, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 25-35
Date: 28 May 2010

Genotypes and Haplotypes of the Estrogen Receptor Genes, but Not the Retinoblastoma-interacting Zinc Finger Protein 1 Gene, Are Associated with Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a common age-related disease with a strong genetic influence. Polymorphisms of ESR1 have consistently been shown to be associated with bone mineral density (BMD) and fracture; however, in regulating bone metabolism, ESR1 interacts with both ESR2 and RIZ1. We therefore examined the effects of polymorphisms in the ESR1, ESR2, and RIZ1 genes and their haplotypes on vertebral fractures and BMD in a case-control study comprising 462 osteoporotic patients and 336 controls. In ESR1, we found the variant C allele of the XbaI polymorphism to be associated with decreased risk of vertebral fractures in women (P < 0.01), whereas in men, the T allele seemed protective (P = 0.05). The variant G allele of the PvuII polymorphism decreased the risk of vertebral fractures independently of lumbar spine BMD in women (P = 0.04) but had no effect in men. Haplotype X-P-H (XbaI:C, PvuII:G, and a high number of TA repeats) was associated with decreased risk of vertebral fractures in women (P = 0.04) but not men. In ESR2, the G allele of the AluI polymorphism was associated with increased fracture risk (P = 0.04), and the haplotype that comprises rs1256031:T and AluI:A increased lumbar spine BMD by 0.04 ± 0.02 g/cm2 (P < 0.05) and decreased the risk of vertebral fractures (P = 0.04). There was no effect of the RIZ1 polymorphism on BMD or fracture risk and no evidence of interaction between the polymorphisms and haplotypes thereof. We confirm that genetic variants in ESR1 and ESR2, but not RIZ1, are important in osteoporosis. We found no evidence of interaction between polymorphisms, but we found that the effects of genetic variants in ESR1 might be sex dependent.

The authors have stated that they have no conflict of interest.
T. Harsløf and L. B. Husted contributed equally to this study.