Variants in the SIRT1 Gene May Affect Diabetes Risk in Interaction With Prenatal Exposure to Famine

Ilse Botden, M.C. Zillikens, SR de Rooij, Janneke Langendonk, Jan Danser, E.J.G. Sijbrands, TJ Roseboom

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OBJECTIVE-To investigate whether SIRT1, a nutrient-sensing histone deacetylase, influences fetal programming during malnutrition. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS-In 793 individuals of the Dutch Famine Birth Cohort, we analyzed the interaction between three SIRT1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and prenatal exposure to famine on type 2 diabetes risk. RESULTS-In the total population (exposed and unexposed), SIRT1 variants were not associated with type 2 diabetes. A significant interaction was found between two SIRT1 SNPs and exposure to famine in utero on type 2 diabetes risk (P = 0.03 for rs7895833; P = 0.01 for rs1467568). Minor alleles of these SNPs were associated with a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes only in individuals who had been exposed to famine prenatally (odds ratio for rs7895833 0.50 [95% CI 0.24-1.03], P = 0.06; for rs14675 CONCLUSIONS-SIRT1 may be an important genetic factor involved in fetal programming during malnutrition, influencing type 2 diabetes risk later in life.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)424-426
Number of pages3
JournalDiabetes Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Research programs

  • EMC COEUR-09
  • EMC MM-01-39-02
  • EMC MM-01-39-09-A

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