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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Title: Impact of genetic and environmental factors on hsCRP concentrations and response to therapeutic agents

item Shen, Jian
item Ordovas, Jose

Submitted to: Clinical Chemistry
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/10/2008
Publication Date: 12/12/2008
Citation: Shen, J., Ordovas, J.M. 2008. Impact of genetic and environmental factors on hsCRP concentrations and response to therapeutic agents. Clinical Chemistry. 55:256-264.

Interpretive Summary: No ISUM Needed

Technical Abstract: BACKGROUND: Inflammation plays an instrumental role in all stages of atherosclerosis. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), a systemic inflammatory marker, has been gaining recognition as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Both baseline hsCRP concentrations and drug-induced hsCRP changes are highly variable and potentially subject to genetic regulation. CONTENT: This review summarizes the current studies examining the effect of genetic and environmental factors on baseline plasma hsCRP concentrations, with a main focus on C-reactive protein, pentraxin-related (CRP) genetic polymorphisms and various dietary components that affect hsCRP concentrations. We also address the association of CRP genetic variations with CVD risk, a relationship that may support or refute the causality of CRP in the atherosclerotic process. Moreover, we discuss the impact of CRP genetic polymorphisms on hsCRP changes in response to 3-week fenofibrate treatment in the genetic intervention of the Genetics of Lipid Lowering Drugs and Diet Network study. SUMMARY: Genetic variants on the CRP locus and other loci and dietary and lifestyle factors are responsible for the interindividual variability of plasma hsCRP concentrations. CRP genetic variants further influence differing plasma hsCRP response after 3-week fenofibrate treatment in patients with metabolic syndrome. Future studies focusing on the influence and interaction of genetic variation on the hsCRP response to dietary and other behavior modification as well as drug treatment could have important implications for the development of more personalized preventive and therapeutic approaches to reduce CVD.

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