Genetic loci associated with changes in lipid levels leading to constitution-based discrepancy in Koreans

BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jul 9;14:230. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-230.


Background: Abnormal lipid concentrations are risk factors for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. The pathological susceptibility to cardiovascular disease risks such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, insulin resistance, and so on differs between Sasang constitutional types.

Methods: We used multiple regression analyses to study the association between lipid-related traits and genetic variants from several genome-wide association studies according to Sasang constitutional types, considering that the Tae-Eum (TE) has predominant cardiovascular risk.

Results: By analyzing 26 variants of 20 loci in two Korean populations (8,597 subjects), we found that 12 and 5 variants, respectively, were replicably associated with lipid levels and dyslipidemia risk. By analyzing TE and non-TE type (each 2,664 subjects) populations classified on the basis of Sasang constitutional medicine, we found that the minor allele effects of three variants enriched in TE type had a harmful influence on lipid risk (near apolipoprotein A-V (APOA5)-APOA4-APOC3-APOA1 on increased triglyceride: p = 8.90 × 10(-11), in APOE-APOC1-APOC4 on increased low-density lipoprotein cholesterol: p = 1.63 × 10(-5), and near endothelial lipase gene on decreased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol: p = 4.28 × 10(-3)), whereas those of three variants (near angiopoietin-like 3 gene, APOA5-APOA4-APOC3-APOA1, and near lipoprotein lipase gene on triglyceride and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol) associated in non-TE type had neutral influences because of a compensating effect.

Conclusions: These results implied that the minor allele effects of lipid-associated variants may predispose TE type subjects to high cardiovascular disease risk because of their genetic susceptibility to lipid-related disorders.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asian People / genetics
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / blood
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / genetics*
  • Dyslipidemias / genetics
  • Female
  • Genetic Loci*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism / genetics*
  • Lipids / blood*
  • Lipids / genetics*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Regression Analysis
  • Republic of Korea
  • Risk Factors


  • Lipids