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Journal of Osteoporosis
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 569145, 5 pages
Clinical Study

Genetic Influence of Candidate Osteoporosis Genes in Saudi Arabian Population: A Pilot Study

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Dammam and King Fahd University Hospital, AlKhobar 31952, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, University of Dammam and King Fahd University Hospital, AlKhobar 31952, Saudi Arabia

Received 6 December 2011; Revised 20 January 2012; Accepted 25 January 2012

Academic Editor: Jun Iwamoto

Copyright © 2012 Mir Sadat-Ali and Haifa A. Al-Turki. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background and Objectives. The purpose of the present study is to find the genes and SNP that influence BMD and postmenopausal Saudi women. Material and Methods. Two-hundred ethnic Saudi Arabian women with a diagnosis of postmenopausal osteoporosis were the subjects of this study. Baseline blood hematology, biochemistry, and bone panel were done. Blood was collected, and three TaqMan-MGB probes were used to analyze SNP variants in ALOX15 (rs7220870), LRP5 (C 25752205 10), and TNFRSF11B (C 11869235 10). Results. The variant of ALOX15 17p13 showed that the BMD of the spine was lower in the AA allele ( 𝑃 value < 0 . 0 0 2 ) and fractures were highest at 50% compared to CC allele. In the TNFRSF11B gene, BMD of the hip and spine was significantly higher in the GG allele and the history of fractures was significantly higher in GG group. With regard to the LRP5 (C 25752205 10) gene, there was no significant difference between allele groups. Conclusion(s). This study shows that the genetic influence of osteoporosis in the Caucasian and Saudi Arabians population is similar. We believe that the same genetic markers that influence osteoporosis in the Caucasian race could be used for further studies in the Saudi Arabian population.