Author(s): Green FR
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Abstract Common polymorphisms of the fibrinogen gene cluster are associated with circulating fibrinogen level and with susceptibility to and/or severity of atherothrombotic disease. The frequencies of the polymorphisms vary among different ethnic groups but there is strong linkage disequilibrium at the beta-fibrinogen gene locus so that, in caucasian populations, there are only four common beta-fibrinogen haplotypes. One of these haplotypes, defined by the beta-fibrinogen -455A allele, is associated with elevated fibrinogen level and increased risk of atherothrombotic disease. The molecular mechanism of these associations is currently under investigation.
This article was published in Ann N Y Acad Sci
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology