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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Title: Fatty acid interactions with genetic polymorphisms for cardiovascular disease

item Smith, Caren
item Ordovas, Jose

Submitted to: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/1/2010
Publication Date: 3/1/2010
Citation: Smith, C.E., Ordovas, J.M. 2010. Fatty acid interactions with genetic polymorphisms for cardiovascular disease. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 13(2):139-144.

Interpretive Summary: No ISUM Needed

Technical Abstract: Purpose of review: The number of studies investigating interactions between genes and nutrients for cardiovascular disease continues to grow, and holds tremendous potential for reducing disease risk at the level of the individual genotype. However, understanding the limitations and challenges of interaction studies, whether of observational or interventional design, is essential for critical evaluation of these studies. Recent findings: Nutrient-gene interactions for cardiovascular disease both parallel and extend nutrition studies, encompassing both traditional and novel cardiovascular risk factors. Fatty acid quality, lipid metabolism, inflammation, post-prandial metabolism, fatty liver and macronutrient-gene interactions for obesity and metabolic syndrome represent a subset of the major areas of recent focus. With few exceptions, however, reports of gene-nutrient interactions are limited to a single population. Summary: Gene-nutrient research will continue to expand as genome wide association studies uncover new sources of genetic variability associated with cardiovascular risk. However, in addition to investigation of newly discovered variants, continuing efforts must focus on the confirmation of previously reported genetic associations and interactions in additional populations.

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