Sex-specific genetic variants are associated with coronary endothelial dysfunction

Satoshi Yoshino, Rebecca Cilluffo, Megha Prasad, Patricia J.M. Best, Elizabeth J. Atkinson, Tatsuo Aoki, Julie M. Cunningham, Mariza de Andrade, Lilach O. Lerman, Amir Lerman

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Background-Endothelial dysfunction is an early stage of atherosclerosis. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been associated with vascular dysfunction, cardiac events, and coronary artery remodeling. We aimed to detect SNPs associated with endothelial dysfunction and determine whether these associations are sex specific. Methods and Results-Six hundred forty-three subjects without significant obstructive coronary artery disease underwent invasive coronary endothelial function assessment. We collected data from 1536 SNPs that had previously been associated with vasoreactivity, angiogenesis, inflammation, artery calcification, atherosclerotic risk factors, insulin resistance, hormone levels, blood coagulability, or with coronary heart disease. Coronary vascular reactivity was assessed by the percent change in coronary artery diameter ≤ -20% after an intracoronary bolus injection of acetylcholine on invasive coronary physiology study. SNPs significantly associated with coronary epicardial endothelial dysfunction were ADORA1, KCNQ1, and DNAJC4 in the whole cohort, LPA, MYBPH, ADORA3, and PON1 in women and KIF6 and NFKB1 in men (P<0.01). Conclusions-We have identified several significant SNPs that are associated with an increased risk of coronary endothelial dysfunction. These associations appear to be sex specific and may explain gender-related differences in development of atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere002544
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH Grant HL-92954 and AG-31750 to A. Lerman) and P30CA15083 (Mayo Clinic Cancer Center) and CTSA Grant Number KL2 RR024151 to P. J. M. Best. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. S. Yoshino was supported by Fukuda Foundation for Medical Technology, Japan.

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  • Acetylcholine
  • Coronary disease
  • Endothelium
  • Genetics


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