Genetics of the quantitative Lp(a) lipoprotein trait
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- Utermann, G., Duba, C. & Menzel, H.J. Hum Genet (1988) 78: 47. doi:10.1007/BF00291233
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Lp(a) glycoprotein exhibits an apparent size polymorphism that is associated with genetically controlled Lp(a) lipoprotein concentrations in plasma (Utermann et al. 1988). We have tested the hypothesis that this polymorphism is genetically controlled by studying 15 matings with a total of 44 offspring. This confirmed our conclusion that Lp(a) types are controlled by a series of codominant alleles LpF, LpB, LpS1, LpS2, LpS3 and LpS4 and by a null allele Lpo. Together with the data from the accompanying paper this indicates that the structural gene for the Lp(a) protein is the major gene locus determining Lp(a) lipoprotein concentrations in plasma.