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Genetic Variants Associated with Gestational Hypertriglyceridemia and Pancreatitis

Genetic Variants Associated with Gestational Hypertriglyceridemia and Pancreatitis

  • Sai-Li Xie, 
  • Tan-Zhou Chen, 
  • Xie-Lin Huang, 
  • Chao Chen, 
  • Rong Jin, 
  • Zhi-Ming Huang, 
  • Meng-Tao Zhou


Severe hypertriglyceridemia is a well-known cause of pancreatitis. Usually, there is a moderate increase in plasma triglyceride level during pregnancy. Additionally, certain pre-existing genetic traits may render a pregnant woman susceptible to development of severe hypertriglyceridemia and pancreatitis, especially in the third trimester. To elucidate the underlying mechanism of gestational hypertriglyceridemic pancreatitis, we undertook DNA mutation analysis of the lipoprotein lipase (LPL), apolipoprotein C2 (APOC2), apolipoprotein A5 (APOA5), lipase maturation factor 1 (LMF1), and glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored high-density lipoprotein-binding protein 1 (GPIHBP1) genes in five unrelated pregnant Chinese women with severe hypertriglyceridemia and pancreatitis. DNA sequencing showed that three out of five patients had the same homozygous variation, p.G185C, in APOA5 gene. One patient had a compound heterozygous mutation, p.A98T and p.L279V, in LPL gene. Another patient had a compound heterozygous mutation, p.A98T & p.C14F in LPL and GPIHBP1 gene, respectively. No mutations were seen in APOC2 or LMF1 genes. All patients were diagnosed with partial LPL deficiency in non-pregnant state. As revealed in our study, genetic variants appear to play an important role in the development of severe gestational hypertriglyceridemia, and, p.G185C mutation in APOA5 gene appears to be the most common variant implicated in the Chinese population. Antenatal screening for mutations in susceptible women, combined with subsequent interventions may be invaluable in the prevention of potentially life threatening gestational hypertriglyceridemia-induced pancreatitis.


Hypertriglyceridemia-induced pancreatitis (HTP) is a rare yet serious complication of pregnancy, usually developing in the late gestation. It is a potentially life threatening condition, both for the mother and the fetus.[1] In normal pregnancy, there is a 2- to 4-fold increase in serum triglyceride (TG) levels due to increased hepatic synthesis of very-low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) in response to elevated estrogen levels and reduced lipoprotein lipase (LPL) activity.[2] However, this moderate physiological hypertriglyceridemia (HTG) is seldom associated with any adverse clinical consequences. However, severe HTG with a fasting plasma TG level of more than 1000 mg/dl (11.3 mmol/l), is known to be an independent risk factor for acute pancreatitis (AP).[3]

Women with a preexisting genetic abnormality in TG metabolism usually manifest modestly elevated TG level in non-pregnant state, which increases markedly during pregnancy.[4] Hypertriglyceridemia-induced pancreatitis in pregnant women is a well-known disorder. Earlier studies have largely been confined to the clinical features and management aspects, without much consideration of the genetic determinants.[57] The first genetic investigation of gestational HTP brought to light a homozygoous mutation in LPL gene responsible for impaired LPL activity.[8] To date, only a few individual cases have been reported wherein the genetic mutations of LPL and apoE polymorphism were implicated in the causation of gestational HTG and HTP.[912] However, in one such reported case, genetic variant could not be identified.[13]

LPL is a critical enzyme in TG metabolism, which hydrolyses TG-rich lipoprotein to free fatty acids, using apolipoprotein C2 (APOC2) as a cofactor. An impaired LPL activity results in massive accumulation of chylomicrons and fasting HTG.[14] In 2001, another modulator of LPL function, apolipoprotein A5 (APOA5) was reported.[15] Further, mutations in both APOC2 and APOA5 genes have been reported in patients with HTG.[16, 17] Recent studies have identified two new proteins involved in TG metabolism, namely, lipase maturation factor 1 (LMF1) and glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored high-density lipoprotein-binding protein 1 (GPIHBP1), making them the new candidate genes for the study of HTG.[18, 19]

Early identification of susceptible individuals with genetic defects, and appropriate management is a key strategy for reducing the risk of HTP during pregnancy. As part of the study aimed at elucidating the underlying mechanism of gestational HTP, we undertook DNA analysis of five pregnant women with a history of HTP, to identify any mutations in LPL, APOC2, APOA5, LMF1, and GPIHBP1 genes.

