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Atherosclerosis. 2009 Aug;205(2):503-5. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2008.12.038. Epub 2009 Jan 9.

Replication of calpain-10 genetic association with carotid intima-media thickness.

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Department of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA.



Diabetes and atherosclerosis may share common genetic determinants. A prior study in Hispanics found association of haplotypes in the diabetes gene calpain-10 (CAPN10) with carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT). This study sought to replicate this association in an independent cohort.


Four CAPN10 SNPs were genotyped and haplotypes determined in 487 Hispanic Americans from 143 families ascertained via an index case with hypertension. CIMT was measured from B-mode ultrasound, and glycemic traits quantified from euglycemic clamps. Association of SNPs and haplotypes with CIMT was determined.


The minor alleles of SNP-56 and SNP-63 were associated with increased CIMT in dominant and additive models. The association of haplotype 1112 with increased CIMT was replicated. No associations with fasting insulin, insulin secretion, or insulin sensitivity were observed.


CAPN10 association with CIMT was replicated, further supporting its role as a common genetic determinant of diabetes and atherosclerosis in Hispanics.

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