Association analysis of the SHC1 gene locus with longevity in the Japanese population

Hidehiko Kamei, Naoki Adati, Yasumichi Arai, Ken Yamamura, Michiyo Takayama, Susumu Nakazawa, Yoshinori Ebihara, Yasuyuki Gondo, Mizuho Akechi, Toshihide Noguchi, Nobuyoshi Hirose, Yoshiyuki Sakaki, Toshio Kojima

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The SHC1 gene encodes a signaling and transforming protein that has been implicated in the aging process in worms and mammals. In this study we examined 230 Japanese centenarians and 180 healthy younger controls and looked at the SHC1 locus as a candidate region that may be associated with longevity. We identified 12 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within a 10-kb region encompassing the entire SHC1 gene from the DNA of 30 centenarians and 24 healthy younger controls. Five SNPs, including three nonsynonymous sites, lay within coding elements, six were located within introns, and one was in the 3′ untranslated region. All of these SNPs were relatively rare, with a minor allele frequency of less than 5% in our subjects. A pairwise linkage disequilibrium analysis using the r2 statistic showed that two of the SNP pairs are in tight linkage disequilibrium at this locus. We investigated the possible association of SHC1 with longevity using association analyses with allelotypes and haplotypes but found that the SNPs identified in SHC1 had no impact on longevity for Japanese centenarians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-728
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Molecular Medicine
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Nov


  • Aging
  • Gene polymorphisms
  • Oxidative stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Drug Discovery
  • Genetics(clinical)


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