A -30G>A polymorphism of the beta-cell-specific glucokinase promoter associates with hyperglycemia in the general population of whites

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A graded relationship has been reported between fasting and postprandial plasma glucose levels and the subsequent risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. We hypothesized that the GCK -30G>A promoter polymorphism is associated with elevated glycemia in the middle-aged general population of whites, as well as with features of the World Health Organization (WHO)-defined metabolic syndrome. The GCK -30G>A polymorphism was genotyped in the population-based Inter99 study cohort (5,965 subjects) and in 332 nondiabetic subjects and 1,063 patients with type 2 diabetes. In the Inter99 cohort, the GCK -30A allele was associated with increased fasting (P <0.001) and post-oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) plasma glucose levels (P <0.001), and in the same cohort, the GCK -30A allele was more frequent among 1,325 subjects with the metabolic syndrome than among 1,679 subjects without any components of the metabolic syndrome (P = 0.002). Moreover, the GCK -30A allele frequency was higher among 2,587 subjects with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) than among 4,773 glucose-tolerant subjects (17.3% [95% CI 16.2-18.3] vs. 15.0% [14.3-15.7], P <0.001, odds ratio GG vs. GA 1.21 [1.08-1.36], GG vs. AA 1.62 [1.17-2.24]). In conclusion, the GCK -30G>A polymorphism associates with elevated fasting and post-OGTT glycemia in the middle-aged general population of whites, as well as with IGR and other features of the WHO-defined metabolic syndrome.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)3026-31
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Research areas

  • Adult, Alleles, Anthropometry, Blood Glucose, Case-Control Studies, European Continental Ancestry Group, Fasting, Food, Gene Frequency, Genotype, Glucokinase, Glucose Tolerance Test, Humans, Hyperglycemia, Islets of Langerhans, Metabolic Syndrome X, Middle Aged, Polymorphism, Genetic, Promoter Regions, Genetic, World Health Organization

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