Genetic study of the CD36 gene in a French diabetic population

F. Leprêtre, K. J. Linton, C. Lacquemant, V. Vatin, C. Samson, C. Dina, M. Chikri, S. Ali, P. Scherer, K. Séron, F. Vasseur, T. Aitman, P. Froguel

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Objectives: CD36 is a multifunctional membrane receptor widely expressed in different tissues which binds and internalizes oxidized low-density lipoprotein. In rodents, CD36 gene variations modulate glucose homeostasis and contribute to metabolic syndrome associated with type 2 diabetes but the effects in human are unknown. Methods: We screened the entire coding sequence of the CD36 gene in 272 individuals and we genotyped both rare and frequent variants in 454 T2D subjects and 221 controls. Results: We detected five mutations, P191P and M247S were only found each in one family and did not segregate with diabetes, the three others (A/C-178 in the promoter, A/G-10 in intron 3 and (GGGTTGAGA) insertion in intron 13) being equally frequent in diabetic subjects and in controls. However, adiponectin levels, a marker for insulin sensitivity, were significantly associated with the -178 A/C promoter variant allele (p = 0.003, p corrected for multiple testing = 0.036), possibly reflecting association with insulin-resistance in the French population. Conclusion: Thus, the -178 A/C SMP promoter mutation in the CD36 gene represents a putative genetic marker for insulin-resistance in the French population, although it does not appear to contribute to the genetic risk for T2D.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-463
Number of pages5
JournalDiabetes and Metabolism
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Adiponectin
  • CD36
  • Genetics
  • Insulin-resistance
  • Type 2 Diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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