Genetic and BMI Risks for Predicting Blood Pressure in Three Generations of West African Dogon Women

Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, Deborah Sampson, Andre D. Taylor, Dennis Caldwell, Yan V. Sun

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The study of genetic polymorphisms and body mass index (BMI) among African women in Africa and in the United States contributes to our understanding of the genetic and environmental risk factors for hypertension. African American women have the highest prevalence of hypertension and obesity compared to other ethnic groups in the United States. Using a cross-sectional research design, we examined the effects of genetic and environmental risks of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and BMI on blood pressure (BP) among three generations of West African Dogon women (N = 199). We genotyped six SNPs located in the candidate genes known to be related to hypertension. We tested the associations between these SNPs and systolic BP (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP) with Fisher's exact tests, chi-square tests for independence, and multivariable linear mixed models. The SNP rs8179526 (SLC4A5) was significantly associated with SBP adjusted for age, age2, and BMI (p =.02). The "C" allele variant of rs8179526 (allele frequency of 0.445) was associated with higher SBP. This SNP did not deviate from the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) with p value of.772. The SNP × BMI interaction effects associated with SBP and DBP were not significant. rs8179526 is located on the SLC4A5 gene on chromosome 2. SLC4A5 encodes a protein that transports sodium and bicarbonate across cell membranes while regulating cellular pH and contains several SNPs linked to elevated BP. Knowledge of the SNP's effect on hypertension among West African women can help health practitioners educate their patients about genetic risks of developing hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-111
Number of pages7
JournalBiological Research for Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • blood pressure
  • body mass index
  • dogon
  • genetic
  • rs8179526
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory


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