (CDH7) gene encodes a calcium dependent cell-cell adhesion glycoprotein. Gene loci of cadherins family have been supposed to be involved in the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders. Recent genome-wide association study also demonstrated that CDH7 was significant associated with bipolar disorder. Due to the fact that the same genetic risk factor can be shared by different kinds of psychiatric disorders, we examined whether CDH7 is also associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) in this study, with a large Han Chinese sample set. We carried out a 2-stage case-control study to examine the association between CDH7 and MDD in the Han Chinese population. Ten tag SNPs were genotyped using Taqman technology in 1,045 MDD patients and 1,520 healthy controls. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms with significance were additionally genotyped in another independent sample set with 576 MDD cases and 576 healthy controls. Among ten genotyped SNPs, rs1444067 and rs12605720 was found to be significantly associated with MDD (rs1444067: Pallele = 0.00571, OR 0.830, 95 % CI 0.728-0.947; rs12605720: Pallele = 0.00321, OR 1.245, 95 % CI 1.076-1.441). We successfully replicated these two SNPs association with independent sample sets (rs1444067: Pallele = 0.00518; rs12605720: Pallele = 0.0227). Finally we have combined these results by a meta-analysis (rs1444067: Pallele = 0.000174, OR 0.817; rs12605720: Pallele = 0.000199, OR 1.255). Our results support CDH7 to be a risk factor of MDD in the Han Chinese population. However, further studies with more markers and independent samples were suggested to validate our findings.
    Behavior Genetics 02/2014; · 2.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aim: Major depressive disorder is a common psychiatric disorder with worldwide prevalence. The most widely prescribed antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). ATP-binding cassette proteins are responsible for the membrane transport of various molecules including antidepressive drugs. We investigated whether SNPs in ABCB6, ABCB1 and ABCG1 were associated with the treatment response of SSRIs. Materials & methods: A pharmacogenetic study genotyping nine SNPs was conducted in 290 major depressive disorder patients in the Chinese Han population. Allele and genotype frequencies were compared between responders and nonresponders. Results: The allele frequencies of rs28401781 and rs4148739 in ABCB1 showed significant difference between responders and nonresponders before correction (p = 0.0297 and p = 0.0359, respectively). No significant associations were detected for the ABCB6 or ABCG1 gene. Conclusion: Our results suggest that ABCB1 polymorphisms might be associated with SSRIs treatment response in the Chinese Han population. Original submitted 29 April 2013; Revision submitted 29 July 2013.
    Pharmacogenomics 11/2013; 14(14):1723-30. · 3.86 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common malignancy with worldwide prevalence. Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), a predisposition syndrome of CRC, is caused by germ line mutations in the APC gene. Mutations in APC are thought to be an early event in colorectal tumorigenesis. We hypothesized that common variants in APC might be associated with CRC. DESIGN AND METHODS: A case-control study genotyping ten SNPs was conducted in 312 CRC patients and 270 normal controls in the Chinese Han population. RESULTS: The genotype frequency of rs2019720 showed a significant difference between cases and controls (p=0.046, after Bonferroni correction). For the three pairs of SNPs in strong LD, we carried out haplotype analyses but no significant association was detected. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that APC polymorphisms might be associated with CRC in the Chinese Han population.
    Clinical biochemistry 07/2012; · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: DNA self-assembly is a nanotechnology that folds DNA into desired shapes. Self-assembled DNA nanostructures, also known as origami, are increasingly valuable in nanomaterial and biosensing applications. Two ways to use DNA nanostructures in medicine are to form nanoarrays, and to work as vehicles in drug delivery. The DNA nanostructures perform well as a biomaterial in these areas because they have spatially addressable and size controllable properties. However, manually designing complementary DNA sequences for self-assembly is a technically demanding and time consuming task, which makes it advantageous for computers to do this job instead. We have developed a web server, FOLDNA, which can automatically design 2D self-assembled DNA nanostructures according to custom pictures and scaffold sequences provided by the users. It is the first web server to provide an entirely automatic design of self-assembled DNA nanostructure, and it takes merely a second to generate comprehensive information for molecular experiments including: scaffold DNA pathways, staple DNA directions, and staple DNA sequences. This program could save as much as several hours in the designing step for each DNA nanostructure. We randomly selected some shapes and corresponding outputs from our server and validated its performance in molecular experiments.
    Journal of Nanotechnology 01/2012; 2012.
