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  1. Gene structure of human and mouse methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR)

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    Philippe Goyette; Aditya Pai; Renate Milos; Phyllis Frosst; Pamela Tran; Zhoutao Chen; Manuel Chan; Rima Rozen

    1998-01-01

    .   Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) catalyzes the conversion of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate,\\u000a a co-substrate for homocysteine remethylation to methionine. A human cDNA for MTHFR, 2.2 kb in length, has been expressed\\u000a and shown to result in a catalytically active enzyme of approximately 70 kDa. Fifteen mutations have been identified in the\\u000a MTHFR gene: 14 rare mutations associated with severe enzymatic deficiency

  2. Genomic scan for genes predisposing to schizophrenia

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    Coon, H.; Jensen. S.; Holik, J. [Univ. of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT (United States)] [and others

    1994-03-15

    We initiated a genome-wide search for genes predisposing to schizophrenia by ascertaining 9 families, each containing three to five cases of schizophrenia. The 9 pedigrees were initially genotyped with 329 polymorphic DNA loci distributed throughout the genome. Assuming either autosomal dominant or recessive inheritance, 254 DNA loci yielded lod scores less than -2.0 at {theta} = 0.0, 101 DNA markers gave lod scores less than -2.0 at {theta} = 0.05, while 5 DNA loci produced maximum lod scores greater than 1: D4S35, D14S17, D15S1, D22S84, and D22S55. Of the DNA markers yielding lod scores greater than 1, D4S35 and D22S55 also were suggestive of linkage when the Affected-Pedigree-Member method was used. The families were then genotyped with four highly polymorphic simple sequence repeat markers; possible linkage diminished with DNA markers mapping nearby D4S35, while suggestive evidence of linkage remained with loci in the region of D22S55. Although follow-up investigation of these chromosomal regions may be warranted, our linkage results should be viewed as preliminary observations, as 35 unaffected persons are not past the age of risk. 90 refs., 3 tabs.

  3. MTHFR C677T Predisposes to POAG but Not to PACG in a North Indian Population: A Case Control Study

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    Gupta, Shashank; Bhaskar, Pradeep Kumar; Bhardwaj, Ritu; Chandra, Abhishek; Chaudhry, Vidya Nair; Chaudhry, Prashaant; Ali, Akhtar; Mukherjee, Ashim; Mutsuddi, Mousumi

    2014-01-01

    Hyperhomocysteinemia induced by the C677T genetic variant in MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) has been implicated in neuronal cell death of retinal ganglion cells (RGC), which is a characteristic feature of glaucoma. However, association of MTHFR C677T with glaucoma has been controversial because of inconsistent results across association studies. Association between MTHFR C677T and glaucoma has not been reported in Indian population. Therefore, with a focus on neurodegenerative death of RGC in glaucoma, the current study aimed to investigate association of MTHFR C677T with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) and Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma (PACG) in a North Indian population. A total of 404 participants (231 patients and 173 controls) were included in this study. Genotyping was performed by Polymerase Chain Reaction-Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism. A few random samples were also tested by direct sequencing. Genotypic and allelic distributions of the POAG and PACG cohorts were compared to that of controls by chi-square test and odds ratios were reported with 95% confidence intervals. Genotypic and allelic distributions between POAG cases and controls were significantly different (p?=?0.03 and p?=?0.01 respectively). Unlike POAG, we did not find significant difference in the genotypic and allelic distributions of C677T between PACG cases and controls (p>0.05). We also observed a higher proportion of TT associated POAG in females than that in males. However, this is a preliminary indication of gender specific risk of C677T that needs to be replicated in a larger cohort of males and females. The present investigation on MTHFR C677T and glaucoma reveals that the TT genotype and T allele of this polymorphism are significant risk factors for POAG but not for PACG in North Indian population. Ours is the first report demonstrating association of MTHFR C677T with POAG but not PACG in individuals from North India. PMID:25054348

  4. Mthfr gene ablation enhances susceptibility to arsenic prenatal toxicity

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    Wlodarczyk, Bogdan J.; Zhu, Huiping; Finnell, Richard H.

    2014-01-01

    Background In utero exposure to arsenic is known to adversely affect reproductive outcomes. Evidence of arsenic teratogenicity vary widely and depend on individual genotypic differences in sensitivity to As. In this study, we investigated the potential interaction between 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (Mthfr) genotype and arsenic embryotoxicity using the Mthfr knockout mouse model. Methods Pregnant dams were treated with sodium arsenate, and reproductive outcomes including: implantation, resorption, congenital malformation and fetal birth weight were recorded at E18.5. Results When the dams in Mthfr+/? x Mthfr+/? matings were treated with 7.2mg/kg As, the resorption rate increased to 43.4%, from a background frequency of 7.2%. The As treatment also induced external malformations (40.9%) and significantly lowered the average fetal birth weight among fetuses, without any obvious toxic effect on the dam. When comparing the pregnancy outcomes resulting from different mating scenarios (Mthfr+/+ x Mthfr+/?, Mthfr+/? x Mthfr+/? and Mthfr?/? x Mthfr+/?) and arsenic exposure; the resorption rate showed a linear relationship with the number of null alleles (0, 1 or 2) in the Mthfr dams. Fetuses from nullizygous dams had the highest rate of external malformations (43%) and lowest average birth weight. When comparing the outcomes of reciprocal matings (nullizygote x wild-type versus wild-type x nullizygote) after As treatment, the null dams showed significantly higher rates of resorptions and malformations, along with lower fetal birth weights. Conclusions Maternal genotype contributes to the sensitivity of As embryotoxicity in the Mthfr mouse model. The fetal genotype, however, does not appear to affect the reproductive outcome after in utero As exposure. PMID:24384392

  5. A second common variant in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene and its relationship to MTHFR enzyme activity, homocysteine, and cardiovascular disease risk

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    Karin J. Lievers; Godfried H. Boers; Petra Verhoef; Martin Heijer; Leo A. Kluijtmans; Nathalie M. Put; Frans J. Trijbels; Henk J. Blom

    2001-01-01

    Molecular defects in genes encoding enzymes involved in homocysteine metabolism may account for mild hyperhomocysteinemia, an independent and graded risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). We examined the relationship of two polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, the 677CMT and 1298AMC variants, to MTHFR activity, homocysteine concentrations, and risk of CVD in a population of 190 vascular disease patients

  6. Mortality risk in men is associated with a common mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR)

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    Bastiaan T Heijmans; Jacobijn Gussekloo; Cornelis Kluft; Simone Droog; A Margot Lagaay; Dick L Knook; Rudi GJ Westendorp; Eline P Slagboom

    1999-01-01

    An elevated level of homocysteine in plasma is associated with the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. A common ala-to-val mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) is associated with an elevated level of plasma homocysteine. We studied the possible detrimental effects of the MTHFR mutation on mortality. Within a population-based study in the city of Leiden, the Netherlands, we first compared

