Genetic variant near IRS1 is associated with type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia

Johan Rung, Stephane Cauchi, Anders Albrechtsen, Lishuang Shen, Ghislain Rocheleau, Christine Cavalcanti-Proenca, Francois Bacot, Beverley Balkau, Alexandre Belisle, Knut Borch-Johnsen, Guillaume Charpentier, Christian Dina, Emmanuelle Durand, Paul Elliott, Samy Hadjadj, Marjo-Riitta Jaervelin, Jaana Laitinen, Torsten Lauritzen, Michel Marre, Alexander MazurDavid Meyre, Alexandre Montpetit, Charlotta Pisinger, Barry Posner, Pernille Poulsen, Anneli Pouta, Marc Prentki, Rasmus Ribel-Madsen, Aimo Ruokonen, Anelli Sandbaek, David Serre, Jean Tichet, Martine Vaxillaire, Jorgen F. P. Wojtaszewski, Allan Vaag, Torben Hansen, Constantin Polychronakos, Oluf Pedersen, Philippe Froguel, Robert Sladek

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Genome-wide association studies have identified common variants that only partially explain the genetic risk for type 2 diabetes (T2D). Using genome-wide association data from 1,376 French individuals, we identified 16,360 SNPs nominally associated with T2D and studied these SNPs in an independent sample of 4,977 French individuals. We then selected the 28 best hits for replication in 7,698 Danish subjects and identified 4 SNPs showing strong association with T2D, one of which (rs2943641, P = 9.3 x 10(-12), OR = 1.19) was located adjacent to the insulin receptor substrate 1 gene (IRS1). Unlike previously reported T2D risk loci, which predominantly associate with impaired beta cell function, the C allele of rs2943641 was associated with insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia in 14,358 French, Danish and Finnish participants from population-based cohorts; this allele was also associated with reduced basal levels of IRS1 protein and decreased insulin induction of IRS1-associated phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase activity in human skeletal muscle biopsies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1110-U89
JournalNature Genetics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • Endocrinology and Diabetes


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