Interaction of DIO2 T92A and PPARγ2 P12A polymorphisms in the modulation of metabolic syndrome

Mirella Fiorito, Isabella Torrente, Salvatore De Cosmo, Valentina Guida, Alessia Colosimo, Sabrina Prudente, Elisabetta Flex, Rossella Menghini, Roberto Miccoli, Giuseppe Penno, Fabio Pellegrini, Vittorio Tassi, Massimo Federici, Vincenzo Trischitta, Bruno Dallapiccola

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Type 2 iodothyronine deiodinase (DIO2) converts thyroid prohormone tetraiodothyronine into the biologically active triiodothyronine hormone, which increases insulin sensitivity at the skeletal muscle level. The DIO2 T92A polymorphism modulates deiodinase activity and has been inconsistently associated with insulin resistance. Also, the P121A polymorphism of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) γ2 gene, which encodes a transcription factor involved in insulin signaling, has been inconsistently associated with insulin resistance. This study was aimed at evaluating the combined effect of DIO2 T92A and PPARγ2 P12A polymorphisms on insulin resistance-related features in 590 non-diabetic whites. A significant gene-gene interaction was observed in the modulation of systolic (p = 0.01) and diastolic (p = 0.02) blood pressure and metabolic syndrome (p = 0.02), with carriers of both DIO2 A92 and PPARγ2 A12 variants showing the worst phenotype. This latter interaction was also shown by multifactor dimensionality reduction analysis (p = 0.0045). A peroxisome proliferator response element in the DIO2 promoter was identified by in silico analysis and confirmed by in vitro gel shift mobility assay, thus providing a biological plausibility for the observed gene-gene interaction. If confirmed in other populations, comprising several thousand individuals, these data may help identify individuals at risk for insulin resistance-related abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2889-2895
Number of pages7
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


  • Abdominal obesity
  • Blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Insulin resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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