Weihua Song

Beijing Fuwai Hospital, Peping, Beijing, China

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    Yuyao Wang · Jingzhou Chen · Weihua Song · Yuxuan Wang · Yu Chen · Yu Nie · Rutai Hui ·
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    ABSTRACT: Myotrophin, known as a myocardial hypertrophy-inducing factor, is responsible for the initiation of cardiac hypertrophy that transits to heart failure. MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs that down-regulate posttranscriptional expression of target molecules. We investigated the role of variants of the microRNA-binding site in myotrophin in affecting its expression and any association with cardiac hypertrophy. Bioinformatics demonstrated that variant rs17168525 was identified to be located in the let-7/miR-98-binding site of myotrophin. We further experimentally test to effects of the identified variant on myotrophin translation using luciferase reporter assay and Western blotting. We found that the C allele of rs17168525 suppressed myotrophin translation by facilitating let-7c binding, but not the T allele. Let-7c overexpression caused a significant decrease in the level of myotrophin protein. Next, we investigated the association of the variant with cardiac hypertrophy in 1614 hypertensive patients, including 552 with left ventricular hypertrophy and 1062 without left ventricular hypertrophy, as well as 591 healthy control subjects from a Han Chinese population. No significant association between the variant rs17168525 and left ventricular hypertrophy in hypertensive patients in a Han Chinese population (P>0.05). In conclusion, our experimental results provide evidence that the T allele of rs17168525 in the 3'-UTR of myotrophin might influence the level of myotrophin protein by interfering with let-7/miR-98 binding.
    PLoS ONE 08/2015; 10(8):e0135526. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0135526 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    Weihua Song · Hui Yu · Yahui Lin · Kai Sun · Yinhui Zhang · Yan Song · Rutai Hui · Jingzhou Chen ·
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    ABSTRACT: Perilipin coats lipid droplets in adipocytes and steroidogenic cells. Its major role is in the regulation of intracellular lipolysis in adipocytes. Our aim was to examine the association between common variants at the PLIN1 gene and central obesity in unrelated Chinese adults. A case-control study was carried out on 869 patients with central obesity and 869 age- and gender-matched individuals without central obesity. Two PLIN1 variants (rs6496589 and rs8179078) were genotyped by PCR and restriction enzyme analysis. In addition, the association of the variant with central obesity was replicated in an independent population of 629 central obesity patients and 518 controls. Finally, the relationship between rs6496589 and enhancing lipid accumulation in THP-1-derived macrophages was assessed. PLIN1 rs6496589 allele frequencies and genotype frequencies of CG+GG in the patients' group were much lower than those in the control group. After adjustment for conventional risk factors using multiple logistical regression analysis, rs6496589G allele frequencies were significantly associated with a lower risk of central obesity (OR 0.71, 95% CI: 0.59-0.86, P=0.001). These results were confirmed in an independent study. No association was found between PLIN1 rs8179078 and central obesity. Furthermore, in vitro assays revealed that homozygous rs6496589G alleles presented lower lipid droplet accumulation in THP-1-derived macrophages, compared with non-carriers. The functional PLIN1 rs6496589 may influence the risk of central obesity through possible regulation of lipid storage. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 12/2014; 456(4). DOI:10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.12.053 · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Intracranial aneurysms (IAs) are acquired lesions in the brain and pose potential risk of rupture leading to subarachnoid hemorrhage. Endoglin plays a pivotal role in the vascular development and disease. Variations of endoglin gene have been shown to be risk factors for IAs in different racial population. In the present study, we investigated the correlation between polymorphism in the endoglin gene with IAs in Chinese Han population. The association of endoglin D366H variant (rs1800956) with sporadic IAs was tested in 313 patients with intracranial aneurysms, and 450 controls. The difference in allelic frequency between patients and control group were evaluated with the chi-square test. The frequency of the GG+CG genotype of rs1800956 was significantly higher in patients with IAs than in controls [22.0% vs 15.3%, P = .018; crude OR(odds ratio), 1.56; 95% CI(confidence interval), 1.08-2.26]. Multivariate analysis showed that rs1800956G conferred a risk to IAs [adjusted OR, 1.56 [95% CI, 1.08-2.26]; P=.019], independent of conventional factors, including age, sex, blood pressure, smoking, and alcohol consumption. The variant rs1800956 of endoglin might raise the risk of sporadic IAs among individuals of Chinese Han ethnicity.
