Macrophages uptake oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) via a scavenger receptor such as CD36 from plasma, and then become foam cells. We examined the association of CD36 gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with certain metabolic characteristics in a young male Japanese population (n494). The G allele in a SNP located at 30215 on the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) was significantly orrelated with the plasma LDL-cholesterol concentrations (r=0.13, p<0.01). The difference in LDL-cholesterol concentrations was 10mg dl -1 between GG- and AA-genotype carriers (p<0.05). The CD36 gene SNP is a novel maker of the variation in the LDL-cholesterol levels in young Japanese men.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis