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Apolipoprotein E is associated with blood lipids and inflammation in Taiwanese older adults

Author(s): Vasunilashorn, Sarinnapha; Glei, Dana A.; Lan, Chia-Ying; Brookmeyer, Ron; Weinstein, Maxine; et al

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Abstract: Polymorphisms of the apolipoprotein E gene (ApoE) have been associated with health and longevity. Numerous studies have linked ApoE to health outcomes including cardiovascular disease and mortality, but far fewer studies have examined the relationship of ApoE to other biological markers of health. This study investigates the relationship between ApoE and mortality, as well as ApoE and a set of biomarkers related to cardiovascular and immune function, in a population-based sample of Taiwanese adults ages 54+. ApoE ε2 carriers were less likely to have at-risk levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL-C) and total cholesterol (total-C) than non-carriers (odds ratio [OR] 0.45, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.25-0.83 and OR 0.45, 95% CI 0.29-0.71, respectively). ApoE ε4 carriers were less likely to have elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) than non-carriers (OR 0.62, 95% CI 0.39-0.96). ApoE genotype was not, however, associated with mortality after 8-years of follow-up. Our findings confirm the association between ApoE ε2 and cholesterol levels, suggesting a potential protective effect of ApoE ε2 on blood lipids. They also contribute to reports on the relationship between ApoE ε4 carrier status and lower CRP levels.
Publication Date: Nov-2011
Citation: Vasunilashorn, Sarinnapha, Glei, Dana A., Lan, Chia-Ying, Brookmeyer, Ron, Weinstein, Maxine, Goldman, Noreen. (2011). Apolipoprotein E is associated with blood lipids and inflammation in Taiwanese older adults. Atherosclerosis, 219 (1), 349 - 354. doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2011.07.100
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2011.07.100
ISSN: 0021-9150
Pages: 349 - 354
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Atherosclerosis
Version: Author's manuscript

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