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Ann Hum Genet. 2009 Jan;73(1):34-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-1809.2008.00490.x. Epub 2008 Nov 25.

Association of a polymorphism in the intron 7 of the SREBF1 gene with osteonecrosis of the femoral head in Koreans.

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Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701, Republic of Korea.


Reduction or disruption of the blood supply to the bone is involved in the pathogenesis of osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). An altered lipid metabolism is one of the major risk factors for ONFH. Sterol regulatory element binding protein, SREBF1 activates genes regulating lipid biosynthesis. The aim of this study was to examine the association between the polymorphisms of the SREBF1 gene and ONFH susceptibility in the Korean population. The SREBF1 gene in 24 unrelated Korean individuals was sequenced and two polymorphisms were detected. Two variants, IVS6 - 48 C > T and IVS7 + 117 A > G, were genotyped in 423 ONFH patients and 348 controls. The genotype frequency of IVS7 + 117 A > G in ONFH patients was significantly different from that of the control group with P value < 0.0001 (Adjusted OR; 6.88, 95% CI; 3.74-12.67). Moreover, the IVS7 + 117 A > G genotype showed an association with men, and further analysis stratified by etiological factors indicated that the genotype data was significantly associated with a high risk for patients with alcohol-induced ONFH (P < 0.0001). We found that the IVS7 + 117 A > G polymorphism of the SREBF1 gene is associated with an increased risk of ONFH in the Korean population.

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