Association analysis of Notch pathway signalling genes in diabetic nephropathy

Dominic Kavanagh, Gareth McKay, Christopher Patterson, Amy Jayne McKnight, Alexander Maxwell, David Savage

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Several studies have provided compelling evidence implicating the Notch signalling pathway in diabetic nephropathy. Co-regulation of Notch signalling pathway genes with GREM1 has recently been demonstrated and several genes involved in the Notch pathway are differentially expressed in kidney biopsies from individuals with diabetic nephropathy. We assessed single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; n = 42) in four of these key genes (JAG1, HES1, NOTCH3 and ADAM10) for association with diabetic nephropathy using a case-control design.
Tag SNPs and potentially functional SNPs were genotyped using Sequenom or Taqman technologies in a total of 1371 individuals with type 1 diabetes (668 patients with nephropathy and 703 controls without nephropathy). Patients and controls were white and recruited from the UK and Ireland. Association analyses were performed using PLINK ( to purcell/plink/) and haplotype frequencies in patients and controls were compared. Adjustment for multiple testing was performed by permutation testing.
In analyses stratified by centre, we identified six SNPs, rs8708 and rs11699674 (JAG1), rs10423702 and rs1548555 (NOTCH3), rs2054096 and rs8027998 (ADAM10) as being associated with diabetic nephropathy before, but not after, adjustment for multiple testing. Haplotype and subgroup analysis according to duration of diabetes also failed to find an association with diabetic nephropathy.
Our results suggest that common variants in JAG1, HES1, NOTCH3 and ADAM10 are not strongly associated with diabetic nephropathy in type 1 diabetes among white individuals. Our findings, however, cannot entirely exclude these genes from involvement in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-338
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

Bibliographical note

Unrecognised author: 'Warren 3/UK GoKinD Study Group'

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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