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Journal of Diabetes Research
Volume 2014, Article ID 120317, 17 pages
Research Article

T-Cell Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms and Vitamin D Pathway Gene Polymorphisms in End-Stage Renal Disease due to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Nephropathy: Comparisons with Health Status and Other Main Causes of End-Stage Renal Disease

1Department of Nephrology, Transplantology and Internal Diseases, Poznań University of Medical Sciences (PUMS), 49 Przybyszewskiego Boulevard, 60-355 Poznań, Poland
2DaVita Clinic Piła Dialysis Center, Wojska Polskiego 43, 64-420 Piła, Poland
3 Student Nephrology Research Group, Department of Nephrology, Transplantology and Internal Diseases, PUMS, Przybyszewskiego 49, 60-355 Poznań, Poland
4Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, PUMS, Święcickiego 6, 60-781 Poznań, Poland

Received 17 July 2014; Revised 22 September 2014; Accepted 22 September 2014; Published 22 December 2014

Academic Editor: Salwa Ibrahim

Copyright © 2014 Alicja E. Grzegorzewska 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.


Background. T-cell cytokine gene polymorphisms and vitamin D pathway gene polymorphisms were evaluated as possibly associated with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) resulting from type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) nephropathy. Methods. Studies were conducted among hemodialysis (HD) patients with ESRD due to type 2 DM nephropathy, chronic glomerulonephritis, chronic infective tubulointerstitial nephritis, and hypertensive nephropathy as well as in healthy subjects. A frequency distribution of T-cell-related interleukin (IL) genes (IL18 rs360719, IL12A rs568408, IL12B rs3212227, IL4R rs1805015, IL13 rs20541, IL28B rs8099917, IL28B, and rs12979860) and vitamin D pathway genes (GC genes: rs2298849, rs7041, and rs1155563; VDR genes: rs2228570, rs1544410; and RXRA genes: rs10776909, rs10881578, and rs749759) was compared between groups. Results. No significant differences in a frequency distribution of tested polymorphisms were shown between type 2 DM nephropathy patients and controls. A difference was found in IL18 rs360719 polymorphic distribution between the former group and chronic infective tubulointerstitial nephritic patients (), which also differed in this polymorphism from controls (). Conclusion. T-cell cytokine and vitamin D pathway gene polymorphisms are not associated with ESRD due to type 2 DM nephropathy in Polish HD patients. IL18 rs360719 is probably associated with the pathogenesis of chronic infective tubulointerstitial nephritis.