CD36 single nucleotide polymorphism is associated with variation in low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol in young Japanese men

Biomarkers. 2009 Jun;14(4):207-12. doi: 10.1080/13547500902811274.


Macrophages uptake oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) via a scavenger receptor such as CD36 from plasma, and then become foam cells. We examined the association of CD36 gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with certain metabolic characteristics in a young male Japanese population (n = 494). The G allele in a SNP located at +30215 on the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) was significantly correlated with the plasma LDL-cholesterol concentrations (r = 0.13, p <0.01). The difference in LDL-cholesterol concentrations was 10 mg dl(-1) between GG- and AA-genotype carriers (p <0.05). The CD36 gene SNP is a novel maker of the variation in the LDL-cholesterol levels in young Japanese men.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asian People / genetics
  • CD36 Antigens / genetics*
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood*
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Young Adult


  • CD36 Antigens
  • Cholesterol, LDL