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vol. 7

Clinical research
385 C/A polymorphism of the fatty acid amide hydrolase gene is associated with metabolic syndrome in the Chinese Han population

JinYang Zeng
JianRong Li
GuoLiang Huang

Arch Med Sci 2011; 7, 3: 423-427
Online publish date: 2011/07/11
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Introduction : The endocannabinoid system participates in food intake, energy balance and lipid and glucose metabolism. The biological effects of cannabinoids are limited by the activation of the endocannabinoid degrading enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). This study aims to analyse whether 385 C/A polymorphism of FAAH is associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS) in the Chinese Han population.

Material and methods : A total of 112 subjects at risk for MetS and 80 healthy controls from Fuzhou, China were genotyped for 385 C/A polymorphism of FAAH using TaqMan assay. Anthropometric measurements and biochemical assessments such as BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure, serum triglycerides (TG), serum total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, fasting plasma glucose, and plasma insulin levels were performed.

Results : CA and AA genotypes of FAAH had higher incidence in MetS subjects than in control subjects. CA and AA genotypes of FAAH in subjects with MetS had relatively elevated levels of waist circumference, body mass index, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and serum triglycerides, and lowered level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) compared with CC genotype in MetS subjects.

Conclusions : Results suggest that 385 C/A polymorphism of the FAAH gene may confer an increased risk of MetS in the Chinese Han population.

polymorphism, fatty acid amide hydrolase, metabolic syndrome

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