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The present study is the first meta-analysis to evaluate type 2 diabetes (T2D) - associated polymorphisms in cohorts originated from several Tunisian regions. In fact, we evaluated the effect of seven polymorphisms in the following genes; PPARg ( Pro12Ala), TNFα (-308A/G), ENPP1(K121Q), TCF7L2(rs7903146 C/T), MTHFR( C677T), ACE(I/D), CAPN10(3R/2R) on T2D risk, through a meta-analysis combining data of previous studies performed on Tunisian populations originating from the north, centre or south of the country. R statistics version 2.12.1 software was used to estimate the heterogeneity between studies. Pooled ORs were computed by the fixed-effects method of Mantel-Haenszel if no heterogeneity between studies exists. Despite the similarities founded in a number of loci, the Woolf test reported that the contributions of ENPP1 and ACE loci in T2D risk are dependent on the geographic origin of concerned groups and this heterogeneity could be attributed not only, to the variable contribution of the variant in T2D risk, but also to diversities of genetic background between tested groups. Interestingly, observed heterogeneity highlighted founding concerning Y chromosome and the mitochondrial DNA about genetic structure of Tunisian population and proves once again that Tunisians, like the north- Africans, are a mosaic of subpopulations, with significant differences in genetic structure. In homogenous groups, we replicated the association of SNPs of TCF7L2, MTHFR, CAPN 10, TNFα and ACE genes with T2D risk in Tunisian population with OR ranging from 1.43 to 6.72. However, we reported an absence of association of PPARg with T2D in Tunisian population.
Open access pre-print, subsequently published as Berhouma, Rym; Kouidhi, Soumaya; Ammar, Mariem; Abid, Hafawa; Baroudi, Thouraya; Ennafaa, Hajer; and Benammar-Elgaaied, Amel (2012) "Genetic Susceptibility to Type 2 Diabetes: A Global Meta-Analysis Studying the Genetic Differences in Tunisian Populations," Human Biology: Vol. 84: Iss. 4, Article 9.