Materials and Methods


Our study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University. Written informed consent was obtained from all study subjects.

Patient enrollment was conducted at the First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, between June 2008 and January 2013. All patients had a history of developing HTP during pregnancy. The diagnosis of acute pancreatitis (AP) was made according to the Atlanta classification of acute pancreatitis (year 2012).[20] Fasting plasma TG concentration was greater than 1000 mg/dl (> 11.3 mmol/l) in all patients. Patients with a history of gallstones or secondary HTG (such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, nephritic syndrome, alcohol consumption, and usage of any medication known to affect lipid metabolism) were excluded from the study. A total of five unrelated women, all of Han Chinese descent, with gestational HTP were enrolled in the study. Clinical and laboratory findings of these five patients are presented in Table 1.

Patient #1 was admitted with acute pancreatitis with a TG level of 79.0 mmol/l (normal- 1.7 mmol/l). An emergency cesarean section was conducted and a healthy baby girl was delivered. On day 4 postpartum, the patient’s serum TG level decreased to 15.4 mmol/l. At discharge, the reported TG level was 6.16 mmol/l.

Patient #2, had a history of miscarriage at 8 weeks of gestation, during her first pregnancy. During the second pregnancy, her serum TG level was found to be 21.67 mmol/l in the 31st week of gestation, at the time of admission for AP. The patient was discharged after 10 days of supportive treatment, with a TG level of 4.18 mmol/l. She was prescribed lipid-lowering diet and was under close medical supervision until 37 weeks of gestation, at which point she underwent elective cesarean section and delivered a healthy baby boy. Her pre-operative TG level was found to be 15.38 mmol/l.

First pregnancy of patient #3 terminated in fetal death at 32 weeks of gestation due to HTP. Serum TG level at that time was 28.07 mmol/l. Prior to and during her second pregnancy, she was on restricted dietary fat alongside a close monitoring of plasma lipids levels. An elective cesarean section was conducted at 37th week of gestation delivering a healthy girl child. The preoperative TG level was 16.13 mmol/l. Plasma TG levels during the immediate postpartum period after the first pregnancy and during the second pregnancy are presented in Fig 1.

Fig 1. Plasma triglyceride levels and percent contribution of dietary fat in the total caloric intake are shown during two pregnancies and postpartum in Patient 3#.

Patient #4, first presented with epigastric pain at 38th week of gestation but did not develop AP. Her TG level was 15.9 mmol/l. The pregnancy ended with the delivery of a healthy baby girl. During her second pregnancy, she did not seek medical care until her admission at 35 weeks of gestation with AP and TG level of 24 mmol/l. Emergency cesarean section was performed and a healthy female baby delivered. She was discharged from hospital after being treated for AP. Her TG level at the time of discharge was 4.29 mmol/l.

Patient #5 was not diagnosed with severe HTG until she developed AP at 34 weeks of gestation. Her TG level was 20.64 mmol/l. Emergency caesarean section was performed and a healthy female baby delivered. Her plasma TG level fell from 14.38 mmol/l to 10.71 mmol/l in 24 hours post-delivery. Later, the patient was shifted to Intensive Care Unit for therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE). Her plasma TG level fell from 10.71 mmol/l to 5.68 mmol/l after one TPE.

None of the five patients have since developed AP.

Ten healthy adults, 5 men and 5 women, were enrolled in the study as controls. Their blood samples were drawn and tested for plasma LPL mass and activity.

