Gln-Arg192 polymorphism of paraoxonase and coronary heart disease in type 2 diabetes

Lancet. 1995 Sep 30;346(8979):869-72. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(95)92709-3.


Paraoxonase is a high-density-lipoprotein-associated enzyme capable of hydrolysing lipid peroxides. Thus it might protect lipoproteins from oxidation. It has two isoforms, which arise from a glutamine (A isoform) to arginine (B isoform) interchange at position 192. The relevance of this polymorphism to coronary heart disease (CHD) in non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients was investigated in case-control study. Of the 434 patients, 171 had confirmed coronary artery disease; the other 263 had no history of such disease. The B allele and AB+BB genotypes were associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Compared with subjects homozygous for the A allele (AA genotype), the odds ratio of CHD for subjects homozygous for the B allele was 2.5 (95% CI 1.2-5.3) and that for those heterozygous for the B allele was 1.6 (95% CI 1.1-2.4), suggesting a codominant effect on cardiovascular risk. When subjected to multivariate analysis, the B allele remained significantly associated with CHD (odds ratio 1.94, p = 0.03). The paraoxonase gene polymorphism is thus an independent cardiovascular risk factor in non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients. A possible explanation for this finding is that activity of the paraoxonase B isotype does not protect well against lipid oxidation, a major atherogenic pathway.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arginine
  • Aryldialkylphosphatase
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Coronary Disease / complications
  • Coronary Disease / enzymology*
  • Coronary Disease / genetics
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / enzymology*
  • Esterases / genetics*
  • Esterases / metabolism
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Glutamine
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk Factors


  • Glutamine
  • Arginine
  • Esterases
  • Aryldialkylphosphatase