Genetics of cardiovascular disease in minority populations

Jean W. MacCluer, John Blangero, Anthony G. Comuzzie, Sven O.E. Ebbesson, Barbara V. Howard, Shelley A. Cole

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a growing health problem in many minority populations, including Mexican Americans, American Indians, and Alaskan Eskimos. In studies of extended families in these three populations, our goal is to identify genetic factors that influence risk of CVD and related traits and to understand the interactions of genes with environmental factors. Many CVD risk factors have been shown to be significantly heritable, and linkage analyses have identified chromosomal regions that harbor quantitative trait loci (QTLs) influencing CVD risk. Genetic correlations and genotype x environment interactions have been demonstrated for numerous phenotypes related to CVD. Fine mapping using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) is being done in chromosomal regions with high LOD scores for specific disease risk factors. Exomes and whole genomes are being sequenced, and efforts are underway to identify the relevant functional genes using genome-wide association, transcriptomic analysis, and other approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGenome Mapping and Genomics in Human and Non-Human Primates
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783662463062
ISBN (Print)9783662463055
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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