  7. Association between MTHFR gene polymorphism and NTDs in Chinese Han population

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    Yu, Yang; Wang, Fang; Bao, Yihua; Lu, Xiaolin; Quan, Li; Lu, Ping

    2014-01-01

    Objective: This study aims to investigate the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene and neural tube defects (NTDs) in Chinese population. Method: A total of 271 NTDs cases and 192 healthy controls were used in this study. Fifty-two selected single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) sites in the MTHFR gene were analyzed with next-generation sequencing method. A series of statistical methods were carried out to investigate the correlation between the SNPs and the patient susceptibility to NTDs. Results: Statistical analysis showed a significant correlation between the SNP sites rs1801133 in MTHFR gene and NTDs. The GG genotype, G allele of rs1801133 in MTHFR significantly decreased the incidence of NTDs (OR = 0.449, 95% CI: 0.255-0.789 with genotype, and OR = 0.669, 95% CI: 0.508-0.881 with allele). Conclusions: The gene polymorphism loci rs1801133 in MTHFR gene maybe potential risk factors for NTD in Chinese population. PMID:25356156

  8. Is methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene A1298C polymorphism related with varicocele risk?

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    Ucar, V B; Nami, B; Acar, H; Kilinç, M

    2015-02-01

    Varicocele is one of the main reasons for male infertility the exact aetiology of which remains unclear. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is important for DNA synthesis and methylation, which has a key role during spermatogenesis. Numerous literature suggests that the MTHFR polymorphism may be genetic risk factors for male infertility. In this study, we evaluated C677T and A1298C MTHFR gene polymorphism frequency in patients with varicocele and normal men. A total of 107 varicocele patients and 109 fertile healthy individuals were included. Genotyping of the MTHFR gene in C677T and A1298C base pairs carried out by using real-time PCR technique and afterwards, the statistical analysis accomplished. There is a statistical difference for the frequency of 1298AA genotype in patients with varicocele compared with normal controls (P = 0.0051, OR = 2.2750). Instead, subsequently, 1298/A allel frequency in patient group was significantly higher in comparison with control group (P = 0.0174). According to our results, 1298AA genotype in MTHFR gene raises the risk of varicocele approximately 2.3 times more compared with men carrying other genotypes. The results show that genetic factors have an important role in the molecular basis of varicocele. PMID:24456105

  9. A COMMON POLYMORPHISM IN THE METHYLENETETRAHYDROFOLATE REDUCTASE (MTHFR) GENE IS ASSOCIATED WITH QUANTITATIVE ULTRASOUND IN THOSE WITH LOW PLASMA FOLATE

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    A study of a polymorphism in the MTHFR gene, plasma folate, and bone phenotypes in 1632 individuals revealed that the genotype effect on BMD and quantitative ultrasound was dependent on the level of folate. Our findings support the hypothesis that the association between an MTHFR polymorphism and bo...

  10. Homozygous C677T mutation in the MTHFR gene as an independent risk factor for multiple small-artery occlusions

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    B. O Choi; N. K Kim; S. H Kim; M. S Kang; S Lee; J. Y Ahn; O. J Kim; D Oh

    2003-01-01

    Introduction: Hyperhomocysteinemia is an independent risk factor for cerebrovascular disease and the homozygous C677T mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene can induce hyperhomocysteinemia. However, the association between this 677TT genotype and ischemic stroke still remains controversial. Therefore, we carried out this study to determine whether the MTHFR TT genotype is associated with certain subtypes of ischemic stroke. Materials and

  11. Variants in MTHFR gene and neural tube defects susceptibility in China.

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    Wang, Yongxin; Liu, Yuan; Ji, Wenyu; Qin, Hu; Wu, Hao; Xu, Danshu; Turtuohut, Tukebai; Wang, Zengliang

    2015-08-01

    Neural tube defect (NTD) is a severe congenital birth abnormalities involving incomplete neural tube closure. 5, 10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene plays key role in folate cycle and methylation cycle, which could affect the DNA synthesis, repair and methylation. In this study, we aim to investigate the correlation between MTHFR polymorphisms and NTD-affected pregnancy. There were 444 participants involved in our study. Tag-SNPs were identified in HapMap Databases. Blood samples were collected from all subjects to further extract the genomic DNAs by TaqMan Blood DNA kits. We also carried out a meta-analysis based on previous published studies to further examine the association between MTHFR polymorphisms and NTD. In case-control study analysis, two SNPs were identified to be associated with NTD risk. The 677 C > T genetic variant was correlated with increased risk of NTD-affected pregnancy. However, the 1298 A > C polymorphism was shown to lower the risk of NTD-affected pregnancy. The protective role of 1298 A > C polymorphisms was further supported by the result of meta-analysis. Our study revealed that the SNPs of 677C > T and 1298A > C in MTHFR were associated with NTD-affected pregnancy, in which 677C > T was a risk factor and in contrast 1298A > C was protective factor against NTD. Our results of meta-analysis also revealed the 1298A > C MTHFR polymorphism play protective role in NTD. PMID:25855017

  12. Population- and Family-Based Studies Associate the "MTHFR" Gene with Idiopathic Autism in Simplex Families

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    Liu, Xudong; Solehdin, Fatima; Cohen, Ira L.; Gonzalez, Maripaz G.; Jenkins, Edmund C.; Lewis, M. E. Suzanne; Holden, Jeanette J. A.

    2011-01-01

    Two methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene ("MTHFR") functional polymorphisms were studied in 205 North American simplex (SPX) and 307 multiplex (MPX) families having one or more children with an autism spectrum disorder. Case-control comparisons revealed a significantly higher frequency of the low-activity 677T allele, higher prevalence of the…

  13. Urinary Tract Anomalies Associated with MTHFR Gene Polymorphism C677T in Girls

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    Jana Behunova; Lucia Klimcakova; Ludmila Podracka

    2011-01-01

    Background\\/Aims: Periconceptional folate has a preventive effect not only on neural tube defects, but possibly also on other birth defects such as urinary tract anomalies (UTA), orofacial clefts and conotruncal heart defects. Folate metabolism gene variants are therefore being investigated as potential susceptibility factors. Methods: We assessed the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene C677T and A1298C genotypes in 132 UTA patients

  14. Analysis of MTHFR and MTRR Gene Polymorphisms in Iranian Ventricular Septal Defect Subjects.

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    Pishva, Seyyed Reza; Vasudevan, Ramachandran; Etemad, Ali; Heidari, Farzad; Komara, Makanko; Ismail, Patimah; Othman, Fauziah; Karimi, Abdollah; Sabri, Mohammad Reza

    2013-01-01

    Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is one of the most common types of congenital heart defects (CHD). There are vivid multifactorial causes for VSD in which both genetic and environmental risk factors are consequential in the development of CHD. Methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) are two of the key regulatory enzymes involved in the metabolic pathway of homocysteine. Genes involved in homocysteine/folate metabolism may play an important role in CHDs. In this study; we determined the association of A66G and C524T polymorphisms of the MTRR gene and C677T polymorphism of the MTHFR gene in Iranian VSD subjects. A total of 123 children with VSDs and 125 healthy children were included in this study. Genomic DNA was extracted from the buccal cells of all the subjects. The restriction fragment length polymorphism polymerase chain reaction (PCR-RFLP) method was carried out to amplify the A66G and C524T polymorphism of MTRR and C677T polymorphism of MTHFR genes digested with Hinf1, Xho1 and Nde1 enzymes, respectively. The genotype frequencies of CC, CT and TT of MTRR gene among the studied cases were 43.1%, 40.7% and 16.3%, respectively, compared to 52.8%, 43.2% and 4.0%, respectively among the controls. For the MTRR A66G gene polymorphism, the genotypes frequencies of AA, AG and GG among the cases were 33.3%, 43.9% and 22.8%, respectively, while the frequencies were 49.6%, 42.4% and 8.0%, respectively, among control subjects. The frequencies for CC and CT genotypes of the MTHFR gene were 51.2% and 48.8%, respectively, in VSD patients compared to 56.8% and 43.2% respectively, in control subjects. Apart from MTHFR C677T polymorphism, significant differences were noticed (p < 0.05) in C524T and A66G polymorphisms of the MTRR gene between cases and control subjects. PMID:23358257

  15. Analysis of MTHFR and MTRR Gene Polymorphisms in Iranian Ventricular Septal Defect Subjects

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    Pishva, Seyyed Reza; Vasudevan, Ramachandran; Etemad, Ali; Heidari, Farzad; Komara, Makanko; Ismail, Patimah; Othman, Fauziah; Karimi, Abdollah; Sabri, Mohammad Reza

    2013-01-01

    Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is one of the most common types of congenital heart defects (CHD). There are vivid multifactorial causes for VSD in which both genetic and environmental risk factors are consequential in the development of CHD. Methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) are two of the key regulatory enzymes involved in the metabolic pathway of homocysteine. Genes involved in homocysteine/folate metabolism may play an important role in CHDs. In this study; we determined the association of A66G and C524T polymorphisms of the MTRR gene and C677T polymorphism of the MTHFR gene in Iranian VSD subjects. A total of 123 children with VSDs and 125 healthy children were included in this study. Genomic DNA was extracted from the buccal cells of all the subjects. The restriction fragment length polymorphism polymerase chain reaction (PCR-RFLP) method was carried out to amplify the A66G and C524T polymorphism of MTRR and C677T polymorphism of MTHFR genes digested with Hinf1, Xho1 and Nde1 enzymes, respectively. The genotype frequencies of CC, CT and TT of MTRR gene among the studied cases were 43.1%, 40.7% and 16.3%, respectively, compared to 52.8%, 43.2% and 4.0%, respectively among the controls. For the MTRR A66G gene polymorphism, the genotypes frequencies of AA, AG and GG among the cases were 33.3%, 43.9% and 22.8%, respectively, while the frequencies were 49.6%, 42.4% and 8.0%, respectively, among control subjects. The frequencies for CC and CT genotypes of the MTHFR gene were 51.2% and 48.8%, respectively, in VSD patients compared to 56.8% and 43.2% respectively, in control subjects. Apart from MTHFR C677T polymorphism, significant differences were noticed (p < 0.05) in C524T and A66G polymorphisms of the MTRR gene between cases and control subjects. PMID:23358257

  16. Children With Stroke: Polymorphism of the MTHFR Gene, Mild Hyperhomocysteinemia, and Vitamin Status

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    Esther Cardo; Eugènia Monrós; Catrina Colomé; Rafael Artuch; Jaume Campistol; Mercè Pineda; M. Antònia Vilaseca

    2000-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate a possible association among the thermolabile polymorphism, nucleotide 677 cytosine to thymidine point mutation (677 C?T) of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, hyperhomocysteinemia, serum folate, vitamins B12 and B6, and stroke in children. Allele and genotype frequencies for the 677 C?T polymorphism in 21 children with stroke and 28 healthy children of

  17. Role of polymorphisms in MTHFR and MTHFD1 genes in the outcome of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia

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    M Krajinovic; É Lemieux-Blanchard; S Chiasson; M Primeau; I Costea; A Moghrabi

    2004-01-01

    The central role of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase (MTHFD1) in folate metabolism renders polymorphisms in genes encoding these enzymes potential modulators of therapeutic response to antifolate chemotherapeutics. The analysis of 201 children treated with methotrexate for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) showed that patients with either the MTHFR T677A1298 haplotype or MTHFD1 A1958 variant had a lower probability

  18. The Association between MTHFR Gene Polymorphisms and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Risk: A Meta-Analysis

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    Deng, Yan; Huang, Shan; Xu, Juanjuan; Li, Haiwei; Li, Shan; Zhao, Jinmin

    2013-01-01

    Background The association between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphisms and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk was inconsistent and underpowered. To clarify the effects of MTHFR gene polymorphisms on the risk of HCC, a meta-analysis of all available studies relating C677T and/or A1298C polymorphisms of MTHFR gene to the risk of HCC was conducted. Methods The authors searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and Chinese Biomedical Literature database (CBM) for the period up to July 2012. Data were extracted by two independent authors and pooled odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence interval (CI) was calculated. Metaregression and subgroup analyses were performed to identify the source of heterogeneity. Results Finally, 12 studies with 2,351 cases and 4,091 controls were included for C677T polymorphism and 6 studies with 1,333 cases and 1,878 controls were included for A1298C polymorphism. With respect to A1298C polymorphism, significantly decreased HCC risk was found in the overall population (CC vs. AA: OR?=?0.660, 95%CI 0.460–0.946, P?=?0.024; recessive model: OR?=?0.667, 95%CI?=?0.470–0.948, P?=?0.024). In subgroup analyses, significantly decreased HCC risk was found in Asian population (CC vs. AA: OR?=?0.647, 95%CI?=?0.435–0.963; P?=?0.032) and population-based studies (CC vs. AA: OR?=?0.519, 95%CI?=?0.327–0.823; P?=?0.005). With respect to C677T polymorphism, no significant association with HCC risk was demonstrated in overall and stratified analyses. Conclusions We concluded that MTHFR A1298C polymorphism may play a protective role in the carcinogenesis of HCC. Further large and well-designed studies are needed to confirm this association. PMID:23457501

  19. Screening of polymorphisms for MTHFR and DHFR genes in spina bifida children and their mothers

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    Husna, M. Z.; Endom, I.; Ibrahim, S.; Selvi, N. Amaramalar; Fakhrurazi, H.; Htwe, R. Ohnmar; Kanehaswari, Y.; Halim, A. R. Abdul; Wong, S. W.; Subashini, K.; Syahira, O. Nur; Aishah, S.

