The contribution of a 3' glucokinase gene polymorphism to the aetiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus was studied in 17 diabetic pedigrees from North-Western Italy; linkage methodology was used. A CA repeat sequence was employed as a marker and amplified by PCR. Three alleles were found: Z (195 bp), Z + 4 (199 bp) and Z + 10 (205 bp). Since in diabetic families linkage analysis gave values of LOD score between -0.000438 and 0.026, the association between GK polymorphism and type 2 diabetes could not be either excluded or accepted. Based on these data, we conclude that glucokinase polymorphism is not a major determinant of type 2 diabetes mellitus, at least in our population, but, consistent with LOD score obtained, in some pedigrees it could assume a minor role in the aetiology of this disease.
- Glucokinase linkage
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism