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Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2013 Jan;23(1):34-7. doi: 10.1097/FPC.0b013e32835b1707.

The combination of mitochondrial low enzyme-activity aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 allele and superoxide dismutase 2 genotypes increases the risk of hypertension in relation to alcohol consumption.

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  • 1Division of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan.


A cooperative role of mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) and superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2) to maintain the vascular function has recently been demonstrated in nitrate tolerance. The present study examined whether the combination of low enzyme-activity variants of ALDH2 and SOD2 increases the risk of hypertension in relation to alcohol consumption. A total of 444 Japanese participants in a health-screening program were evaluated. The risk of hypertension among the individuals harboring both the ALDH2*2 allele and the SOD2 Val/Val genotype was significantly higher in drinkers than in nondrinkers (adjusted odds ratio, 6.22; 95% confidence interval, 2.26-17.1; P<0.001). Among these individuals, the systolic/diastolic blood pressure also increased by 0.24/0.14 mmHg for each 1g/day increase in alcohol consumption (P<0.001/P=0.003). These associations were observed, but the degree was lower among those with the other genotype combinations (0.11/0.10 mmHg; P=0.012/P=0.001). Information about the genetic predisposition to alcohol-related diseases may thus be useful to promote lifestyle modifications for high-risk individuals.

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