    2013-11-01

    Mechanism underlying the beneficial effect of folic acid supplementation in reducing the risk of neural tube defect is still not well understood. Current evidences show the involvement of folic acid metabolic gene's polymorphism as contributing factors that regulate this pathway. Therefore, the objective of this research was to determine the presence of C677T polymorphism for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR-19 bp deletion) genes between mother-children pairs of case and control. With the approval of UKMMC ethic committee, genomic DNA was extracted from one hundred and forty consented bloods. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), PCR-RFLP (Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism) and sequencing were employed to verify each nucleotide change. Our result shows that mutant MTHFR and DHFR alleles are present in all Malaysian sub-ethnic groups, case and control. Even though mutant MTHFR are found to be slightly higher in the case groups, 75% of the affected child is a non carrier for this allele and 62.5% of the mothers with an affected child are genotypically normal. For DHFR, almost all (87.5-100%) investigated samples are a carrier or having a double DHFR deletion be it a case or control pairs. However, strong maternal inheritance shown by the deleted allele might be due to a cascade effect of lacks of folate consumption or maternal uniparental disomy. In conclusion, the use of MTHFR and DHFR as markers in determining the risk of having spina bifida baby is uninformative and plays a small indirect role as the genetic causes of spina bifida. Therefore, spina bifida remains etiologically unknown polygenic and quantitative developmental trait whereby the searches for positive genetic marker need to be continued.

  20. Association of Polymorphisms in BDNF, MTHFR, and Genes Involved in the Dopaminergic Pathway with Memory in a Healthy Chinese Population

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    Yeh, Ting-Kuang; Hu, Chung-Yi; Yeh, Ting-Chi; Lin, Pei-Jung; Wu, Chung-Hsin; Lee, Po-Lei; Chang, Chun-Yen

    2012-01-01

    The contribution of genetic factors to the memory is widely acknowledged. Research suggests that these factors include genes involved in the dopaminergic pathway, as well as the genes for brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). The activity of the products of these genes is affected by single…

  1. Gene-environment and gene-gene interactions of specific MTHFR, MTR and CBS gene variants in relation to homocysteine in black South Africans.

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    Nienaber-Rousseau, Cornelie; Ellis, Suria M; Moss, Sarah J; Melse-Boonstra, Alida; Towers, G Wayne

    2013-11-01

    The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), cystathione-?-synthase (CBS) and methionine synthase (MTR) genes interact with each other and the environment. These interactions could influence homocysteine (Hcy) and diseases contingent thereon. We determined single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within these genes, their relationships and interactions with total Hcy concentrations within black South Africans to address the increased prevalence of diseases associated with Hcy. The MTHFR 677 TT and MTR 2756 AA genotypes were associated with higher Hcy concentrations (16.6 and 10.1 ?mol/L; p<0.05) compared to subjects harboring the MTHFR 677 CT/CC and the MTR 2756 AG genotypes (10.5, 9.7 and 9.5 ?mol/L, respectively). The investigated CBS genotypes did not influence Hcy. We demonstrated interactions between the area of residence and the CBS T833C/844ins68 genotypes (p=0.005) so that when harboring the wildtype allele, rural subjects had significantly higher Hcy than their urban counterparts, but when hosting the variant allele the environment made no difference to Hcy. Between the CBS T833C/844ins68 or G9276A and MTHFR C677T genotypes, there were two-way interactions (p=0.003 and=0.004, respectively), with regard to Hcy. Subjects harboring the MTHFR 677 TT genotype in combination with the CBS 833 TT/homozygous 844 non-insert or the MTHFR 677 TT genotype in combination with the CBS 9276 GA/GG displayed higher Hcy concentrations. Therefore, some of the investigated genotypes affected Hcy; residential area changed the way in which the CBS T833C/844ins68 SNPs influenced Hcy concentrations highlighting the importance of environmental factors; and gene-gene interactions allude to epistatic effects. PMID:23954866

  2. Polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene are associated with breast cancer risk and prognosis in a Chinese population.

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    Lu, Qing; Jiang, Ke; Li, Qiong; Ji, Ya-Jie; Chen, Wei-Li; Xue, Xiao-Hong

    2015-05-01

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in China and the world. Folate supplementation is proven to be effective in reducing the risk of breast cancer or improving its prognosis. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is an important enzyme involved in folate metabolism and DNA synthesis. This study aims to examine whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in the MTHFR gene are associated with risk and survival of breast cancer and serum folate levels in healthy controls. We genotyped nine tagging SNPs in the MTHFR gene in a case-control study, including 560 breast cancer cases and 560 healthy controls in China. We found that TT genotype of rs1801133 had significant increased risk of breast cancer [adjusted odds ratio (OR)?=?1.60, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.12-2.28] compared with CC genotype, and CC genotype of rs9651118 conferred significant reduced risk of breast cancer (adjusted OR?=?0.65, 95 % CI 0.45-0.95) compared to TT genotype. Haplotype analysis also showed that MTHFR CACCAA and AGTCAC haplotypes (rs12121543-rs13306553-rs9651118-rs1801133-rs4846048-rs1801131) had significant reduced risk of breast cancer (adjusted OR?=?0.70, 95 % CI 0.58-0.86; adjusted OR?=?0.57, 95 % CI 0.40-0.80) compared with CATTAA haplotype. Besides, MTHFR rs9651118 CC genotype was significantly associated with survival in breast cancer cases (adjusted hazard ratio (HR)?=?0.63, 95 % CI 0.40-0.99). But none of the SNPs in the MTHFR gene was associated with serum folate level in healthy controls. These findings suggest that variants in the MTHFR gene may influence the risk and prognosis of breast cancer. PMID:25566964

  3. Evaluation of the MTHFR C677T allele and the MTHFR gene locus in a German spina bifida population

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    M. C. Koch; K. Stegmann; A. Ziegler; B. Schröter; A. Ermert

    1998-01-01

    A number of recent studies have demonstrated that the occurrence and recurrence risk of neural tube defects (NTD) is reduced\\u000a by folic acid supplementation before and during pregnancy. Epidemiological studies have shown low plasma folate and raised\\u000a plasma homocysteine in women with spina bifida aperta (SB) children suggesting an abnormal folate metabolism. The 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate\\u000a reductase (MTHFR) variant C677T, resulting in

  4. Methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and nitric oxide synthase (ecNOS) genes and risks of peripheral arterial disease and coronary heart disease: Edinburgh artery study

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    F. G. R Fowkes; A. J Lee; C. M Hau; A Cooke; J. M Connor; G. D. O Lowe

