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Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Risk of Venous Thromboembolism: Mendelian Randomization Investigation

Abstract : Circulating fatty acids may affect thrombosis but epidemiological data on the associations between fatty acids and risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) are limited and conflicting. We conducted a Mendelian randomization study to examine the causal associations of 10 circulating fatty acids with VTE risk. Genetic variants strongly associated with ten fatty acids and without linkage disequilibrium were selected as instrumental variables from the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology Consortium. Genetic associations for VTE and its subtypes were obtained from the International Network Against Venous Thrombosis Consortium (30,234 cases and 172,122 controls) and the FinnGen study (11,288 VTE cases and 254,771 controls). Estimates from the two data sources were combined. Per standard deviation increase in genetically predicted fatty acid levels, the combined odds ratio (OR) of VTE was 0.88 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.84–0.92) for α-linolenic acid, 0.92 (95% CI 0.90–0.95) for linoleic acid, 0.85 (95% CI 0.78–0.92) for palmitoleic acid, 0.77 (95% CI 0.77–0.84) for oleic acid, 1.16 (95% CI 1.10–1.23) for eicosapentaenoic acid, 1.10 (95% CI 1.06–1.14) for docosapentaenoic acid, 1.06 (95% CI 1.04–1.08) for arachidonic acid, and 1.19 (95% CI 1.11–1.28) for stearic acid. Genetically predicted levels of docosahexaenoic acid or palmitoleic acid were not associated with VTE risk. Four and eight out of ten genetically predicted fatty acid levels were associated with risk of pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, respectively. This study suggests that strategies targeting at fatty acids may act as prevention approaches for VTE.
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Shuai Yuan, Xue Li, Pierre-Emmanuel Morange, Maria Bruzelius, Susanna Larsson. Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Risk of Venous Thromboembolism: Mendelian Randomization Investigation. Nutrients, 2022, 14 (16), pp.3354. ⟨10.3390/nu14163354⟩. ⟨hal-03813951⟩



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