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Respiratory Research

, 12:57

First Online: 01 December 2011Received: 17 December 2010Accepted: 27 April 2011


BackgroundAn imbalance in Matrix MetalloProteases MMPs and Tissue Inhibitors of MMPs TIMPs contributes to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD development. Longitudinal studies investigating Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms SNPs in MMPs and TIMPs with respect to COPD development and lung function decline in the general population are lacking.

MethodsWe genotyped SNPs in MMP1 G-1607GG, MMP2 -1306 C-T, MMP9 3 tagging SNPs, MMP12 A-82G and Asn357Ser and TIMP1 Phe124Phe and Ile158Ile in 1390 Caucasians with multiple FEV1 measurements from a prospective cohort study in the general population. FEV1 decline was analyzed using linear mixed effect models adjusted for confounders. Analyses of the X-chromosomal TIMP1 gene were stratified according to sex. All significant associations were repeated in an independent general population cohort n = 1152.

ResultsMMP2 -1306 TT genotype carriers had excess FEV1 decline -4.0 ml-yr, p = 0.03 compared to wild type carriers. TIMP1 Ile158Ile predicted significant excess FEV1 decline in both males and females. TIMP1 Phe124Phe predicted significant excess FEV1 decline in males only, which was replicated p = 0.10 in the second cohort. The MMP2 and TIMP1 Ile158Ile associations were not replicated. Although power was limited, we did not find associations with COPD development.

ConclusionsWe for the first time show that TIMP1 Phe124Phe contributes to excess FEV1 decline in two independent prospective cohorts, albeit not quite reaching conventional statistical significance in the replication cohort. SNPs in MMPs evidently do not contribute to FEV1 decline in the general population.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1465-9921-12-57 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: CC van Diemen - DS Postma - M Siedlinski - A Blokstra - HA Smit - HM Boezen


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