Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism

ISSN - 2155-6156

Research Article - (2015) Volume 6, Issue 5

Comprehensive SNP Analysis of Genes in Cholestrol Metabolism (PGC 1 Alpha), Insulin Signaling (IRS1), Potassium Channel (KCNJ11) and Glucose Homeostasis (PI3K) in Three Diversified Groups

Surbhi Sethi1, Rakesh K Panjaliya1, Parvinder Kumar1,2*, Subash Gupta1 and AJS Bhanwer3
1Human Genetics Research cum Counselling Centre, India
2Department of Zoology, University of Jammu, India
3Department of Human Genetics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India
*Corresponding Author: Parvinder Kumar, Department of Zoology, University of Jammu, Jammu, India, Tel: 9419195384 Email:


Objective: Type 2 Diabetes is an increasingly common serious, metabolic disorder with a substantial inherited component. We examined 4 SNPs in 4 candidate genes for association with diabetes status and related phenotype in 800 individuals in a case control study.

Research design and methodology: We examined SNPs of 4 candidate genes predicted to have their major role in T2DM. A total of 800 subjects were enrolled (400 patients and 400 controls) from North Indian Population of Jammu and Kashmir from three ethnic groups (Brahmins 200, Khatris 100, Guptas 100). Genotypic analysis was followed by DNA extraction and PCR RFLP technique.

Results: The results confirmed the genetic complexity of Type 2 Diabetes and provide evidence that PGC 1 Alpha (Gly482Ser) and PI3K (Met 326 Ile) polymorphisms have altered the cholesterol pathway and glucose homeostasis and signified the risk of T2DM.

Keywords: Type 2 Diabetes; Hyperglycaemia; DNA


Changes in human behaviour and lifestyle over the last century have resulted in a dramatic increase in the incidence of diabetes worldwide. The number of adults with diabetes in the world will rise from 135 million in 1995 to 300 million in the year 2025 [1]. It is widely accepted that Type II (non-insulin dependent) diabetes mellitus is a polygenic disorder characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia, with both genes and environmental factors contributing to the disease development. Recent genome scans have successfully led to the localization of major loci linked to Type II diabetes [2]. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a multi-factorial disease caused by complex interplay between genetic predisposition and environmental factors [3]. Risk factors for development of T2DM comprise of genetic (family history of the disease) as well as non-genetic factors such as low birth weight, obesity, excess food intake, physical inactivity, and aging [4] contributes to the recent diabetes epidemic; however, genetic factors are also key determinants of the individual susceptibility to T2DM. The candidate gene approach refers to case-control association studies focusing on specific candidate gene or a selected genetic region, chosen based on known biological function. More than hundreds of candidate genes have been investigated by this approach [5]. Insulin receptor substrate 1 plays a key role in transmitting signals from the insulin and insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) receptors to intracellular pathways PI3K/ AKT and ERK MAP Kinase pathways. IRS 1 plays important biological function for both metabolic and mitogenic (growth promoting) pathways. The G972R variant in IRS 1 gene is caused by switching of Glycerine (G) to Arginine (R) substitution at codon 972 [6]. PGC 1 Alpha is a transcriptional co activator. The gene is confirmed to play a role in energy homeostasis, especially in adaptive thermogenesis. Substantial differences in responses to caloric overload among individuals have been reported [7], and this reduced adaptive thermo genesis can lead to obesity under circumstances such as immobility and high fat diet [8]. Thus alteration in the function or expression of PGC 1 Alpha could lead to change in adiposity. Thus making PGC1 an attractive candidate for a susceptibility gene for obesity or T2DM or both.Gly482Ser variant of PGC 1 Alpha gene is caused by switching of Glycerine 482 Serine at codon position 482 [9].

