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SNPs in the 3′-untranslated region of SLC30A8 confer risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus in a south-east Iranian population: Evidences from case-control and bioinformatics studies

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Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a heterogenic disease with increasing incidence. The SLC30A8 gene encodes an islet zinc transporter (ZnT8), and its variants have been associated with glucose and pro-insulin levels. This study was aimed to examine the effects of a missense variant (rs13266634 C/T), and two 3’UTR variants (rs2466294 C/G and rs2466293 T/C) in SLC30A8 gene on T2DM risk in a south-east Iranian population.


In this experiment, 450 patients diagnosed with T2DM and 453 healthy subjects from the same geographic area were enrolled. Genotypes were amplified using the ARMS–PCR method. In silico analyses were performed to determine the effects of the variants on the local structure of mRNA, splicing patterns, and potential miRNA-gene interactions as well.


Significant differences were noticed between cases and controls regarding the genotypic and allelic distribution of the studied variants. As regards rs2466293 and rs2466294 variants, enhanced risk of T2DM was found under allelic, dominant, recessive, and codominant models (OR > 1). Besides, different genetic models of rs13266634 were associated with decreased risk of T2DM (OR < 1). Bioinformatics analyses indicated that the rs2466293 variant might influence the binding of some miRNAs, while the G-allele of rs2466294 decreased the stability of SLC30A8-mRNA.


In our population, both SNPs in the 3′-untranslated region of SLC30A8 increased the risk of T2DM, while the rs13266634 variant showed a protective association against T2DM susceptibility. Investigating the effects of other variants in this gene or other ZnTs can further indicate such associations in subjects from the same ethnicity.

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We are grateful to Dr. Maryam Piri and Dr. Hamed Taheri, the two diabetes specialist physicians, for their assistance. We also wish to thank all the individuals who voluntarily participated in this study.


This work was financially supported by Zahedan University of Medical Sciences (Grant No. 8256).

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Sargazi, S., Heidari Nia, M., Sargazi, F.M. et al. SNPs in the 3′-untranslated region of SLC30A8 confer risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus in a south-east Iranian population: Evidences from case-control and bioinformatics studies. J Diabetes Metab Disord 19, 979–988 (2020).

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