Genetic regulation of the host response to cardiac surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass
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There is significant variation between individual patients in the magnitude and pattern of their systemic response to cardiac surgery. Poor outcomes in these patients have been associated with a dysfunctional host response. This thesis seeks to define such variability at the level of gene expression by sequential analysis of transcription before and after surgery for a low risk group of patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) patients using expression microarray profiling. To that aim, we analysed sequential global gene expression patterns in circulating peripheral blood leukocytes. We also investigated the role of DNA sequence variation in modulating the observed changes in gene expression. This approach allowed us to identify important genetic modulators and novel biological pathways and gain new insights into the mechanisms that regulate the host response to surgery.
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