Association between PTPN1 polymorphisms and obesity-related phenotypes in European adolescents: influence of physical activity

Diego F. Salazar-Tortosa, Idoia Labayen, Marcela González-Gross, Miguel Seral-Cortes, Luis A. Moreno, Augusto G. Zapico, Kurt Widhalm, Aline Meirhaeghe, David Enard, Jonatan R. Ruiz

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Background: To study the associations of Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase-N1 (PTPN1) polymorphisms with obesity-related phenotypes in European adolescents, and the influence of physical activity on these relationships. Methods: Five polymorphisms of PTPN1 were genotyped in 1057 European adolescents (12–18 years old). We measured several phenotypes related to obesity, such as adiposity markers, and biochemical and clinical parameters. Physical activity was objectively measured by accelerometry. Results: The T, A, T, T and G alleles of the rs6067472, rs10485614, rs2143511, rs6020608 and rs968701 polymorphisms, respectively, were associated with lower levels of obesity-related phenotypes (i.e., body mass index, body fat percentage, hip circumference, fat mass index, systolic blood pressure and leptin) in European adolescents. In addition, the TATTG haplotype was associated with lower body fat percentage and fat mass index compared to the AACCA haplotype. Finally, when physical activity levels were considered, alleles of the rs6067472, rs2143511, rs6020608 and rs968701 polymorphisms were only associated with lower adiposity in active adolescents. Conclusions: PTPN1 polymorphisms were associated with adiposity in European adolescents. Specifically, alleles of these polymorphisms were associated with lower adiposity only in physically active adolescents. Therefore, meeting the recommendations of daily physical activity may reduce obesity risk by modulating the genetic predisposition to obesity. Impact: Using gene-phenotype and gene*environment analyses, we detected associations between polymorphisms of the Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase-N1 (PTPN1) gene and obesity-related phenotypes, suggesting a mechanism that can be modulated by physical activity.This study shows that genetic variability of PTPN1 is associated with adiposity, while physical activity seems to modulate the genetic predisposition.This brings insights about the mechanisms by which physical activity positively influences obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2036-2044
Number of pages9
JournalPediatric Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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