Increased activity of erythrocyte sodium-lithium countertransport is associated with essential hypertension. Sodium-lithium countertransport is highly heritable, but no single gene product mediating the exchange or explaining the association of increased sodium-lithium countertransport activity and hypertension has been identified. We performed a linkage study by using erythrocyte sodium-lithium countertransport as a quantitative phenotype and genome-wide markers at an average resolution of ≈10 cM to identify quantitative trait loci explaining sodium-lithium countertransport activity. A peak LOD score of 2.83 was detected on chromosome 15q at D15S642, a marker previously shown to be linked to blood pressure. Several genes mapped to this region are possible candidates for factors affecting erythrocyte sodium-lithium countertransport and/or blood pressure. Further studies confirming the presence of a quantitative trait locus in this region and evaluating these candidate genes may help explain the association of elevated sodium-lithium countertransport and hypertension.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Issue number||3 II|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2003|
- Hypertension, essential
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine