The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here:

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

Leif Groop

Leif Groop

Principal investigator

Leif Groop

Expression of the transcription factor 7-like 2 gene (TCF7L2) in human adipocytes is down regulated by insulin.


  • Maja Ahlzén
  • Lovisa E Johansson
  • Camilla Cervin
  • Hans Tornqvist
  • Leif Groop
  • Martin Ridderstråle

Summary, in English

Variants in the TCF7L2 gene (transcription factor 7-like 2) have shown strong association with type 2 diabetes with two defined risk haplotypes, HapA and HapB(T2D). TCF7L2 may play a role in both glucose homeostasis and adipogenesis. Our aim was to characterize the TCF7L2 mRNA expression and regulation in human adipose tissue. We quantified TCF7L2 mRNA levels in cultured human adipocytes and in biopsies from visceral (VAT) and subcutaneous (SAT) adipose tissue from 38 obese non-diabetic subjects, using real-time PCR. The influence of haplotype and clinical traits on TCF7L2 mRNA levels were investigated. In vitro, insulin decreased TCF7L2 mRNA expression. This effect was attenuated in cells incubated with the free fatty acids palmitate or oleate. In vivo, we found significantly higher expression in SAT from more insulin resistant subjects. No correlations between TCF7L2 mRNA expression and obesity measures were observed. TCF7L2 expression was higher in VAT than in SAT and when stratifying for haplotype, this difference was seen in HapA carriers but not in non-HapA carriers. In conclusion, TCF7L2 mRNA levels in adipocytes are decreased by insulin and seem to increase in insulin resistant subjects and in HapA carriers.


  • Diabetes - Clinical Obesity
  • Genomics, Diabetes and Endocrinology

Publishing year







Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications



Document type

Journal article




  • Biological Sciences



Research group

  • Diabetes - Clinical Obesity
  • Genomics, Diabetes and Endocrinology


  • ISSN: 1090-2104