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Variation in the calpain-10 gene affects blood glucose levels in the British population

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Doug Turnbull, Professor Mark Walker


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Variation in the calpain-10 gene (CAPN10) has been shown to be associated with type 2 diabetes in Mexican-Americans and in at least three Northern European populations. Studies in nondiabetic Pima Indians showed that one of the at-risk DNA polymorphisms, single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-43, in CAPN10 was associated with insulin resistance, and individuals with the GIG-genotype had significantly higher fasting plasma glucose and 2-h insulin concentrations after a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). We have examined the effect of variation in CAPN10 on plasma glucose and insulin levels in a group of 285 nondiabetic British subjects after a 75-g OGTT. The results showed that subjects with G/G genotype at SNP-43 had higher 2-h plasma glucose levels than the combined G/A + A/A group (P = 0.05). We also examined the SNP-43,-19, and -63 haplotype combination 112/121, which is associated with an approximately threefold increased risk of diabetes. Subjects with the 112/121 haplotype combination (n = 29) had increased fasting (P = 0.004) and 2-h plasma glucose levels (P = 0.003) compared with the rest of the study population after correction for age, sex, and BMI. The 112/121 haplotype combination was also associated with a marked decrease in the insulin secretory response, adjusted for the level of insulin resistance (P = 0.002). We conclude that genetic variation in the CAPN10 gene influences blood glucose levels in nondiabetic British subjects and that this is due, at least in part, to the effects of calpain-10 on the early insulin secretory response.

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Author(s): Walker M; Turnbull DM; Lynn S; Evans JC; White C; Frayling TM; Hattersley AT; Horikawa Y; Cox NJ; Bell GI

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Diabetes

Year: 2002

Volume: 51

Issue: 1

Pages: 247-250

ISSN (print): 0012-1797

ISSN (electronic): 1939-327X

Publisher: American Diabetes Association


DOI: 10.2337/diabetes.51.1.247


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