Mingqing Xu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (14)77.53 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a late-onset, neurodegenerative disease. Genes related to lipid metabolism are important in AMD pathogenesis. Recently, a variant rs2075650 located in lipid metabolism-related locus APOE/TOMM40 was identified to be associated with advanced AMD and early AMD, respectively, in two genome-wide association studies with European ancestry, while no association study between rs2075650 and overall advanced AMD in Chinese population has been conducted before. We evaluated the potential effect of this variant on advanced AMD in a Han Chinese cohort with 204 advanced AMD patients and 1536 healthy controls. The results suggested that rs2075650 was neither associated with advanced AMD in allele level (P = 0.348) nor in genotype level (P = 0.890 under additive model with age and sex adjusted). In conclusion, our study did not confirm the impact of rs2075650 on advanced AMD risk, indicating that rs2075650 is unlikely a superior marker for APOE/TOMM40 susceptible region with advanced AMD in Han Chinese population.
    Experimental Biology and Medicine 10/2014; 240(2). DOI:10.1177/1535370214553770 · 2.23 Impact Factor
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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; DOI:10.1016/j.pnpbp.2014.08.008 · 4.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Utilizing epigenetic (DNA methylation) differences to differentiate between maternal peripheral blood (PBL) and fetal (placental) DNA has been a promising strategy for noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). However, the differentially methylated regions (DMRs) have yet to be fully ascertained. In the present study, we performed genome-wide comparative methylome analysis between maternal PBL and placental DNA from pregnancies of first trimester by methylated DNA immunoprecipitation-sequencing (MeDIP-Seq) and Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip assays. A total of 36931 DMRs and 45804 differentially methylated sites (DMSs) covering the whole genome, exclusive of the Y chromosome, were identified via MeDIP-Seq and Infinium 450 k array, respectively, of which 3759 sites in 2188 regions were confirmed by both methods. Not only did we find the previously reported potential fetal DNA markers in our identified DMRs/DMSs but also we verified fully the identified DMRs/DMSs in the validation round by MassARRAY EpiTYPER. The screened potential fetal DNA markers may be used for NIPT on aneuploidies and other chromosomal diseases, such as cri du chat syndrome and velo-cardio-facial syndrome. In addition, these potential markers may have application in the early diagnosis of placental dysfunction, such as preeclampsia.
    Molecular Human Reproduction 07/2014; DOI:10.1093/molehr/gau048 · 3.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A recent genome-wide association study has reported three newly identified susceptible loci (rs2842992 near the gene SOD2, rs1789110 near the gene MBP and rs722782 near the gene C8orf42) to be associated with the geographic atrophy subtype of age-related macular degeneration in European-descent population. We investigated the correlation between these variants and advanced age-related macular degeneration for the first time in a Han Chinese cohort; however, no evidence supports these previously identified loci contribute to advanced age-related macular degeneration susceptibility in Chinese population.
    Diagnostic Pathology 03/2014; 9(1):73. DOI:10.1186/1746-1596-9-73 · 2.41 Impact Factor
  • Mingqing Xu, Zhicheng Lin
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    ABSTRACT: Previous genetic association studies have reported a possible role of the dopamine transporter (DAT, gene symbol: SLC6A3) gene in the etiology of alcohol dependence, but the results were conflicting with each other. We conducted a pooled analysis of published population-based case-control genetic studies investigating associations between polymorphisms in SLC6A3 and alcohol dependence. We also explored whether geographic area, ethnicity, gender, and diagnostic criteria moderated any association by using stratified analysis. Through combining 13 studies with 2483 cases and 1753 controls, the 40-base pair variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) in the 3' un-translated region, the well studied polymorphism in SLC6A3, did not show any association with alcohol dependence in general or in stratified analyses according to geographic area, ethnicity, gender, and diagnostic criteria. Due to limited studies focused on polymorphisms in other regions of the SLC6A3 gene, we cannot rule out the role of the SLC6A3 gene in the involvement of the genetic risk of alcohol dependence. Further clarification of the genetic role of SLC6A3 in the susceptibility to alcohol dependence should be centered on other potential functional regions of the SLC6A3 gene.
    Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 11/2010; 35(5):1255-60. DOI:10.1016/j.pnpbp.2010.11.001 · 4.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Angiotensin II induces vasoconstriction and vascular smooth muscle growth via stimulation of the angiotensin II type I receptor (AGTR1). Some studies have reported an association between a genetic variant (A1166C) in the 3' un-translated region of AGTR1 and increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), but other have yielded apparently conflicting results. Literature-based meta-analyses were performed on 48 papers including 53 studies published before June 2008 in relation to the A1166C polymorphism (NCBI, dbSNP: rs5186) of the AGTR1, involving a total of 20,435 CHD cases and 23,674 controls. We also explored potential sources of heterogeneity and conducted appropriate stratified analyses. In a combined analysis, the per-allele odds ratio (OR) for CHD of the A1166C polymorphism was 1.11 (95% confidence interval: 1.03-1.19), but there is an indication of publication bias and heterogeneity among the 53 studies. Sample size and study quality were significant sources of heterogeneity among studies of the A1166C polymorphism with possibly overestimates in studies of smaller sample-size and poor-quality. When the analyses were restricted to 11 larger studies (≥500 cases), and to 8 high-quality studies (quality score: ≥11 points), the summary per-allele odds ratios were 0.992 (95% confidence interval, 0.944-1.042) and 0.990 (95% confidence interval, 0.915-1.072), respectively. An overall weak association between the A1166C polymorphism and CHD is observed but this is likely to be due to publication bias and heterogeneity between studies. There were no significant associations among the larger sample-size and high-quality studies which are less prone to selective publication and have greater power to detect a true association.
    Atherosclerosis 11/2010; 213(1):191-9. DOI:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2010.07.046 · 3.97 Impact Factor
  • Mingqing Xu, David St Clair, Lin He
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    ABSTRACT: A number of studies have reported an association between the ZDHHC8 gene locus and schizophrenia but have produced some divergent findings and their interpretation is not straightforward. We investigated the association of the ZDHHC8 gene locus with schizophrenia using meta-analytic techniques, combining all published data up to May 2009 and focusing on 10 independent studies from six published references covering 2,894 cases, 2,932 controls and 1,225 parent-offspring trios. We restricted the analysis to studies investigating rs175174, the most frequently studied single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). Stratified meta-analysis was conducted to investigate whether ancestry, study design, or gender moderated any association. Analyses of linkage disequilibrium (LD) and haplotype structure of this gene locus were also performed based on the hapmap project genotype data to determine whether there were other independent polymorphic markers which might contribute to susceptibility to schizophrenia in particular ethnic populations. We found no allelic- or genotype-wise evidence for an association of the rs175174 SNP with schizophrenia in our overall analysis. After applying stratified analyses, there was only a weak nominal genotype-wise association of this SNP with schizophrenia in the dominant genetic model in East Asian populations (P = 0.049), which might be caused by significant between-study heterogeneity (P = 0.042). No significant publication bias was detected. Other polymorphic markers within this gene genotyped in the hapmap project across different ethnic populations were in strong LD with rs175174. Consistently negative associations were found in the rs175174 polymorphism. LD structure further suggested that the ZDHHC8 locus might not play an important role in the etiology of schizophrenia.