    Current Neurovascular Research 09/2014; 11(4). DOI:10.2174/1567202611666140912114450 · 2.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Type III collagen plays an important role in activating platelets, forming thrombus, and maintaining the mechanical properties of arteries. This study aimed to test the hypothesis that genetic variants of COL3A1 (gene encoding type III collagen) contribute to recurrence and prognosis of stroke. We investigated the associations of three variants (rs2138533, rs11887092, and rs1800255) in the COL3A1 gene with stroke recurrence and prognosis in 1,544 patients with three subtypes of stroke: lacunar infarction (n = 442), atherothrombotic infarction (n = 670), and hemorrhage (n = 432). These associations were evaluated by Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox regression models. Patients were followed up for 4.5 years. The A allele of rs1800255 in the COL3A1 gene coding region was significantly associated with a reduced risk of stroke recurrence in patients with lacunar infarction (adjusted hazard ratio [HR] 0.58, 95 % confidence interval [CI] 0.36-0.93, P = 0.024), but there was an increased risk of all-cause mortality of atherothrombotic patients (adjusted HR 1.43, 95 % CI 1.01-2.00, P = 0.044). The TT genotype of rs2138533 showed a significantly increased risk of death caused by cardiovascular disease or stroke in lacunar infarct patients (adjusted HR 2.98, 95 % CI 1.27-6.98, P = 0.012), but there was a reduced risk of all-cause mortality for patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (adjusted HR 0.34, 95 % CI 0.12-0.93, P = 0.036). The G allele of rs11887092 increased the risk of stroke recurrence in patients with atherothrombotic stroke (adjusted HR 1.59, 95 % CI 1.04-2.44, P = 0.035). In conclusion, variants of COL3A1 might play a vital role in determining the risk of recurrence and prognosis after stroke.
    Journal of Molecular Neuroscience 03/2014; 53(2). DOI:10.1007/s12031-014-0283-x · 2.34 Impact Factor
  • Ling Gong · Jinxing Chen · Liying Shao · Weihua Song · Rutai Hui · Yibo Wang ·
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    ABSTRACT: The families with Liddle syndrome show marked phenotypic variation in blood pressure, serum potassium and other clinical manifestations. Here we analyzed the correlation of genotype-phenotype in two Chinese families with Liddle syndrome. The sequence of C-terminus of SCNN1B and SCNN1G were screened in the two families with likely Liddle syndrome. In addition to hypertension and hypokalemia, one of the two pedigrees had sudden death in their family members, so the exons of 428 reported genes-related to cardiovascular diseases were screened as well in the family. A heterozygous βR566X nonsense mutation was found in the proband-1 in the first pedigree, and the proband's sister and father. They showed mild phenotype with hypertension under control. In contrast, two of the four previous studies report that the mutation causes severe phenotype. A heterozygous βR597PfrX607 frameshift mutation was identified in the proband-2 in the second pedigree, showing malignant phenotype including resistant hypertension, hypokalemia, higher PRA and plasma angiotensin II levels. Both the proband-2 and the proband-2's father had sudden death in their twenties, but no meaningful mutations were found by screening of the exons in 428 cardiovascular disease-related genes. However, the same mutation has been related to moderate phenotype in previous studies. Our results confirmed that the phenotypes of Liddle syndrome are varied significantly even with the same mutation. The mechanisms why the same mutation causes very different phenotype need to be explored because intervention of these modifiers may change the disease course and prognosis accordingly.
    Molecular Biology Reports 01/2014; 41(3). DOI:10.1007/s11033-013-3003-7 · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Object: Variants of Kallikreins have been shown to be risk factors for intracranial aneurysm (IA) in a Finnish population. In the present study, the authors investigated the correlation between polymorphisms in the Kallikrein gene cluster and IAs in the Chinese population. Methods: The association of Kallikrein variants (rs1722561 and rs1701946) with sporadic IAs was tested in 308 cases and 443 controls. The differences in allelic frequencies between patients and the control group were evaluated with the chi-square test. Results: The C allele of rs1722561 showed a significant reduction in the risk of sporadic IA (OR 0.71, 95% CI 0.53-0.95; p = 0.023). However, no association of the variant rs1701946 with sporadic IA was found (OR 0.78, 95% CI 0.57-1.06; p = 0.115). Conclusions: The variant rs1722561 of Kallikreins might reduce the risk of sporadic IAs among individuals of Chinese Han ethnicity. This study confirms the association between Kallikreins and IAs.
