Dan Su

Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan Sheng, China

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    ABSTRACT: Lipoprotein glomerulopathy is a rare inherited renal disease, caused by mutation of the APOE gene, characterized by proteinuria and nephrotic syndrome with elevated serum apoE. Since its treatment and outcome are unknown, we retrospectively studied 35 patients within 31 unrelated Han families with biopsy-proven lipoprotein glomerulopathy residing in the same county in southwest China. DNA sequencing detected the APOE Kyoto mutation (p. Arg25Cys) in all patients and 28 asymptomatic relatives. All shared the same ɛ3 allele. The patients presented with proteinuria, higher total triglyceride, and serum apoE levels relative to non-carriers. The serum apoE and triglyceride levels of asymptomatic carriers were between those of the patients and non-carriers. Sixteen patients received fenofibrate treatment for over 12 months. Six reached complete remission (proteinuria under 0.3 g/day with stable serum creatinine) with intensive control of their lipid profile (normalized serum apoE and triglycerides under 100 mg/dl). Eight reached partial remission. At 3 years of follow-up, patients treated with fenofibrate had superior survival and stable renal function. Thus, fenofibrate can induce lipoprotein glomerulopathy remission and the fibrate effects depend on the degree of lipid control and baseline proteinuria. Moreover, normalization of serum apoE and triglycerides can be used to judge the efficacy of lipid-lowering treatment.Kidney International advance online publication, 11 September 2013; doi:10.1038/ki.2013.335.
    Kidney International 09/2013; · 8.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Testis gene Znf230 may play a role in mammalian spermatogenesis according to previous reports. Deleting 5' important exons to block the formation of protein was a routine way in gene-knockout experiments. To investigate the physiological function of Znf230 gene, the mutant mice with disrupted exon 2 of Znf230 were generated in this study. Results showed that, mutant Znf230 mice were fertile and showed normal body, genitourinary organs, testes weights, and spermatid number but the litter size of the offspring reduced with unclear reasons. Hematoxylin and eosin staining showed that the testicular tissue of mutant mice was intact. Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that two novel mutant transcripts appeared in the mutant mice: the short one including exon-1 and exon-3 to -6, the long one unexpectedly containing a partial sequence from the pPNT vector acting as a new exon 2. Bioinformatic analysis of the long transcript revealed that it might code a 24-kDa N-terminal mutant protein with the same 182 amino acids as that of the wild-type Znf230 in the C-terminus, indicating that the potential functional region of C3HC4-type RING finger was intact in mutant protein. Western blot and immunohistochemistry analyses also implied that this N-terminal mutation of Znf230 might not disrupt the possible role that wild-type Znf230 played in spermatogenesis. In summary, a potential exon structure in the targeting vector sequence involved in the expression of targeting Znf230 gene and disturbed the strategy of this gene-targeting experiment.
    Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica 11/2012; · 1.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common inherited renal disease with an incidence of 1 in 400 to 1000. The disease is genetically heterogeneous, with two genes identified: PKD1 (16p13.3) and PKD2 (4q21). Molecular diagnosis of the disease in at-risk individuals is complicated due to the structural complexity of PKD1 gene and the high diversity of the mutations. This study is the first systematic ADPKD mutation analysis of both PKD1 and PKD2 genes in Chinese patients using denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC). Both PKD1 and PKD2 genes were mutation screened in each proband from 65 families using DHPLC followed by DNA sequencing. Novel variations found in the probands were checked in their family members available and 100 unrelated normal controls. Then the pathogenic potential of the variations of unknown significance was examined by evolutionary comparison, effects of amino acid substitutions on protein structure, and effects of splice site alterations using online mutation prediction resources. A total of 92 variations were identified, including 27 reported previously. Definitely pathogenic mutations (ten frameshift, ten nonsense, two splicing defects and one duplication) were identified in 28 families, and probably pathogenic mutations were found in an additional six families, giving a total detection level of 52.3% (34/65). About 69% (20/29) of the mutations are first reported with a recurrent mutation rate of 31%. Mutation study of PKD1 and PKD2 genes in Chinese Hans with ADPKD may contribute to a better understanding of the genetic diversity between different ethnic groups and enrich the mutation database. Besides, evaluating the pathogenic potential of novel variations should also facilitate the clinical diagnosis and genetic counseling of the disease.
