Apolipoprotein E and familial longevity

Nicole Schupf, Sandra Barral, Thomas Perls, Anne Newman, Kaare Christensen, Bharat Thyagarajan, Michael Province, Winifred K. Rossi, Richard Mayeux

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Exceptional longevity is associated with substantial heritability. The e{open}4 allele in apolipoprotein E and the linked G allele in rs2075650 of TOMM40 have been associated with increased mortality and the e{open}2 allele with decreased mortality, although inconsistently. Offspring from long-lived families and spouse controls were recruited at 3 sites in the United States and Denmark. We used generalized estimating equations to compare the likelihood of carrying risk alleles in offspring (n = 2307) and spouse controls (n = 764), adjusting for age, sex, level of education, and family membership. The likelihood of carrying an APOE e{open}4 allele or a G allele in rs2075650 was lower (odds ratio [OR], 0.75; p = 0.005 and OR, 0.70; p = 0.002) and the likelihood of carrying an APOE e{open}2 allele was higher (OR, 1.5; p = 0.007) among family members in the offspring generation than among their spouse controls. Our findings support the hypothesis that both reduction in the frequency of the e{open}4 allele and increase in the frequency of the e{open}2 allele contribute to longevity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1287-1291
Number of pages5
JournalNeurobiology of Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • APOE
  • Exceptional longevity
  • Familial longevity
  • Offspring
  • TOMM40


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