Phosphatidylinistol 3-Kinase are a family of enzymes involved in cellular functions such as cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, motility, survival and intracellular trafficking, which in turn are involved in cancer. They are also a key component of the insulin signalling pathway, and play a role in Diabetes Mellitus. Met326Ile variant of PI3-K is caused by substitution of Methonine to Iso Leucine at codon position 326 [10]. The KATP channel plays a central role in glucose stimulated insulin secretion from the pancreatic β cell. KATP channel maintains the beta (β cell) membrane. Increased glucose metabolism leads to elevated ATP/ADP, closure of KATP channel at plasma membrane and membrane depolarization. Under physiological conditions closure of KATP channel is central step in glucose stimulated insulin release. The E23K variant in KCNJ11 is caused by a switch of guanine to adenine resulting in a glutamic acid (E) to lysine (k) substitution at codon 23 [2,11]. In this investigation, we have examined the role of four most significant loci previously reported to be associated with T2DM in Jammu population in a diabetic case-control cohort of Brahmins, Khatris, Guptas obtained from North India. Our study is focused on the role of these four genes in the progression of the disease in our study cohorts. Peroxisome proliferator- activated receptor gamma 2 (PPARG2; Gly482Ser; rs 8192678), Insulin receptor substrate (IRS 1; rs rs1801278), Potassium inwardly rectifying channel subfamily J member 11 (KCNJ11; rs 5219) and Phosphoinositide 3 Kinase (PI3 K; rs 3730089).

Materials and Methods


Patients who had T2DM (as defined by age of onset being later than 30 years of age) and exclusively used oral hypoglycemic agents were enrolled for this study from different hospitals and private clinics. The individuals were diagnosed with T2DM as per 1998 world health organisation. A total of 800 individuals were taken from the general population of Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir). The study sample comprised of 400 patients of T2DM from three different ethnic groups (Brahmins, Khatris and Guptas). The study was conducted after having an informed written consent from all participants. A health questionnaire, including parameters such as dwelling, educational status, consumption of tobacco and alcohol, family history, age and dietary habits, was duly filled from each participant.

DNA extraction and genotyping

Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood lymphocytes using Phenol- Chloroform method [12]. To determine the genetic polymorphism, DNA segment of interest was amplified by using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) (Applied Biosciences) method with a pair of site specific oligonucleotide primers. The PCR amplification products were obtained using 25 μL reaction system containing; 50 ng μL-1 genomic DNA, ddH20 15.7 μL, 5X buffer, dNTP, 0.5 μL of each primer, Mg CL2 and Taq Polymerase. After an initial denaturation at 95ºC for 5 minutes, DNA was amplified by 35 cycles for denaturation at 94ºC for 1 minute, different annealing temperatures for 1 minute (Table 1), followed by final elongation at 72ºC for 10 minutes. PCR products were separated and sized by electrophoresis on 1.5% agarose gel stained with ethidium bromide, at 100 V for 1 hour as standard. After electrophoresis the products were visualized under UV transilluminator. Restriction digestion was then carried out on amplified products using site specific restriction enzymes. The RFLP products were obtained using sterile Milli Q water 18μl, reaction buffer 2 μl, PCR products 10 μl, specific restriction enzyme 1 μl, and were then incubated for overnight at 37ºC (Table 1). The results were then analyzed on 2.5% agarose gel stained with ethidium bromide at 100 V for 1 hour.

Gene Polymorphism Brahmins Guptas Khatris
0.87/0.13 0.52/0.48 0.53/0.47 0.85/0.15 0.51/ 0.49 0.74/0.27 
0.84/0.05/0.11 0.845/0.08/0.075 0.83/0.09/0.08 0.89/0.06/0.05 0.81/0.9/0.1 0.86/0.06/0.08
0.90/0.10 0.88/ 0.12 0.87/0.13 0.91/0.09 0.86/0.14 0.90/0.10
0.48/0.46/0.055 0.79/0.05/0.16 0.52/0.35/0.13 0.83/0.07/0.1 0.49/0.47/0.04 0.66/0.22/0.12
0.51/ 0.49 0.87/0.13 0.59/ 0.41 0.88/0.12 0.51/0.49 0.75/0.25
0.91/0.025/0.06 0.94/0.02/0.04 0.84/0.07/0.09 0.91/0.04/0.05 0.92/0.03/0.05 0.93/0.03/0.04
0.95/0.05 0.96/0.04 0.89/0.12 0.93/0.07 0.95/0.05 0.95/0.05

* Mark indicates SNP that showed positive association with T2DM.

