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BACKGROUND: It is uncertain whether the novel single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that have recently been associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in genome-wide studies also influence carotid atheroma and stroke risk. The mechanisms of their association with CAD are unknown; relationships to other cardiovascular phenotypes may give mechanistic clues. Carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) is a subclinical marker of atherosclerosis associated with stroke. We investigated association of reported CAD risk variants with CIMT, and with other intermediate phenotypes that may implicate causative pathways. METHODS: We studied 1425 members of 248 British Caucasian families ascertained through a hypertensive proband. We genotyped CAD risk SNPs on chromosomes 9 (rs1333049, rs7044859, rs496892, rs7865618), 6 (rs6922269) and 2 (rs2943634) using TaqMan. Merlin software was used for family-based association testing. RESULTS: No significant association was found between genotype at any SNP and CIMT in 846 individuals with acceptable measurements. Nor were SNPs significantly associated with blood pressure, obesity, cholesterol, CRP, interleukin-6, TNF-alpha, or leptin. CONCLUSIONS: These novel CAD variants are not associated with CIMT and do not appear to mediate the risk of atherothrombosis through known risk factors.

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Adult, Aged, Carotid Arteries, Coronary Artery Disease, Female, Genetic Variation, Genome-Wide Association Study, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Phenotype, Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide, Risk, Tunica Intima, Tunica Media