Markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and fibrinogen, are associated with the risk of atherothrombosis. Plasma levels of these markers of inflammation are affected by hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and modulated by smoking. We studied whether genetic variation in the estrogen receptor-I (ESR1), CRP and fibrinogen-β genes influences the plasma levels of inflammation markers after HRT. Plasma CRP and fibrinogen were measured after five years follow-up in healthy post-menopausal women (per-protocol group) who were randomised to hormone therapy (n=187) or no treatment (n=249). The effect of HRT, smoking and genetic variations in ESR1 (Pvull and Xbal), CRP (1444C/T) and fibrinogen-β (FGB, -455G/A) were determined. The plasma concentration of CRP was higher in the HRT group than in the control group (2.03 mg/l and 1.41 mg/l, respectively; p<0.001), while the concentration of fibrinogen was lower in the HRT group than in the control group (3.02 g/l and 3.20 g/l, respectively; p<0.001), indicating that it is unlikely that inflammation is the common underlying pathway. There was a significant interaction between smoking and HRT on the fibrinogen (p=0.02), but not on the CRP concentration (n.s.). Genetic polymorphisms in ESR1, CRP and fibrinogen were not associated with an effect of HRT on the CRP and fibrinogen plasma levels, and no significant interaction with smoking was observed. In conclusion, higher plasma levels of CRP and lower plasma levels of fibrinogen were observed in women using HRT; however, genetic polymorphisms in ESR1, CRP and FGB were not associated with these effects of HRT.

C-reactive protein, Estrogen, Fibrinogen, Genetic variation, Hormone replacement therapy
dx.doi.org/10.1160/TH06-08-0426, hdl.handle.net/1765/36141
Thrombosis and Haemostasis: international journal for vascular biology and medicine
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

de Maat, M.P.M, Madsen, J.S, Langdahl, B.L, Bladbjerg, E.M, Tofteng, C.L, Abrahamsen, B, … Kristensen, S.R. (2007). Genetic variation in estrogen receptor; C reactive protein and fibrinogen does not predict the plasma levels of inflammation markers after longterm hormone replacement therapy. Thrombosis and Haemostasis: international journal for vascular biology and medicine, 97(2), 234–239. doi:10.1160/TH06-08-0426