Gene Saves the Day

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Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease and our gene plays a vital role in determining the risk factor for such disease.

Researchers at the University of Virginia have not only identified the gene variants that influence risk but also have found that one gene which appears to have a protecting effect.

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Heart disease kills one every 36 seconds in the US and around 18.2 million Americans are suffering from coronary artery disease.

Researcher Mete Civelek’s team has identified a gene, MIA3, which produces a protein with beneficial effects in cap formation by promoting smooth muscle cell proliferation.

Civelek said, “If we can increase the abundance of MIA3 protein in smooth muscle cells, we may be able to stabilize the plaque lesions and prevent heart attacks.

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