    BMC Medical Genetics 12/2011; 12:164. · 2.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the possible association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the miRNA-binding sites of spermatogenesis-related genes and idiopathic infertility in humans. Prospective study. Research laboratory of a university hospital. A total of 494 patients with azoospermia or severe oligozoospermia and 357 fertile controls were included in our study. The 3' untranslated region sequences of 140 candidate genes for male infertility were analyzed using specialized algorithms including Pictar, miRanda, Targetscan, and RNAhybrid and 39 SNPs located at putative miRNA-binding sites were identified. The possible association of 6 putatively functional SNPs and male infertility was explored further with the use of case-control studies. The function of SNPs significantly associated with male infertility was analyzed by dual luciferase assay. Significantly associated SNPs and their influence on gene expression. Two SNPs from two genes (rs6631 of CGA and rs2303846 of CPEB1) were found to be associated with idiopathic male infertility. Functionally, the substitution of A by T in rs6631 results in decreased binding affinity of miR-1302 and overexpression of CGA in vitro. Our results reveal for the first time that SNPs residing in miRNA-binding sites of CGA could influence expression of CGA and elevate the risk of spermatogenesis impairment.
    Fertility and sterility 05/2011; 96(1):34-39.e7. · 3.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the predisposing background for the instability of CAG expansions of the HTT gene in a Chinese population. Genotyping and haplotyping of CAG and CCG repeats of the HTT gene were carried out in 32 unrelated HD patients and 95 non-HD control individuals of Han origin, using capillary electrophoresis and DNA sequencing. The frequencies of different CCG repeats were compared between mutant and wild-type HTT genes. In controls, the comparison of the mean CAG repeat size was performed among different CCG repeats. A total of five alleles of CCG repeats were distinguished, in which four were present in HD chromosomes. In the CCG alleles, (CCG)10 showed a higher frequency in mutant HTT genes relative to wild-type ones, and the highest mean CAG repeat size was observed in the (CCG)10 background. Additionally, a haplotype of (CAG)32-(CCG)10 was found in the control group. Our findings indicate that HTT mutation is likely of multiple origins in the Chinese population. Among the origins, more new HTT mutations may arise from the (CCG)10 than from other CCG alleles, which suggests that the (CCG)10 allele may represent a predisposing background for CAG expansion in Chinese populations. Therefore, in comparison with Europeans, the significantly lower prevalence of Huntington's disease in Chinese individuals may not be due to the absence of the predisposing background for CAG expansion but instead may partly result from the lower frequency of the predisposing haplotype for CAG instability in the population.
    Journal of the neurological sciences 11/2010; 298(1-2):57-60. · 2.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: As a common variation in the azoospermia factor c (AZFc) region of Y chromosome, the gr/gr deletion is regarded as a significant risk factor for spermatogenic impairment, whereas the association of the deletion's phenotypic expression with Y-chromosomal background is still a subject of debate. To further investigate the contribution of the deletion to spermatogenic impairment in different Y-chromosomal haplogroups, the partial AZFc deletion was detected with AZFc-specific sequence tagged sites, gene dosage and gene copy analyses of deleted in azoospermia (DAZ), chromodomain Y1 (CDY1) and basic protein Y2 (BPY2) in 1426 azoo/oligozoospermic and 672 normozoospermic men from a Chinese population. The haplogrouping was performed in 231 deletion carriers with 12 polymorphic loci of Y chromosome. As a result, five gr/gr rearrangement types in eight Y haplogroups were observed, in which the simple gr/gr deletion was the most common type, and its frequency was significantly higher in men with azoo/oligozoospermia relative to normozoospermia. Also the distribution of gr/gr-rearranged Y haplogroups was significantly different between the two groups, in which gr/gr-deleted haplogroups C and DE were more common in men with azoo/oligozoospermia. In the 6 gr/gr copy deletion haplotypes, the frequencies of DAZ1/DAZ2+CDY1a or CDY1b deletion were significantly higher in men with azoo/oligozoospermia, while all DAZ3/DAZ4+CDY1b+BPY2.2 or 2.3 deletions were found only in haplogroup Q1 without any distribution difference between the azoo/oligozoospermic and normozoospermic groups. This study provided further evidence for the existence of multiple subtypes of gr/gr deletion and indicates that gr/gr-DAZ1/DAZ2 deletion is a significant risk factor. However, the association of the phenotypic variation of gr/gr deletion with Y-chromosomal haplogroups is not definite yet, because of the limited amounts of the deletions observed in each of the haplogroups and the lack of the quantitative trait analyses such as sperm density analysis. The fact that a common gr/gr copy deletion haplotype was found exclusively in the Y hgr Q1, without pathogenic consequences, implies the importance of haplogrouping and of copy deletion typing prior to genetic counselling of deletion carriers of Chinese descent.
