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Inheritance and Genetics of Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis: Genetics Information

Genetics of Atherosclerosis: A protein called apolipoprotein E, which can exist in several different forms, is coded for by a gene found on chromosome 19. It is important for removing excess cholesterol from the blood, and does so by carrying cholesterol to receptors on the surface of liver cells. Defects in apolipoprotein E sometimes result in its inability to bind to the receptors, which leads to an increase a person's blood cholesterol and consequently their risk of atherosclerosis. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

About inheritance and genetics:

Inheritance of Atherosclerosis refers to whether the condition is inherited from your parents or "runs" in families. The level of inheritance of a condition depends on how important genetics are to the disease. Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited, partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited, and non-genetic diseases are not inherited. For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.

 

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