Epidemiology of IGF and Cardiovascular Events

Project: Research project

Project Details


[unreadable] DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is the main mediator of effects of growth hormone (GH) and an important regulator of cell cycle/differentiation and inhibitor of apoptosis. Consistent with laboratory studies showing potentially beneficial effects of IGF-I on the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems, GH-deficient individuals have high cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and evidence of premature atherosclerotic disease that is reversible with GH replacement. In addition, several epidemiological and clinical studies have shown an association between low serum IGF-I levels and myocardial infarction (MI) and congestive heart failure (CHF) among persons without frank abnormalities of the GH/IGF-I axis. The planned study will be the first prospective investigation to assess whether serum levels of IGF-I and two of its important binding proteins, IGFBP-3, and IGFBP-1, are associated with incidence of confirmed incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in older male and female adults. Specimens and data for this study will be obtained from the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), a large, multi-center NIH-funded prospective cohort study of n=5,888 community-dwelling men and women 65 years or older. We will use an efficient case-cohort study design to select specimens for testing, involving evaluation of 750 incident MI/fatal CHD cases, 500 incident stroke cases, 750 incident CHF cases, and a comparison sub-cohort of 750 individuals selected at random from the study population. We will examine the association between baseline serum IGF-I, IGFBP-1, and IGFBP-3 level and the future occurrence of first incident MI/fatal CHD, ischemic stroke, and CHF. Multivariate regression models will be used to control for potential confounding factors including age, sex, race/ethnicity, anthropometry and body composition, fasting and 2-hour post-load glucose and insulin levels, dietary intake, physical activity, hormone replacement therapy and other medications, and other CVD risk markers such as lipids, inflammatory factors, and coagulation/fibrinolysis markers. [unreadable] [unreadable]
Effective start/end date7/1/044/30/08


  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: $621,029.00
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: $593,914.00


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