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Genetic influences on blood pressure within the Stanislas Cohort.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of 21 polymorphisms within 13 genes, APOE, APOB, APOC3, CETP, LPL, PON1, MTHFR, FGB, F5, GPIIIa, SELE, ACE and AGT, with inter-individual blood pressure (BP) variation. PARTICIPANTS: Seven hundred and seventy-six men and 836 women, free of antihypertensive and lipid-lowering medications, were selected from the Stanislas Cohort. RESULTS: ANOVA on blood pressure values after adjustment for covariates [age, body mass index (BMI), contraceptive pill, tobacco and alcohol] showed that lipoprotein lipase (LPL) Ser447Ter and glycoprotein IIIA (GpIIIa) Pl polymorphisms were significantly associated with BP in women (0.01 < or = P < or = 0.05), whereas BP levels in men were significantly different according to apolipoprotein CIII (APOC3) 3206T/G and -482C/T polymorphisms (P < or = 0.05). In women, compared to the most common allele, the GpIIIa Pl allele was associated with increased mean arterial pressure (MAP) (P < 0.05) and pulse pressure (PP) (P < 0.001), and the LPL 447Ter allele was associated with decreased systolic blood pressure (SBP) and PP levels (0.001 < or = P < or = 0.05). These two polymorphisms appeared to act independently. In men, the APOC3 3206GG genotype was related to decreased diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and MAP levels (P < or = 0.01), and the APOC3 -482T allele with decreased PP levels (P < or = 0.05). The presence of both the -482C allele and the 3206GG genotype was related to decreased DBP, suggesting that specific haplotypes might be involved. CONCLUSION: The APOC3, LPL and GpIIIa genes were found to be associated with BP levels. The contributions of these genes, although modest, are consistent with the polygenic nature of BP levels.[1]


  1. Genetic influences on blood pressure within the Stanislas Cohort. Sass, C., Cheng, S., Siest, G., Visvikis, S. J. Hypertens. (2004) [Pubmed]
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