Table 1: Depiction of Allele and Genotype Frequencies of 4 Candidate Genes in 3 Caste Groups.

Statistical analysis

Continuous and categorical variables were compared using Student’s T-test and Chi-square test respectively. Genotype distributions were tested at each polymorphic locus (among controls) for departure from Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (all p>0.05). Differences between the two groups were analyzed using t test. Data are presented as mean ± SD. Statistical analysis between patients and controls were performed using SPSS software version 21. Multiple logistic regression models were used to calculate odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidentiality intervals. Models were adjusted for gender and body mass index (BMI). Population Attributable Risk (PAR) was also calculated.


We genotyped four SNPs,(PGC1 Alpha Gly482Ser, IRS 1 G972R, PI3K Met326Ile, KCNJ11 E23K) in a case-control cohort of Brahmins (200), Khatris (100) and Guptas (100) from Jammu population consisting 800 subjects including, 400 T2DM cases and 400 NGT controls matched for ethnicity and geographic origin. The information on chromosomal position and genomic locations of the investigated SNP, base change genotype, allele frequencies, and ORs is summarized in Table 2. Genotype distribution for all investigated SNPs was in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in both cases and controls. The genes containing SNPs that showed strong association with T2DM in our sample were PGC1 Alpha and PI3K. The frequencies of risk allele were significantly higher among diabetics than controls (Table 2). In Brahmins the Recessive model for odds provided a significant association of PGC1 Alpha with T2DM. (AA) genotype was observed to be associated with increased risk [OR 1.716 95%CI (1.32-2.210); P=0.002] AA vs. GA] for T2DM. [OR for khatris in PGC1 Alpha]: [OR 1.812 95%CI (1.27-2.57); P=.001], OR for Guptas [OR 1.673 95%CI (1.175-2.3824) P=0.04].

Annealing Temp: 58°C
508bp Msp1 508/376,132/508,376,132
(rs 1801278)
Annealing Temp: 50°C
260 bp BstN1 156,81,23/ 156,105,81,51,23/ 105,81,51,23
(rs 3730089)
Annealing Temp: 54°C
65bp Nde1 43,22/43,22,65/65
(rs 5219)
Annealing Temp: 58°C
218 bp BanII 178,40/178,40,218/218

Table 2: Depiction of Gene Polymorphism, Primer Sequence, Pcr Product, Annaeling Temp and Fragment Size.

Genotype of PI3K: Dominant model for odds suggests strong association of PI3 K (Met326Ile) gene with T2DM; [OR 1.776 95% CI (1.401-2.25); P=0.001] in Brahmin population. In Khatris recessive model provided a strongest association with T2DM [OR 1.850 95% CI (1.259-2.71) p=0.002]. The recessive model for odds provided a strongest association of T2DM in Guptas [OR 1.627 95% CI (1.14- 2.30) p=0.005]. However, in case of KCNJ11 E23K and IRS1 G972R polymorphism all the study subjects are in equilibrium with Hardy Weinberg law. The genotypic and allele frequencies showed comparable results in both the participating groups.

Genotypes of IRS 1 and KCNJ11 does not showed any significant association with T2DM as there lies no significant difference between allele and genotype frequencies in patients and controls in all the three ethnic groups.


The present study evaluates the association of four SNP polymorphisms in 4 previously identified potent candidate genes (PGC 1 Alpha, IRS 1, PI3K, and KCNJ11). Out of the four SNPs studied only two SNPs showed the association with type 2 diabetic patients.

