The guanine nucleotide binding protein β polypeptide 3 gene C825T polymorphism is associated with elite endurance athletes

Full text for this resource is not available from the Research Repository.

Eynon, Nir ORCID: 0000-0003-4046-8276, Oliveira, Jose, Meckel, Yoav, Sagiv, Moran, Yamin, Chen, Sagiv, Michael, Amir, Ruthie E and Duarte, Jose (2009) The guanine nucleotide binding protein β polypeptide 3 gene C825T polymorphism is associated with elite endurance athletes. Experimental Physiology, 94 (3). pp. 344-349. ISSN 0958-0670 (print) 1469-445X (online)


A functional C825T polymorphism in the human guanine nucleotide binding protein β polypeptide 3 (GNB3) gene has been associated with enhanced G protein activation. Since reports regarding the interaction between physical activity and the GNB3 C825T polymorphism are limited and inconsistent, the aim of this study was to determine the frequency of C825T alleles among 155 elite Israeli athletes (endurance athletes and sprinters) and 234 healthy control subjects. Genotyping for GNB3 C825T was performed using polymerase chain reaction on DNA fromleucocytes. Results showed that there was a significant difference in GNB3 C825T polymorphism genotype frequencies between endurance athletes and sprinters (P =0.045) as well as between endurance athletes and control subjects (P =0.046). We also observed a significantly higher proportion of the GNB3 TT genotype in the group of endurance athletes (19%) compared with the sprinters (5%, P =0.014) and the control subjects (8.5%, P =0.026). In the group of athletes, the odds ratio of GNB3 TT genotype being an endurance athlete was 4.49 (95% confidence interval 1.4–14.3) and of GNB3 CC genotype was 0.91 (95% confidence interval 0.47–1.77). These results were even more pronounced when we compared between the subgroups of 20 top-level endurance athletes and 24 top-level sprinters. We conclude that in Israeli athletes the GNB3 TT genotype is higher in elite endurance athletes than it is in sprinters, andwithin the endurance group it is higher in top-level athletes, suggesting a positive association between the TT genotype and the likelihood of being an elite endurance athlete.

Dimensions Badge

Altmetric Badge

Item type Article
DOI 10.1113/expphysiol.2008.045138
Official URL
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0604 Genetics
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords ResPubID25133, elite endurance athletes, polymorphism distribution, messenger enzymes, adipocytes, catecholamine, free fatty acids, aerobic metabolism, allele frequencies, genotype frequencies, genetics
Citations in Scopus 22 - View on Scopus
Download/View statistics View download statistics for this item

Search Google Scholar

Repository staff login