    International Journal of Andrology 10/2010; 33(5):745-54. · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A large number of testis-specific genes are involved in the complex process of mammalian spermatogenesis. Identification of these genes and their roles is important for understanding the mechanisms underlying spermatogenesis. Here we report on a novel human RING finger protein, ZNF645, which contains a C3HC4 RING finger domain, a C2H2 zinc-finger domain, and a proline-rich region, indicating that it has a structure similar to that of the c-Cbl-like protein Hakai. ZNF645 was exclusively expressed in normal human testicular tissue. Immunohistochemical analysis confirmed that ZNF645 protein was present in spermatocytes, round and elongated spermatids, and Leydig cells. Immunofluorescence staining of mature sperms further showed that the ZNF645 protein was localized over the postacrosomal perinuclear theca region and the entire length of sperm tail. An in vitro ubiquitination assay indicated that the RING finger domain of the ZNF645 protein had E3 ubiquitin ligase activity. Therefore, we suggest that ZNF645 might act as an E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase and play a role in human sperm production and quality control.
    Asian Journal of Andrology 09/2010; 12(5):658-66. · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cancer/testis (CT) antigens exhibit highly tissue-restricted expression and are considered promising targets for cancer vaccines. Here we identified a novel CT gene ZNF645 which restrictively expresses in normal human testes and lung cancer patients (68.3%). To investigate the promoter methylation status of ZNF645, we carried out bisulfite genomic sequencing and found that the CpG island in its promoter was heavily methylated in normal lung tissues without the expression of ZNF645, whereas there was high demethylation in normal human testes and lung carcinoma tissues with its expression. Also ZNF645 could be remarkably activated in A549 and HEK293T cells treated by DNA demethylation agent 5'-aza-2'-deoxycytidine. And the dual luciferase assay revealed that the promoter activity of the ZNF645 was inhibited by methylation of the CpG island region. Therefore, we proposed that ZNF645 is a CT gene and activated in human testis and lung cancers by demethylation of its promoter region.
    BMB reports 06/2010; 43(6):400-6. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: TSSK6 is a member of the testis-specific serine/threonine kinase family. Male Tssk6 knockout mice are infertile owing to spermatogenic impairment, including sperm count reduction, a decrease in motile sperm number and motility rates, and an increase in the number of sperms with abnormal morphology. We investigated the possible association between variations of the TSSK6 gene and spermatogenic impairment in humans. Mutation screening of TSSK6 was carried out in 519 patients with azoospermia (n = 273) or severe oligozoospermia (n = 246) and in 359 controls with normozoospermia by denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography and DNA sequencing. The frequencies of alleles and genotypes of gene polymorphism were compared between patients and controls. A novel triallelic polymorphism in TSSK6, c.822+126T>G/C, was identified. The frequencies of genotype TT and allele T were increased dramatically in infertile patients compared with controls, whereas genotype TG, allele G and allele C frequencies were significantly higher in controls than in patients. Further study revealed that the allele C frequency of controls was remarkably higher than that of patients with oligospermia. Our findings, for the first time, suggested an association of c.822+126T>G/C in TSSK6 with spermatogenic impairment in humans in which allele T may be a risk factor for male infertility, while alleles C and G may decrease susceptibility to male infertility.
    Asian Journal of Andrology 03/2010; 12(2):234-9. · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To standardize the experimental procedure of the gene test for autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias (ADCA), and provide the basis for quantitative criteria of the dynamic mutation of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) genes in Chinese population. Genotyping of the dynamic mutation loci of the SCA1, SCA2, SCA3, SCA6 and SCA7 genes was performed, using florescence PCR-capillary electrophoresis followed by DNA sequencing, to investigate the variation range of copy number of CAG tandem repeat of the genes in 263 probands of ADCA pedigrees and 261 non-related normal controls. Based on the sequencing result, the bias of the CAG copy number estimation using capillary electrophoresis with different DNA controls was compared to analyze the technical detailes of the electrophresis method in testing the dynamic mutation sites. PCR products containing dynamic mutation loci of the SCA genes showed significantly higher mobility than that of molecular weigh marker with relatively balanced GC content. This was particularly obvious in the SCA2, SCA 6 and SCA7 genes whereas the deviation of copy number could be corrected to +/-1 when known CAG copy number fragments were used as controls. The mobility of PCR products was primarily related to the copy number of CAG repeat when the fragments contained normal CAG repeat. In the 263 ADCA pedigrees, 6 (2.28%) carried SCA1 gene mutation, 8 (3.04%) had SCA2 mutation and 81 (30.80%) harbored SCA3 mutation. The gene mutation of SCA6 and SCA7 was not found. The normal variation range of the CAG repeat was 17-36 copies in SCA1 gene, 13-30 copies in SCA2, 14-39 copies in SCA3, 6-16 copies in SCA6 and 6-13 copies in SCA7. The heterozygosity was 76.1%, 17.7%, 74.4%, 72.1% and 41.3%, respectively. The mutation range of the CAG repeat was 49-56 copies in SCA1 gene, 36-41 copies in SCA2, 59-81 copies in SCA3. Neither homozygous mutation of an SCA gene nor double heterozygous mutation of the SCA genes was observed in the study. The copy number of the CAG repeat in SCA genes could be calculated accurately based on the result of florescence PCR-capillary electrophoresis when limited amount of known repeat copy number controls were used. Our result supported that the notion that SCA3 gene mutation was the most common cause for ADCA, and the obtained data would be helpful for establishing quantitative criteria of the dynamic mutation of the SCA genes in Chinese.
