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Marques-Vidal P.,Center for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research Cardiomet | Marques-Vidal P.,University of Lausanne | Bochud M.,University of Lausanne | Paccaud F.,University of Lausanne | And 6 more authors.
Atherosclerosis | Year: 2010

Objective: To assess the relationships and possible interactions between polymorphisms related to HDL levels and alcohol consumption. Methods: Cross-sectional population-based study including 2863 women and 2546 men aged 35-75 years (CoLaus study). Alcohol intake was assessed by the reported alcohol consumption of the last 7 days. Nineteen candidate genes known to influence HDL levels were studied. Results: Alcohol consumption increased HDL cholesterol levels in both genders. After multivariate adjustment for gender, age, body mass index, smoking, hypolipidaemic drug treatment, physical activity and alcohol consumption, APOA5, CETP, LIPC and LPL gene polymorphisms were significantly (10 -5 threshold) related with HDL cholesterol levels, while no gene×alcohol intake interaction was found for all SNPs studied. ABCA1 polymorphisms were related to HDL cholesterol levels on bivariate analysis but the relationship was no longer significant after multivariate analysis. Conclusion: Our data confirm the association of alcohol consumption and of APOA5, CETP, LIPC and LPL gene polymorphisms with HDL cholesterol levels. Conversely, no gene × alcohol consumption interactions were found, suggesting that the effect of alcohol consumption on HDL cholesterol levels is not mediated via a modulation of HDL related genes. © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

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