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Angiotensin-converting enzyme gene polymorphism and respiratory muscle function in infants.
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PMID:  20812241     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene contains a polymorphism consisting of either the presence (I) or absence (D) of a 287-bp fragment. Recent studies have suggested that the I-allele may be associated with superior exercise endurance; respiratory muscle function may be similarly influenced. The pressure-time index of inspiratory muscles (PTImus) is a measure of the load-capacity ratio of the inspiratory muscles. The objective of this study was to determine whether infants homozygous for the I-allele have lower PTImus compared to infants homozygous for the D-allele or heterozygous I/D.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred thirty-two infants were studied. ACE genotyping was performed by polymerase chain reaction amplification, using DNA from peripheral blood. PTImus was calculated as (Pi(mean)/Pi(max)) × (T(i)/T(tot)), where Pi(mean) was the mean inspiratory pressure estimated from airway pressure, generated 100 ms after an occlusion (P(0.1)), Pi(max) was the maximum inspiratory pressure and T(i)/T(tot) was the ratio of the inspiratory time to the total respiratory cycle time. Pi(max) was the largest pressure generated during brief airway occlusions performed at the end of a spontaneous crying effort.
RESULTS: Infants with I/I genotype had significantly lower PTImus than infants with either D/D or I/D genotypes (P = 0.000007). ACE genotype was significantly related (P = 0.005) to PTImus measurements, independent of other factors that may affect respiratory muscle function.
CONCLUSION: These results suggest that an association of ACE genotypes with PTImus measurements may exist in infants.
Gabriel Dimitriou; Despina Papakonstantinou; Eleana F Stavrou; Sotirios Tzifas; Aggeliki Vervenioti; Aglaia Athanassiadou; Stefanos Mantagos
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric pulmonology     Volume:  45     ISSN:  1099-0496     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr. Pulmonol.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510590     Medline TA:  Pediatr Pulmonol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1233-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University of Patras Medical School, Rio, Patras, Greece.
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