    Zhonghua yi xue yi chuan xue za zhi = Zhonghua yixue yichuanxue zazhi = Chinese journal of medical genetics 12/2009; 26(6):626-33.
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    ABSTRACT: Tssk2, a member of the testis-specific serine/threonine kinase (TSSK) family, is expressed predominantly in the testis and is crucial for the formation and function of sperm cells in the mouse. Targeted deletion of Tssk1 and Tssk2 in male chimeric mice caused infertility because of haploinsufficiency of the genes. Therefore, it is reasonable to postulate that mutations in the human homolog TSSK2 gene may also play a role in impaired spermatogenesis in humans. To explore the possible association between mutations in the TSSK2 gene and idiopathic infertility in humans, mutation screening of the gene in 494 patients with azoospermia or severe oligozoospermia and 357 fertile controls was performed using denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography and DNA sequencing. As a result, 4 single-nucleotide transitions were identified, including c.80A>G (rs3747052), c.774C>T (rs1052756), c.839C>T (rs1052763), and c.1026G>A (rs1052773). Among them, significant differences in polymorphism frequencies were observed of c.80A>G (rs3747052) and c.774C>T (rs1052756) between the patients and controls; the allele G of c.80A>G (rs3747052) and allele T of c.774C>T (rs1052756) seem to be risk factors for the development of spermatogenic impairment, suggesting that the TSSK2 gene may be associated with male idiopathic infertility in humans.
    Journal of Andrology 11/2009; 31(4):388-92. · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: DAZ on the Y chromosome and 2 autosomal ancestral genes DAZL and BOULE are suggested to represent functional conservation in spermatogenesis. The partial AZFc deletion, a common mutation of the Y chromosome, always involves 2 DAZ copies and represents a different spermatogenic phenotype in the populations studied. To investigate whether the variations in DAZL and BOULE influence partial AZFc deletion phenotype, the genotyping of 15 loci variations, including 4 known mutations and 11 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), was carried out in 157 azoo-/oligzoospermic men and 57 normozoospermic men, both groups with partial AZFc deletions. The frequencies of the alleles, genotypes, and haplotypes of the variations were compared between the 2 groups. As a result, for 9 exonic variations in DAZL and BOULE, only T12A was observed in both groups with similar frequency, and I71V was identified in an azoospermic man with b2/b3 deletion, whereas the rest were absent in the population. The distribution of DAZL haplotypes from 4 variations, including T12A, and of BOULE haplotypes from 2 SNPs was similar between men with normozoospermia and spermatogenic failure. Our findings indicate that the contribution of DAZL and BOULE variations to spermatogenic impairment in men with the DAZ defect is greatly limited, suggesting that expression of spermatogenic phenotypes of partial AZFc deletions is independent of the variations in DAZL and BOULE in the Han population.
    Journal of Andrology 05/2009; 31(2):163-8. · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Znf230, the mouse homologue of the human spermatogenesis-related gene, ZNF230, has been cloned by rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE). This gene is expressed predominantly in testis, but its expression in different testicular cells and spermatogenic stages has not been previously analyzed in detail. In the present study, the cellular localization of the Znf230 protein in mouse testis and epididymal spermatozoa was determined by RT-PCR, immunoblotting, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. It is primarily expressed in the nuclei of spermatogonia and subsequently in the acrosome system and the entire tail of developing spermatids and spermatozoa. The results indicate that Znf230 may play an important role in mouse spermatogenesis, including spermatogenic cell proliferation and sperm maturation, as well as motility and fertilization.
