Dan Roden
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Apolipoprotein L1 Variants and Blood Pressure Traits in African Americans.

Nadkarni GN, Galarneau G, Ellis SB, Nadukuru R, Zhang J, Scott SA, Schurmann C, Li R, Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Kho AN, Hayes MG, Pacheco JA, Manolio TA, Chisholm RL, Roden DM, Denny JC, Kenny EE, Bottinger EP
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 69 (12): 1564-1574

PMID: 28335839 · PMCID: PMC5479565 · DOI:10.1016/j.jacc.2017.01.040

BACKGROUND - African Americans (AA) are disproportionately affected by hypertension-related health disparities. Apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1) risk variants are associated with kidney disease in hypertensive AAs.

OBJECTIVES - This study assessed the APOL1 risk alleles' association with blood pressure traits in AAs.

METHODS - The discovery cohort included 5,204 AA participants from Mount Sinai's BioMe biobank. Replication cohorts included additional BioMe (n = 1,623), Vanderbilt BioVU (n = 1,809), and Northwestern NUgene (n = 567) AA biobank participants. Single nucleotide polymorphisms determining APOL1 G1 and G2 risk alleles were genotyped in BioMe and imputed in BioVU/NUgene participants. APOL1 risk alleles' association with blood pressure-related traits was tested in the discovery cohort, a meta-analysis of replication cohorts, and a combined meta-analysis under recessive and additive models after adjusting for age, sex, body mass index, and estimated glomerular filtration rate.

RESULTS - There were 14% to 16% of APOL1 variant allele homozygotes (2 copies of G1/G2) across cohorts. APOL1 risk alleles were associated under an additive model with systolic blood pressure (SBP) and age at diagnosis of hypertension, which was 2 to 5 years younger in the APOL1 variant allele homozygotes (Cox proportional hazards analysis, p value for combined meta-analysis [p] = 1.9 × 10). APOL1 risk alleles were associated with overall SBP (p = 7.0 × 10) and diastolic blood pressure (p = 2.8 × 10). After adjustment for all covariates, those in the 20- to 29-year age range showed an increase in SBP of 0.94 ± 0.44 mm Hg (p = 0.01) per risk variant copy. APOL1-associated estimated glomerular filtration rate decline was observed starting a decade later in life in the 30- to 39-year age range.

CONCLUSIONS - APOL1 risk alleles are associated with higher SBP and earlier hypertension diagnoses in young AAs; this relationship appears to follow an additive model.

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Adult African Americans Aged Apolipoprotein L1 Apolipoproteins Blood Pressure Cohort Studies Female Humans Hypertension Lipoproteins, HDL Male Middle Aged Young Adult

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