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    ISSN: 1365-2133
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Background  Alopecia areata (AA) is hypothesized to be an organ-specific autoimmune disease with genetic predisposition and an environmental trigger. There are few clinical data in Asians.Objectives  To describe the genetic epidemiological features of AA patients in China and to determine the possible genetic model for AA.Methods  Data for 1032 patients with AA were obtained by questionnaire in the Institute of Dermatology of Anhui Medical University in China from 2001 to 2003. Complex segregation analysis and heritability analysis were performed using Falconer's method, EPI INFO 6·0 and SAGE-REGTL programs.Results  In total, 1032 AA patients (male/female ratio 1·1 : 1) were enrolled, representing 0·94% of the total number of cases seen in our outpatient clinic during that time. The mean ± SD age of onset was 28·98 ± 13·43 years. The difference between the mean age of onset in males and females was not significant. Most patients (82·6%) experienced their first episode of AA within the first four decades of life. A positive family history of AA was obtained in 87 patients (8·4%). The prevalence of AA in first-, second- and third-degree relatives of the proband with AA was 1·6%, 0·19% and 0·03%, respectively. These figures were higher than those in controls. A greater severity and longer duration of AA were seen in the early onset group than in the late-onset group. The early onset group also had more affected first- and second-degree relatives. The heritability of AA in first-, second- and third-degree relatives was 47·16%, 42·53% and 22·29%, respectively. Based on the REGTL results, the best model was a polygenic additive model for AA.Conclusions  The effect of genetic factors is strong in AA, but environmental factors such as infection and psychological stress may still play an important role. Our findings on the genetics of AA are consistent with a polygenic additive mode of inheritance.
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    Oxford [u.a.] : International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
    Acta crystallographica 53 (1997), S. 1721-1723 
    ISSN: 1600-5759
    Source: Crystallography Journals Online : IUCR Backfile Archive 1948-2001
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Geosciences , Physics
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    Copenhagen : International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
    Applied crystallography online 28 (1995), S. 274-278 
    ISSN: 1600-5767
    Source: Crystallography Journals Online : IUCR Backfile Archive 1948-2001
    Topics: Geosciences , Physics
    Notes: Calculations of powder diffraction peaks using a model of tiny (diameter a few nm) spherical crystals log normally distributed in size with and without surface relaxation are presented. The calculated peak shapes are more nearly Gaussian than Cauchy (Lorentzian). Surface relaxation can produce small variations in peak positions, order-dependent peak widths and asymmetric tails. The latter may be quite pronounced in the smaller particles and are qualitatively similar to recent data taken on nanometre-sized crystals. This suggests that comparison of model calculations with X-ray powder data of single peaks or, preferably, entire diffraction patterns (perhaps as part of a Rietveld refinement) may allow probing of surface atom positions in nanometre-sized particles.
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