Genetic determinants of extracellular magnesium concentration: Analysis of multiple candidate genes, and evidence for association with the estrogen receptor α (ESR1) locus

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Background: Serum magnesium concentration is a quantitative trait with substantial heritability. Although the pool of candidate genes continues to grow, only the histocompatibility locus has been associated with magnesium levels. To explore other possibilities, we targeted 6 candidate genes physiologically relevant to magnesium metabolism. Methods: We studied a large cohort (n = 471) derived from a well-characterized population of healthy Caucasian women 18 to 35 years. Total serum magnesium and calcium were measured by atomic absorption spectrophotometry (aaMg & aaCa). Genomic DNA was amplified and SNPs in candidate genes (CASR, VDR, ESR1, CLDN16, EGF1, TRPM6) genotyped by routine methods. Results: We found a significant association between estrogen receptor α (ESR1) polymorphisms, PvuII and XbaI, and magnesium (r = - 0.116, p = 0.012 and r = - 0.126, p = 0.006, respectively). Stratifying by PvuII genotype (P/p alleles), the mean adjusted total magnesium (aaMg) concentration was significantly higher (p = 0.01) in the pp group (0.823 ± 0.005 mmol/l, n = 130) than in PP homozygotes (0.805 ± 0.006 mmol/l, n = 70), and the mean in Pp heterozygotes was intermediate (0.810 ± 0.005 mmol/l, n = 180). No significant associations were observed with the other candidate genes tested. Conclusions: The significant association between magnesium and ESR1 polymorphisms supports previous studies linking physiologic changes in serum magnesium to estrogen status. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Shuen, A. Y., Wong, B. Y. L., Wei, C., Liu, Z., Li, M., & Cole, D. E. C. (2009). Genetic determinants of extracellular magnesium concentration: Analysis of multiple candidate genes, and evidence for association with the estrogen receptor α (ESR1) locus. Clinica Chimica Acta, 409(1–2), 28–32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cca.2009.08.007

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