Platelet-endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 gene polymorphism and its soluble level are associated with severe coronary artery stenosis in Chinese Singaporean

Heming Wei, Lu Fang, Sanual H. Chowdhury, Nanling Gong, Zhuowei Xiong, Jie Song, Koon Hou Mak, Saizhu Wu, Evelyn Koay, Sunil Sethi, Yean Leng Lim, Subroto Chatterjee

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Platelet-endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1) mediates the transendothelial migration of circulating leukocytes, a characteristic change in vascular inflammation leading to atherosclerotic plaque development. We hypothesized that genetic variation and soluble level of PECAM-1 could be associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). We analyzed two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of PECAM-1 gene C+373G (Leu125Val) at exon 3, which encodes the first extracellular (Ig)-like domain that mediates the homophilic binding of PECAM-1, and G+1688A (Ser563Asn) at exon 8 in 144 angiographically documented (≥70% stenosis) patients with CAD and 150 age- and sex-matched controls in the Chinese population in Singapore, using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) strategy. Level of plasma soluble PECAM-1 (sPECAM-1) was measured by ELISA. The Leu125Val polymorphism was associated with CAD (P < 0.01). Also, the level of sPECAM-1 is was found to be elevated in CAD patients (P = 0.005). Moreover, subjects with the homozygous GG genotype of the Leu125Val polymorphism had higher sPECAM-1 levels (P = 0.005). The level of sPECAM-1 was further correlated to soluble platelet selectin (sP-selectin, also measured by ELISA), platelet count, and total white blood cell count (WBC), suggesting that platelets are a major source of sPECAM-1 and platelet activation and inflammation may contribute to PECAM-1 elevations in CAD patients. The Leu125Val polymorphism of PECAM-1 and the level of sPECAM-1 are associated with CAD in Chinese in Singapore. The level of sPECAM-1 is also associated with platelet activation and inflammation and correlated to the Leu125Val polymorphism. Our data suggest that PECAM-1 plays an important role in the development of atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1091-1097
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Biochemistry
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2004


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Gene polymorphism
  • PECAM-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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