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The COLIA1 Sp1 polymorphism has been associated with bone mineral density (BMD) and fracture. A promoter polymorphism, -1997 G/T, also has been associated with BMD. In this study, we examined whether these polymorphisms alone and in the form of haplotypes influence bone parameters and fracture risk in a large population-based cohort of elderly Caucasians. We determined the COLIA1 -1997 G/T (promoter) and Sp1 G/T (intron) polymorphisms in 6,280 individuals and inferred haplotypes. Femoral neck BMD and BMD change were compared across COLIA1 genotypes at baseline and follow-up (mean 6.5 years). We also investigated the relationship between the COLIA1 polymorphisms and incident nonvertebral fractures, which were recorded during a mean follow-up period of 7.4 years. Vertebral fractures were assessed by radiographs on 3,456 genotyped individuals. Femoral neck BMD measured at baseline was 3.8% lower in women carrying two copies of the T-Sp1 allele (P for trend = 0.03). No genotype dependent differences in BMD loss were observed. In women homozygous for the T allele of the Sp1 polymorphism, the risk of fragility fracture increased 2.3 times (95% confidence interval 1.4-3.9, P = 0.001). No such association was observed with the promoter polymorphism. In men, no association with either the Sp1 or the -1997 G/T promoter polymorphism was seen with BMD or fracture. High linkage disequilibrium (LD; D' = 0.99, r (2 )= 0.03) exists between the two studied polymorphisms. We observed three haplotypes in our population: haplotype 1 (G(promoter)-G(intron)) frequency (f) = 69%, haplotype 2 (G(promoter)-T(intron)) f = 17.6%, and haplotype 3 (T(promoter)-G(intron)) f = 13.4%. Haplotype 2 was associated with a 2.1-fold increased risk of fragility fracture in women (95% confidence interval 1.2-3.7, P = 0.001). We confirm that the COLIA1 Sp1 polymorphism influences BMD and the risk of fracture in postmenopausal Caucasian women. In contrast, we found no independent effect of the -1997 G/T promoter polymorphism on BMD or fracture.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s00223-007-9033-1

Type

Journal article

Journal

Calcified tissue international

Publication Date

07/2007

Volume

81

Pages

18 - 25

Addresses

Netherlands Institute for Health Science, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Keywords

Femur Neck, Humans, Collagen Type I, Risk, Cohort Studies, Fracture Healing, Bone Density, Polymorphism, Genetic, Aged, Middle Aged, European Continental Ancestry Group, Netherlands, Female, Male, Fractures, Bone