    2000-01-01

    Hyperhomocysteinaemia and reduced nitric oxide synthesis may each result in endothelial dysfunction predisposing to atherogenesis. Genetic variants of methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (ecNOS) influence homocysteine metabolism and nitric oxide synthesis, respectively and might thus be determinants of the risk of atherosclerotic disease. The aim of our study was to identify, in a general population sample,

  5. Major gene evidence after MTHFR-segregation analysis of serum homocysteine in families of patients undergoing coronary arteriography

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    Sun Ha Jee; Kyung Soon Song; Won Heum Shim; Hyun Kyung Kim; Il Suh; Jung Yong Park; So Won; Terri H. Beaty

    2002-01-01

    Elevated levels of homocysteine is a risk factor for coronary artery disease. Polymorphic alleles in the MTHFR genes that cause recessively inherited increased homocysteine level can explain only a small proportion of the observed variation in homocysteine level. To investigate additional genetic influences, we examined environmental, familial, and genetic influences on serum homocysteine levels in 661 family members of 112

  6. C677T mutation in the 5,10-MTHFR gene and risk of Down syndrome in Italy

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    Liborio Stuppia; Valentina Gatta; Anna Rita Gaspari; Ivana Antonucci; Elisena Morizio; Giuseppe Calabrese; Giandomenico Palka

    2002-01-01

    The C677T polymorphism of the MTHFR gene has been associated to maternal risk of Down syndrome, due to the detection of an higher prevalence of the T allele among mothers of children with trisomy 21, compared to control mothers. In order to confirm this association, we studied the presence of the C677T in 64 mothers of Down syndrome children and

  7. 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), methionine synthase (MTRR), and methionine synthase reductase (MTR) gene polymorphisms and adult meningioma risk.

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    Zhang, Jun; Zhou, Yan-Wen; Shi, Hua-Ping; Wang, Yan-Zhong; Li, Gui-Ling; Yu, Hai-Tao; Xie, Xin-You

    2013-11-01

    The causes of meningiomas are not well understood. Folate metabolism gene polymorphisms have been shown to be associated with various human cancers. It is still controversial and ambiguous between the functional polymorphisms of folate metabolism genes 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), methionine synthase (MTRR), and methionine synthase reductase (MTR) and risk of adult meningioma. A population-based case–control study involving 600 meningioma patients (World Health Organization [WHO] Grade I, 391 cases; WHO Grade II, 167 cases; WHO Grade III, 42 cases) and 600 controls was done for the MTHFR C677T and A1298C, MTRR A66G, and MTR A2756G variants in Chinese Han population. The folate metabolism gene polymorphisms were determined by using a polymerase chain reaction–restriction fragment length polymorphism assay. Meningioma cases had a significantly lower frequency of MTHFR 677 TT genotype [odds ratio (OR) = 0.49, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.33–0.74; P = 0.001] and T allele (OR = 0.80, 95 % CI 0.67–0.95; P = 0.01) than controls. A significant association between risk of meningioma and MTRR 66 GG (OR = 1.41, 95 % CI 1.02–1.96; P = 0.04) was also observed. When stratifying by the WHO grade of meningioma, no association was found. Our study suggested that MTHFR C677T and MTRR A66G variants may affect the risk of adult meningioma in Chinese Han population. PMID:23959833

  8. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C>T gene polymorphism as a possible factor for reducing clinical severity of psoriasis

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    Karabacak, Ercan; Aydin, Ersin; Ozcan, Omer; Dogan, Bilal; Gultepe, Mustafa; Cosar, Alpaslan; Muftuoglu, Tuba

    2014-01-01

    Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a crucial enzyme in homocysteine/methionine metabolism. It catalysis the formation of 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-methyl-THF), which is the methyl donor for synthesis of methionine from homocysteine (Hcy). Decreases in folate consumption due to MTHFR polymorphism may affect production rate of keratinocytes of which had faster reproduction rates with a continuous DNA turnover and this may affect the clinical picture of psoriasis. This study aimed to investigate correlation of C677T polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene with severity of psoriasis and to evaluate the status of plasma Hcy, folate and vitamin B12 levels in patient with chronic plaque psoriasis. The study included 60 patients with chronic plaque psoriasis. The C677T polymorphisms were genotyped using PCR (Qiagen). Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) score below 7 was defined as mild, between 7 and 12 as moderate, and above 12 as severe disease. There was a significant difference between the severity of disease classification (p<0.05) with respect to the C677T polymorphism in the MTHFR gene. Severe involvement (PASI score >12) was observed in 38.46% of wild type (CC), but only 12.50% of homozygote (TT) and 7.69% of heterozygote (CT) patients. Significant differences between gene polymorphism and Hcy levels were noted in TT and CT genotypes respectively (p=0.025 and p=0.040). Plasma Hcy, folate and vitamin B12 levels were not correlated with the PASI score. Our data indicate a possible correlation of MTHFR polymorphism with severity of psoriasis. PMID:24753765

  9. Unilateral Renal Vein Thrombosis and Adrenal Hemorrhage in A Newborn with Homozygous Factor V Leiden and Heterozygous Of MTHFR-677T, MTHFR-1298C Gene Mutations.

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    Sandal, Gonca; Ar?kan, Elvan; Kuybulu, Ayça Esra; Ormec?, Ahmet Rifat

    2014-09-01

    Renal vein thrombosis (RVT) occurs as an acute and life-threatening event in neonates. RVT is the most common non-catheter-related thrombosis in infancy and occurs primarily in the newborn period. Non-catheter-related abdominal thrombosis on neonates has a higher incidence of genetic prothrombotic risk factors. RVT and adrenal hemorrhage can both be encountered in the neonatal period and they may occur at the same time (Bokenkamp et al., Eur J Pediatr 159:44-8, 2000; Lau et al. Pediatrics 120:1278-84, 2007). We report a case of unilateral RVT and adrenal hemorrhage in a newborn with homozygous factor V Leiden mutation and heterozygous of the methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene mutations. PMID:25332602

  10. MTHFR gene C677T polymorphism and type 2 diabetic nephropathy in Asian populations: a meta-analysis

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    Chen, Haiyan; Wei, Fang; Wang, Lihua; Wang, Zhe; Meng, Jia; Jia, Lan; Sun, Guijiang; Zhang, Ruining; Li, Bo; Yu, Haibo; Pang, Haiyan; Bi, Xueqing; Dong, Hongye; Jiang, Aili; Wang, Lin

    2015-01-01

    Background: Many studies have suggested a correlation between the C677T mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene and diabetic nephropathy (DN), but their results are inconclusive. Methods: To confirm this correlation, we performed a meta-analysis of 15 studies. The dichotomous data are presented as odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Results: The results of this study suggested that the MTHFR 677 T allele was more likely to increase the risk of DN in Asian (OR = 1.466, 95% CI = 1.143-1.880, P = 0.003), West Asian (OR = 1.750, 95% CI = 1.150-2.664, P = 0.009), and Chinese populations (OR = 2.162, 95% CI = 1.719-2.719, P = 0.001), but not in East Asian or Japanese populations. The carriers of the MTHFR 677 T allele were associated with progression of DN in the “5-10 year duration” group, but not in the “> 10 year duration” group (OR = 2.187, 95% CI = 1.787-2.677, P = 0.001). Conclusion: Development of DN is associated with MTHFR C677T polymorphisms in Asian populations, especially in early type 2 diabetes.

