Association Analysis of FOXO3 Longevity Variants with Blood Pressure and Essential Hypertension

Brian J. Morris, Randi Chen, Timothy A. Donlon, Daniel S. Evans, Gregory J. Tranah, Neeta Parimi, Georg B. Ehret, Christopher Newton-Cheh, Todd Seto, D. Craig Willcox, Kamal H. Masaki, Kei Kamide, Hirochika Ryuno, Ryosuke Oguro, Chikako Nakama, Mai Kabayama, Koichi Yamamoto, Ken Sugimoto, Kazunori Ikebe, Yukie MasuiYasumichi Arai, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Yasuyuki Gondo, Hiromi Rakugi, Bradley J. Willcox

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BACKGROUND The minor alleles of 3 FOXO3 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) - rs2802292, rs2253310, and rs2802288 - are associated with human longevity. The aim of the present study was to test these SNPs for association with blood pressure (BP) and essential hypertension (EHT). METHODS In a primary study involving Americans of Japanese ancestry drawn from the Family Blood Pressure Program II we genotyped 411 female and 432 male subjects aged 40-79 years and tested for statistical association by contingency table analysis and generalized linear models that included logistic regression adjusting for sibling correlation in the data set. Replication of rs2802292 with EHT was attempted in Japanese SONIC study subjects and of each SNP in a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of BP in individuals of European ancestry. RESULTS In Americans of Japanese ancestry, women homozygous for the longevity-associated (minor) allele of each FOXO3 SNP had 6mm Hg lower systolic BP and 3mm Hg lower diastolic BP compared with major allele homozygotes (Bonferroni corrected P < 0.05 and >0.05, respectively). Frequencies of minor allele homozygotes were 3.3-3.9% in women with EHT compared with 9.5-9.6% in normotensive women (P = 0.03-0.04; haplotype analysis P = 0.0002). No association with BP or EHT was evident in males. An association with EHT was seen for the minor allele of rs2802292 in the Japanese SONIC cohort (P = 0.03), while in European subjects the minor allele of each SNP was associated with higher systolic and diastolic BP. CONCLUSION Longevity-associated FOXO3 variants may be associated with lower BP and EHT in Japanese women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1292-1300
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of hypertension
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1


  • FoxO3 gene (FOXO3)
  • blood pressure
  • essential hypertension
  • genetic association analysis
  • hypertension
  • longevity gene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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