Longitudinal analysis of haplotypes and polymorphisms of the APOA5 and APOC3 genes associated with variation in serum triglyceride levels: the Bogalusa Heart Study.

TitleLongitudinal analysis of haplotypes and polymorphisms of the APOA5 and APOC3 genes associated with variation in serum triglyceride levels: the Bogalusa Heart Study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsD Hallman, M, Srinivasan, SR, Chen, W, Boerwinkle, E, Berenson, GS
Date Published2006 Dec
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Apolipoprotein A-V, Apolipoprotein C-III, Apolipoproteins A, Body Mass Index, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Haplotypes, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Polymorphism, Genetic, Triglycerides

Polymorphisms in the APOC3 and APOA5 genes, from the APOA1/APOC3/APOA4/APOA5 gene cluster on chromosome 11q23, have been associated with interindividual variation in plasma triglycerides. APOA5 polymorphisms implicated include 2 in the promoter region (-1131 T/C and -3 A/G) and 1 in exon 2 (+56 C/G). APOC3 polymorphisms implicated include 1 (SstI) in the 3' untranslated region and 1 (-2854 G/T) in the APOC3-APOA4 intergenic region. We analyzed the associations of haplotypes and multilocus genotypes of these polymorphisms on longitudinal serum triglyceride profiles in 360 African American and 823 white subjects from the Bogalusa Heart Study. Subjects were examined from 2 to 8 times (mean +/- SD, 5.4 +/- 1.3) between 1973 and 1996, at ages ranging from 4 to 38 years, with 1978 observations in African Americans and 4465 in whites. Serum triglycerides were significantly higher among whites across all ages. Allele frequencies differed significantly between African Americans and whites at all but the APOA5 +56 C/G locus. Linkage disequilibrium among the loci was higher in whites and haplotype diversity lower: 6 haplotypes had estimated frequencies of more than 1% in African Americans, 5 in whites. Individually, all polymorphisms except APOC3 -2854 G/T showed significant associations with triglyceride levels in the full sample. However, genotype models including all 5 loci showed significant triglyceride associations for only 3 (APOC3 SstI, APOA5 -1131 T/C, and APOA5 +56 C/G); significant interactions among them indicated their effects were not independent. Neither APOC3 -2854 G/T nor APOA5 -3 A/G had significant effects when the other 3 loci were in the models. The EM algorithm was used to estimate haplotype frequencies and assign haplotype probabilities to individuals, which is conditional on their genotypes; individuals' haplotype probability vectors were then used as predictors in multilevel mixed models of longitudinal triglyceride profiles. Of haplotypes comprising, in order, APOC3 SstI and -2854 G/T and APOA5 -1131 T/C, -3 A/G, and +56 C/G, 3 were significantly associated with higher triglycerides, even after adjusting for multiple tests: GGTAG (P = .002), GTTAG (P < .0001), and CGCGC (P = .0002). Each GGTAG haplotype carried would be expected to raise triglyceride levels (relative to those of GTTAC homozygotes) by approximately 19 mg/dL, each GTTAG haplotype by approximately 15 mg/dL, and each CGCGC haplotype by approximately 7 mg/dL. Haplotypes comprising the 3 loci implicated by genotype analyses (SstI, -1131 T/C, and +56 C/G) were also tested: haplotypes C_C_C and G_T_G significantly raised triglycerides, even after adjustment for multiple comparisons (P < .002 for both), with each copy of C_C_C expected to raise triglycerides by approximately 7 mg/dL and each copy of G_T_G by approximately 15 mg/dL. Overall, our findings support those of others in associating specific polymorphisms and haplotypes in the APOA1/C3/A4/A5 gene cluster with higher serum triglyceride levels. However, the degree to which polymorphisms in the APOC3 and APOA5 genes may be independently associated with triglyceride levels remains to be determined.

Alternate JournalMetabolism
PubMed ID17142127
Grant ListAG16592 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
DK47487 / DK / NIDDK NIH HHS / United States
EY12386 / EY / NEI NIH HHS / United States
GM56515 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
HD043820 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
HD047247 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
HL38844 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
HL51021 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
HL54457 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
HL54464 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
HL54481 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
HL70568 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States

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