Blood ionized calcium is associated with clustered polymorphisms in the carboxyl-terminal tail of the calcium-sensing receptor

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Nov;89(11):5634-8. doi: 10.1210/jc.2004-0129.


Blood ionized calcium (iCa) is a quantitative trait subject to genetic influence. iCa is maintained in a narrow range through the action of the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR) controlling PTH secretion and calcium excretion. A CASR single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) prevalent in Caucasian populations (A986S) has shown significant association with iCa in a cohort of young women, but association with the neighboring SNPs, R990G and Q1011E, has not been examined. We studied 377 unrelated adults (184 men and 193 women) recruited as healthy adults from a blood donor clinic. The subjects were not taking any medications, nor did they have disorders of calcium metabolism. Relative frequencies for the CASR 986S, 990G, and 1011E minor alleles were 24%, 4%, and 3% respectively. At the A986S locus, subjects with the AA genotype had significantly lower iCa (P = 0.0001) than subjects with one or two S alleles (mean +/- se, 1.221 +/- 0.003 vs. 1.239 +/- 0.003 mmol/liter). For the R990G site, subjects with the RR genotype had higher iCa than those with one copy of the 990G allele (1.230 +/- 0.002 vs. 1.213 +/- 0.007 mmol/liter; P = 0.032). With respect to the 1011 locus, iCa was lower in QQ genotype subjects than in the QE group (1.227 +/- 0.002 vs. 1.255 +/- 0.008 mmol/liter; P = 0.002). After resolution of phase for the doubly heterozygous subjects, analysis was conducted on haplotypes across all three loci. As expected, subjects with SRQ and ARE haplotypes are relatively hypercalcemic, and those with AGQ are hypocalcemic, relative to subjects with the common ARQ haplotype. Multiple regression analysis with clinical covariates (age, sex and menopausal status, creatinine, and PTH) showed that 16.5% of the total variance in iCa may be explained, and the seven CASR haplotypes contribute significantly (P < 0.0001) and substantially (49.1% of the explained variance) to the model, with the following corrected iCa means: ARQ/AGQ, 1.21 +/- 0.01; ARQ/ARQ, 1.22 +/- 0.01; ARQ/SRQ, 1.24 +/- 0.01; SRQ/AGQ, 1.24 +/- 0.03; SRQ/SRQ, 1.25 +/- 0.01; ARQ/ARE, 1.25 +/- 0.01; and SRQ/ARE, 1.27 +/- 0.01. Our data confirm the association between iCa and the A986S locus and suggest that R990G and Q1011E are also predictive. Given the significant between-population variations in frequency of variant alleles in this CASR SNP cluster, tri-locus haplotyping may prove to be more informative in studies of association between variation in CASR and disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Calcium / blood*
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • Receptors, Calcium-Sensing / genetics*
  • Regression Analysis


  • Receptors, Calcium-Sensing
  • Calcium