Association of polymorphisms in genes involved in the dopaminergic pathway with blood pressure and uric acid levels in Chinese females

Ting Kuang Yeh, Ting Chi Yeh, Chi Feng Weng, Bing Fu Shih, Hsueh Jen Tsao, Chien Hua Hsiao, Fu Tai Chuang, Chung Yi Hu, Chun Yen Chang

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Since the high degree of heritability of physiological traits was demonstrated by twin and adoption studies, contemporary researchers in the fields of clinical medicine, behavioral science, and genetics have acknowledged the crucial role of genetic factors in human physiology. The study described herein explores the association between physiological parameters and the dopaminergic system using molecular genetic techniques. A total of 558 Taiwanese female volunteers, ranging from 16 to 17 years, were recruited. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in genes involved in the dopaminergic pathway were selected for analysis. Systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure were associated significantly with the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met polymorphism and the dopamine β-hydroxylase (DBH) C1021T polymorphism. Furthermore, plasma uric acid was associated significantly with the COMT Val158Met polymorphism. Our study suggests the possible involvement of genetic polymorphisms in COMT and DBH in the regulation of blood pressure and plasma uric acid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1371-1376
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neural Transmission
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1



  • Blood pressure
  • Dopaminergic pathway
  • Polymorphism
  • Uric acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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