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J Lipid Res. 2002 May;43(5):713-20.

Paraoxonase1-192 polymorphism modulates the effects of regular and acute exercise on paraoxonase1 activity.

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Lipids and Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Departament de Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut, Institut Municipal d'Investigació Mèdica (IMIM), Dr Aiguader 80, E-08003 Barcelona, Spain.


Regular exercise practise is a protective factor against coronary heart disease and enhances antioxidant systems, whereas acute exercise appears to be a major source of increased oxidative stress. Paraoxonase1 (PON1) is an antioxidant HDL-linked enzyme, whose activity toward paraoxon (PON1 activity) is strongly modulated by the PON1-192 polymorphism, comprising Q and R alleles for low and high PON1 activity, respectively. Another polymorphism at the PON1 locus, the PON1-55, modulates PON1 protein and activity levels. PON1 activity, lipid levels, and oxidized LDL concentration were determined in 17 healthy young volunteers before and after a 16-weeks aerobic exercise training period. Furthermore, PON1 activity was analyzed after a bout of exercise in both situations. We found that regular exercise was associated with a decrease in oxidized LDL levels, and an increase in PON1 activity in QQ subjects and with a decrease in PON1 activity in R carriers. A bout of exercise produced an increase in PON1 activity just after the bout of exercise, followed by a decrease in its activity. A recovery of the basal PON1 activity levels at 24 h was found in QQ subjects regardless of their training status and in trained R carriers, but not in untrained R carriers. These results suggest that the effects of regular and acute exercise on PON1 activity levels are modulated by PON1-192 polymorphism. Changes were less evident for the PON1-55 polymorphism.

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