Association of PGC 1 ALPHA (Gly482Ser) Polymorphism with T2DM

The PPARG gene encodes the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ, which plays a fundamental role in adipogenesis and insulin sensitivity by regulating transcriptional activity of various genes [13]. A frequent substitution of a glycine to serine amino acid at residue 482 in human PPARGC1A was described in 2001 [14] and it has been demonstrated to be associated with diabetes [14,15]. In the present study, a significant association of PGC 1 Alpha (Gly482Ser) polymorphism with T2DM was observed in three ethnic groups (Brahmins, Khatris and Guptas) of Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir state as the statistically significant difference was observed between patients and controls in all the three ethnic groups. In case of Brahmins genotype frequency was found to be [GG=47.5%, AA=42.5% and GA=10%] in diseased individuals and GG=81.5%, AA= 7.5% and GA= 11%] in case of healthy controls. The resulting population attributable risk (PAR) to the PGC1 Alpha (Gly482Ser) was 5.69%. Khatris genotype frequency was [GG=46%, AA=44% and GA=10% in diseased individuals and GG=68%, AA= 21% and GA= 11%] in healthy controls. The resulting population attributable risk (PAR) to the PGC1 Alpha (Gly482Ser) was 16.08%. Guptas genotype frequency was [GG=49%, AA=43% and GA=8% in diseased individuals and GG=82%, AA= 12% and GA= 6%] in healthy controls. The resulting population attributable risk (PAR) to the PGC1 Alpha (Gly482Ser) was 7.91%. So, on the basis of statistical analysis of crude datum, it was concluded that the Gly482 Ser polymorphism of PGC 1 Alpha gene is adding to the risk of diabetes in all the three diversified ethnic groups. However, no interethnic variability was recorded in the study. Findings of the present study are found to be consistent with the findings of several other workers. EK et al. [14], in their study reported that found that, Gly482Ser polymorphism to be strongly associated with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Barosso et al. [15] from meta-analysis of their data and published data suggested a modest role of Gly482Ser variant of PPARGC 1 Alpha with T2DM. Sun et al. in their study on chinesse population showed that Gly482Ser variant of PGC1 Alpha, was associated with 1.64 times increased risk of developing T2DM in chinesse population [16]. Nikkar et al., in their study also reported the association of G482Ser polymorphism with hypertension [17].

Association of PI3K (Met326Ile) polymorphism with T2DM

Phosphatidylinistol 3 Kinase (PI3K) is a signalling molecule activated by insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS) has a role in both insulin stimulated glucose uptake and in basal glucose transporter recycling [18]. There is a missense polymorphism in codon 326 of the gene for p85_, the regulatory subunit of PI3-K. Methionine is replaced by isoleucine [19]. The present study reported the association of the aforesaid SNP with the diseased phenotype, as their allele and genotype frequency showed significant difference in both the study groups and the phenotypes between patients and controls showed significant p value.

In case of Brahmins genotype frequency was found to be [GG=47.5%, AA=42.5% and GA=10%] in diseased individuals and GG=79%, AA=5% and GA=16%] in case of healthy controls. The resulting population attributable risk (PAR) to the PI3K (Met326Ile) was 4.42%. Khatris genotype frequency was [GG=49%, AA=47% and GA=4% in diseased individuals and GG=66%, AA= 22% and GA= 12%] in healthy controls. The resulting population attributable risk (PAR) to the PI3K (Met326Ile) was 17.53%. Guptas genotype frequency was [GG=52%, AA=35% and GA=13% in diseased individuals and GG=32%, AA=7% and GA=10%]. The resulting population attributable risk (PAR) to the PI3K (Met326Ile) was 4.60%. In healthy controls, Statistical calculation showed that altered this polymorphism is responsible for diabetes in diseased individuals. Our study results are comparable with the work done by other eminent workers in different states. Chen et al. in their study on the Chinese population recorded a similar observation casecontrol study, where the analysis demonstrated that homozygous variant genotype was associated with around two fold increase relative risk of T2DM [20]. Kozarova et al. in their study did not found any significant relationship between polymorphism of five candidate genes for T2DM (IRS 1, PGC 1, KCNJ11, PPARG, TCF7L2) [21].