  11. Folate supplementation, MTHFR gene polymorphism and neural tube defects: a community based case control study in North India

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    Roumi Deb; Jyoti Arora; Sanjenbam Yaiphaba Meitei; Sangeeta Gupta; Vanita Verma; Kallur Nava Saraswathy; Sunil Saran; Aloke Kumar Kalla

    The present study analyses the potential role of MTHFR gene polymorphism, folate supplementation and dietary pattern among\\u000a the mothers of NTD neonates and controls in heterogeneous populations of North India, with the special focus on their ethnic\\u000a labels. Results indicated significant increased risk for neural tube defects with respect to low folic acid supplementation\\u000a and vegetarian diet in univariate and

  12. Interaction of MTHFR C677T and A1298C, and MTR A2756G gene polymorphisms in breast cancer risk in a population in Northeast Brazil.

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    de Cássia Carvalho Barbosa, Rita; da Costa, Débora Menezes; Cordeiro, Denise Ellen Francelino; Vieira, Ana Patricia Freitas; Rabenhorst, Silvia Helena Barem

    2012-11-01

    Polymorphisms in genes encoding enzymes of folate metabolism are a focus of breast cancer risk studies due of the role of these enzymes in DNA methylation, synthesis, and repair. MTHFR, encoding for 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, is one of the most studied genes in this regard, but findings are controversial, and the majority of studies have analyzed polymorphisms individually. In this case control study, we examined the combination of the polymorphisms MTHFR C677T and A1298C with MTR A2756G, where MTR, methionine synthase, is an important enzyme of the folate cycle in the methylation pathway. One hundred and forty-two patients with breast cancer and controls were included and the genotypes were determined using PCR-RFLP. In the population studied, individuals carrying the polymorphic allele in the heterozygous state for both enzymes, MTHFR C677T and MTR A2756G, had an increased risk [odds ratio, OR=2.77 (95% confidence interval, CI=1.19-6.52)] for disease, compared to those with the wild genotype. In addition, individuals carrying the MTR 2756 genotype AG had an increased risk when this was combined with the MTHFR 1298 genotype CC [OR=5.13 (95% CI=0.87-38.82)]. No significant results were found from the analyses associating the MTHFR C677T and A1298C genotypes. However, when stratifying the patients by age (50 years old as the cut-off), patients over 50 years old had greater risk, with the presence of both MTHFR polymorphisms in the heterozygous state [OR=5.33 (95% CI=1.42-21.03)]. This study points out the importance of the interactions between the MTHFR C677T, MTHFR A1298C and MTR A2756G polymorphisms, and also highlights the relevance of the MTR A2756G polymorphism and age in breast cancer risk. PMID:23155246

  13. Associations of variants in MTHFR and MTRR genes with male infertility in the Jordanian population.

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    Mfady, Doaa S; Sadiq, May F; Khabour, Omar F; Fararjeh, Abdulfattah S; Abu-Awad, Aymen; Khader, Yousef

    2014-02-15

    Folate pathway is expected to play an important role in spermatogenesis since it is involved in DNA synthesis, repair and methylation. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between male infertility and the MTHFR (C677T and A1298C) and MTRR (A66G) polymorphisms. A group of 300 males was recruited in this study from different Jordanian infertility clinics. Of these, 150 cases of infertile men that included oligozoospermia cases (n=45), severe oligozoospermia (n=71) and azoospermia (n=34) were studied. The other 150 males were age matched fertile controls. Genotyping of MTHFR and MTRR polymorphisms was performed using PCR-RFLP technique. The results showed an association between MTHFR 677TT genotype and male infertility (P<0.05). However, the distribution of MTHFR A1298C and MTRR A66G genotypes were not different between the fertile and infertile groups (P>0.05). In addition, none of the examined polymorphisms was related to any of the semen parameters in the infertile group. In conclusion, this study showed that MTHFR C677T polymorphism is associated with male infertility in Jordanians. PMID:24334125

  14. Association of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphism with ischemic stroke in the Eastern Chinese Han population.

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    Lv, Q-Q; Lu, J; Sun, H; Zhang, J-S

    2015-01-01

    The association between the MTHFR genetic polymorphism and ischemic stroke has been reported by a number of investigators. However, the results have been controversial and conflicting. The aim of this study was to explore the association between the MTHFR variants C677T and A1298C and the risk of ischemic stroke in an Eastern Chinese Han population. A total of 199 patients with ischemic stroke and 241 controls were recruited. Genotyping of the MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms was carried out using the Taqman 7900HT Sequence Detection System. The overall estimates (odds ratio: OR) for the allele (C) and genotype (AC+CC) of the A1298C polymorphism were 1.57 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.16-2.10], and 2.36 (95%CI = 1.39-4.00), respectively, establishing significant association of the MTHFR A1298C polymorphism with ischemic stroke. In contrast, there were no statistically significant differences compared to controls between MTHFR C677T polymorphic variants in the association ischemic stroke risk. Furthermore, haplotype-based analysis demonstrated that compared with the C-677-A-1298 haplotype, the C-677-C-1298 and T-677-C-1298 haplotypes showed significant increased risk of ischemic stroke (OR = 1.56; 95%CI = 1.07- 2.2; P = 0.02; OR = 1.76; 95%CI = 1.17-2.65; P < 0.01, respectively). We concluded that the A1298C polymorphism and the haplotypes C-677-C-1298 and T-677-C-1298 in MTHFR might modulate the risk of ischemic stroke in the Eastern Chinese Han population. PMID:25966188

  15. The Genetic Diversity and Structure of Linkage Disequilibrium of the MTHFR Gene in Populations of Northern Eurasia

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    Trifonova, E.A.; Eremina, E.R.; Urnov, F.D.; Stepanov, V.A.

