Genetic heterogeneity of autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia

Clin Genet. 2008 Jan;73(1):1-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-0004.2007.00915.x. Epub 2007 Nov 16.


Autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia (ADH) is characterized by isolated elevation of plasmatic low-density lipoprotein cholesterol associated with high risk of premature cardiovascular complications. More than 1000 mutations in the LDLR gene and 9 in the APOB gene have been implicated. We have shown further heterogeneity with the discovery of missense mutations in the PCSK9 gene resulting in ADH. Different studies have tried to evaluate the respective contribution of mutations in each gene to the disease, but results were not always in agreement. After a brief overview of mutations reported for each gene, strategies and results of these different studies are reviewed and analyzed. Altogether, numerous reports give evidence for the existence of a greater level of genetic heterogeneity in ADH and the involvement of still unknown genes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Heterogeneity*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Humans
  • Hyperlipoproteinemia Type II / genetics*
  • Mutation
  • Proprotein Convertase 9
  • Proprotein Convertases
  • Serine Endopeptidases / genetics


  • PCSK9 protein, human
  • Proprotein Convertase 9
  • Proprotein Convertases
  • Serine Endopeptidases