Measurement of plasma LPL mass and activity

Blood samples after overnight fasting were collected from cases and controls in Na-EDTA vials, 15 min after administration of intravenous heparin (60 IU/kg body weight). LPL enzyme activity was measured as per method described previously.[21] Enzyme activity was expressed as U/ml. LPL mass was measured using a sandwich-ELISA with a Human Lipoprotein Lipase ELISA Kit (Nanjing Jiancheng, Nanjing, China). The enzyme levels were expressed as ng of LPL per ml of plasma.

Analysis of candidate genes

Blood was collected in 5 ml Na-EDTA vials; genomic DNA was extracted from 2 ml whole blood, as per the manufacturer’s instructions (Gentra Puregene Blood kit, QIAGEN, Germany). All coding regions and the intron-exon boundaries of LPL, APOC2, APOA5, LMF1, GPIHBP1 genes were amplified and bidirectionally sequenced using the Sanger method, based on dideoxy chain-termination technology as has been earlier reported in a study.[22]

Species examination

To explore the evolutionary conservation of the mutation, the protein sequences of APOA5 of select organisms were downloaded from NCBI ( Then, alignment of multiple sequences was performed, which indicates the evolutionary conservation, using ClustalX software.[23] The protein structure model of APOA5 was constructed by homology modeling using Swiss-model sever (


DNA analysis

DNA sequence analysis of the LPL, APOC2, APOA5, LMF1, and GPIHBP1 genes revealed that patient #3, #4, and #5 had the same homozygosity of the p.G185C variant (c.553G>T, rs2075291) in the APOA5 gene. The p.G185C variant is a G to T transition at the first nucleotide of codon 185, with a substitution of a cysteine for a glycine residue. No other DNA alteration was detected in all the exons and exon-intron boundaries of the LPL, APOC2,GPIHBP1 or LMF1 genes. Genetic analysis of patient #1 demonstrated a compound heterozygote for mis-sense mutation, p.L279V and p.A98T in LPL gene. The mis-sense mutation p.L279V at exon 6 was a CTG→GTG change in codon 279 of the LPL gene, leading to L→V amino acid substitution in the LPL protein The mis-sense mutation p.A98T (c.292G>A, rs145657341) is a GCC→ACC change in codon 98 of the LPL gene, leading to an A→T amino acid substitution. On genetic analysis of patient #2, a compound heterozygosity for p.A98T and a known mis-sense mutation, p.C14F in GPIHBP1 gene was found. The mis-sense mutation of p.C14F (c.41G>T, rs11538389) is a TGC→TTC change in codon 14 of the GPIHBP1 gene, leading to a C→F amino acid substitution. There were no mutations found in APOC2, APOA5 or LMF1 genes.

Detection of post-heparin LPL activity and mass levels

We then detected post-heparin LPL activity and mass levels in patients during non-pregnant state and in normal controls. Compared to the mean for the control group, all the five patients had low LPL activity. Post-heparin plasma LPL activity levels in ten controls and three carriers of the p.G185C mutation are represented in Fig 2. Three p.G185C carriers had a group mean, which was 63.28% of the control mean. Carriers of p.L279V / p.A98T and p.A98T / p.C14F had LPL activity that was 65.1% and 42.18% lower than the control group, respectively. All of patients had partial LPL activity, while the LPL mass was close to normal.

Fig 2. A Scatter plot of lipoprotein lipase activity levels in post-heparin plasma from carriers of the p.G185C mutation and controls.

Species examination

We examined evolutionary conservation of the G185 amino acid residue across various species and we found that G185 residue is relatively conserved among different species (Fig 3). Additionally, we found that the p.G185C mutation leads to the amino acid change in the APOA1/C3/A4 domain, which contains several 22 residue repeats which form a pair of alpha helices (Fig 4).

Fig 3. Evolutionary conservation of the G185 amino acid residue: G185 residue is relatively conserved across the species examined.

Fig 4. The protein structure model of APOA5 constructed by homology modeling.