    2012-01-01

    The structure of the haplotypes and linkage disequilibrium (LD) of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) in 9 population groups from Northern Eurasia and populations of the international HapMap project was investigated in the present study. The data suggest that the architecture of LD in the human genome is largely determined by the evolutionary history of populations; however, the results of phylogenetic and haplotype analyses seems to suggest that in fact there may be a common “old” mechanism for the formation of certain patterns of LD. Variability in the structure of LD and the level of diversity of MTHFRhaplotypes cause a certain set of tagSNPs with an established prognostic significance for each population. In our opinion, the results obtained in the present study are of considerable interest for understanding multiple genetic phenomena: namely, the association of interpopulation differences in the patterns of LD with structures possessing a genetic susceptibility to complex diseases, and the functional significance of the pleiotropicMTHFR gene effect. Summarizing the results of this study, a conclusion can be made that the genetic variability analysis with emphasis on the structure of LD in human populations is a powerful tool that can make a significant contribution to such areas of biomedical science as human evolutionary biology, functional genomics, genetics of complex diseases, and pharmacogenomics. PMID:22708063

  16. Variation in Telangiectasia Predisposing Genes Is Associated With Overall Radiation Toxicity

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    Tanteles, George A. [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom) [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom); Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester (United Kingdom); Murray, Robert J.S. [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom)] [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom); Mills, Jamie [Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester (United Kingdom)] [Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester (United Kingdom); Barwell, Julian [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom) [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom); Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester (United Kingdom); Chakraborti, Prabir [Department of Clinical Oncology, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby (United Kingdom)] [Department of Clinical Oncology, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby (United Kingdom); Chan, Steve [Department of Clinical Oncology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham (United Kingdom)] [Department of Clinical Oncology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham (United Kingdom); Cheung, Kwok-Leung [Division of Breast Surgery, University of Nottingham, Nottingham (United Kingdom)] [Division of Breast Surgery, University of Nottingham, Nottingham (United Kingdom); Ennis, Dawn [Department of Clinical Oncology, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby (United Kingdom)] [Department of Clinical Oncology, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby (United Kingdom); Khurshid, Nazish [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom)] [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom); Lambert, Kelly [Department of Breast Surgery, University Hospitals of Leicester, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester (United Kingdom)] [Department of Breast Surgery, University Hospitals of Leicester, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester (United Kingdom); Machhar, Rohan; Meisuria, Mitul [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom)] [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom); Osman, Ahmed; Peat, Irene [Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester (United Kingdom)] [Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester (United Kingdom); Sahota, Harjinder [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom)] [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom); Woodings, Pamela [Department of Clinical Oncology, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby (United Kingdom)] [Department of Clinical Oncology, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby (United Kingdom); Talbot, Christopher J., E-mail: cjt14@le.ac.uk [Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester (United Kingdom); and others

    2012-11-15

    Purpose: In patients receiving radiotherapy for breast cancer where the heart is within the radiation field, cutaneous telangiectasiae could be a marker of potential radiation-induced heart disease. We hypothesized that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes known to cause heritable telangiectasia-associated disorders could predispose to such late, normal tissue vascular damage. Methods and Materials: The relationship between cutaneous telangiectasia as a late normal tissue radiation injury phenotype in 633 breast cancer patients treated with radiotherapy was examined. Patients were clinically assessed for the presence of cutaneous telangiectasia and genotyped at nine SNPs in three candidate genes. Candidate SNPs were within the endoglin (ENG) and activin A receptor, type II-like 1 (ACVRL1) genes, mutations in which cause hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia and the ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) gene associated with ataxia-telangiectasia. Results: A total of 121 (19.1%) patients exhibited a degree of cutaneous telangiectasiae on clinical examination. Regression was used to examine the associations between the presence of telangiectasiae in patients who underwent breast-conserving surgery, controlling for the effects of boost and known brassiere size (n=388), and individual geno- or haplotypes. Inheritance of ACVRL1 SNPs marginally contributed to the risk of cutaneous telangiectasiae. Haplotypic analysis revealed a stronger association between inheritance of a ATM haplotype and the presence of cutaneous telangiectasiae, fibrosis and overall toxicity. No significant association was observed between telangiectasiae and the coinheritance of the candidate ENG SNPs. Conclusions: Genetic variation in the ATM gene influences reaction to radiotherapy through both vascular damage and increased fibrosis. The predisposing variation in the ATM gene will need to be better defined to optimize it as a predictive marker for assessing radiotherapy late effects.

  17. Implications on human fertility of the 677C->T and 1298A->C polymorphisms of the MTHFR gene: consequences of a possible genetic selection

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    A. Reyes-Engel; E. Munoz; M. J. Gaitan; E. Fabre; M. Gallo; J. L. Dieguez; M. Ruiz; M. Morell

    2002-01-01

    Mutant alleles with the 677C?T and 1298A?C polymorphisms of the MTHFR gene, and consequent lower methylentetrahydro- folate reductase enzyme activity, have been related to higher plasma homocysteine levels, which are associated with cardiovascular diseases. We assessed the genotype frequencies, degrees of fertility and homocysteine levels, and discuss a possible genetic selection for the gene polymorphisms studied. A total of 1777

  18. Factor V gene G1691A mutation, prothrombin gene G20210A mutation, and MTHFR gene C677T mutation are not risk factors for pulmonary thromboembolism in Chinese population

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    Yanhui Lu; Yanfen Zhao; Guozhang Liu; Xiaoling Wang; Zhihong Liu; Baiping Chen; Rutai Hui

    2002-01-01

    A mutation in coagulant factor V gene, a substitution in the 3? untranslated region of prothrombin gene, and a variant in 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene have been reported to be related to venous thromboembolism in Caucasians, but this relationship remains in debate in other populations. In this case–control study, we aimed to determine the prevalence of these three mutations in

  19. Association of the C677T polymorphism in the MTHFR gene with breast and\\/or ovarian cancer risk in Jewish women

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    R Gershoni-Baruch; E Dagan; D Israeli; L Kasinetz; E Kadouri; E Friedman

    2000-01-01

    The C677T mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene is associated with reduced enzyme activity, hyperhomocysteinaemia and increased risk for atherosclerosis in homozygotes. We examined the frequency of this mutation and its association with disease pattern in 491 Jewish women with either sporadic (n=355; 72%) or hereditary (n=136; 28%) breast and\\/or ovarian cancer and in 69 asymptomatic BRCA1\\/2 mutation carriers,

  20. Analysis of MTHFR Gene C.677C>T and C.1298A>C Polymorphisms in Iranian Patients with Non-Syndromic Cleft Lip and Palate

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    JAHANBIN, Arezoo; HASANZADEH, Nadia; ABDOLHOSEINPOUR, Faraneh; SADR-NABAVI, Ariane; RAISOLSADAT, Mohammad-Ali; SHAMSIAN, Khosro; MOHAJERTEHRAN, Farnaz; KIANIFAR, Hamidreza

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Background Non-syndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (nsCL/P) is one of the most common congenital abnormalities of the orofacial region with a multifactorial etiology. The present study aimed to investigate the association of two common polymorphisms of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene (c.677C>T and c.1298A>C) with the occurrence of nsCL/P in an Iranian population. Methods Forty-five nsCL/P patients, 43 mothers of patients, and 101 unrelated controls participated in the present study. Analysis of c.677C>T and c.1298A>C polymorphisms in MTHFR gene was conducted using polymerase chain reaction and restriction enzyme digestions. Results There was no statistical difference in genotype and allele frequencies for c.677C>T variants between patients or their mothers and the control group. However, differences in the frequencies of alleles and genotypes of c.1298A>C polymorphism were statistically significant between patients and control group (P=0.01 for alleles and P=0.005 for genotypes). The odds ratios (OR) for the CC versus AA homozygotes were 6.1 (95% CI 1.8-20.5) and 4.2 (95% CI 1.1-15.4), in patients and mothers, respectively. Conclusions We found no association between genetic polymorphism of MTHFR c.677C>T and the risk of nsCL/P in the population studied. Yet the results suggested that c.1298A>C polymorphism of MTHFR gene may be a risk factor for the occurrence of nsCL/P in the Iranian population.

