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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A polymorphism in the alpha2a-adrenoceptor gene and endurance athlete status.

PURPOSE: In a case control study, we examined the allelic frequencies and genotype distributions of two restricted fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP) in the alpha-2A-adrenoceptor gene (ADRA2A) and beta-2-adrenoceptor gene (ADRB2) among elite endurance athletes (EEA) and sedentary controls (SC). METHODS: The EEA group included 148 Caucasian male subjects recruited on the basis that they had a VO2max > 74 mL O2 x kg(-1) x min(-1). The SC group comprised 149 unrelated sedentary male subjects, all Caucasians, from the Quebec Family Study. After digestion with the restriction enzymes Dra I (ADRA2A) and Ban I (ADRB2), Southern blotting and hybridization techniques were used to detect the mutations in the two ADR genes, which are encoded on chromosomes 10 (q24-26) and 5 (q31-32), respectively. RESULTS: For the Dra I ADRA2A RFLP, we observed a significant difference in genotype distributions between the two groups (P = 0.037). A higher frequency of the 6.7-kb allele was observed in the EEA group compared with the SC group (P = 0.013). No statistically significant difference was found between groups for the Ban I ADRB2 polymorphic site. Genotype frequencies for both genes in both groups were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. CONCLUSIONS: In summary, we found evidence that ADRA2A gene variability detected with Dra I is weakly associated with elite endurance athlete status, and we conclude that genetic variation in the ADRA2A gene or a locus in close proximity may play a role in being able to sustain the endurance training regimen necessary to attain a high level of maximal aerobic power.[1]


  1. A polymorphism in the alpha2a-adrenoceptor gene and endurance athlete status. Wolfarth, B., Rivera, M.A., Oppert, J.M., Boulay, M.R., Dionne, F.T., Chagnon, M., Gagnon, J., Chagnon, Y., Perusse, L., Keul, J., Bouchard, C. Medicine and science in sports and exercise. (2000) [Pubmed]
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