    American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B Neuropsychiatric Genetics 10/2010; 153B(7):1266-75. DOI:10.1002/ajmg.b.31096 · 3.27 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. DOI:10.1016/j.pnpbp.2010.05.017 · 4.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Risperidone is a widely used atypical antipsychotic agent that produces considerable interindividual differences in patient response. We investigated the pharmacogenetic relationship between the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene and response to risperidone in 127 Han Chinese schizophrenic patients. Three functional polymorphisms, (GT)(n) dinucleotide repeat polymorphism, C-270T, and the rs6265G/A single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), were genotyped and analyzed for association, with reduction of Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) scores following an 8-week period of risperidone monotherapy. For individual polymorphic analysis, we found that the frequency of the 230-bp allele of the (GT)(n) polymorphism was much higher in responders (47.95%) than in nonresponders (32.41%) and the difference was statistically significant even after Bonferroni's adjustment (for the 230-bp allele: adjusted P=0.039). For haplotype-based analyses of the three polymorphisms, no positive finding was observed in the global test, but in specific haplotype tests, two haplotypes were also significantly related to response to risperidone (for haplotype 230-bp/C-270/rs6265G: P=0.0009; for haplotype 234-bp/C-270/rs6265A: P=0.043), indicating that patients with the 230-bp allele of the (GT)(n) polymorphism or the 230-bp/C-270/rs6265G haplotype responded better to risperidone than those with other alleles or haplotypes, and that the positive effect of the individual haplotype 230-bp/C-270/rs6265G was mainly driven by the 230-bp allele. These findings demonstrate that the individual and combinatorial genetic variants in the BDNF gene might have a role in the therapeutic response to risperidone in the Han Chinese population.
    European journal of human genetics: EJHG 06/2010; 18(6):707-12. DOI:10.1038/ejhg.2009.238 · 4.23 Impact Factor
  • Mingqing Xu, Lin He
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    ABSTRACT: Recent genetic studies have revealed that the Interleukin-1 (IL1) gene complex (IL1 alpha, IL1 beta and IL1 receptor antagonist) is associated with schizophrenia, but contradictory findings have also been reported. We investigated the association of the IL1 gene complex locus and schizophrenia using meta-analytic techniques, covering all published data up to January 2010, to restrict to the most commonly reported 4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP). We also explored potential sources of heterogeneity and to investigate whether ancestry and study design moderated any association. The combined allele-wise odds ratio (OR) for schizophrenia of the rs16944 (IL1B gene; T-511C) polymorphism was 0.86 (95% CI: 0.77to 0.96).When applying stratified analysis to this polymorphism, the pooled allele-wise OR was 0.88 (95% CI, 0.79 to 0.97) in 10 population-based studies and 0.85 (95% CI: 0.73 to 0.99) in Caucasian samples. In a stratified analysis of the rs1143634 (IL1B gene; T3953C) polymorphism, the pooled genotype-wise results in a dominant model were also statistically significant both in a population-based study subgroup with summary OR of 0.64 (95% CI: 0.41 to 0.99) and a Caucasian population subgroup with summary OR of 0.62 (95% CI: 0.40 to 0.97). Neither combined nor stratified analyses found any association of the rs1800587 (IL1A gene; T-889C) or rs1794068 (IL1RA Gene; IL1RN_86 bp; T/C) with schizophrenia susceptibility. Our study suggests the IL1B gene or the IL1 gene complex may play a moderate role in the etiology of schizophrenia in the Caucasian population.
    Schizophrenia Research 03/2010; 120(1-3):131-42. DOI:10.1016/j.schres.2010.02.1031 · 4.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Antipsychotic drugs exert both therapeutic and adverse effects through dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) antagonism. Genetic variants of this receptor may be responsible for individual variations in neuroleptic response and may therefore be useful in predicting response. In this study we evaluated the role of six polymorphisms of the DRD2 gene in 125 risperidone-treated Chinese schizophrenia patients following the hypothesis that variation in the DRD2 gene could affect drug response. Response was categorized as a change of >40% on the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS). Our results show that genotyping A-241G may help to predict the efficacy of risperidone treatment on the basis that patients with the A allele showed greater improvement than those with the G allele on the overall BPRS (chi2=7.19, p=0.007, p=0.031 after correction by the program SNPSpD), while other polymorphisms, including -141C Ins/Del, TaqIB, rs1076562, T939C and TaqIA, did not show any association with the response to risperidone. These data suggest that the DRD2 A-241G polymorphism or, alternatively, another genetic variation that is in linkage disequilibrium, may influence response to risperidone in schizophrenia patients.
