The promoter region of the adiponectin gene is a determinant in modulating insulin sensitivity in childhood obesity

Obesity (Silver Spring). 2006 Sep;14(9):1498-504. doi: 10.1038/oby.2006.172.


We investigated the association of the -11,391G>A, -11,377G>C, +45T>G, and +276G>T adiponectin single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and expected haplotypes with the insulin resistance (IR) state in overweight/obese children; by using the haplotype background analysis, we also assessed the effect of each SNP independently. GG genotype at the -11,391 locus was associated with higher fasting insulin levels and homeostasis model assessment-IR index and lower adiponectin levels compared with GA + AA genotypes (p = 0.01, 0.002, and 0.03, respectively). Those heterozygous and homozygous for G allele at the -11,377 locus showed higher fasting glucose (p = 0.001 for both), fasting insulin (p = 0.001 for both), homeostasis model assessment-IR index (p < 0.001 for both), and triglyceride levels (p = 0.02 and 0.03, respectively) and lower adiponectin levels (p = 0.002 and 0.02, respectively) compared with C homozygotes. The +45G carriers showed higher fasting and 2-hour glucose levels (p = 0.01 for both) and lower adiponectin levels (p = 0.02) compared with non-carriers. Haplotype analysis suggested that, considering the same haplotypic background, each of the three polymorphisms exerted an independent effect on investigated parameters. The -11,391G>A, -11,377C>G, and +45T>G SNPs are associated with IR syndrome in overweight/obese children; they independently influence the investigated variables. The effect of +45T>G SNP seems to be marginal compared with the promoter SNPs. The GGT haplotype is associated with the highest degree of IR.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adiponectin / genetics*
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Child
  • Female
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Insulin / metabolism
  • Insulin Resistance / genetics*
  • Male
  • Obesity / genetics*
  • Obesity / metabolism
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide* / genetics


  • ADIPOQ protein, human
  • Adiponectin
  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin