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Association of Interleukin-10 (-592A/C) Gene Polymorphism with its Level in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with and without Nephropathy | OMICS International
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Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine
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Association of Interleukin-10 (-592A/C) Gene Polymorphism with its Level in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with and without Nephropathy

Aida A Mahmoud1*, Abeer Sheneef2, Ayat A. Sayed3, Mohamed AW Ezat4 and Eman A Sabet4

1Medical Biochemistry, Sohag University, Egypt

2Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Sohag University, Egypt

3Medical Biochemistry, Assuit University, Egypt

4Internal Medicine Departments, Faculty of Medicine, Sohag University, Egypt

Corresponding Author:
Aida A. Mahmoud
Medical Biochemistry, Sohag University, Egypt
Tel: 20882423333
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: November 23, 2015 Accepted date: January 20, 2016 Published date: January 25, 2016

Citation: Mahmoud AA, Sheneef A, Sayed AA, Ezat MAW, Sabet EA (2016) Association of Interleukin-10 (−592A/C) Gene Polymorphism with its Level in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with and without Nephropathy. J Mol Genet Med 10:199. doi:10.4172/1747-0862.1000199

Copyright: © 2016 Mahmoud AA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Objectives: Several candidate genes are implicated in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), one of which is interleukin (IL-10). In this investigation, we aimed to study the association between IL-10 (-592A/C) gene polymorphism with its level in T2DM with and without nephropathy.

Methods: IL-10 (-592A/C) gene polymorphism was genotyped using restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP-PCR) technique and IL-10 levels were measured in two groups of T2DM, one group complicated with nephropathy and the second non-complicated.

Results: Our results revealed no significant differences in IL-10 (−592A/C) genotypes distribution between the two groups of T2DM patients. IL-10 levels were found significantly elevated in diabetic nephropathy patients compared to T2DM without nephropathy (P<0.05) and were positively correlated to the degree of albuminuria (r=0.61, P<0.01). IL-10 levels increased in IL-10- (−592C/C) genotype compared to IL-10-(−592A/A) and IL-10- (−592A/C) genotypes in diabetic nephropathy patients while such difference was not found in T2DM patients without nephropathy.

Conclusion: IL-10 (-592A/C) gene polymorphism and IL-10 level play a role in the pathogenesis of nephropathy in T2DM.


Diabetes mellitus; Gene polymorphism; Interleukin-10; Nephropathy


Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the main chronic diseases and its complications have become a major cause of morbidity, mortality, and disability in the World [1]. Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease in renal replacement therapy patients and affects about 40% of diabetic patients [2]. DN was defined as diabetes with the presence of albuminuria or impaired glomerular filtration rate (eGFR<60 mL/min/1.73 m2) [3]. Diabetes is an immune dependent disease in which the pattern of cytokine expression is changed. However, up to date, the mechanism of the disease is still not fully understood, in recent years, published data showed that genetic polymorphisms might explain individual differences in T2DM risk [4]. Several candidate genes are implicated in the pathogenesis of T2DM, one of which is interleukin (IL-10). IL-10, an 18-kDa glycoprotein plays a key role in homeostatic control of inflammatory and immune responses. It is produced by T-helper 2 (Th2) cells and a wide variety of cell types including B cells, monocytes, macrophages, keratinocytes, and many tumor cells [5]. Its gene was defined to be located on chromosome 1 and to have many polymorphic sites in the promotor region [6].The association of IL-10 in immunological disorders like multiple sclerosis, nephrotic syndrome and type-1 diabetes is well established [7]. In addition, high concentrations of IL-10 were found associated with severe sepsis protecting patients from death while low levels were found in nonsurvivors [8]. IL-10 polymorphic variants are linked with cytokine production and are involved in many chronic inflammatory diseases, including T2DM [9]. In this investigation, we aimed to study the association of IL-10 (−592A/C) gene polymorphism with IL-10 level in T2DM with and without DN.

