Oestradiol metabolism and androgen receptor genotypes are associated with right ventricular function

Corey E. Ventetuolo, Nandita Mitra, Fei Wan, Ani Manichaikul, R. Graham Barr, Craig Johnson, David A. Bluemke, Joao A.C. Lima, Hari Tandri, Pamela Ouyang, Steven M. Kawut

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Sex hormones are linked to right ventricular (RV) function, but the relationship between genetic variation in these pathways and RV function is unknown. We performed a cross-sectional study of 2761 genotyped adults without cardiovascular disease. The relationships between RV measures and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 10 candidate genes were assessed. Urinary oestradiol (E2) metabolites produced by cytochrome P4501B1 (CYP1B1) and serum testosterone were measured in women and men respectively. In African-American (AA) women, the CYP1B1 SNP rs162561 was associated with RV ejection fraction (RVEF), such that each copy of the A allele was associated with a 2.0% increase in RVEF. Haplotype analysis revealed associations with RVEF in AA (global p<7.2×10-6) and white (global p=0.05) women. In white subjects, higher E2 metabolite levels were associated with significantly higher RVEF. In men, androgen receptors SNPs (rs1337080; rs5918764) were significantly associated with all RV measures and modified the relationship between testosterone and RVEF. Genetic variation in E2 metabolism and androgen signalling was associated with RV morphology in a sex-specific manner. The CYP1B1 SNP identified is in tight linkage disequilibrium with SNPs associated with pulmonary hypertension and oncogenesis, suggesting these pathways may underpin sexual dimorphism in RV failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-563
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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