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    ABSTRACT: Bipolar disorder is a common, severe, and recurrent psychiatric disorder. The Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) gene has been associated with the risk of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, autism, and Asperger syndrome in different populations. Here, we report the first association study for the DISC1 with bipolar disorder in Chinese cohorts. We conducted a case-control study and genotyped 12 single nucleotide polymorphisms in 506 bipolar patients and 507 controls recruited from Anhui province in China. The genotyping procedure was carried on the ABI 7900 DNA detection platform by using TaqMan probe technology. Although the data did not show association between any individual single nucleotide polymorphism in the DISC1 gene and bipolar disorder, a haplotype [rs2738864 (C)-rs16841582 (C)] was found to be associated with the disorder (P = 0.0191). This finding provides evidence supporting the role of DISC1 gene in bipolar disorder, and shows the presence of population heterogeneity.
    Psychiatric genetics 02/2011; 21(1):42-6. · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Bipolar disorder is a common, severe, and recurrent psychiatric disorder. The Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) gene has been associated with the risk of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, autism, and Asperger syndrome in different populations. Here, we report the first association study for the DISC1 with bipolar disorder in Chinese cohorts. Methods: We conducted a case-control study and genotyped 12 single nucleotide polymorphisms in 506 bipolar patients and 507 controls recruited from Anhui province in China. The genotyping procedure was carried on the ABI 7900 DNA detection platform by using TaqMan probe technology. Result: Although the data did not show association between any individual single nucleotide polymorphism in the DISC1 gene and bipolar disorder, a haplotype [rs2738864 (C)–rs16841582 (C)] was found to be associated with the disorder (P=0.0191). Conclusion: This finding provides evidence supporting the role of DISC1 gene in bipolar disorder, and shows the presence of population heterogeneity.
    Psychiatric Genetics 01/2011; 21(1):42–46. · 2.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Suicidal behavior is a serious public health problem which is partly heritable. Identifying the genes and the neurobiologic pathways relevant to suicidal behavior is important for preventative strategies. One family-based study reported an association between sodium channel voltage gated type VIII alpha (SCN8A) and suicidal behavior. In the present study, we aimed to search for SCN8A polymorphisms conferring genetic susceptibility to suicide in the Chinese population. A total of 626 subjects was recruited for the study, including 297 suicide attempters and 329 non-attempters from Shanghai, China. We conducted a case-control association analysis of five SNPs (rs10506302, rs1601012, rs4762004, rs12581041, rs17126078) within the region of SCN8A gene. we found that two genetic polymorphisms showed statistically significant differences between cases and controls (rs1601012, P=0.004; rs12581041, P=0.01). Moreover, no haplotypes were significantly associated with suicidal behavior in psychiatric disorders after the false discovery rate (FDR) correction. In the analysis of schizophrenia subgroup, three genetic polymorphisms showed statistically significant differences between cases and controls (rs10506302, P=0.024; rs1601012, P=0.004; rs12581041, P=0.004). Our findings suggest that the SCN8A gene may be involved in the susceptibility to suicidal behavior among psychiatric disorder patients in the Han Chinese population.
    The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 12/2010; 11(8):956-63. · 3.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Schizophrenia is a common severe mental illness affecting 0.3-2.0% of the world's population. The potassium channels are thought to have a role in modulating electrical excitability in neurons, regulating calcium signaling in oligodendrocytes and regulating action potential duration in presynaptic terminals and GABA release. Previous studies have reported that some potassium channel genes might be candidate genes for susceptibility to schizophrenia. In the present study, we chose three potassium channel genes, KCNH1, KCNJ10, KCNN3 to investigate the role of potassium channels in schizophrenia by genotyping 23 SNPs (9 in KCNH1, 5 in KCNJ10 and 9 in KCNN3) in a Han Chinese sample consisting of 893 schizophrenia patients and 611 healthy controls. No significant difference in allelic or genotypic frequency was revealed between schizophrenia patients and healthy individuals. Nor was a significant difference in haplotypic distribution detected. MDR analysis revealed no gene-gene interaction within the three potassium channel genes. Our study suggests that the 23 SNPs within the three potassium genes we examined do not play a major role in schizophrenia in the Han Chinese population.
    Neuroscience Letters 10/2010; 487(1):61-5. · 2.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Genetic factors related to the regulation of apoptosis in schizophrenia patients may be involved in a reduced vulnerability to cancer. XRCC4 is one of the potential candidate genes associated with schizophrenia which might induce colorectal cancer resistance. To examine the genetic association between colorectal cancer and schizophrenia, we analyzed five SNPs (rs6452526, rs2662238, rs963248, rs35268, rs2386275) covering ~205.7 kb in the region of XRCC4. We observed that two of the five genetic polymorphisms showed statistically significant differences between 312 colorectal cancer subjects without schizophrenia and 270 schizophrenia subjects (rs6452536, p = 0.004, OR 0.61, 95% CI 0.44-0.86; rs35268, p = 0.028, OR 1.54, 95% CI 1.05-2.26). Moreover, the haplotype which combined all five markers was the most significant, giving a global p = 0.0005. Our data firstly indicate that XRCC4 may be a potential protective gene towards schizophrenia, conferring reduced susceptibility to colorectal cancer in the Han Chinese population.