Materials and Methods

Study population

The study included 100 patients with T2DM and diabetic nephropathy, 100 T2DM patients without nephropathy. The patients recruited from the internal medicine department of Sohag University Hospital. The diagnosis of T2DM was done according to the American Diabetes Association Criteria [10]. Written informed consents were obtained from all enrollees and the study was approved by the ethical committee of Sohag faculty of medicine. Morning urine samples were collected from all the patients and a spot urine albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR) was estimated by measuring both of albumin and creatinine in urine. Albumin was measured by Bromocresol Green albumin assay kit and creatinine was measured by Jaffe’ reaction. Albuminuria was defined if ACR ≥30 mg albumin/gm creatinine, and the albuminuria categories were as follows: microalbuminuria, ACR 30 to 299 mg albumin/gm creatinine and macroalbuminuria, ACR ≥300 mg albumin/gm creatinine [3].

Blood collection and laboratory investigation

Overnight fasting blood samples (5 ml) were collected from the patients and the controls via the venipuncture of an antecubital vein on Na2-EDTA (final concentration 1mg/ml) containing tubes. Samples were centrifuged at 1000 × g for 15 min at room temperature and the buffy coat was separated for DNA isolation using DNA isolation kit (illustra blood genomic Prep Mini Spin Kit, supplied by GE Healthcare), according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The DNA isolated using the kit has a characteristic band size of approximately 20 kb on an agarose gel. The yield of genomic DNA was measured by UV absorbance and the purity of it was measured by A260/A280 (about 1.8). Plasma was used for the estimation of; fasting blood sugar (FBG), total cholesterol (TC), HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) and triglycerides (TG) and IL10. FBG, TC, HDL-C and TG were measured using Beckman Coulter AU Apparatus supplied by optics planet company CAT. NO. T05ZZ01Z0, USA. Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) was measured using hemolysate by colorimetric kit supplied by An EKF diagnostic Company, Texas, IL10 was measured using ELIZA kit supplied by R&D systems, Catalog Number HS100C.


IL10-592 A/C single nucleotide polymorphisms were genotyped by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) according to the method of Mori et al. [11].

The pair of primers used for the amplification; ref: XM_011509506.1; was as following, forward:5´- CCTAGGTCACAGTGACGTGG -3´ and reverse 5´- GGTGAGCACTACCTGACTAGC-3´. Amplification was carried out in a thermocycler (Biometra, Germany) using 25 μL reaction volume containing ×10 PCR buffer (500 KCl, 100 Mm Tris–HCl, 1.0% Triton X-100) 2.5 μl, 50 mM MgCl2 0.75 μl, 10 mM dNTPs 0.5 μl, each primer (10 pmol/ml) 1.0 μl, 1.0 μl of template DNA and Taq polymerase (5U/ μl) 0.125 μl. The PCR cycle conditions were done according to the following: denaturation at 95°C for 2 min, followed by 35 cycles of denaturation at 94°C for 30 sec, annealing at 60°C for 45 sec, and extension at 72°C for 1 min. This was followed by a final extension at 72°C for 10 min. RFLP assays were performed in a 20 uL reaction volume containing PCR products and RsaI restriction enzyme according to the manufacturer instructions. In the presence of the IL10-592A allele, RsaI cuts the 412 bp PCR products into two bands of 236 and 176 bp. The digested products were visualized on a 2% agarose gel stained with 0.5 μg/mL ethidium bromide (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Representative agarose gel electrophoresis showing IL-10 gene polymorphism. Lane 1, represents 100bp ladder, lane 2 represents AC genotype, lane 3 represents AA genotype and lane 4 represents CC genotype.

Statistical analysis

Genotype distribution was tested for HWE (Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium) by x2 analysis. The odd ratio (95% confidence interval) was calculated to test for the association between diabetic nephropathy and genotypes. Student’s t test and Kruskal-Wallis test was used to compare the differences between the patients. Results were expressed as mean ± SD or number and percent. A two-tailed value of P<0.05 was considered statistically significant. All statistical calculations were performed using the computer program SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Science; USA).


