Journal of vascular surgery

C-reactive protein polymorphism rs3091244 is associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm.

PMID 24135623


Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) formation involves an inflammatory process with a strong genetic background. C-reactive protein (CRP) regulates inflammation and is elevated in patients with AAA. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of the triallelic (C, A, and T alleles) rs3091244 functional CRP single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) with AAA. This was a case-control study involving two independent populations: 351 AAA patients (mean aortic diameter, 6.25xa0± 1.47xa0cm) and 391 controls (mean diameter, 2.4xa0± 0.2xa0cm) were recruited from Greece (the main cohort); and 371 patients (mean diameter, 5.4xa0± 1.0xa0cm) and 362 controls (mean diameter, 2.4xa0± 0.6xa0cm) were recruited from the United Kingdom (replication cohort). The frequency of the functional triallelic (C, T, and A alleles) rs3091244 polymorphism was analyzed in univariate and adjusted (for cardiovascular risk factors) analyses, assuming that the rare T and A alleles have similar functional properties (pooled analysis for T and A). Three groups were constructed: group A included those with the rare T and A alleles (genotypes TT, AA, and TA), group B included heterozygotes for the C allele (CT, CA), and group C included C allele homozygotes (CC, reference genotype). Finally, meta-analysis of the two populations was performed together with previously reported results. Genotype distributions differed significantly between cases and controls in both cohorts (Pxa0< .001 and Pxa0= .001). Adjusted analysis (for all aneurysm-related risk-factors) showed an estimated odds ratio of 4.88 (95% confidence interval [CI], 2.96-8.04) for SNP group A and 2.38 (95% CI, 1.69-3.36) for SNP group B (Pxa0< .001 in both cases) in the initial cohort and 2.07 (95% CI, 1.33-3.21) for SNP group A and 1.70 (95% CI, 1.21-2.39) for SNP group B (Pxa0= .001 and .002) in the replication cohort. The SNP group A patients among the main cohort also had higher CRP levels (median, 26; interquartile range, 17-52xa0mg/L vs median, 4; interquartile range, 4-12xa0mg/L; Pxa0< .001). Aneurysms >5.5xa0cm were significantly more frequent among the SNP groups A and B compared with C allele homozygotes both in the main and the replication cohorts (Pxa0< .001 and Pxa0= .001, respectively). Meta-analysis of the two populations with previously reported results showed a positive association between minor-allele and aneurysm presence with an odds ratio of 1.47 (95% CI, 1.01-2.14; I(2)xa0= 83.1%; Pxa0= .04). The rare T and A alleles were significantly related with AAA presence in both populations and correlated with higher CRP levels and AAA diameter.