Association of sequence variations in the gene encoding insulin-like growth factor binding protein 5 with adiponectin

P. Kallio (Corresponding Author), A.-M. Tolppanen, M. Kolehmainen, Kaisa Poutanen, J. Lindström, J. Tuomilehto, T. Kuulasmaa, J. Kuusisto, L. Pulkkinen, M. Uusitupa

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    Insulin-like growth factor binding protein 5 (IGFBP5) binds to IGF and thus modulates IGF signaling pathway. We have shown earlier that the IGFBP5 gene was downregulated in the adipose tissue after 12-week carbohydrate diet with low insulinemic response.


    The aim was to examine the putative contribution of genetic variation of the IGFBP5 gene to the characteristics of metabolic syndrome and incidence of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study (DPS).


    DPS is a longitudinal study where 522 subjects with impaired glucose tolerance were randomized to either lifestyle intervention group or control group. DNA was available from 507 subjects (mean body mass index (BMI) 31.2±4.5 kg/m2, age 55±7 years). The eight single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were selected from HapMap database and genotyped by Taqman allelic discrimination protocol. The main results were confirmed in a larger cross-sectional study population (METSIM). In addition, the gene expression of IGFBP5 was studied in two previously published study populations (FUNGENUT and GENOBIN) of 124 subjects with insulin resistance (BMI 32.2±3.5 kg/m2, age 57.7±7.4 years).


    Three out of eight IGFBP5 markers (rs9341234, rs3276 and rs11575134) were significantly associated with circulating adiponectin concentrations in men. Furthermore, mRNA expression studies of subcutaneous adipose tissue showed that mRNA concentrations of IGFBP5 correlated with adiponectin concentrations in all subjects and in women. None of the IGFBP5 SNPs were associated with T2DM.


    Our findings show that IGFBP5 has a gender-specific association with adiponectin, which may modulate the development of metabolic syndrome.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)80-88
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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