Association of the M3151 variant in the transient receptor potential vanilloid receptor-1 (TRPV1) gene with type 1 diabetes in an Ashkenazi Jewish population

Menachem Sadeh, Benjamin Glazer, Zohar Landau, Julio Wainstein, Tall Bezaleli, Ron Dabby, Aaron Hanukoglu, Mona Boaz, Esther Leshinsky-Silver

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BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes in humans is an autoimmune disease in which Tcells target pancreatic islets of Langerhans, leading to the progressive destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells. Both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of autoimmune diabetes. The non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse model of human type 1 diabetes demonstrates two missense mutations in the transient receptor potentialvanilloid receptor-1 (TRPVi) gene.

OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether polymorphism in the TRPV1 gene may play a role in the predisposition to human type 1 diabetes.

METHODS: We genotyped 146 Ashkenazi Jewish type 1 diabetic patients and 205 Ashkenazi Jewish healthy controls for the rs222747 (M3151), rs224534 (T4691) and rs8065080 (1585V) variants of the TRPV1 gene.

RESULTS: There was a significant increase in the rs222747 (M3151) variant of the TRPV1 gene in the type 1 diabetes cohort compared to the control: rs222747 (M3151) homozygous: (61% vs. 48.3%, P = 0.02). Logistic regression analysis revealed that type 1 diabetes was significantly associated with rs222747 (M3151), such that having diabetes increased the odds of rs222747 homozygosity (M3151) by 67.2%, odds ratio 1.6, 95% confidence interval 1.08-2.57, P < 0.02. No difference was found in the rs224534 (T4691) and rs8065080 (1585V) allelic variants. There was no difference in any of the TRPV1 variants by gender, age when type 1 diabetes was diagnosed, body mass index, glycemic control, blood pressure, positive autoantibodies (ICA, GAD, IAA), and other autoimmune diseases.

CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrates that TRPV1 may be a susceptible gene for type 1 diabetes in an Ashkenazi Jewish population. These results should be replicated in the same ethnic group and in other ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-480
Number of pages4
JournalThe Israel Medical Association journal : IMAJ
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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