    The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 10/2007; 10(5):631-7. DOI:10.1017/S146114570600719X · 5.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: P-glycoprotein, a product of the ATP-binding cassette B1 (ABCB1) gene, plays an important role in absorption and distribution of drugs. The brain entry of risperidone and 9-OH-risperidone is greatly limited by P-glycoprotein, which implies that the functional polymorphisms of ABCB1 in humans may be a factor contributing to the variability in response to risperidone. The present study was therefore designed to examine whether polymorphisms of the ABCB1 gene are related to therapeutic response. For this purpose, 130 Chinese schizophrenia patients undergoing risperidone treatment were recruited. Plasma drug concentrations were monitored and clinical symptoms were evaluated using the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) before and 8 weeks after the treatment. Association tests between genotypes and percentage improvement in total BPRS scores were performed using analyses of variance. Our results show that genotyping C1236T may help to predict the efficacy of risperidone treatment on the basis that patients with the TT genotype showed greater improvement than those with other genotypes on the overall BPRS (F = 3.967, p = 0.021), while other polymorphisms, including rs13233308, G2677T/A and C3435T polymorphism, did not show any association with the response to risperidone. These results showed suggestive evidence that genetic variation in the ABCB1 gene may influence the individual response to risperidone.
    Pharmacogenomics 11/2006; 7(7):987-93. DOI:10.2217/14622416.7.7.987 · 3.43 Impact Factor
  • Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey 01/2006; 61(1):2-3. DOI:10.1097/01.ogx.0000193836.67986.f0 · 2.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Schizophrenia is a common major mental disorder. Intrauterine nutritional deficiency may increase the risk of schizophrenia. The main evidence comes from studies of the 1944-1945 Dutch Hunger Winter when a sharp and time-limited decline in food intake occurred. The most exposed cohort conceived during the famine showed a 2-fold increased risk of schizophrenia. To determine whether those who endured a massive 1959-1961 famine in China experienced similar results. The risk of schizophrenia was examined in the Wuhu region of Anhui, one of the most affected provinces. Rates were compared among those born before, during, and after the famine years. Wuhu and its surrounding 6 counties are served by a single psychiatric hospital. All psychiatric case records for the years 1971 through 2001 were examined, and clinical and sociodemographic information on patients with schizophrenia was extracted by researchers who were blinded to the nature of exposure. Data on number of births and deaths in the famine years were available, and cumulative mortality was estimated from later demographic surveys. Evidence of famine was verified, and unadjusted and mortality-adjusted relative risks of schizophrenia were calculated. The birth rates (per 1000) in Anhui decreased approximately 80% during the famine years from 28.28 in 1958 and 20.97 in 1959 to 8.61 in 1960 and 11.06 in 1961. Among births that occurred during the famine years, the adjusted risk of developing schizophrenia in later life increased significantly, from 0.84% in 1959 to 2.15% in 1960 and 1.81% in 1961. The mortality-adjusted relative risk was 2.30 (95% confidence interval, 1.99-2.65) for those born in 1960 and 1.93 (95% confidence interval, 1.68-2.23) for those born in 1961. Our findings replicate the Dutch data for a separate racial group and show that prenatal exposure to famine increases risk of schizophrenia in later life.
    JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association 09/2005; 294(5):557-62. DOI:10.1001/jama.294.5.557 · 30.39 Impact Factor

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463 Citations
77.53 Total Impact Points


  • 2006–2014
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      • Bio-X Institute
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2010
    • Harvard University
      • Harvard School of Public Health
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • McLean Hospital
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • 2005
    • University of Aberdeen
      Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom