Absence of linkage between V̇O(2max) and its response to training with markers spanning chromosome 22

Jacques Gagnon, M. Y.Anh Ho-Kim, Yvon C. Chagnon, Louis Pérusse, France T. Dionne, Arthur S. Leon, D. C. Rao, James S. Skinner, Jack H. Wilmore, Claude Bouchard

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An extensive search for linkage between DNA markers and the response of V̇O(2max) to training has recently been launched in the HERITAGE Family Study. This is the first report on a genome-wide search strategy to locate chromosomal regions and positional candidate genes for cardiorespiratory endurance phenotypes. Linkage between seven markers spanning chromosome 22 spaced approximately 10 cM apart (D22S264, D22S274, D22S301, D22S304, D22S421, IL2RB, and PDGFB) and V̇O(2max) at baseline, as well as its response to endurance exercise training, was examined using the sib-pair linkage method. Markers were genotyped in at least 210 sib-pairs derived from 128 adult brothers (25 ± 6 yr; mean ± SD) and 138 sisters (24 ± 6 yr) from 86 Caucasian families. V̇O(2max), maximal heart rate, and maximal oxygen pulse were measured during stationary cycle tests before and after a standardized 20-wk endurance training program. On average, the initial V̇O(2max) was 2654 ± 767 mL·min-1 while training increased V̇O(2max) significantly by 430 ± 239 mL·min-1 or 16% (P< 0.0001). The V̇O(2max) response was adjusted for age and initial V̇O(2max). NO evidence of linkage was found between any of these markers on chromosome 22 and V̇O(2max) or its trainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1448-1453
Number of pages6
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1997


  • Endurance training
  • Genetics
  • Heritage family study
  • Human
  • Microsatellite markers


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