12 February 2008

Another gene regulator of cholesterol levels

Cambridge University researchers have identified a previously unknown locus associated with cholesterol levels in the blood.

As part of the work, scientists conducted a genome-wide search for genes associated with the concentration of cholesterol in the blood. To do this, they analyzed the data obtained as a result of 5 works in which 11685 people took part.

As a result, a statistically significant relationship was revealed between the cholesterol level and the region in the short arm of the first chromosome, which received the code 1p13.3.

According to the authors, the obtained data provide specialists with an opportunity to better understand the biological mechanisms of regulation of cholesterol metabolism, and will also help in the search for new therapeutic targets for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Portal "Eternal youth" www.vechnayamolodost.ru based on the materials of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News


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