Lack of correlation between the apolipoprotein B Xba I polymorphism and blood lipid levels in a Swedish population

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      The possible connections between the apolipoprotein B (apo B) XbaI polymorphism and the serum levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL and apo B have been investigated among 187 randomly selected subjects from Gothenburg, Sweden. The interferences of age and sex on the serum lipoproteins and apo B concentrations were considered. Using multiple regression analysis, we compared the different lipid levels and the levels of apo B with the genotypes X1X1 X1X2 and X2X2 (X1 = without the XbaI restriction site, X2 = with the site), with age and with sex and with those factors combined with each other. A significantly higher concentration of serum cholesterol and LDL among men than among women was found and total serum cholesterol, LDL and apo B were positively correlated with age. The allele frequency of the XbaI polymorphism in the sample was 0.45 for the allele without the XbaI restriction site. No correlation was found between the apo B genotypes and the levels of serum lipoproteins or apo B.


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