The effect of PNPLA3 polymorphism as gain in function mutation in the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease


INDIAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, vol.39, no.1, pp.84-91, 2020 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12664-020-01026-x
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.84-91
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


Background Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is often associated with metabolic syndrome (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia, insulin resistance, and obesity). NAFLD is multi-factorial in pathogenesis with some genetic predisposition. The variant patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing protein 3 (PNPLA3) is known to be an independent risk factor for hepatocellular cancer (HCC). The aim of this study was to investigate the role of PNPLA3 polymorphism as the risk factor for NAFLD. Methodology Patients had histological, ultrasonographic, biopsy evidence of NAFLD (n=248) and 81 controls were studied for PNPLA3 polymorphism. PNPLA3 genotyping was done from peripheral blood DNA by real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Results PNPLA3 genotyping of the groups NAFLD (CC [n = 76], CG [n = 83], GG [n = 89]) and control (CC [n= 42], CG [n = 22], GG [n = 17]) was determined. In the patient group, the G allele was 261 (52.63%) and the C allele was 235 (47.37%), whereas in the control group, the G allele was 56 (34.54%) and the C allele was 106 (65.43%). In our study, 53 out of 174 women had GG allele and 54 out of 155 men had GG allele. Conclusion The findings suggest that there is a predominant relationship between men with PNPLA3 I148M variant with NAFLD in women. Patients with NAFLD carrying PNPLA3 rs738409 G>C variant are at higher risk of NAFLD.