Association of KCNJ11 (E23k) polymorphism with T2DM

The pancreatic beta-cell adenosine triphosphate (ATP) - sensitive potassium channel (KATP channel), regulates insulin secretion through the coupling of glucose metabolism to membrane electrical activity [22]. The β-cell KATP comprises two different types of subunits, an ATP-sensitive, inwardly rectifying K+ channel (Kir 6.2) subunit [23] and a sulphonylurea receptor (SUR1) subunit [24]. Rare mutations in the genes encoding these two proteins (KCNJ11 and ABCC8, respectively) can result in hyper- as well as hypo-glycaemia [25] and common variants have been associated with Type 2 diabetes [26]. The E23K variant of KCNJ11 results from a G → A transition in codon 23. Analysis of the E23K variant in several Caucasian populations showed that KK homozygosity had a stronger association with T2D relative to EK heterozygosity or EE wild-type homozygosity [2]. In the present study, KCNJ11 E23K polymorphism did not showed any association with the disease T2DM. Yi et al. reported in their study that E23K variant of KCNJ11 has no significant effect on training-induced CV and glucose and insulin metabolism adaptations. Doi et al. in their study reported that Kir6.2 E23K polymorphism is an independent genetic risk factor for diabetes [27]. Kozarova et al. in their study did not found any significant relationship between polymorphism of five candidate genes for T2DM (IRS 1, PGC 1, KCNJ11, PPARG, TCF7L2) [21]. Ko et al. reported in their study that E23K polymorphism was not statistically significantly associated with Type 1 Diabetes in the Korean population [28]. Cejkova et al. in their study fails to confirm the association of Kir6.2 E23K polymorphism with T1DM, T2DM and LADA [29].

Association of IRS1 (Gly972arg) polymorphism with T2DM

The insulin receptor substrate (IRS)-1 is an important component of the insulin signal transduction cascade [26]. IRS1 is significantly expressed in adipocytes and plays a dominant role in response to insulin signalling [30]. Insulin receptor substrate 1 plays a key role in transmitting signals from the insulin and insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) receptors to intracellular pathways PI3K/ AKT and ERK MAP Kinase pathways. The G972R variant in IRS 1 gene is caused by switching of Glycerine (G) to Arginine (R) substitution at codon 972 [31]. Therefore, 972G/R polymorphism probably, exhibits functional consequences on insulin metabolic signalling In the present study, IRS1 972G/R polymorphism, has not shown any significant difference was observed in the allele and genotype frequency between patients and healthy controls. Lepretre et al. in their study found that candidate genes for T2DM (IRS 1, SUR, INSR, UCP, FABPR, PP1R3, Hβ3AR) does not showed any association with T2DM in Pondicherian population [32]. Abate and Chandalia, [33], found that IRS 1 variant is not associated with any change in insulin sensitivity in the Asian Indian populations from South India. Similarly, no association was observed in two Dutch cohorts of Netherland, Mexican population [34] and Parakana Brazilian (Paleo Indian derived populations) [35]. Florez et al. in their study reported no association between IRS1G972R polymorphism with T2DM [26]. Kozarava et al. carried out a study on 538 Slovakian diabetic patients to assess the relationship of five candidate gene (PPARG, PGC 1 Alpha, IRS 1, KCNJ11, TCF7L2) for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and age at diagnosis of T2DM, and was found that no significant association was observed between these five candidate genes and age at diagnosis [21]. Dziwura et al. [31] in their study reported the association of G97R polymorphism of IRS1 with insulin sensitivity, salt sensitivity and hypertension.


It is important to highlight the limitations of this study, which includes small sample size and lack of study at biochemical level, as our study is purely based on the SNP analysis of the aforesaid candidate genes. To our knowledge this is the first report unfolding the association of these candidate genes in different ethnic groups (Brahmins, Khatris and Guptas) of Jammu region. However, further investigations and functional studies will be required to cross validate our results.


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Citation: Sethi S, Panjaliya RK, Kumar P, Gupta S, Bhanwer AJS (2015) Comprehensive SNP Analysis of Genes in Cholestrol Metabolism (PGC 1 Alpha),Insulin Signaling (IRS1), Potassium Channel (KCNJ11) and Glucose Homeostasis(PI3K) in Three Diversified Groups. J Diabetes Metab 6:531.

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