Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS3) Polymorphisms in African Americans With Heart Failure: Results From the A-HeFT Trial

Dennis M. McNamara, S. William Tam, Michael L. Sabolinski, Page Tobelmann, Karen Janosko, Lakshmi Venkitachalam, Elizabeth Ofili, Clyde Yancy, Arthur M. Feldman, Jalal K. Ghali, Anne L. Taylor, Jay N. Cohn, Manuel Worcel

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Background: Genetic heterogeneity at the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (NOS3) locus influences heart failure outcomes. The prevalence of NOS3 variants differs in black and white cohorts, but the impact of these differences is unknown. Methods and Results: Subjects (n = 352) in the Genetic Risk Assessment of Heart Failure (GRAHF) substudy of the African-American Heart Failure Trial were genotyped for NOS3 polymorphisms: -786 T/C promoter, intron 4a/4b, and Glu298Asp and allele frequencies and compared with a white heart failure cohort. The effect of treatment with fixed-dose combination of isosorbide dinitrates and hydralazine (FDC I/H) on event-free survival and composite score (CS) of survival, hospitalization, and quality of life (QoL) was analyzed within genotype subsets. In GRAHF, NOS3 genotype frequencies differed from the white cohort (P < .001). The -786 T allele was associated with lower left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) (P = .01), whereas the intron 4a allele was linked to lower diastolic blood pressure and higher LVEF (P = .03). Only the Glu298Asp polymorphism influenced treatment outcome; therapy with FDC I/H improved CS (P = .046) and QoL (P = .03) in the Glu298Glu subset only. Conclusions: In black subjects with heart failure, NOS3 genotype influences blood pressure and left ventricular remodeling. The impact of genetic heterogeneity on treatment with FDC I/H requires further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-198
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of cardiac failure
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2009

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Funding Information:
Supported in part by a research grant from NitroMed Inc. and grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, contracts K24 HL 69912 and RO1 HL75038. Additonal support was received from the National Center for Research Resources, contract 5P20RR011104.

Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Pharmacogenetics
  • isosorbide dinitrate and hydralazine
  • left ventricular ejection fraction
  • nitric oxide


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