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A54T polymorphism in the fatty acid binding protein 2 studies in a Saudi population with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Khalid Khalaf Alharbi1, Imran Ali Khan1*, Mohammad D Bazzi2, Nasser M Al-Daghri3, Tarique N Hasan4, May Salem Alnbaheen56, Fawiziah Khalaf Alharbi7, Yazeed A Al-Sheikh1, Rabbani Syed1 and Mourad AM Aboul-Soud1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 10219, Riyadh 11433, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2 Department of Biochemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

3 Biomarkers research programme, Department of Biochemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

4 Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

5 Stem Cell unit, Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh 11461, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

6 Prepratory Year, Saudi Electronic University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

7 Department of Biology Science, College of Science and Arts, Al-Qassim University, P.O. Box 1300, Buraidah 51431, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Lipids in Health and Disease 2014, 13:61  doi:10.1186/1476-511X-13-61

Published: 1 April 2014



Fatty acid-binding protein 2 (FABP2) is an intracellular protein expressed exclusively in the enterocytes of proximal small intestine. FABP2 has a high affinity for saturated and unsaturated long-chain fatty acids and is believed to be involved in the absorption and transport of dietary fatty acids.


This is a case–control study conceded in 438 T2DM cases and 460 subjects with normal glucose levels and non-obese considered as healthy controls. Allelic discrimination was performed using TaqMan single-nucleotide polymorphism was carried out by real time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays using purified DNA.


Clinical data and anthropometric measurements except age, glucose levels and lipid profile of the patients were significantly different from those of the controls (p < 0.05). Statistical analyses failed to show any type of significant association of the polymorphism between cases and controls. However logistic regression analyses was suggests that the TT genotype is significantly associated with male patients (p = 0.001). None of the allele or genotypes of FABP2 A54T was associated with T2DM cases versus the controls (AT genotype, OR = 0.85 (0.64-1.12), p = 0.25; TT genotype, OR = 0.66 (0.39-1.11), p = 0.11; T allele, 0.82 (0.67-1.02), p = 0.08).


In conclusion, this study suggests that the above named variant in FABP2 gene is not potential contributor to the risk of T2DM and related traits in a Saudi population. However TT genotype is a risk factor for the disease in males.

A54T polymorphism; FABP2 gene; Type 2 diabetes mellitus; Saudi population