Impact of I/D polymorphism of ACE gene on risk of development and course of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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Submission date: 2014-06-12
Final revision date: 2014-08-29
Acceptance date: 2014-09-10
Online publication date: 2016-04-12
Publication date: 2016-04-11
Arch Med Sci 2016;12(2):279–287
Introduction Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects more than 10% of the world’s population over 40 years of age. The main exogenous risk factor is cigarette smoking; however, only 20% of smokers develop COPD, indicating that some other factors, e.g. genetic, may play an important role in the disease pathogenesis. Recent research indicates that ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) may be a susceptibility gene for asthma or COPD. The aim of our study was to determine the influence of I/D (insertion/deletion) polymorphism of the ACE gene (AluYa5, rs4646994) on the risk and course of COPD.
Material and methods: We investigated ACE I/D polymorphism in 206 COPD and 165 healthy Caucasian subjects.
Results: In the generalized linear model (GLZ) analysis of the influence of selected factors on presence of COPD we found a significant independent effect for male sex (repeatedly increases the risk of COPD, OR = 7.7, p = 0.049), as well as smoking or lower body mass index, but only in combination with older age (OR = 0.96, p = 0.003 and OR = 1.005, p = 0.04 respectively). Interestingly, analysis of factors which may influence the risk of a higher number of exacerbations demonstrated that occurrence of DD genotype, but only in men, is associated with a lower risk (OR = 0.7, p = 0.03) of this complication.
Conclusions: We suggest that ACE may not be a susceptibility gene for the origin of COPD but a disease-modifying gene. Since the impact of I/D polymorphism of the ACE gene on COPD risk is moderate or negligible, other molecular changes, that will help predict the development of this disease, should still be sought.