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Prevalence of familial hypercholesterolemia among young north Karelian patients with coronary heart disease: a study based on diagnosis by polymerase chain reaction

Koivisto, U.M., Hämäläinen, L., Taskinen, M.R. et al.

Two deletions of the low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor gene account for about 90% of the mutations that cause familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) in eastern Finland. The FH-Helsinki mutation deletes exons 16, 17 and a portion of exon 18, while the FH-North Karelia allele is characterized by a deletion of seven nucleotides from exon 6 of the LDL receptor gene. We developed a DNA assay based on the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which simultaneously detects both of these mutations. We have screened 90 young (< 45 years) eastern Finns with symptomatic coronary heart disease (CHD) for the presence of these FH genes. One or the other of the mutations was present in 4 out of 55 survivors of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and 4 out of 35 patients with angina pectoris (AP), but in none of 50 healthy controls of similar age. These data show a relatively high prevalence of confirmed FH in young CHD patients (AMI and MI combined: 8/90, or 9%), and also demonstrate the feasibility of PCR techniques in diagnosis of FH among populations with enrichment of specific types of LDL receptor gene mutations.

Citation

Koivisto, U.M., Hämäläinen, L., Taskinen, M.R. et al. "Prevalence of familial hypercholesterolemia among young north Karelian patients with coronary heart disease: a study based on diagnosis by polymerase chain reaction" Journal of Lipid Research (1993): 269–77