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Influences of the G2350A polymorphism in the ACE Gene on cardiac structure and function of ball game players

Yongwoo Jang2 and Sung Min Kim1*

Author Affiliations

1 College of Physical Education, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791, Korea

2 College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742, Korea

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Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine 2012, 11:6  doi:10.1186/1477-5751-11-6

Published: 12 January 2012

Abstract

Background

Except for the I/D polymorphism in the angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) gene, there were few reports about the relationship between other genetic polymorphisms in this gene and the changes in cardiac structure and function of athletes. Thus, we investigated whether the G2350A polymorphism in the ACE gene is associated with the changes in cardiac structure and function of ball game players. Total 85 healthy ball game players were recruited in this study, and they were composed of 35 controls and 50 ball game players, respectively. Cardiac structure and function were measured by 2-D echocardiography, and the G2350A polymorphism in the ACE gene analyzed by the SNaPshot method.

Results

There were significant differences in left ventricular mass index (LVmassI) value among each sporting discipline studied. Especially in the athletes of basketball disciplines, indicated the highest LVmassI value than those of other sporting disciplines studied (p < 0.05). However, there were no significant association between any echocardiographic data and the G2350A polymorphism in the ACE gene in the both controls and ball game players.

Conclusions

Our data suggests that the G2350A polymorphism in the ACE gene may not significantly contribute to the changes in cardiac structure and function of ball game players, although sporting disciplines of ball game players may influence the changes in LVmassI value of these athletes. Further studies using a larger sample size and other genetic markers in the ACE gene will be needed.

Keywords:
ACE; Ball Game Players; Echocardiography