Multiple genetic determinants of plasma lipid levels in Caribbean Hispanics

Yi Chu Liao, Hsiu Fen Lin, Tanja Rundek, Rong Cheng, Edward Hsi, Ralph L. Sacco, Suh Hang Hank Juo

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Objectives: To identify candidate genes in relation to plasma lipid levels in Caribbean Hispanics. Design and methods: A total of 114 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at 17 lipid-related genes were genotyped in 477 Caribbean Hispanics from the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS). Analyses for each SNP and haplotype were performed to evaluate the associations with four lipid traits: high- and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, LDL-C), triglyceride (TG) and total cholesterol (TC). Results: We identified 19 SNPs at 10 genes that were significantly related to lipids (p < 0.01), including nine involved in the reverse cholesterol transport pathway, and one involved in bile acid synthesis. Three genes, namely the apolipoprotein A5, apolipoprotein B and cytochrome p450 polypeptide 7A1 genes, accounted for the largest proportion of variation in HDL-C/TG, TC and LDL-C respectively. Conclusions: The cumulative effects of multiple genetic variants led to a substantially better prediction of inter-individual variations in lipid levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-312
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Biochemistry
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Gene
  • Haplotype
  • Lipids
  • Reverses cholesterol transport pathway
  • Single nucleotide polymorphisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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