    Journal of Neurosurgery 01/2014; 120(6). DOI:10.3171/2013.11.JNS131036 · 3.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abnormalities in type III collagen in the arterial walls cause certain familial intracranial aneurysms (IAs); however, it remains unknown whether COL3A1 variants contribute to the risk of sporadic IAs. To study whether COL3A1 variants are associated with sporadic IAs, the association of COL3A1 variants with sporadic IAs was tested in 298 cases and 488 controls, replicated in an independent population of 192 cases and 1,690 controls, and further verified in 633 patients with intra-cerebral hemorrhage, 1,074 hypertensives, and 1,883 controls. We found that allele A of SNP rs1800255 conferred a 1.71-fold increased risk for IAs (adjusted odds ratio: OR = 1.71, 95% confidence interval: CI 1.19-2.45, P = 0.004) and results in an amino acid change of Ala698Thr, which led to a lower thermal stability of the peptide. These results were confirmed in the independent study. The associations were independent of the presence of hemorrhagic stroke and hypertension. These results support the view that the functional variant of COL3A1 is genetic risk factors for IAs in the Chinese population.
    Human Genetics 01/2012; 131(7):1137-43. DOI:10.1007/s00439-012-1138-6 · 4.82 Impact Factor
  • Yuyao Wang · Weili Zhang · Shaohua Li · Weihua Song · Jingzhou Chen · Rutai Hui ·
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    ABSTRACT: Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and its receptor chemokine (C-C motif) receptor 2 (CCR2) are implicated in promoting atherosclerosis. Many studies have searched the association between variants of the MCP-1 gene or CCR2 gene and risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), but the results are inconsistent. We conducted a meta-analysis of 20 publications including 24 studies on 2 genetic variants [A-2518G in the MCP-1 and V64I in the CCR2] published before January 2011, including a total of 9844 patients with CAD and 11,821 controls. Publication bias and heterogeneity among studies were explored. In a combined analysis, the pooled OR for CAD of the -2518G allele was 1.42 (95%CI: 1.06-1.92) compared to wild-type A allele under a recessive model in Caucasian group, but there is an indication of publication bias and heterogeneity among the 9 studies. When the analyses were restricted to 2 large studies (n≥500 cases), the pooled OR was 1.08 (95%CI: 0.85-1.37). Our analyses detected a possibility of publication bias with an overestimate of the true association by smaller studies. A meta-analysis of studies on the CCR2 V64I variant showed no significant association with CAD, the pooled OR of 64I was 1.27 (95%CI: 0.81-1.99) in recessive model and 1.06 (95%CI: 0.95-1.19) in dominant model, respectively. The results indicate that MCP-1-2518G allele had probably increased risk of CAD in Caucasian but this is likely to be due to publication bias and insufficient sample size. The CCR2 V64I has not been found any association with CAD.
    Atherosclerosis 08/2011; 219(1):224-30. DOI:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2011.07.116 · 3.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: uPA (urokinase-plasminogen activator) and its receptor (uPAR) have been implicated in a broad spectrum of pathophysiological processes, including fibrinolysis, proteolysis, inflammation, atherogenesis and plaque destabilization, all of which are involved in the pathogenesis of MI (myocardial infarction). We hypothesized that putative functional genetic variation in the two genes encoding uPA and uPAR (PLAU and PLAUR respectively) might influence the susceptibility to MI. We genotyped rs4065 [3'-UTR (untranslated region) *141C>T) and rs2227564 (Pro141Leu) in the PLAU gene as well as rs344781 (-516T>C) in the PLAUR gene in 633 MI patients and 1237 gender- and age-matched control subjects. Our results showed that the T allele of rs4065 was significantly associated with an increased risk of MI, with an adjusted OR (odds ratio) of 1.38 [95% CI (confidence interval), 1.07-1.78; P=0.012) under the dominant model, 1.4 (95% CI, 1.12-1.75; P=0.003) under the additive model and 2.5 (95% CI, 1.15-5.41; P=0.02) under the recessive model. The findings were then replicated in another independent case-control study including 545 MI patients and 597 control subjects. In conclusion, our results suggest that rs4065 might be a previously unknown genetic risk factor for MI in the Chinese Han population.
