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Single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the lysyl oxidase-like protein 4 and complement component 3 genes are associated with increased risk for endometriosis and endometriosis-associated infertility.

Department of Microbiology, Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00716-2348, USA.
Fertility and sterility (Impact Factor: 4.3). 08/2011; 96(2):512-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.06.001
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ABSTRACT This study was conducted to assess genetic associations with endometriosis in a Puerto Rican population. Statistically significant differences in the allelic frequencies and genotype distribution of genetic variants in lysyl oxidase-like protein 4 (LOXL4) and complement component 3 (C3) were documented in patients with endometriosis-associated infertility versus controls, and in patients with endometriosis versus controls, respectively. In women who have the risk genotype at both single-nucleotide polymorphisms, the estimated risk for endometriosis nearly doubled.

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