Association of the NEGR1 rs2815752 with obesity and related traits in Pakistani females
Introduction: The variant NEGR1 rs2815752 has recently been linked with obesity in Caucasians. However, a very limited number of studies have examined the association of the NEGR1 rs2815752 with overweight/obesity in non-Caucasians with no such study ever performed in Pakistani population. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to seek the association of the rs2815752 with overweight, obesity, and related traits in Pakistanis.
Subjects and methods: The study involved 112 overweight/control pairs (total 224) and 194 obese/control pairs (total 388). Anthropometric parameters were measured by employing standard procedures. Metabolic parameters were determined by biochemical assays. Behavioral information was collected through a questionnaire. The rs2815752 was genotyped via TaqMan allelic discrimination assay. Regression analyses were employed to analyze the data in SPSS software.
Results: The study revealed significant gender-specific association of the rs2815752 with obesity (OR 3.03; CI 1.19–7.72, p = 0.020) and some obesity-related anomalous anthropometric traits (weight, BMI, waist circumference, hip circumference, and abdominal and supra-iliac skinfold thicknesses) in females according to dominant model (h = 0.023). However, no association of the rs2815752 with obesity-related behavioral and metabolic parameters was observed.
Conclusion: The NEGR1 rs2815752 may be associated with obese phenotype and some of the related anthropometric traits in Pakistani females.
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