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  • Theodoros Dimitroulas
    Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley Group NHS, Dudley
  • James Hodson
    University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Vasileios F. Panoulas
    Imperial College London, UK
  • Aamer Sandoo
  • Jacqueline Smith
    Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley Group NHS, Dudley
  • George D. Kitas
    University of Manchester
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with high rates of cardiovascular events mainly due to coronary and cerebrovascular atherosclerotic disease. Asymmetric (ADMA) and symmetric (SDMA) dimethylarginines are endogenous inhibitors of nitric oxide synthase and have been repeatedly linked with adverse cardiovascular outcomes in the general population and various disease settings. Alanine–glyoxylate aminotransferase 2 (AGTX2) is considered an alternative metabolic pathway contributing to the clearance of dimethylarginines in humans. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of specific AGXT-2 gene polymorphisms on circulating levels of ADMA or SDMA in patients with RA. Serum ADMA and SDMA levels were measured in 201 individuals with RA [median age: 67 years (IQR: 59–73), 155 females]. Two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the AGXT-2 gene—rs37369 and rs28305—were genotyped. Distributions of SDMA and ADMA were skewed, hence comparisons across the gene polymorphisms were performed using Kruskal–Wallis tests, and summarized using medians and interquartile ranges. Univariable analysis did not demonstrate a significant difference in the levels of SDMA or ADMA amongst the different genotypic groups of either rs37369AGXT2 (p = 0.800, 0.977) or rs28305AGXT2 (p = 0.463, 0.634). In multivariable analyses, ADMA levels were found to be significantly associated with erythrocyte sedimentation rate and estimated glomerular filtration rate, whilst SDMA levels were significantly associated with estimated glomerular filtration rate and quantitative insulin sensitivity check index. After adjustments for these factors, the relationship between the AGXT2 gene variants and both ADMA and SDMA remained non-significant. Our study in a well-characterized RA population did not show an association between serum concentrations of dimethylarginines and genetic variants of the AGXT2 gene.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1133-1141
JournalAmino Acids
Volume49
Issue number6
Early online date29 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
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