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Agricultural Research Service


Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Title: Lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 variants and dietary fatty acids: meta-analysis of European origin and African American studies

item Smith, Caren
item Ngwa, Julius
item Tanaka, Toshiki
item Qi, Qibin
item Wojczynski, Mary
item Lemaitre, Rozenn
item Anderson, Jennifer
item Manichaikul, Ani
item Mikkila, Vera
item Van Rooij, Frank
item Ye, Zheng
item Bandinelli, Stefani
item Frazier-wood, Alexis
item Houston, Denise
item Hu, Frank
item Langenberg, Claudia
item Mckeown, Nicola
item Mozaffarian, Dariush
item North, Kari
item Viikari, Jorma
item Zillikens, M
item Djousse, Luc
item Hofman, Albert
item Kahonen, Mika
item Kabagambe, Edmond
item Loos, Ruth
item Saylor, Georgia
item Forouhi, Nita
item Liu, Yongmei
item Mukamal, Kenneth
item Chen, Yii-der
item Tsai, Michael
item Uitterlinden, Andre
item Raitakari, Olli
item Van Duijn, Cornelia
item Arnett, Donna
item Borecki, Ingrid
item Cupples, L. Adrienne
item Ferrucci, Luigi
item Kritchevsky, Stephen
item Lehtimaki, Terho
item Qi, Lu
item Rotter, Jerome
item Siscovick, David
item Wareham, Nicholas
item Witteman, Jacqueline
item Ordovas, Jose
item Nettleton, Jennifer

Submitted to: International Journal of Obesity
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/28/2012
Publication Date: 1/29/2013
Citation: Smith, C.E., Ngwa, J., Tanaka, T., Qi, Q., Wojczynski, M.K., Lemaitre, R.N., Anderson, J.S., Manichaikul, A., Mikkila, V., Van Rooij, F.J., Ye, Z., Bandinelli, S., Frazier-Wood, A.C., Houston, D.K., Hu, F., Langenberg, C., Mckeown, N.M., Mozaffarian, D., North, K.E., Viikari, J., Zillikens, M.C., Djousse, L., Hofman, A., Kahonen, M., Kabagambe, E.K., Loos, R.J., Saylor, G.B., Forouhi, N.G., Liu, Y., Mukamal, K.J., Chen, Y.I., Tsai, M.Y., Uitterlinden, A.G., Raitakari, O., Van Duijn, C.M., Arnett, D.K., Borecki, I.B., Cupples, L., Ferrucci, L., Kritchevsky, S.B., Lehtimaki, T., Qi, L., Rotter, J.I., Siscovick, D.S., Wareham, N.J., Witteman, J.C., Ordovas, J.M., Nettleton, J.A. 2013. Lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 variants and dietary fatty acids: meta-analysis of European origin and African American studies. International Journal of Obesity. DOI: 10.1038/ijo.2012.215.

Interpretive Summary: Obesity is a result of a combination of factors that include both genetics and environment. A growing number of genetic variants have been identified as contributors to obesity, and these results are often strengthened through their confirmation in multiple populations. In a relatively small number of cases, investigators have shown that the genetic risk of obesity is greater under particular environmental conditions, such as high intake of saturated fat. We refer to this result as a ‘gene-diet interaction’. For the gene LRP1, which encodes the protein low-density lipoprotein receptor related protein 1 (LRP1), a single study in one population had previously shown that high consumption of saturated fats was associated with greater body size in people who carried a particular variation of the LRP1 gene. In the current study, we aimed to investigate the same gene-diet interaction, but we performed our analysis in a very large pool of subjects composed of 14 groups of European descent, and 4 groups of African American ancestry. The process of combining results from many different populations is referred to as ‘meta-analysis’. In the current meta-analysis, we found an interaction between saturated fat and one variant of LRP1 in the European origin population, but not in the African Americans. A possible next step might include exploring the same questions using a controlled dietary trial, in which the effects of different amounts of saturated fat are compared in people who have the LRP1 genetic variant to those who don’t have the variant. The long-term objective of gene-diet interaction studies is to more effectively prevent obesity through the development of tailored dietary recommendations that are based on the genetic background of the individual.

Technical Abstract: Low-density lipoprotein-related receptor protein 1 (LRP1) is a multi-functional endocytic receptor and signaling molecule that is expressed in adipose and the hypothalamus. Evidence for a role of LRP1 in adiposity is accumulating from animal and in vitro models, but data from human studies are limited. The study objectives were to evaluate (i) relationships between LRP1 genotype and anthropometric traits, and (ii) whether these relationships were modified by dietary fatty acids. We conducted race/ethnic-specific meta-analyses using data from 14 studies of US and European whites and 4 of African Americans to evaluate associations of dietary fatty acids and LRP1 genotypes with body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and hip circumference, as well as interactions between dietary fatty acids and LRP1 genotypes. Seven single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of LRP1 were evaluated in whites (N up to 42'000) and twelve SNPs in African Americans (N up to 5800). After adjustment for age, sex and population substructure if relevant, for each one unit greater intake of percentage of energy from saturated fat (SFA), BMI was 0.104'kg'm(-2) greater, waist was 0.305'cm larger and hip was 0.168'cm larger (all P<0.0001). Other fatty acids were not associated with outcomes. The association of SFA with outcomes varied by genotype at rs2306692 (genotyped in four studies of whites), where the magnitude of the association of SFA intake with each outcome was greater per additional copy of the T allele: 0.107'kg'm(-2) greater for BMI (interaction P=0.0001), 0.267'cm for waist (interaction P=0.001) and 0.21'cm for hip (interaction P=0.001). No other significant interactions were observed. Dietary SFA and LRP1 genotype may interactively influence anthropometric traits. Further exploration of this, and other diet x genotype interactions, may improve understanding of interindividual variability in the relationships of dietary factors with anthropometric traits.

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