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1.  Angiotensin-converting enzyme gene and retinal arteriolar narrowing: The Funagata Study 
Journal of Human Hypertension  2009;23(12):788-793.
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene polymorphism is associated with retinal arteriolar narrowing, a subclinical marker of chronic hypertension. The Funagata Study examined a population-based sample of Japanese aged 35+ years; 368 participants had both retinal vessel diameter measurements and ACE insertion/deletion (ACE I/D) polymorphism analyses performed. Assessment of retinal vessel diameter and retinal vessel wall signs followed the protocols used in the Blue Mountains Eye Study. ACE gene polymorphisms D/D, I/D and I/I were present in 34 (9.2%), 170 (46.2%) and 164 (44.5%) participants, respectively, distributed in Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium. After multivariable adjustment, retinal arteriolar diameter was significantly narrower in subjects with the D/D genotype compared to subjects with I/D and I/I genotypes (mean difference −6.49 μm, 95% confidence interval (CI): −12.86 μm, −0.11 μm). Our study suggests that the ACE I/D polymorphism may be associated with subclinical structural arteriolar changes related to chronic hypertension.
doi:10.1038/jhh.2009.27
PMCID: PMC2834325  PMID: 19369957
The Funagata Study; angiotensin-converting enzyme polymorphism; retinal arteriolar diameter
2.  Serum asymmetric dimethylarginine as a marker of coronary microcirculation in patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus: correlation with coronary flow reserve 
Heart  2005;91(12):1607-1608.
doi:10.1136/hrt.2004.051011
PMCID: PMC1769209  PMID: 16287749
coronary disease; diabetes mellitus; microcirculation; nitric oxide synthase
4.  Hereditary caeruloplasmin deficiency: clinicopathological study of a patient. 
A 58 year old patient with dementia, oral dyskinesia, and diabetes mellitus is described. He had an undetectable concentration of serum caeruloplasmin, as an autosomal recessive trait. Brain MRI disclosed a pronounced hypointensity in the bilateral putamina, caudate, and dentate nuclei on both T1 and T2 weighted images. Pathological findings were mainly in those regions of the brain and consisted of neuronal cell loss with gliosis, heavy iron deposition, and spheroids. Visceral organs also had iron deposition, especially severe in the liver and pancreas. The present patient and other recorded cases constitute a clinicopathological entity of hereditary caeruloplasmin deficiency, different from Wilson's disease.
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PMCID: PMC1074049  PMID: 8937346

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