The study included 100 T2DM patients without nephropathy and 100 T2DM with nephropathy. The clinical and laboratory data of the patients were represented in Table 1.

Parameter T2DM and DN (n=100) T2DM without DN  (n=100) P-value
Age (years) 58.5 ± 5.8 55 ±7.5 > 0.05
Male/ Female 60/40 55/45 > 0.05
Dis.duration (years) 15 ± 3.5 16 ± 2 > 0.05
BMI (kg/m2) 25.4 ± 4.3 26 ± 3.2 > 0.05
sBP (mmHg) 137± 8 121 ± 7 < 0.05
dBP (mmHg) 80.36 ± 7.2 77.50 ± 8 > 0.05
FBG (mg/dl) 203.9 ± 80.6 190.2 ± 18 > 0.05
HbA1c (%) 10.2 ± 0.8 9.076 ± 0.8 > 0.05
TG (mg/dl) 170 ± 52.4 139 ± 29.4 < 0.05
TC (mg/dl) 292.5 ± 56.3 224 ± 51 < 0.05
HDL-C (mg/dl) 28.6 ± 6.7 31.6 ± 7.7 > 0.05
LDL-C (mg/dl) 225.1 ± 43.5 151 ± 32 < 0.05
ACR (mg albumin/gmcreatinine) 403.4  ± 100 15.6 ± 6.3 < 0.0001
IL10 (pg/mL) 53.6 ± 17.9 16.5 ± 7 < 0.0001
Medications insulin + oral hypoglycemic + antihypertensives + angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors insulin + oral hypoglycemic  

Table 1: Clinical and laboratory characteristics of the participants. Abbreviations: sBP: Systolic Blood Pressure; dBP: Diastolic Blood Pressure.

There were no significant differences between the two groups studied (DN group and T2DM without nephropathy group) regarding; age, sex distribution, disease duration, body mass index (BMI), diastolic blood pressure (dBP), FBG, HbA1c and HDL-C (P>0.05), while significant differences were found in TG, TC, LDL-C, ACR and IL-10 (P<0.05). IL-10 (-592A/C) genotype distribution showed no significant differences between the two groups of patients (P>0.05), as represented in Table 2. In DN group of patients, IL-10 level was found elevated in CC- genotype compared to AA and AC genotypes using Kruskal-Wallis test, while no significant differences in IL-10 level according to the genotype in T2DM without nephropathy (Table 3). There was a significant correlation between ACR and IL10 levels in the diabetic nephropathy group of patients (r=0.61, P<0.01). Figure 2 represents the linear regression relation between ACR and IL-10.

IL-10 (-592A/C)   genotypes T2DM and  DN (n=100) T2DM without DN  (n=100) OR  (95%CI) P-value
A/A, n (%)
A/C, n (%)
C/C, n (%)
A-allele, n (%)
C-allele, n (%)
52 (52)
38 (38)
10 (10)
142 (71)
58 (29)
48 (48)
40 (40)
136 (68)
64 (32)
1.7 (0.67-2)
0.9 (0.5-1.6)
0.8 (0.3-1.98)
1.15 (0.75 -1.76)

Table 2: Genotypes and alleles distribution in the two groups of patients. Abbreviation: OR: Odd Ratio.

  A/A A/C C/C P-value
T2DM and DN
T2DM without DN
42.7 ± 5
16.5 ± 7.1
48.7 ± 10.8
16.3 ± 6.8
59 ± 21.5
17.6 ± 5.8

Table 3: IL-10 level (pg/ml) according to genotype in the two groups of patients. Data were compared using Kruskal-Wallis test.


Figure 2: Linear regression curve between ACR and IL-10 in DN patients (r2 = 0.3, P<0.01).


