Journal Article

The E-selectin gene polymorphism and carotid atherosclerosis in end-stage renal disease

Alessandra Testa, Francesco A. Benedetto, Belinda Spoto, Anna Pisano, Giovanni Tripepi, Francesca Mallamaci, Lorenzo S. Malatino and Carmine Zoccali

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 21, issue 7, pages 1921-1926
Published in print July 2006 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online March 2006 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI:
The E-selectin gene polymorphism and carotid atherosclerosis in end-stage renal disease

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Background. E-selectin is a cell surface glycoprotein that mediates the adhesion of leucocytes to vessels endothelium, an important early step in the atherosclerotic process. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is a highly atherogenic disease but it is unknown whether genetic polymorphism(s) in the E-selectin gene plays a role in the severity of arterial damage in this condition.

Method. In this study, we tested whether the Leu554Phe variant in the E-selectin gene is linked to carotid atherosclerosis in 134 well-characterized ESRD patients. The frequency of this polymorphism was also measured in a population sample of the same geographical area.

Results. A total of 84% patients had the CC genotype, 13% had the CT genotype, 3% had the TT genotype and this distribution did not differ from that in the control population. Intima-media thickness (IMT) (P = 0.01) and cross-sectional area (P = 0.02) were significantly higher in patients with the T-allele than in those without this allele. Furthermore, the degree of carotid stenosis was significantly higher (P = 0.02) in patients with T-allele than in CC patients. On multivariate analyses including the traditional and non-traditional risk factors, the Leu554Phe polymorphism was confirmed as an independent correlate of IMT (P = 0.02), cross-sectional area (P = 0.03) and carotid stenosis (P = 0.02).

Conclusion. In ESRD, the Leu554Phe polymorphism of E-selectin gene is associated with the severity of carotid atherosclerosis, suggesting that genetically-determined alterations in the E-selectin molecule may render ESRD patients with this gene variant particularly susceptible to the detrimental effects of inflammation on the arterial wall.

Keywords: atherosclerosis; dialysis; E-selectin gene; polymorphism

Journal Article.  3648 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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