Genetic variation in the APOA5 locus, such as, p.S19W, p.G185C, p.V153M and -1131T>C, have been shown to be significantly associated with elevated plasma TG levels in human.[2426] In particular, homozygous p.G185C mutation is strongly associated with extreme HTG.[27, 28]

The p.G185C variant of the APOA5 gene was first described in 2003.[26] Although several studies have reported p.G185C polymorphism of APOA5 gene in various populations, it has most commonly been found in Chinese people. T allele carriers have higher TG levels and different ethnic groups have different frequency of T allele. The frequency of T allele was reported to be absent in Caucasians,[29] while it is very low (0.004–0.006)[30, 31] in Turkish people. On the contrary, it was higher in Chinese (0.033–0.076)[26, 28, 3235] and highest in Japanese (0.062–0.105).[36, 37] All subjects identified in these studies were homozygoous for p.G185C mutation and had pronounced hypertriglyceridemia. However, there was no reference to development of AP.

The precise mechanism of the effect of APOA5 on TG metabolism is still unclear. According to Fruchart-Najib, APOA5 may lower plasma TG levels by increasing LPL activity.[38] Merkel reported that APOA5 accelerates plasma hydrolysis of TG-rich lipoproteins by facilitating interaction with proteoglycan-bound LPL, and APOA5 acted as an allosteric LPL activator in the natural lipolytic system.[39] To further assess the disease-causing potential of p.G185C mutation, evolutionary conservation of the G185 amino acid residue was compared across different species. And the result demonstrated the G185 was relatively conserved, suggesting that this residue may play a critical role in the function of LPL. Furthermore, all the p.G185C carriers in our study had partial LPL activity in non-pregnant state. The p.G185C mutation probably affects the proteoglycan-bond of LPL, thereby reducing the LPL activity.

Patients with severe HTG usually show Fredrickson type 1 hyperlipidemia, fasting serum lactescent with clinical features of recurrent attacks of pancreatitis, hepatosplenomegaly, lipemia retinalis and eruptive xanthomas. HTG is usually categorized as primary and secondary. Excessive alcohol consumption, diabetes mellitus, nephritic syndrome and use of certain drugs are common causes of secondary HTG.[40] Primary severe HTG is usually attributed to genetic defects, which may be further aggravated by physiological factors such as pregnancy.

Mutations in the LPL gene are common factors in the pathogenesis of HTP during pregnancy.[911] In this study, one patient was a compound heterozygote for mis-sense mutation p.A98T and p.L279V in LPL gene, and another was compound heterozygote for p.A98T in LPL gene, and had a known mis-sense mutation, p.C14F, in GPIHBP1 gene. Both of these patients had low LPL activity but almost normal mass. Both variants of p.A98T and p.C14F had been described in individuals with familial LPL deficiency and HTG.[41, 42]

The general therapy for gestational HTP is to alleviate TG levels during the acute episodes with a very low-fat diet (< 10% of total caloric intake), hospitalization for intravenous fluid therapy and parenteral nutrition. Specific therapies like continuous intravenous heparin and TPE also have been described in various case reports[43, 44] Heparin can dramatically decrease plasma TG levels, followed by gradual rebound due to increased hepatic degradation.[45] The effects of TPE are also significant but transient in the absence of concomitant fat intake restriction. Both heparin and TPE can only serve as a short-term treatment option and their utility and safety have not been thoroughly assessed.

Home diet restriction and hospital admission for intensive dietary control was not found to be sufficient for preventing progression to AP, and early cesarean section may still be required, as was done in patient #2 and #3. Though there is no clear evidence to suggest that delivery could be essential for rapid improvement of TG levels, our patients showed a dramatic decrease of TG levels and positive outcomes after delivery.[7, 8]

Our findings indicate that genetic variants play an important role in severe hypertriglyceridemia during pregnancy, and, p.G185C mutation in APOA5 gene might be a common variant in individuals of Chinese descent. However, further studies with larger sample size are required to validate these findings. Early diagnosis and intervention are key factors for successful outcome. Dietary restriction of fat and close monitoring of lipid levels during pregnancy is of utmost importance, while, cesarean section may be an appropriate treatment choice to prevent the development of AP and its associated complications.


We would like to thank all patients and controls who gave blood samples for this study.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RJ MTZ ZMH. Performed the experiments: SLX TZC. Analyzed the data: XLH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SLX. Wrote the paper: CC SLX.


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