Genome-wide analysis of blood pressure variability and ischemic stroke

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Background and Purpose—Visit-to-visit variability in blood pressure (vBP) is associated with ischemic stroke. We sought
to determine whether such variability has genetic causes and whether genetic variants associated with BP variability are
also associated with ischemic stroke.
Methods—A Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) for loci influencing BP variability was undertaken in 3802
individuals from the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcome Trial (ASCOT) study, in which long-term visit-to-visit and
within-visit BP measures were available. Because BP variability is strongly associated with ischemic stroke, we genotyped
the sentinel single nucleotide polymorphism in an independent ischemic stroke population comprising 8624 cases and
12 722 controls and in 3900 additional (Scandinavian) participants from the ASCOT study to replicate our findings.
Results—The ASCOT discovery GWAS identified a cluster of 17 correlated single nucleotide polymorphisms within the
NLGN1 gene (3q26.31) associated with BP variability. The strongest association was with rs976683 (P=1.4×10−8).
Conditional analysis of rs976683 provided no evidence of additional independent associations at the locus. Analysis of
rs976683 in patients with ischemic stroke found no association for overall stroke (odds ratio, 1.02; 95% CI, 0.97–1.07;
P=0.52) or its subtypes: cardioembolic (odds ratio, 1.07; 95% CI, 0.97–1.16; P=0.17), large vessel disease (odds ratio,
0.98; 95% CI, 0.89–1.07; P=0.60), and small vessel disease (odds ratio, 1.07; 95% CI, 0.97–1.17; P=0.19). No evidence for association was found between rs976683 and BP variability in the additional (Scandinavian) ASCOT participants
Conclusions—We identified a cluster of single nucleotide polymorphisms at the NLGN1 locus showing significant
association with BP variability. Follow-up analyses did not support an association with risk of ischemic stroke and its
subtypes. (Stroke. 2013;44:00-00.)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2703-2709
Number of pages7
Issue number10
Early online date8 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • stroke
  • blood pressure variability
  • genes
  • GWAS
  • polymorphism


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