eCite Digital Repository

A single-nucleotide polymorphism in the MicroRNA-146a gene is associated with diabetic nephropathy and sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy in Caucasian patients


Kaidonis, G and Gillies, MC and Abhary, S and Liu, E and Essex, RW and Chang, JH and Pal, B and Sivaprasad, S and Pefkianaki, M and Daniell, M and Lake, S and Petrovsky, N and Hewitt, AW and Jenkins, A and Lamoureux, EL and Gleadle, JM and Craig, JE and Burdon, KP, A single-nucleotide polymorphism in the MicroRNA-146a gene is associated with diabetic nephropathy and sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy in Caucasian patients, Acta Diabetologica, 53, (4) pp. 643-650. ISSN 0940-5429 (2016) [Refereed Article]

PDF (final author version)

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2016 Springer-Verlag Italia. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Acta Diabetologica. The final authenticated version is available online at: This post-print is subject to Springer Nature re-use terms.

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00592-016-0850-4


AIMS: This study aimed to investigate whether the single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs2910164 residing within microRNA-146a (miR-146a) is associated with diabetic microvascular complications diabetic nephropathy (DN), proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) or diabetic macular oedema (DME) in either Caucasian patients with type 1 (T1DM) or type 2 (T2DM) diabetes mellitus.

METHODS: Caucasian patients with T1DM (n = 733) or T2DM (n = 2215) were recruited from ophthalmology, renal and endocrine clinics in Australia and the UK. Patients with T2DM were required to have diabetes mellitus (DM) for at least 5 years and be on treatment with oral hypoglycaemic drugs or insulin. In total, 890 participants had DN (168 with T1DM and 722 with T2DM), 731 had PDR (251 with T1DM and 480 with T2DM) and 1026 had DME (170 with T1DM and 856 with T2DM). Participants were genotyped for SNP rs2910164 in miR-146a. Analyses investigating association were adjusted for relevant clinical covariates including age, sex, DM duration, HbA1c and hypertension.

RESULTS: A significant association was found between the C allele of rs2910164 and DN in the T1DM group (OR 1.93; CI 1.23-3.03; P = 0.004), but no association found in the T2DM group (OR 1.05; CI 0.83-1.32; P = 0.691). In the subset of T2DM patients, the C allele was specifically associated with DME (OR 1.25; CI 1.03-1.53; P = 0.025). No association with DME was found in the T1DM group (OR 0.87; CI 0.54-1.42); P = 0.583), or with PDR for either type of DM.

CONCLUSIONS: Rs2910164 is significantly associated with microvascular complications DN in patients with T1DM and DME in patients with T2DM.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Diabetic macular oedema, Diabetic nephropathy, Diabetic retinopathy, Genetics, microRNA, microRNA-146a
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Ophthalmology and optometry
Research Field:Ophthalmology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hewitt, AW (Professor Alex Hewitt)
UTAS Author:Burdon, KP (Professor Kathryn Burdon)
ID Code:111074
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:52
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-08-29
Last Modified:2022-08-26
Downloads:18 View Download Statistics

Repository Staff Only: item control page