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ISRN Endocrinology
Volume 2014, Article ID 530830, 3 pages
Research Article

Lower Plasma Creatinine and Urine Albumin in Individuals at Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes with Factor V Leiden Mutation

1Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetology, Angiology, Nephrology and Clinical Chemistry, Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen, Otfried-Müller-Straße 10, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
2Institute for Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of the Helmholtz Center Munich, University of Tübingen, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
3German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
4Department of Internal Medicine I and Clinical Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 410, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
5Department of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Leipziger Straße 44, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany

Received 23 November 2013; Accepted 23 December 2013; Published 4 March 2014

Academic Editors: C.-H. Anderwald and J. Vrbikova

Copyright © 2014 Andreas Peter et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The factor V Leiden (FVL) mutation is the most frequent genetic cause of venous thrombosis in Caucasians. However, protective effects have been suggested to balance the disadvantages. We have recently observed protective effects of FVL mutation on experimental diabetic nephropathy in mice as well as an association with reduced albuminuria in two human cohorts of diabetic patients. In the present study we aimed to reevaluate these findings in an independent, larger cohort of 1905 Caucasians at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and extend possible associations to earlier disease stages of nephropathy. Carriers of FVL mutation had a significantly lower urine albumin excretion () and tended to have lower plasma creatinine concentrations (). The difference in plasma creatinine concentrations was significant after adjustment for the influencing factors: age, gender, and lean body mass (). These observations at a very early “disease” stage are an important extension of previous findings and suggest that modification of glomerular dysfunction by FVL mutation is relevant during very early stages of diabetic nephropathy. This makes the underlying mechanism an interesting therapeutic target and raises the question whether FVL mutation may also exert protective effects in other glomerulopathies.