Evidence of QTLs on chromosomes 13q and 14q for triglycerides before and after 20 weeks of exercise training: The HERITAGE Family Study

Mary F. Feitosa, Treva Rice, Tuomo Rankinen, Michael A. Province, Yvon C. Chagnon, Jacques Gagnon, Arthur S. Leon, James S. Skinner, Jack H. Wilmore, Jean Pierre Després, Claude Bouchard, D. C. Rao, Ingrid B. Borecki

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Fasting triglyceride (TG) levels in total plasma and in lipoprotein subfractions were assessed both at baseline and after a 20-week exercise training intervention in 99 White and 101 Black families. A genome-wide multipoint variance component linkage analysis was performed separately by race, using 509 markers. The strongest evidence of linkage was for the TG subfractions of low-density lipoprotein (LDL-TG) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL-TG) rather than for overall levels of TG. For baseline levels, the maximum LOD score was 3.8 on 13q12-q14 with HDL-TG in Whites. Additional linkage evidence was found on 14q31 (LOD = 3.2) and 10p14 (LOD = 2.9) for baseline LDL-TG in Whites. Suggestive linkage signal at baseline in Whites was detected for HDL-TG (LOD = 2.6) on 12q24 and for LDL-TG on 19p13. For training response in Whites, suggestive signal (LOD = 2.2) was observed on 13q12-q14 with LDL-TG and for HDL-TG on 10q23. For Blacks, weak signals (LODs < 2.0) were found either for baseline and responses to training, perhaps due to small sample sizes that reduced the power of the linkage analysis. These results represent the first report of linkage for the lipoprotein subfractions and for the lipid and lipoprotein responses to exercise training. It is interesting that the strongest signals were found for the LDL-TG and HDL-TG subfractions, given their particular relationships with the atherogenic lipid profile including dense LDL and HDL particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-360
Number of pages12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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Funding Information:
The HERITAGE Family Study is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute through the following grants: HL45670 (C. Bouchard, PI), HL47323 (A.S. Leon, PI), HL47317 (D.C. Rao, PI), HL47327 (J.S. Skinner, PI), and HL47321 (J.H. Wilmore, PI). It is also supported by a NIH grant to the University of Minnesota Clinical Research Center. A.S. Leon is supported in part by the Henry L. Taylor Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement. C. Bouchard is partially supported by the George A. Bray Chair in Nutrition.


  • Exercise
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Quantitative trait loci
  • Risk factors
  • Triglycerides


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