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Associations of high altitude polycythemia with polymorphisms in EPHA2 and AGT in Chinese Han and Tibetan populations

Lijun Liu, Yao Zhang, Zhiying Zhang, Yiduo Zhao, Xiaowei Fan, Lifeng Ma, Yuan Zhang, Haijin He and Longli Kang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:53234-53243. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.18384

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Lijun Liu1,2,*, Yao Zhang1,2,*, Zhiying Zhang1,2, Yiduo Zhao1,2, Xiaowei Fan1,2, Lifeng Ma1,2, Yuan Zhang1,2, Haijin He1,2 and Longli Kang1,2

1Key Laboratory for Molecular Genetic Mechanisms and Intervention Research on High Altitude Disease of Tibet Autonomous Region, School of Medicine, Xizang Minzu University, Xianyang 712082, Shaanxi, China

2Key Laboratory of High Altitude Environment and Gene Related to Disease of Tibet Ministry of Education, School of Medicine, Xizang Minzu University, Xianyang 712082, Shaanxi, China

*Lijun Liu and Yao Zhang are joint first authors

Correspondence to:

Longli Kang, email: longli_kang@163.com

Keywords: high altitude polycythemia, EPHA2, AGT, gene polymorphisms, case-control study

Received: April 19, 2017    Accepted: May 10, 2017    Published: June 06, 2017


High altitude polycythemia (HAPC) refers to the long-term living in the plateau of the hypoxia environment is not accustomed to cause red blood cell hyperplasia. The pathological changes are mainly the various organs and tissue congestion, blood stasis and hypoxia damage. Although chronic hypoxia is the main cause of HAPC, the related molecular mechanisms remain largely unclear. This study aims to explore the genetic basis of HAPC in the Chinese Han and Tibetan populations. We enrolled 100 patients (70 Han, 30 Tibetan) with HAPC and 100 healthy control subjects (30 Han, 70 Tibetan). To explore the hereditary basis of HAPC and investigate the association between EPHA2 with AGT and HAPC in Chinese Han and Tibetan populations. Using the Chi-squared test and analyses of genetic models, rs2291804, rs2291805, rs3768294, rs3754334, rs6603856, rs6669624, rs11260742, rs13375644 and rs10907223 in EPHA2, and rs699, rs4762 and rs5051 in AGT showed associations with reduced HAPC susceptibility in Han populations. Additionally, in Tibetan populations, rs2478523 in AGT showed an increased the risk of HAPC. Our study suggest that polymorphisms in the EPHA2 and AGT correlate with susceptibility to HAPC in Chinese Han and Tibetan populations.

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