HDC gene polymorphisms are associated with age at natural menopause in Caucasian women

Feng Zhang, Dong Hai Xiong, Wei Wang, Hui Shen, Peng Xiao, Fang Yang, Robert R. Recker, Hong Wen Deng

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Histidine decarboxylase gene (HDC) encodes histidine decarboxylase which is the crucial enzyme for the biosynthesis of histidine. Studies have shown that histamine is likely to be involved in the regulation of reproduction system. To find the possible correlation between HDC gene and AANM (age at natural menopause), we selected 265 postmenopausal women from 131 nuclear families and performed a transmission disequilibrium test. Significant within-family associations with AANM for SNP rs854163 and SNP rs854158 of HDC gene were observed (P values = 0.0018 and 0.0197, respectively). After 1000 permutations, SNP rs854163 still remained significant within-family association with AANM. Consistently, we also detected a significant within-family association between haplotype block 2 (defined by SNP rs854163 and rs860526) and AANM in the haplotype analyses (P value = 0.0397). Our results suggest that the HDC gene polymorphisms are significantly associated with AANM in Caucasian women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1378-1382
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 6 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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