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Association of Adiponectin Gene Polymorphism With Birth Weight in Korean Neonates

  • Kyoung Ae Kong (a1), Young Ju Suh (a2), Su Jin Cho (a3), Eun Ae Park (a3), Mi Hye Park (a4) and Young Ju Kim (a4)...


Adiponectin has been associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus and possibly fetal growth. Our aim was to assess the association between the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the adiponectin gene (ADIPOQ) and the birth sizes. We investigated four SNPs of ADIPOQ (rs182052, rs2241766, rs1501299, and rs266729) and birth height and weight in 237 healthy full-term neonates. The neonates with the rs182052 G allele had a greater birth weight (p = .043 in the dominant model) and a higher ponderal index (p = .028 in the additive model). The rs2241766 G allele was associated with a greater birth weight (p = .016 in the recessive model). In a logistic regression analysis, the homozygotes for the rs182052 G allele and those for the rs2241766 G allele showed a significant association with a greater birth weight above 90 percentile (OR 2.75, 95% CI 1.13–6.70 and OR 5.15, 95% CI 1.66–15.99, respectively). In conclusion, we found an association between rs182052 and rs2241766 and birth weight and ponderal index among healthy neonates and suggested that adiponectin might have some roles in fetal growth.

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address for correspondence: Young Ju Kim, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, 911-1 Mok-6 dong, Yangcheon-ku, Seoul 158-710, Republic of Korea. E-mail:


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