Genetic variants in PPARGC1B and CNTN4 are associated with thromboxane A2 formation and with cardiovascular event free survival in the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial (ASCOT).

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McCarthy, Nina S 
Vangjeli, Ciara 
Treumann, Achim 
Rooney, Cathy 

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Elevated urinary 11-dehydro thromboxane B2 (TxB2), a measure of thromboxane A2 formation in vivo, predicts future atherothrombotic events. To further understand this relationship, the genetic determinants of 11-dehydro TxB2 and their associations with cardiovascular morbidity were investigated in this study. METHODS: Genome-wide and targeted genetic association studies of urinary 11-dehydro TxB2 were conducted in 806 Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial (ASCOT) participants. RESULTS: The strongest associations were in PPARGC1B (rs4235745, rs32582, rs10515638) and CNTN4 (rs10510230, rs4684343), these 5 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were independently associated with 11-dehydro TxB2 formation. Haplotypes of 11-dehydro TxB2 increasing alleles for both PPARGC1B and CNTN4 were significantly associated with 11-dehydro TxB2, explaining 5.2% and 4.5% of the variation in the whole cohort, and 8.8% and 7.9% in participants not taking aspirin, respectively. In a second ASCOT population (n = 6199), addition of these 5 SNPs significantly improved the covariate-only Cox proportional hazards model for cardiovascular events (chisq = 14.7, p=0.01). Two of the risk alleles associated with increased urinary 11-dehydro TxB2 were individually associated with greater incidences of cardiovascular events - rs10515638 (HR = 1.31, p=0.01) and rs10510230 (HR = 1.25, p=0.007); effect sizes were larger in those not taking aspirin. CONCLUSIONS: PPARGC1B and CNTN4 genotypes are associated with elevated thromboxane A2 formation and with an excess of cardiovascular events. Aspirin appears to blunt these associations. If specific protection of PPARGC1B and CNTN4 variant carriers by aspirin is confirmed by additional studies, PPARGC1B and CNTN4 genotyping could potentially assist in clinical decision making regarding the use of aspirin in primary prevention.

Genome wide association study, Thrombosis, Thromboxane, Aged, Aspirin, Cardiovascular Agents, Cardiovascular Diseases, Carrier Proteins, Contactins, Europe, Female, Gene Frequency, Genetic Markers, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Genome-Wide Association Study, Haplotypes, Humans, Incidence, Male, Middle Aged, Multicenter Studies as Topic, Phenotype, Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide, Primary Prevention, Progression-Free Survival, RNA-Binding Proteins, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Risk Factors, Thromboxane A2, Thromboxane B2, Time Factors, White People
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Elsevier BV
Medical Research Council (MR/L003120/1)
British Heart Foundation (None)