Polymorphisms in the SOCS7 gene and glucose homeostasis traits

Melissa M. Capuano, John D. Sorkin, Yen Pei C. Chang, Hua Ling, Jeffrey R. O'Connell, Paul B. Rothman, Braxton D. Mitchell, Kristi D. Silver

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Background: SOCS7 is a member of the suppressor of cytokine signaling family of proteins and is expressed in skeletal muscle and islets. SOCS7 deficient mice develop islet hyperplasia in the setting of increased insulin sensitivity and normal glucose tolerance. The objective of this study was to determine if variants in SOCS7 play a role in variation of glucose and insulin levels and the development of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Results: Five SOCS7 tagging SNPs were genotyped in diabetic and nondiabetic Old Order Amish. A case-control study was performed in T2DM (n = 145) and normal glucose tolerant (n = 358) subjects. Nominal associations were observed with T2DM and the minor alleles for rs8068600 (P = 0.01) and rs8074124 (P = 0.04); however, only rs8068600 remained significant after Bonferroni adjustment for multiple comparisons (P = 0.01). Among nondiabetic Amish (n = 765), no significant associations with glucose or insulin traits including fasting or 2 hour glucose and insulin from the oral glucose tolerance test, insulin or glucose area under the curve, Matsuda Index or HOMA-IR were found for any of the SNPs. Conclusion: In conclusion, genetic variants in the SOCS7 gene do not impact variation in glucose homeostasis traits and only minimally impact risk of T2DM in the Old Order Amish. Our study was not able to address whether rare variants that potentially impact gene function might influence T2DM risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number235
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Genetics
  • Polymorphism
  • SOCS7 gene
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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