Diabetic kidney disease is one of the common causes of end-stage renal disease and premature death [12]. Although various therapeutic approaches, such as hypoglycemic agents, antihypertensive drugs, and renin-angiotensin system inhibitors, have been tried to slow the progression of nephropathy, the number of patients with diabetic kidney disease continues to rise with the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus [13]. Anti-inflammatory and immune-suppressive factors, including IL-10 play an essential role in the pathogenesis of DN. These factors may slow down the course of diabetic nephropathy through a reduction of the inflammatory processes [8]. In this investigation, we examined IL-10 (−592A/C) gene polymorphism and IL-10 level in T2DM with and without DN. The results of the investigation revealed that IL-10 increased significantly in T2DM and DN patients compared to T2DM patients without nephropathy, however, no differences in IL-10 (−592A/C) genotypes distribution were found in the two groups of T2DM patients. IL-10 levels increased in IL-10- (−592C/C) genotype compared to IL-10-(−592A/A) and IL-10-(−592A/C) genotypes in DN patients while such difference was not found in T2DM patients without nephropathy. Similar to our findings, IL-10- (-592C/A) genotype distribution didn’t differ between T2DM patients with or without nephropathy and IL-10 (-592C/A) genotype revealed significant association with cytokine expressions in DN patients [9,14,15]. Twenty-eight polymorphisms occur in the promotor region of IL-10 gene, these polymorphisms were found to affect gene transcription and expression. The IL-10 (-592 A) allele was associated with decreased IL-10 expression compared to (-592 C) allele [16].

In our study, IL-10 levels were found elevated in DN patients compared to T2DM without nephropathy and were correlated to the degree of albuminuria. Similarly, IL-10 levels were found elevated and correlated to the degree of albuminuria in DN patients in a previous study [8]. The immune activation in DN does not seem to be dependent on antigenic stimulation, but appears to be a consequence of hyperglycemia. The advanced glycation end products (AGE), induce inflammatory immune responses that contribute to the growth of the cortical fibroblasts, collagen synthesis and damage to the proximal tubular epithelial cells. Mesangial expansion, the principal glomerular lesion in diabetic nephropathy, has also been found to be attributable to hyperglycemia related inflammation [8,17]. IL-10 might have a protective effect, reducing kidney injury as systemic treatment with IL-10 of non-obese diabetic mice was found to delay the onset of the DN. This may be achieved by a transfer of the favoring regulatory response dendritic cells [18] or by an induction of IL-10-producing regulatory CD4 + CD25 + cells. Another study showed that IL-10 can protect against renal damage in systemic lupus erythematosus due to the down-regulation of pathogenic Th1 responses [19]. IL-10 has a protective effect in anti-mouse glomerular basement membrane globulin-induced experimental crescentic glomerulonephritis, and the inhibition of IL-10 decreases renal function and is associated with worsening of histological features [20]. Experimental rats with chronically increased IL-10 levels after 5/6 nephrectomy show suppressed infiltration of inflammatory cells, decreased production of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 and RANTES, and a significant reduction in mRNA for collagen type I and III in the remnant kidney. These phenomena result in a lower degree of proteinuria and a significant reduction in glomerular sclerosis and interstitial fibrosis [21]. IL-10 gene expression and IL-10-induced signaling pathways have an important role in the regulation and maintenance of normal renal function. However, in other cases, IL-10 was proved to aggravate defects in renal function and abnormal IL-10 expression, whether transient or prolonged, as well as interactions with other growth factors as a response to diverse stimuli, is linked to the appearance and progression of a variety of kidney disorders. It has thus been suggested that the selective targeting of IL-10 expression and IL-10-related pathways may provide therapeutic approaches for many kidney diseases [22]. In conclusion, our study revealed an association between IL-10 level and DN in T2DM patients, although, no association was found between IL-10 (−592A/C) gene polymorphism and DN but this polymorphism may affect IL-10 level in DN patients.


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  1. gatoandaluz enguerra
    Posted on Oct 06 2016 at 5:50 pm
    Authors studied the association of IL-10 (−592A/C) gene polymorphism with IL-10 level in T2DM with and without DN. The topic is very relevant and some of the points made are interesting enough to pursue further development.

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