Endocrine Abstracts (2007) 13 P124

The interleukine-6 −572G/C polymorphism is associated with type 1 diabetes mellitus in Russians and Tatars

Jane Balhiyarova1, Tatjana Morugova1, Diana Avzaletdinova1 & Olga Mustafina2


1Bashkir State Medical University, Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia; 2Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics, Ufa Research Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia.


Objective: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is an immunoregulative proinflammatory cytokine with pleiotropic functions. It was reported that plasma level of IL-6 in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) patients was higher than in healthy individuals. IL-6 is supposed to take part in pancreatic beta-cells destruction. So, we considered IL-6 gene to be a candidate one for T1DM. The aim of present study was to investigate the role of IL-6 gene promoter polymorphism in T1DM development.

Methods: We studied 115 Russian and 125 Tatar T1DM patients (mean-aged 32.02±13.56). Control group consisted of 253 Russian and 239 Tatar unrelated age-matched healthy subjects. Diagnosis was established according to the World Health Organization criteria (1999). DNA was extracted from whole venous blood using phenol-chlorophorm method. Genotyping was carried out by polymerase chain reaction followed by MbiI digestion. Statistical analysis was performed using Fisher’s exact test, P-value of ≤0.05 was taken as statistically significant.

Results: We have found that IL-6 –572 GG genotype and G allele were associated with increased risk of T1DM both in Russians (OR=1.72, P=0.050, CI=1.00–2.96 and OR=1.68, P=0.045, CI=1.01–2.79, respectively) and in Tatars(OR=1.67, P=0.036, CI=1.03–2.70 and OR=2.04, P=0.002, CI=1.28–3.26, respectively).

Conclusion: Our results provide the evidence that IL-6 −572 G/C polymorphism is associated with T1DM in Tatars and Russians from Bashkortostan (Russia).

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