Possible role of fructosamine 3-kinase genotyping for the management of diabetic patients

Clin Chem Lab Med. 2015 Aug;53(9):1315-20. doi: 10.1515/cclm-2015-0207.


Diabetes mellitus is a global pandemic and continues to increase in numbers and significance. Several pathogenic processes are involved in the development of such disease and these mechanisms could be influenced by genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors. Non-enzymatic glycation reactions of proteins have been strongly related to pathogenesis of chronic diabetic complications. The identification of fructosamine 3-kinase (FN3K), an enzyme involved in protein deglycation, a new form of protein repair, is of great interest. FN3K phosphorylates fructosamines on the third carbon of their sugar moiety, making them unstable and causing them to detach from proteins, suggesting a protective role of this enzyme. Moreover, the variability in FN3K activity has been associated with some polymorphisms in the FN3K gene. Here we argue about genetic studies and evidence of FN3K involvement in diabetes, together with results of our analysis of the FN3K gene on a Caucasian cohort of diabetic patients. Present knowledge suggests that FN3K could act in concert with other molecular mechanisms and may impact on gene expression and activity of other enzymes involved in deglycation process.

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus / enzymology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / genetics*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / metabolism
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Genotyping Techniques*
  • Glycosylation
  • Humans
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / genetics*
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / metabolism


  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor)
  • fructosamine-3-kinase