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

Interaction of the cholesteryl ester transfer protein I405V polymorphism with alcohol consumption in smoking and non-smoking healthy men, and the effect on plasma HDL cholesterol and apoAI concentration.

Three hundred and sixteen healthy Icelandic men and women were examined for the effect of the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) I405V polymorphism on plasma triglycerides, HDL cholesterol (HDLC) and apoAI concentration. Genotyping was performed using an allele specific oligomelting assay and the frequency of the V allele was 0.31 (95 CI for men 0.23-0.33 and for women 0.29-0.39). In women no significant difference was associated with the V405 genotype for any plasma lipid trait. However, men who were homozygous for the V405 allele had 9% higher apoAI and 14% higher HDLC levels (p < 0.05) than those homozygous for the common I405 allele. The genotype effect was seen only in the non-smokers (p = 0.07 and < 0.05, respectively), and in those consuming alcohol (p < 0.05 for both). Analysis of interaction between the environmental, life-style factors and genotype in men for the traits of HDLC and apoAI showed statistically significant interaction of the genotype only with alcohol consumption. The non-smoking men who reported alcohol consumption and who were homozygous for the CETP V405 allele had 16% higher plasma apoAI concentration than those who carried the I405 allele, and up to 20% higher apoAI level than smokers. On the basis of prospective studies carried out on the Icelandic population, non-smoking, alcohol-consuming men who are homozygous for the V405 allele could have from 32% to 40% lower risk of having a heart attack.[1]


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