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      Genetic studies of human apolipoproteins. XX. Genetic polymorphism of apolipoprotein J and its impact on quantitative lipid traits in normolipidemic subjects.

      American Journal of Human Genetics

      ethnology, Polymorphism, Genetic, genetics, Apolipoproteins, blood, African Continental Ancestry Group, Clusterin, European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Glycoproteins, Humans, Isoelectric Focusing, Lipids, Lipoproteins, HDL, Male, Middle Aged, Molecular Chaperones, Nigeria, Adolescent, Adult

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          Apolipoprotein J (apo J) is a newly identified member of a growing family of proteins associated with various lipoprotein particles. Apo J is a glycoprotein which exists in the plasma associated with high-density lipoprotein subfractions which also contain apo A-I and cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP). We have investigated the possible existence of genetic polymorphism at the apo J structural locus and have evaluated its role in lipid metabolism. By employing isoelectric focusing and immunoblotting techniques, we have screened plasma or serum samples from six population groups: U.S. whites, Amerindians, Eskimos, New Guineans, U.S. blacks, and Nigerian blacks. Apo J revealed a common two-allele polymorphism only in populations with African ancestry and was found to be monomorphic in all other population groups tested. The genetic basis of the two alleles designated--APO J*1 and APO J*2, at a single structural locus, apo J-- was confirmed in a large number of segregating families. In the U.S. blacks, the frequencies of the APO J*1 and APO J*2 alleles were .76 and .24, respectively, and in the Nigerian blacks these values were .72 and .28, respectively. In addition, a single example of a rare allele designated APO J*3 was also encountered in the U.S. black sample. In Nigerian blacks, the apo J polymorphism's impact on seven quantitative lipid traits--total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, HDL3-cholesterol, HDL2-cholesterol, VLDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides--was investigated. No significant impact of the apo J polymorphism was observed for any of these lipid traits.

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