A polymorphism in the cyclooxygenase 2 gene in type 1 diabetic patients with nephropathy

J. A. Hubácek, T. Pelikánová, V. Lánská, R. Komers

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Diabetic nephropathy (DN), the most serious complication of Type 1 diabetes (DM1), has a strong genetic component. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), an inducible enzyme by a number of stimuli, has been implicated in pathophysiology of cardiovascular and renal disease, including DN. The allele -765C, of the -765G>C polymorphism (rs20417) in the COX-2 promoter has lower promoter activity compared with the -765G allele and protective effects in cardiovascular disease. This polymorphism was not investigated in patients with DM1 and nephropathy. The study was conducted in 779 Caucasian patients with DM1 and compared to a representative sample of healthy Czech population. The patients demonstrated lower frequencies of the CC genotype (P=0.005). From the DM1 cohort, 153 patients met the criteria for low risk of the development of DN (LRDN, duration of DM1>10 years, normoalbuminuria, normotension) and 139 patients had manifest DN. There were no differences in -765G>C polymorphisms between LRDN and DN patients. Moreover, the C/G allele frequencies did not also differ between the groups. In conclusion, patients with DM1 display lower freqencies of the protective CC genotype as compared to healthy subjects. However, the study did not reveal associations of -765G>C polymorphism with the risk of DN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
JournalPhysiological Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • -765G>C polymorphism
  • Cyclooxygenase-2
  • Diabetic nephropathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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