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T−786→C polymorphism of the endothelial nitric oxide synthase gene is associated with insulin resistance in patients with ischemic or non ischemic cardiomyopathy

Cecilia Vecoli1*, Maria Grazia Andreassi1, Riccardo Liga2, Maria Giovanna Colombo3, Michele Coceani3, Clara Carpeggiani1, Antonio L’Abbate2 and Danilo Neglia13

Author Affiliations

1 CNR, Institute of Clinical Physiology, Pisa, Italy

2 Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Institute of Life Sciences, Pisa, Italy

3 Fondazione G. Monasterio CNR - Regione Toscana, Pisa, Italy

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BMC Medical Genetics 2012, 13:92  doi:10.1186/1471-2350-13-92

Published: 2 October 2012

Abstract

Background

Insulin resistance (IR) and endothelial dysfunction are frequently associated in cardiac disease. The T−786→C variant in the promoter region of the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene has been associated with IR in both non-diabetic and diabetic subjects. Aim of the study was to assess the reciprocal relationships between T−786→C eNOS polymorphism and IR in ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.

Method

A group of 132 patients (108 males, median age 65 years) with global left ventricular (LV) dysfunction secondary to ischemic or non-ischemic heart disease was enrolled. Genotyping of T−786→C eNOS gene promoter, fasting glucose, insulin, and insulin resistance (defined as HOMA-IR index > 2.5) were determined in all patients.

Results

Genotyping analysis yielded 37 patients homozygous for the T allele (TT), 70 heterozygotes (TC) and 25 homozygous for C (CC). Patients with CC genotype had significantly higher systemic arterial pressure, blood glucose, plasma insulin and HOMA index levels than TT. At multivariate logistic analysis, the history of hypertension and the genotype were the only predictors of IR. In particular, CC genotype increased the risk of IR (CI% 1.4-15.0, p < 0.01) 4.5-fold. The only parameter independently associated with the extent of LV dysfunction and the presence of heart failure (HF) was the HOMA index (2.4 CI% 1.1-5.6, p < 0.04).

Conclusions

T−786→C eNOS polymorphism was the major independent determinant of IR in a population of patients with ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. The results suggest that a condition of primitive eNOS lower expression can predispose to an impairment of glucose homeostasis, which in turn is able to affect the severity of heart disease.

Keywords:
eNOS polymorphism; Insulin resistance; Heart failure