Estrogen Signaling and Portopulmonary Hypertension: The Pulmonary Vascular Complications of Liver Disease Study (PVCLD2)

Pulmonary Vascular Complications of Liver Disease Study Group

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Background and Aims: Portopulmonary hypertension (POPH) was previously associated with a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs7175922 in aromatase (cytochrome P450 family 19 subfamily A member 1 [CYP19A1]). We sought to determine whether genetic variants and metabolites in the estrogen signaling pathway are associated with POPH. Approach and Results: We performed a multicenter case-control study. POPH patients had mean pulmonary artery pressure >25 mm Hg, pulmonary vascular resistance >240 dyn-sec/cm−5, and pulmonary artery wedge pressure ≤15 mm Hg without another cause of pulmonary hypertension. Controls had advanced liver disease, right ventricular (RV) systolic pressure <40 mm Hg, and normal RV function by echocardiography. We genotyped three SNPs in CYP19A1 and CYP1B1 using TaqMan and imputed SNPs in estrogen receptor 1 using genome-wide markers. Estrogen metabolites were measured in blood and urine samples. There were 37 patients with POPH and 290 controls. Mean age was 57 years, and 36% were female. The risk allele A in rs7175922 (CYP19A1) was significantly associated with higher levels of estradiol (P = 0.02) and an increased risk of POPH (odds ratio [OR], 2.36; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.12-4.91; P = 0.02) whereas other SNPs were not. Lower urinary 2-hydroxyestrogen/16-α-hydroxyestrone (OR per 1-ln decrease = 2.04; 95% CI, 1.16-3.57; P = 0.01), lower plasma levels of dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (OR per 1-ln decrease = 2.38; 95% CI, 1.56-3.85; P < 0.001), and higher plasma levels of 16-α-hydroxyestradiol (OR per 1-ln increase = 2.16; 95% CI, 1.61-2.98; P < 0.001) were associated with POPH. Conclusions: Genetic variation in aromatase and changes in estrogen metabolites were associated with POPH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-737
Number of pages12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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