Genetic correlation of the plasma lipidome with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and insulin resistance in Mexican American families

Hemant Kulkarni, Manju Mamtani, Gerard Wong, Jacquelyn M Weir, Christopher K. Barlow, Thomas D Dyer, Laura Almasy, Michael C Mahaney, Anthony G Comuzzie, Ravindranath Duggirala, Peter J. Meikle, John Blangero, Joanne E Curran

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Background: Differential plasma concentrations of circulating lipid species are associated with pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Whether the wide inter-individual variability in the plasma lipidome contributes to the genetic basis of T2D is unknown. Here, we investigated the potential overlap in the genetic basis of the plasma lipidome and T2D-related traits. Results: We used plasma lipidomic data (1202 pedigreed individuals, 319 lipid species representing 23 lipid classes) from San Antonio Family Heart Study in Mexican Americans. Bivariate trait analyses were used to estimate the genetic and environmental correlation of all lipid species with three T2D-related traits: risk of T2D, presence of prediabetes and homeostatic model of assessment - insulin resistance. We found that 44 lipid species were significantly genetically correlated with one or more of the three T2D-related traits. Majority of these lipid species belonged to the diacylglycerol (DAG, 17 species) and triacylglycerol (TAG, 17 species) classes. Six lipid species (all belonging to the triacylglycerol class and containing palmitate at the first position) were significantly genetically correlated with all the T2D-related traits. Conclusions: Our results imply that: a) not all plasma lipid species are genetically informative for T2D pathogenesis; b) the DAG and TAG lipid classes partially share genetic basis of T2D; and c) 1-palmitate containing TAGs may provide additional insights into the genetic basis of T2D.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Genetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Bivariate trait analyses
  • Family studies
  • Genetic correlation
  • Plasma lipidome
  • Type 2 diabetes

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