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J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2004 Jan;59(1):10-5.

Vitamin D receptor genotype is associated with fat-free mass and sarcopenia in elderly men.

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  • 1Department of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.


We investigated the association of vitamin D receptor (VDR) genotype with fat-free mass (FFM) in a cohort of 302 older (aged 58-93 years) Caucasian men who underwent body composition analysis by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and completed questionnaires addressing comorbidities, physical activity, and dietary intake. All participants were genotyped for a VDR translation start site (FokI) polymorphism [FF (37.7%), Ff (48.4%), and ff (13.9%)] and the previously studied BsmI polymorphism [BB (24.9%), Bb (37.7%), and bb (37.4%)]. The BsmI polymorphism was not associated with FFM in any analysis; however, the FokI polymorphism was significantly associated with total FFM, appendicular FFM, and relative (kg/m(2)) appendicular FFM (all p <.05), with the FF group demonstrating significantly lower FFM than the Ff and ff groups (e.g., total FFM: FF = 57.6 +/- 0.4, Ff = 59.4 +/- 0.4, ff = 59.4 +/- 0.7 kg; p <.02). Age-adjusted logistic regression revealed a 2.17-fold higher risk for sarcopenia (defined previously as appendicular FFM <7.26 kg/m(2)) in FF homozygotes (95% CI [confidence interval] = 1.19-3.85; p =.03) compared to men with one or more f alleles. The VDR translation start site (FokI) polymorphism is significantly associated with FFM and sarcopenia in this cohort of older Caucasian men.

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