Association analysis of ACE and ACTN3 in Elite Caucasian and East Asian Swimmers



Wang G, Mikami E, Chiu L, de Perini A, Deason M, Fuku N, Miyachi M, Kaneoka K, Murakami H, Tanaka M, Hsieh L, Hsieh SS, Caporossi D, Pigozzi F, Hilley A, Lee R & Galloway SD (2013) Association analysis of ACE and ACTN3 in Elite Caucasian and East Asian Swimmers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45 (5), pp. 892-900.

PURPOSE: Polymorphic variation in the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and alpha-actinin-3 (ACTN3) genes has been reported to be associated with endurance and/or power-related human performance. Our aim was to investigate whether polymorphisms in ACE and ACTN3 are associated with elite swimmer status in Caucasian and East Asian populations. METHODS: ACE I/D and ACTN3 R577X genotyping was carried out for 200 elite Caucasian swimmers from European, Commonwealth, Russian and American cohorts (short and middle distance, SMD ≤ 400 m, n = 130; long distance, LD greater than 400 m, n = 70) and 326 elite Japanese and Taiwanese swimmers (short distance, SD ≤ 100 m, n = 166; middle distance, MD: 200 - 400 m, n = 160). Genetic associations were evaluated by logistic regression and other tests accommodating multiple testing adjustment. RESULTS: ACE I/D was associated with swimmer status in Caucasians, with the D-allele being overrepresented in SMD swimmers under both additive and I-allele dominant models (permutation test p = 0.003 and p = 0.0005, respectively). ACE I/D was also associated with swimmer status in East Asians. In this group, however, the I-allele was overrepresented in the SD swimmer group (permutation test p = 0.041 and p = 0.0098 under the additive and the D-allele-dominant models, respectively). ACTN3 R577X was not significantly associated with swimmer status in either Caucasians or East Asians. CONCLUSIONS: ACE I/D associations were observed in these elite swimmer cohorts, with different risk alleles responsible for the associations in swimmers of different ethnicities. The functional ACTN3 R577X polymorphism did not show any significant association with elite swimmer status, despite numerous previous reports of associations with 'power/sprint' performance in other sports.

ACE/ACTN3 polymorphisms; elite swimmer status; case-control association study; Caucasians; East Asians

Additional co-authors: Jason Gulbin, Viktor A. Rogozkin, Ildus I. Ahmetov, Nan Yang, Kathryn N. North, Saraslanidis Ploutarhos, Hugh E. Montgomery, Mark E.S. Bailey, and Yannis P. Pitsiladis

Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise: Volume 45, Issue 5

Publication date31/05/2013
Publication date online27/11/2012
PublisherAmerican College of Sports Medicine

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Professor Stuart Galloway
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