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J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Jul;90(7):4198-204. Epub 2005 Apr 19.

The effect of cholesteryl ester transfer protein -629C->A promoter polymorphism on high-density lipoprotein cholesterol is dependent on serum triglycerides.

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  • 1Department of Endocrinology, University Medical Centre Groningen, P.O. Box 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands.



The -629C-->A cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) promoter polymorphism is a determinant of HDL cholesterol (HDL-C). The effect of the closely linked CETP TaqIB polymorphism on HDL-C has been suggested to be modified by obesity and hyperinsulinemia.


Because the CETP-mediated cholesteryl ester transfer out of HDL is stimulated by high triglycerides, we hypothesized that triglycerides modify the effect of the CETP -629C-->A promoter polymorphism on HDL-C.


In 7083 nondiabetic subjects of the PREVEND population, the -629C-->A promoter polymorphism, HDL-C, serum triglycerides, waist circumference, and insulin resistance (HOMA(ir)) were determined. Serum apolipoprotein A-I was available in 6948 subjects. The TaqIB polymorphism was also assessed.


The study is set in the general community.


HDL-C and serum apolipoprotein A-I were on average 0.14 mmol/liter and 0.05 g/liter higher in -629AA (22.9%) compared to -629CC (26.8%) homozygotes (P < 0.001 for both). This genotype effect on HDL-C was on average 0.15 mmol/liter in the lowest triglyceride tertile but only 0.08 mmol/liter in the highest tertile (P < 0.01). Multiple regression analysis showed that HDL-C was determined by the CETP promoter variant (P < 0.001), gender (P < 0.001), triglycerides (P < 0.001), and interactions between triglycerides and genotype (P < 0.05), between triglycerides and gender (P < 0.05), and between genotype and gender (P < 0.05), independently from waist, HOMA(ir), alcohol use, age, and use of lipid-lowering drugs. The TaqIB polymorphism also interacted with triglycerides on HDL-C. The -629C-->A promoter polymorphism did not interact with obesity and HOMA(ir) on HDL-C.


The HDL-C-raising effect of the CETP -629A allele is diminished with higher triglycerides, which may be explained by a predominant effect of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins over circulating CETP itself on cholesteryl ester transfer out of HDL with rising triglycerides.

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