    Clinical Science 10/2010; 119(8):353-9. DOI:10.1042/CS20100151 · 5.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Angiopoietin-2 has been reported to regulate the inflammation process, which is associated with recurrence of stroke. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that plasma levels of angiopoietin-2 and variants of angiopoietin-2 will confer risk of stroke recurrence. The association of plasma angiopoietin-2 (determined by using ELISA) and the variants in angiopoietin-2 promoter with stroke recurrence was tested in 1735 patients with stroke of three subtypes, lacunar infarct (n=475), atherothrombotic (n=794) and hemorrhage (n=466), for a period of following-up 4.5 years (mean), the association was evaluated by using Kaplan-Meier analysis and the Cox regression models. We found that angiopoietin-2 levels were associated with risk of stroke recurrence in lacunar infarct patients. Taking the lowest quartile as reference, the adjusted hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for stroke recurrence was 1.48 (0.74-2.95) for the second quartile, 2.56 (1.35-4.86) for the third and 2.15 (1.11-4.17) for the fourth. Allele T of rs3739391 in angiopoietin-2 promoter was associated with elevated angiopoietin-2 levels and increased risk of stroke recurrence in patients with lacunar infarct with HR 1.67 (1.06-2.63) relative to the allele C, but neither in those with atherothrombotic nor in those with hemorrhagic stroke. Our results indicate that both angiopoietin-2 and allele T of rs3739391 might be the risk marker for stroke recurrence in the patients with lacunar infarction. These findings may help to improve future prevention or therapy strategies for stroke. Even some conventional risk factors have been identified responsible for stroke recurrence, but these factors could not fully explain all the recurrent stroke events. Our study opens a new page for the first time that angiopoietin/tie2 pathway has a potential role in lacunar stroke recurrence. Since several strategies are available for blocking or neutralizing plasma angiopoietin-2, especially eicosapentaenoic acid rich in sea food. Our finding obviously has its clinical implication if it was proved by large, prospective clinical studies.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 07/2010; 398(2):212-6. DOI:10.1016/j.bbrc.2010.06.062 · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Angiopoietin-1 is a vascular strengthening factor during vascular development and a protective factor for pathological vascular inflammation and leakage. Brain vascular leaking and inflammation are two important pathological processes of stroke; therefore, we hypothesized that variants of the microRNA-binding site in angiopoietin-1 would affect its expression and confer a risk of stroke. To test our hypothesis, a predicted microRNA-binding site was found in the 3′-UTR of angiopoietin-1 using bioinformatics; variant rs2507800 was identified to be located in the miR-211-binding site of angiopoietin-1. Secondly, the effects of the identified variant on angiopoietin-1 translation were assessed using a luciferase reporter assay and ELISA. We found that the A allele of rs2507800 suppressed angiopoietin-1 translation by facilitating miR-211 binding, but not the T allele. Subjects carrying the TT genotype had higher plasma angiopoietin-1 levels than those with the A allele. Finally, the association of the variant with stroke was tested in 438 stroke patients and 890 controls, and replicated in an independent population of 1791 stroke patients and 1843 controls. The TT genotype resulted in a significant reduction in overall stroke risk {OR, 0.51 [95% confidence interval (CI), 0.36–0.74], P = 0.0003}, ischemic stroke [OR, 0.56 (95% CI, 0.36–0.85), P = 0.007] and hemorrhagic stroke [OR, 0.46 (95% CI, 0.26–0.80), P = 0.007]. These results were confirmed in an independent study. Our results provide evidence that the TT genotype (rs2507800) in the 3′-UTR of angiopoietin-1 might reduce the risk of stroke by interfering with miR-211 binding.
