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Journal of Diabetes Research
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 468627, 10 pages
Review Article

The Protective Effect of Transcription Factor 7-Like 2 Risk Allele rs7903146 against Elevated Fasting Plasma Triglyceride in Type 2 Diabetes: A Meta-Analysis

1The Geriatric Cardiology Department, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853, China
2Yale Cardiovascular Research Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
3Department of Cardiology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, No. 28, Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853, China
4Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520, USA

Received 14 January 2015; Revised 17 March 2015; Accepted 28 March 2015

Academic Editor: Thomas Pulinilkunnil

Copyright © 2015 Shuxia Wang 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. The results from published studies regarding association of transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) variant rs7903146 with dyslipidemia have been conflicting and inconclusive. Methods. We carried out a meta-analysis that aimed to investigate the association of the rs7903146 variant with plasma lipid levels using electronic database and published studies. Data was extracted by a standard algorithm. Dominant, recessive, homozygote, and heterozygote comparison models were utilized. Results. 24 studies incorporating 52,785 subjects were included in this meta-analysis. Overall, the minor allele (T) was associated with lower risk for hypertriglyceridemia in subjects with type 2 diabetes (dominant model: SMD = −0.04, 95% CI (−0.08, 0.00), P = 0.048, = 0.47; recessive model: SMD = −0.10, 95% CI (−0.18, −0.02), P = 0.01, = 0.56). No association was found between minor (T) allele and plasma TC, LDL-c, or HDL-c levels in subjects with type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome (MetS) and no association was found between minor (T) allele and plasma TG levels in nondiabetic subjects. Conclusions. Our meta-analysis indicated the association between TCF7L2 rs7903146 polymorphism and low plasma triglyceride (TG) level in subjects with type 2 diabetes. No association was found between rs7903146 variant and plasma lipids in nondiabetic subjects.