    BMC Cancer 10/2010; 10:523. · 3.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A number of studies have investigated the effectiveness of the dopamine transporter (SLC6A3) Gene as an antipsychotic target. However, the focus has mainly been on a 40-bp variable number of a tandem repeat (VNTR) in the 3'-region and results have been inconsistent. To fully evaluate SLC6A3 as a therapeutic antipshycotic target we investigated association of the gene with responses to chlorpromazine and clozapine and with chlorpromazine-induced extrapyramidal syndrome (EPS) in the Chinese schizophrenia population. Six polymorphisms across the whole region of this gene were analyzed, namely rs2652511 (T-844C) and rs2975226 (T-71A) in the 5'-regulatory region, rs2963238 (A1491C) in intron 1, a 30-bp VNTR in intron 8, rs27072 and the 40-bp VNTR in the 3'-region. We found that the polymorphic marker, rs2975226, showed significant association of allele and genotype frequencies with response to clozapine (allele-wise: adjusted p=0.00404; genotype-wise: adjusted p=0.024), and that patients with the T allele had a better response to the drug. The haplotype block constructed from the first three markers near the 5'-region showed significant association with response to clozapine (for haplotype T-T-A: p=0.0085; for haplotype C-A-C: p=0.0092). We did not identify any significant association of the six genetic variants or haplotypes with EPS after Bonferoni correction. Our findings suggest that the 5'-regulatory region of SLC6A3 plays an important role in response to clozapine and that its role in EPS needs to be replicated in a large-scale well designed study.
    Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 08/2010; 34(6):1026-32. · 3.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Choudhury et al. identified FXYD6 as a susceptible gene for schizophrenia in the London and Aberdeen populations. We genotyped D11S1998 and 8 SNPs (rs869789, rs11216567, rs10790212, rs876797, rs4938445, rs497768, rs11216598, rs11605223) in a Chinese sample consisting of 1514 schizophrenia patients and 1514 healthy controls. We also compared the expression levels of FXYD6 in lymphocytes in 86 schizophrenia patients and 94 controls. No association was detected either in D11S1998 or the 8 SNPs. No difference was found in expression level between patients and controls. Our study suggests that FXYD6 does not play a role in schizophrenia in the Chinese Han population.
    Journal of Psychiatric Research 02/2010; 44(6):409-12. · 4.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vitamin A and its derivatives (retinoids) are crucial for the development, maintenance and morphogenesis of the central nervous system (CNS). Although motor impairment has been reported in postnatal vitamin A depletion rodents, the effect of vitamin A depletion on homeostasis maintaining capability in response to external interference is not clear. In the current study, we measured the effect of vitamin A depletion on motor ability and pain sensitivity under two different conditions: 1. prior to any injection and 2. after the injection of an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist (MK-801). Vitamin A depletion mice showed decreased body weight, enhanced locomotor activity, increased rearing and less tail flick latency. Vitamin A depletion also induced hypersensitivity of stereotypy, ataxia, rearing, and tail flick latency to MK-801, but hyposensitivity of locomotion to MK-801. These findings suggest that vitamin A depletion affect broad basal behavior and disrupt homeostasis maintaining capability in response to glutamate perturbation. We provide a useful animal model for assessing the role of vitamin A depletion in regulating animal behavior, and for detecting how neurotransmitter pathways might be involved in vitamin A depletion related behavioral abnormalities.
    Behavioral and Brain Functions 01/2010; 6:7. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Previous case-control studies have suggested that the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene polymorphisms (G894T, 4b/a, T-786C) are associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, other studies do not confirm these relationships. The objective was to assess these relationships using meta-analysis. Databases, including Pubmed and Embase, were searched to access the relevant genetic association studies up to July 2009. The meta-analysis included 56 studies, consisting of 23 studies for G894T, 19 for 4b/a and 14 for T-786C. For the allelic analysis of the G894T variant, all studies showed a positively significant association (OR = 0.83, p = 0.004). For the genotypic analysis, the combined studies of the T allele showed significance (OR = 1.57, p = 0.003). For the allelic analysis of the T-786C variant, all studies showed an obviously significant association (OR = 0.79, p = 0.0007), reflected in both non-Asian and Asian studies. For the genotype analysis, combined studies of the C allele showed significance (OR = 0.72, p = 0.0001). Moreover, non-Asian studies showed significant results. For the analysis of the 4b/a variant, none of the studies showed significant results. No publication bias was found in the meta-analysis. The synthesis of available evidence supports the fact that eNOS G894T andT-786C are associated with CAD.
    Cardiology 01/2010; 116(4):271-8. · 1.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: ERBB3 (v-erb-b2 erythroblastic leukemia viral oncogene homolog 3), encoding a receptor of neuregulin-1 (NRG1), has been considered a functional candidate gene for schizophrenia susceptibility. In order to investigate a relationship between ERBB3 gene and schizophrenia in the Chinese population, case-control and family-based studies were carried out in 470 cases matched by controls, and in 532 family trios. Our results failed to show any evidence of significant association between the ERBB3 rs2292238 polymorphism and schizophrenia.
    Genetics and Molecular Biology 10/2009; 32(4):729-30. · 0.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bipolar disorder is a mental health problem throughout the world. Chromosome 18p11 has been identified by several studies as a susceptiblilty region for bipolar disorder and NAPG, located on 18p11, has been suggested as being associated with bipolar disorder in European population. Our study employed five SNPs (rs2290279, rs495484, rs510110, rs617040 and rs473938) to investigate the role of NAPG in the Chinese Han population based on a sample of 465 controls vs. 499 bipolar patients. Rs617040 was excluded from further analysis because of deviation from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. Rs473938 and rs2290279 showed significant association in both allele and genotype frequencies (rs473938: allele p=0.0028 after 100,000 permutations, genotype p=0.0018; rs2290279: allele p=0.0042 after 100,000 permutations, genotype p=0.0028). Several combinations of haplotype were found to be associated with bipolar disorder. Haplotype T-A-T of rs473938-rs2290279-rs495484 was defined by confidence intervals algorithm and had a p value of 0.0038 after 100,000 permutations. Our study supports NAPG as a candidate for susceptibility to bipolar disorder.
    Neuroscience Letters 08/2009; 457(3):159-62. · 2.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, variants of two genes coding for cytochrome P450 enzyme (CYP3A4 and CYP3A5) were analysed in a case-control sample using 398 schizophrenic patients and 391 healthy controls. All subjects were unrelated Han Chinese from Shanghai. No difference was observed on the allelic or genotypic distribution of CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 gene polymorphisms between the groups. However, the two-marker haplotypes covering components CYP3A41G and CYP3A53 were observed to be significantly associated with schizophrenia (corrected global p=0.0009). In addition, we identified one common risk haplotype, G/G (present in 59.5% of the general population). The results suggest that CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 might play a role in genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia. However, confirmatory studies in independent samples are needed.
    Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 08/2009; 33(7):1200-4. · 3.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bipolar disorder is known to be subject to maternal transmission. Mitochondrial DNA has been suggested as playing a role in the illness. NDUFV2, located on 18p11.31-p11.2, encodes an important subunit of mitochondrial NADH (complex I). Previous studies have reported the association of NDUFV2 with bipolar disorder in the Japanese and Caucasian populations. Whether it is also a susceptible gene in the Chinese population is unknown. To study the role of NDUFV2 in bipolar disorder in the Chinese population, 506 unrelated bipolar patients and 507 unrelated controls of Chinese Han origin were recruited. Six SNPs (rs11661859, rs6506640, rs1156044, rs4148965, rs906807, rs977581) were genotyped using either TaqMan technology or direct sequencing. The haplotype consisting of rs6506640 (-342G > A) and rs906807 (86C > T) was found to be associated with bipolar disorder (global p = 0.012 before corrected, p = 0.030 after 10,000 permutations; individual p (A-T of rs6506640-rs906807) = 0.014 after 100,000 permutations (p = 0.0065 before corrected). The genotype frequency of rs906807 differed between bipolar female patients and female controls (p = 0.012, uncorrected). No other individual associations of SNPs with bipolar were detected. Our study indicated that the regions spanning from the promoter to the exon 2 may contain susceptible polymorphisms which predispose to bipolar disorder.
    Journal of Neural Transmission 02/2009; 116(3):357-61. · 3.05 Impact Factor

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348 Citations
145.50 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2004–2014
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      • Bio-X Institute
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
    • Fudan University
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2006–2007
    • Shanghai University
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
    • Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2005–2007
    • Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology
      • Institute for Nutritional Sciences
      Beijing, Beijing Shi, China
  • 2003
    • Chinese Academy of Sciences
      Peping, Beijing, China