The frequent UCP2 -866G>A polymorphism protects against insulin resistance and is associated with obesity: a study of obesity and related metabolic traits among 17¿636 Danes

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G Andersen, L T Dalgaard, J M Justesen, S Anthonsen, T Nielsen, L W Thørner, D Witte, T Jørgensen, J O Clausen, Torsten Lauritzen, J Holmkvist, T Hansen, O Pedersen

CONTEXT:Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) is involved in regulating ATP synthesis, generation of reactive oxygen species and glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in ß-cells. Polymorphisms in UCP2 may be associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus.OBJECTIVE:To determine the influence of a functional UCP2 promoter polymorphism (-866G>A, rs659366) on obesity, type 2 diabetes and intermediary metabolic traits. Furthermore, to include these and previously published data in a meta-analysis of this variant with respect to its impact on obesity and type 2 diabetes.DESIGN:We genotyped UCP2 rs659366 in a total of 17¿636 Danish individuals and established case-control studies of obese and non-obese subjects and of type 2 diabetic and glucose-tolerant subjects. Meta-analyses were made in own data set and in publicly available data sets. Quantitative traits relevant for obesity and type 2 diabetes were analysed within separate study populations.RESULTS:We found no consistent associations between the UCP2 -866G-allele and obesity or type 2 diabetes. Yet, a meta-analysis of data from 12¿984 subjects showed an association with obesity (GA vs GG odds ratio (OR) (95% confidence interval (CI)): 0.894(0.826-0.968) P=0.00562, and AA vs GG OR(95% CI): 0.892(0.800-0.996), P=0.0415. Moreover, a meta-analysis for type 2 diabetes of 15¿107 individuals showed no association. The -866G-allele was associated with elevated fasting serum insulin levels (P=0.002) and HOMA insulin resistance index (P=0.0007). Insulin sensitivity measured during intravenous glucose tolerance test in young Caucasian subjects (n=377) was decreased in carriers of the GG genotype (P=0.05).CONCLUSIONS:The UCP2 -866G-allele is associated with decreased insulin sensitivity in Danish subjects and is associated with obesity in a combined meta-analysis.International Journal of Obesity advance online publication, 21 February 2012; doi:10.1038/ijo.2012.22.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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