Evaluating the association of common LMNA variants with type 2 diabetes and quantitative metabolic phenotypes in French Europids

Diabetologia. 2008 Jan;51(1):76-81. doi: 10.1007/s00125-007-0857-z. Epub 2007 Nov 10.


Aims/hypothesis: In the present study, we sought to examine the evidence that LMNA variants are associated with type 2 diabetes and quantitative metabolic traits in French Europid individuals.

Methods: We genotyped 24 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) spanning the LMNA gene in 3,093 case-control participants. The association between LMNA SNPs and quantitative metabolic traits was also examined in the 1,674 normoglycaemic adults who made up the control cohort.

Results: SNP rs505058, a synonymous SNP (D446D) in exon 7, showed nominal evidence of association with type 2 diabetes [p = 0.003, odds ratio (OR) 1.30 (95% CI 1.09-1.56)] in French Europids. A meta-analysis of available rs505058 genotype data from 7,819 participants provided support for a modest association of rs505058 with type 2 diabetes [p = 0.003, OR 1.19 (95% CI 1.06-1.35)]. We found no evidence (p = 0.91) that the tag SNP rs4641 is associated with type 2 diabetes. However, a meta-analysis of all available rs4641 genotype data in a total of 15,591 participants produced borderline evidence of association [p = 0.054, OR 1.05 (95% CI 1.00-1.11)]. SNP rs6669212, in the 3' untranslated region of LMNA, exhibited suggestive associations with WHR (p = 0.013), fasting serum levels of total cholesterol (p = 0.023) and triacylglycerol (p = 0.015). We emphasise that these quantitative trait associations are not corrected for multiple testing.

Conclusions/interpretation: The available data do not support a major effect of common LMNA variation on type 2 diabetes susceptibility in northern Europeans. Further large-scale studies are required to conclusively establish the extent to which LMNA variants have an impact on quantitative metabolic traits.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Cohort Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / genetics*
  • Female
  • France
  • Humans
  • Lamin Type A / genetics*
  • Lamin Type A / physiology*
  • Male
  • Metabolism / genetics*
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • LMNA protein, human
  • Lamin Type A
  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol