[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This article examines the impacts of two types of social capital – bonding and bridging – upon the performance of grassroots selfgovernment institutions in rural China, based on an original survey of 410 villages throughout the whole of China. The findings indicate that, on the one hand, bonding social capital still has a very solid foundation in the rural areas of China. On the other, bridging social capital is in formation in Chinese villages, even though the stock of bridging social capital is currently very moderate. Moreover, this study finds that bridging social capital, as manifested in general trust and inclusive social networks, positively affected the governance performance of each surveyed village. Yet, bonding social capital, as manifested in particular trust and exclusive social networks, tends to negatively impact the performance of Chinese rural governance. These findings help clarify some theoretical issues about, and shed some light on the prospects of, the rural self-governance system in China.
Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell. 01/2011; 40(2):135-163.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Atrial Fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is a significant public health problem in the United States, affecting approximately 2.2 million Americans. Recently, several chromosomal loci and genes have been found to be associated with familial AF. However, in most other AF cases, the genetic basis is still poorly understood.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the molecular basis of familial AF in a Dutch kindred group.
We analyzed a four-generation Dutch family in which AF segregated as an autosomal dominant trait. After the exclusion of linkage to 10q22-24, 6q14-16, 5p13, KCNQ1, KCNE2, KCNJ2 and some ion-channel-associated candidate genes, a genome-wide linkage scan using 398 microsatellite markers was performed.
Two-point logarithms of odds (LOD) scores >1 at recombination fraction [theta] = 0.00 and a haplotype segregating with the disorder were demonstrated only across regions of chromosome 10. Subsequent fine mapping gave a maximum two-point LOD score of 4.1982 at D10S568 at [theta] = 0.00. Distinct recombination in several individuals narrowed the shared region among all affected individuals to 16.4 cM on the Genethon map (flanking markers: D10S578 and D10S1652), which corresponds to chromosome 10p11-q21. Thirteen candidate genes residing in this region, which could be associated with AF, were screened. No mutation has been found in their coding regions including the intron splice regions.
We identify a novel locus for AF on chromosome 10p11-q21, which provides further evidence of genetic heterogeneity in this arrhythmia.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The inward rectifier K(+) channel Kir2.1 mediates the potassium I(K1) current in the heart. It is encoded by KCNJ2 gene that has been linked to Andersen's syndrome. Recently, strong evidences showed that Kir2.1 channels were associated with mouse atrial fibrillation (AF), therefore we hypothesized that KCNJ2 was associated with familial AF. Thirty Chinese AF kindreds were evaluated for mutations in KCNJ2 gene. A valine-to-isoleucine mutation at position 93 (V93I) of Kir2.1 was found in all affected members in one kindred. This valine and its flanking sequence is highly conserved in Kir2.1 proteins among different species. Functional analysis of the V93I mutant demonstrated a gain-of-function consequence on the Kir2.1 current. This effect is opposed to the loss-of-function effect of previously reported mutations in Andersen's syndrome. Kir2.1 V93I mutation may play a role in initiating and/or maintaining AF by increasing the activity of the inward rectifier K(+) channel.
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 08/2005; 332(4):1012-9. · 2.41 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice. We first reported an S140G mutation of KCNQ1, an alpha subunit of potassium channels, in one Chinese kindred with AF. However, the molecular defects and cellular mechanisms in most patients with AF remain to be identified. We evaluated 28 unrelated Chinese kindreds with AF and sequenced eight genes of potassium channels (KCNQ1, HERG, KCNE1, KCNE2, KCNE3, KCNE4, KCNE5, and KCNJ2). An arginine-to-cysteine mutation at position 27 (R27C) of KCNE2, the beta subunit of the KCNQ1-KCNE2 channel responsible for a background potassium current, was found in 2 of the 28 probands. The mutation was present in all affected members in the two kindreds and was absent in 462 healthy unrelated Chinese subjects. Similar to KCNQ1 S140G, the mutation had a gain-of-function effect on the KCNQ1-KCNE2 channel; unlike long QT syndrome-associated KCNE2 mutations, it did not alter HERG-KCNE2 current. The mutation did not alter the functions of the HCN channel family either. Thus, KCNE2 R27C is a gain-of-function mutation associated with the initiation and/or maintenance of AF.
The American Journal of Human Genetics 12/2004; 75(5):899-905. · 11.20 Impact Factor