    BMB reports 10/2008; 41(9):664-9. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The testis-specific serine/threonine kinase (TSSK) family is a specific kinase group with exclusive or dominant expression in testis and involvement in spermatogenesis and male infertility. TSSK4 is a newly identified member of the TSSK family. In order to investigate the possible relationships between variations, including mutations and polymorphisms of the TSSK4 gene and impaired spermatogenesis in humans, mutation screening of this gene in 372 patients with azoospermia or severe oligospermia and 220 controls was performed. In total, 4 novel single nucleotide changes including c.679G>A, c.987+108G>A, c.-155C>G and c.765C>A were discovered. The latter 2 variations were found only in patients, not in controls. Bioinformatics analysis suggested that allele A of c.765C>A could decrease the activity of pre-mRNA splicing of TSSK4. The frequency of allele A of c.679G>A was significantly higher in controls than in patients. On the contrary, allele A of c.987+108G>A was remarkably increased in patients compared with controls. Our investigation of TSSK4, a potentially important testicular gene, in Chinese infertile and control men identified the association of some single nucleotide polymorphisms in this gene with male infertility.
    Journal of Andrology 07/2008; 29(4):374-8. · 3.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the possible association of the MSY2 gene with idiopathic male infertility in humans. Mutation screening was performed in 326 patients with azoospermia or severe oligospermia and 210 controls by denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography and DNA sequencing. The differences in genotype and allele distribution in the two groups were evaluated. The Haploview program, version 4.0, was used to perform linkage disequilibrium and haplotype analysis. A total of eight variations, including five single nucleotide polymorphisms and three rare single nucleotide changes, were identified. The frequencies of allele C of c.187T>C and allele G of c.1095+16A>G were significantly greater in the controls than in the patients, and both seemed to play a protective role against spermatogenic impairment. The haplotype GTCTA, consisting of the five single nucleotide polymorphisms, might be a genetic risk factor for development of male infertility. The results of our study suggest that some polymorphisms of the MSY2 gene might be associated with impaired spermatogenesis and that the gene could also be involved in modifying the susceptibility to idiopathic spermatogenic impairment in humans.
    Urology 05/2008; 71(5):878-82. · 2.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: H2AX is a histone H2A variant and one of the evolutionarily conserved fertility factors involved in DNA repair to maintain the genomic integrity and ensure the proper meiotic process. Male H2ax mutant mice are infertile and display defective meiosis. To investigate the possible association of variations of the H2AX gene with spermatogenic impairment in humans, mutation screening of the entire coding region of this gene was carried out in 302 patients with azoospermia or severe oligospermia along with 198 normospermic controls. No mutations or other sequence variants were identified in the 500 subjects tested. This suggests that it is unlikely that the H2AX mutations are a common genetic cause of spermatogenic impairment in idiopathic infertile men.
    Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine 04/2008; · 1.85 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A novel oligodeoxynuleotides containing 11 CpG motifs was synthesized and inserted into the VR1020 plasmid containing pig interleukin-6 (IL-6) gene (VPIL6) to construct recombinant plasmid, VPIL6C. The chitosan nanoparticles (CNP) were prepared by ionic cross linkage to entrap the VPIL6C (VPIL6C-CNP), VPIL6 (VPIL6-CNP) and CpG (CpG-CNP). 42-Day old female mice were divided into four groups and intramuscularly injected respectively with 6 pmol VPIL6C-CNP, VPIL6-CNP, CpG-CNP and VR1020-CNP along with the bivalent vaccines against the Pasteurellosis and hog cholera. The blood was weekly collected from mice after vaccination to detect the changes of immunoglobulins, specific antibodies, IL-2, IL-4, IL-6 and immune cells. 28 days after vaccination, the mice were orally challenged with virulent Pasteurella multocida. The results showed that in comparison with those of the control VR1020 group, the content of immunoglobulins, specific antibodies and interleukins significantly increased in the sera from the treated two groups (P<0.05). Meanwhile, the number of lymphocytes and monocytes also remarkably elevated in the treated groups (P<0.05). The immune responses of VPIL6C mice were notably stronger than those of VPIL6 and CpG group. The challenge results proved that the overall immunity was further promoted in the treated mice which resisted the challenge infection; while the control mice manifested evident symptoms and lesions, and died of infection. These suggested that VPIL6C-CNP could better promote the immunity and resistance of mice against Pasteurellosis than VPIL6-CNP and CpG-CNP, and facilitate the development of effective adjuvant to enhance the immunity of animal against infection.
    Comparative immunology, microbiology and infectious diseases 02/2008; 32(3):191-205. · 2.99 Impact Factor

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62 Citations
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  • 2008–2013
    • Sichuan University
      • • Department of Nephrology
      • • Department of Medical Genetics
      Chengdu, Sichuan Sheng, China