    Human Molecular Genetics 04/2010; 19(12):2524-33. DOI:10.1093/hmg/ddq131 · 6.39 Impact Factor
  • Weihua Song · Hui Yu · Jingzhou Chen · Kai Sun · Rutai Hui ·
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    ABSTRACT: C-reactive protein (CRP) has been shown to contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease. Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at the CRP locus have been found to be associated with CRP concentrations. We hypothesized that genetic variants associated with high CRP may confer a greater risk of stroke and recurrence. The hypothesis was tested in a case-control study and during follow-up of the case population. Two genetic variants associated with serum CRP in the CRP gene were genotyped in a Chinese case-control study comprised of 1572 stroke patients and 1485 controls. The case population was followed for a median of 4.5 years (range, 0.1-6.0 years). During a median 4.5-year follow-up for 1526 stroke patients, 299 recurrent strokes were identified. No association was found between the SNPs or haplotypes of the CRP gene and stroke and its recurrence. Although these variants and corresponding haplotypes in the CRP gene are associated with serum CRP concentrations, our study does not support that variants and corresponding haplotypes studied here have a major influence on risk of stroke and stroke recurrence. Therefore, we speculate that CRP is not a causal factor for stroke.
    Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 02/2010; 48(4):551-4. DOI:10.1515/CCLM.2010.101 · 2.71 Impact Factor
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    Jingzhou Chen · Hui Yu · Weihua Song · Kai Sun · Yan Song · Kejia Lou · Tao Yang · Yinhui Zhang · Rutai Hui ·
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    ABSTRACT: Angiopoietin-2 is an important mediator of angiogenesis, and we hypothesized that genetic variants of ANGPT2 (the gene encoding angiopoietin-2) would result in abnormal angiogenesis and contribute to stroke susceptibility. To test our hypothesis, we investigated the association of variants in the promoter of ANGPT2 with stroke in a multi-centre case-control study. We found that the C allele of rs3739390 conferred a 1.42-fold risk of lacunar infarction {adjusted OR (odds ratio), 1.42 [95% CI (confidence interval), 1.08-1.87]; P=0.012} and a 2.10-fold higher transcriptional activity than did the corresponding G allele rs3739390G. The haplotype G-G-T conferred a 1.54-fold risk of atherothrombotic stroke and a 1.64-fold risk for haemorrhagic stroke, whereas the haplotype G-C-C conferred approx. a 2.0-fold risk of each subtype of stroke. In conclusion, our results indicate that haplotypes in the promoter of ANGPT2 confer a high risk of stroke in a Chinese population.
    Clinical Science 05/2009; 117(11):387-95. DOI:10.1042/CS20090035 · 5.60 Impact Factor
  • Weihua Song · Jingzhou Chen · Kai Sun · Hui Yu · Rutai Hui ·
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    ABSTRACT: Perilipin is encoded by the gene PLIN and mediates lipid metabolism. Its upregulation has been linked to the formation of foam cells, rupture of atherosclerotic plaques, and perhaps acute coronary syndrome. We hypothesized that genetic variations in PLIN might contribute to the susceptibility to stroke. The hypothesis was tested in 2 case-control studies. Six PLIN tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (rs7176403, rs8179078, rs6496589, rs8179043, rs894160, rs1052700) were genotyped in 1571 patients with stroke (690 cerebral thrombosis, 429 lacunar infarction, 452 intracerebral hemorrhage) and 1638 control subjects. A SHEsis software platform was used to analyze pairwise linkage disequilibrium and haplotype association in the case-control study. The study was replicated in another independent case-control study including 120 patients with stroke and 240 control subjects. No association of the PLIN variants with stroke (P>0.05) or with stroke subtypes (P>0.05) was found in the first study. The findings were confirmed in the second population (P>0.05). The data represent an important negative finding that the common variants of PLIN do not have a major effect on susceptibility to stroke in a Chinese population.
    Stroke 02/2008; 39(2):470-2. DOI:10.1161/STROKEAHA.107.496026 · 5.72 Impact Factor

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  • 2012-2014
    • Beijing Fuwai Hospital
      • Department of Radiology
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2010-2014
    • Peking Union Medical College Hospital
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2009
    • State Key Laboratory of Medical Genetics of China
      Ch’ang-sha-shih, Hunan, China
  • 2008
    • Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
      Peping, Beijing, China