Polymorphisms in gene MMP-2 modify the association of cadmium exposure with hypertension risk

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Background: Cadmium exposure has been inconsistently related with hypertension. However, epidemiologic data on the genetic susceptibility to the hypertensive effect of cadmium exposure are limited. Objectives: We investigated whether the associations between cadmium exposure and hypertension risk differed by genetic polymorphisms in MMPs genes. Methods: The present study of 497 hypertension cases and 497 healthy controls was conducted in a Chinese population. Urinary cadmium levels were measured with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). Multivariable logistic regression models were analyzed after controlling major confounders. Results: Within the multivariable logistic regression models, compared with the lowest tertile, the highest tertile of urinary cadmium had a 1.33-fold (95% CI: 1.01, 1.93) increased risk of hypertension. Carriers of rs243865 T allele and rs243866 A allele in MMP-2 were suggested to have increased risks of hypertension. The associations of urinary cadmium with hypertension risk were modified by rs14070 (P-value for interaction = 0.022) and rs7201 (P-value for interaction = 0.009) in gene MMP-2. Positively significant trends for increasing odds of hypertension with cadmium levels were observed among the wild types of rs14070 and rs7201, respectively. Conclusions: Increasing urinary cadmium concentrations were positively associated with hypertension risk in a Chinese population, and the associations were modified by polymorphism of rs14070 and rs7201 in gene MMP-2.




Wu, W., Liu, D., Jiang, S., Zhang, K., Zhou, H., & Lu, Q. (2019). Polymorphisms in gene MMP-2 modify the association of cadmium exposure with hypertension risk. Environment International, 124, 441–447. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.01.041

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