Association of FTO gene variant (rs8050136) with type 2 diabetes and markers of obesity, glycaemic control and inflammation

Tamer Bego, Adlija Čaušević, Tanja Dujić, Maja Malenica, Zelija Velija-Asimi, Besim Prnjavorac, Janja Marc, Jana Nekvindová, Vladimír Palička, Sabina Semiz

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Background FTO, a gene recently discovered in genomewide associated studies for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), play an important role in the management of energy homeostasis, nucleic acid demethylation and regulation of body fat mass by lipolysis. The aim of this study was to analyze the association of FTO rs8050136 A>C genetic variant with clinical and biochemical parameters of T2D in the population of West Balkan region (Bosnians and Herzegovinians and Kosovars). Methods The study included 638 patients with T2D and prediabetes and 360 healthy controls of both genders, aged from 40 to 65 years. Patients were recruited at the Clinical Centre University of Sarajevo, University Hospital of Clinical Centre in Banja Luka, General Hospital in Tešanj and Health Centre in Prizren. Genotyping of analyzed FTO polymorphism rs8050136 A>C was performed by qPCR allelic discrimination. Results Genotype frequencies of the analyzed polymorphism were comparable between patients with T2D, prediabetic patients, and healthy population. Logistic regression analyses didn't show significant association of FTO rs8050136 A allele with increased risk of T2D. However, risk A allele was significantly associated with higher levels of HbA1c, insulin, HOMA-IR index, diastolic blood pressure, and inflammatory markers (fibrinogen and leukocytes) as well as showed tendency of association with increased values of obesity markers (BMI, waist and hip circumference). Conclusions Results of our study showed a significant association of FTO genetic variant rs8050136 A>C with the major markers of insulin resistance, obesity and inflammation, opening new avenues for solving many unclear questions in the pathogenesis of T2D.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)153-163
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Medical Biochemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019


  • FTO gene
  • gene variant
  • inflammation
  • obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes


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