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      Association of alpha1a-adrenergic receptor polymorphism and blood pressure phenotypes in the Brazilian population

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          The alpha1A-adrenergic receptor (α 1A-AR) regulates the cardiac and peripheral vascular system through sympathetic activation. Due to its important role in the regulation of vascular tone and blood pressure, we aimed to investigate the association between the Arg347Cys polymorphism in the α 1A-AR gene and blood pressure phenotypes, in a large sample of Brazilians from an urban population.


          A total of 1568 individuals were randomly selected from the general population of the Vitória City metropolitan area. Genetic analysis of the Arg347Cys polymorphism was conducted by polymerase chain reaction/restriction fragment length polymorphism. We have compared cardiovascular risk variables and genotypes using ANOVA, and Chi-square test for univariate comparisons and logistic regression for multivariate comparisons.


          Association analysis indicated a significant difference between genotype groups with respect to diastolic blood pressure (p = 0.04), but not systolic blood pressure (p = 0.12). In addition, presence of the Cys/Cys genotype was marginally associated with hypertension in our population (p = 0.06). Significant interaction effects were observed between the studied genetic variant, age and physical activity. Presence of the Cys/Cys genotype was associated with hypertension only in individuals with regular physical activity (odds ratio = 1.86; p = 0.03) or younger than 45 years (odds ratio = 1.27; p = 0.04).


          Physical activity and age may potentially play a role by disclosing the effects of the Cys allele on blood pressure. According to our data it is possible that the Arg347Cys polymorphism can be used as a biomarker to disease risk in a selected group of individuals.

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                BMC Cardiovasc Disord
                BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
                BioMed Central
                23 December 2008
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                [1 ]Laboratory of Genetics and Molecular Cardiology, Heart Institute/InCor, University of São Paulo Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil
                [2 ]Laboratory of Human Genetics, Oswaldo Cruz Institute/FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
                [3 ]Department of Physiology, Espírito Santo Federal University, Vitória, Brazil
                Copyright © 2008 Freitas et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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                Cardiovascular Medicine


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