Plasma oxidizability in Mexican-Americans and non-Hispanic whites

Steven M. Haffner, Heikki Miettinen, Michael P. Stern, Ahmad Agil, Ishwarlal Jialal

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Several lines of evidence support an atherogenic role for oxidized low- density lipoprotein (LDL). Previous studies have suggested that although Mexican-Americans have an increased rate of diabetes, obesity, elevated triglyceride levels, and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, their rates of coronary heart disease (CHD) are similar or possibly lower than in non-Hispanic whites, Mexican-Americans have smaller, denser LOL than non-Hispanic whites. On the basis of this latter observation, we postulated that lipid peroxide (LPO) levels would be increased in Mexican- Americans. We examined the oxidizability of plasma in 50 Mexican-Americans and 50 non-Hispanic whites from the San Antonio Heart Study, e population- based study of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, at baseline and after coincubation with a metal-independent system (2'2'-azobis-2-amidinopropane hydrochloride [AAPH]) and a metal-dependent system (Fe2+/H2O2) of oxidation. LPO levels were measured by a modified fluorimetric assay. Vitamin E and plasma fatty acid composition were also determined. We found significantly higher LPO levels at baseline and after AAPH coincubation in Mexican-Americans than in non-Hispanic whites (baseline, 2.75 ± .09 v 2.07 ± .09 μmol/L, P < .001; post-AAPH, 5.49 ± .14 v 5.07 ± .04 μmol/L, P = .037). However, no significant ethnic differences were seen after coincubation with Fe2+/H2O2. Diabetes and cigarette-smoking were also associated with higher LPO levels. Mexican-Americans also had lower levels of vitamin E (the predominant lipid-soluble antioxidant in plasma) than non- Hispanic whites, although these differences only partially explained the differences in susceptibility to oxidation. Plasma fatty acids were similar in Mexican-Americans and non-Hispanic whites, suggesting only small differences in diet composition. We conclude that LPO levels are higher in Mexican-Americans than in non-Hispanic whites, and that these results are only partially related to differences in vitamin E levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)876-881
Number of pages6
JournalMetabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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