  1. MTHFR 677TT genotype and disease risk: is there a modulating role for B-vitamins?

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    Reilly, R; McNulty, H; Pentieva, K; Strain, J J; Ward, M

    2014-02-01

    Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a critical folate-metabolising enzyme which requires riboflavin as its co-factor. A common polymorphism (677C?T) in the MTHFR gene results in reduced MTHFR activity in vivo which in turn leads to impaired folate metabolism and elevated homocysteine concentrations. Homozygosity for this polymorphism (TT genotype) is associated with an increased risk of a number of conditions including heart disease and stroke, but there is considerable variability in the extent of excess risk in various reports. The present review will explore the evidence which supports a role for this polymorphism as a risk factor for a number of adverse health outcomes, and the potential modulating roles for B-vitamins in alleviating disease risk. The evidence is convincing in the case which links this polymorphism with hypertension and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, particularly preeclampsia. Furthermore, elevated blood pressure was found to be highly responsive to riboflavin intervention specifically in individuals with the MTHFR 677TT genotype. Future intervention studies targeted at these genetically predisposed individuals are required to further investigate this novel gene-nutrient interaction. This polymorphism has also been associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects (NTD) and other adverse pregnancy outcomes; however, the evidence in this area has been inconsistent. Preliminary evidence has suggested that there may be a much greater need for women with the MTHFR 677TT genotype to adhere to the specific recommendation of commencing folic acid prior to conception for the prevention of NTD, but this requires further investigation. PMID:24131523

  2. Evidence of Paternal N5, N10 - Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) C677T Gene Polymorphism in Couples with Recurrent Spontaneous Abortions (RSAs) in Kolar District- A South West of India

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    Vanilla, Shiny; Kotur, Pushpa F; Kutty, Moideen A; Vegi, Pradeep Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) is a multifactorial clinical obstetrics complication commonly occurring in pregnancy. Many research studies have noted the mutations such as C677T in N5, N10 - Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR)gene which is regarded as RSA risk factor. This study was carried out to determine the occurrence of frequency of C677T of the MTHFR gene mutations with RSA. Aim: The purpose of present study is to determine the frequency of MTHFR C677T polymorphisms in couples with recurrent pregnancy loss and the impact of paternal polymorphisms of MTHFR C677T in recurrent pregnancy loss in population of couples living in Kolar district of Karnataka with RSA. Design: A total of 15 couples with a history of two or more unexplained RSA were enrolled as subjects in the study and a total of 15 couples with normal reproductive history, having two or more children and no history of miscarriages were enrolled as controls. Materials and Methods: DNA extraction from samples case and control group couples and its quantification by Agarose gel electrophoresis, assessment of DNA purity, MTHFR C 677T gene mutation detection by PCR-RFLP method. Statistical analysis: Carried out by web based online SPSS tool. Results: The frequency of C677T genotype showed homozygous wild type CC (80%), heterozygous CT type (13.3%) and homozygous mutation TT type (6.67%) observed in males. Similarly from female’s homozygous wild type CC (86.6%), heterozygous type (13.3%), and homozygous type mutations TT (0%) was recorded. In couple control groups, we observed homozygous wild type CC (86.6%), heterozygous CT type (13.3%) and homozygous type mutations TT type (0%). Conclusion: We noticed a high frequency of MTHFR specifically T allele associated with paternal side.Therefore, the present study indicated the impact of paternal gene polymorphism of MTHFR C677T on screening in couples with recurrent pregnancy loss. PMID:25859445

  3. Study on Environmental Causes and SNPs of MTHFR, MS and CBS Genes Related to Congenital Heart Disease

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    Liu, Yan; Huang, Peng; Lin, Ning; Sun, Xiaoru; Yu, Rongbin; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Qin, Yuming; Wang, Lijuan

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are among the most common birth defects in China. Environmental causes and folate metabolism changes may alter susceptibility to CHD. The aim of this study is to evaluate the relevant risk-factors of children with CHD and their mothers. Methods 138 children with CHD and 207 normal children for controls were recruited. Their mothers were also enlisted in this study and interviewed following a questionnaire about their pregnant history and early pregnancy situation. Five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), methionine synthase (MS) and cystathionine ?-synthase (CBS) of mothers and children were genotyped. Results There were significant differences in the gender of children, occupation of mothers, family history with CHD, history of abortion, history of adverse pregnancy, early pregnancy health, fetus during pregnancy, pesticide exposure and drug exposure in CHD group and control group ( P < 0.05). Logistic regression analyses showed that after adjustment for above factors, MTHFR rs1801131 were significantly associated with their offspring CHD risk in mothers. Compared with the mothers whose MTHFR were rs1801131 AA and AC genotypes, the mothers who got a mutation of MTHFR rs1801131 CC genotypes had a 267% increase in risk of given birth of a CHD children (OR=3.67,95%CI=1.12-12.05). Meanwhile, MTHFR rs1801131 were significantly associated with CHD susceptibility in children (OR = 1.42, 95% CI = 1.00-2.44 in additive model). Conclusions Besides mothers’ social and fertility characteristics, our results suggested that the genetic variants in folate metabolism pathway might be one of the most related risk-factors of CHD. MTHFR rs1801131 were identified as loci in Chinese population that were involved in CHD. PMID:26035828

  4. Low-frequency intermediate penetrance variants in the ROCK1 gene predispose to Tetralogy of Fallot

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    2013-01-01

    Background Epidemiological studies indicate a substantial excess familial recurrence of non-syndromic Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), implicating genetic factors that remain largely unknown. The Rho induced kinase 1 gene (ROCK1) is a key component of the planar cell polarity signalling pathway, which plays an important role in normal cardiac development. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of genetic variation in ROCK1 on the risk of TOF. Results ROCK1 was sequenced in a discovery cohort of 93 non-syndromic TOF probands to identify rare variants. TagSNPs were selected to capture commoner variation in ROCK1. Novel variants and TagSNPs were genotyped in a discovery cohort of 458 TOF cases and 1331 healthy controls, and positive findings were replicated in a further 209 TOF cases and 1290 healthy controls. Association between genotypes and TOF was assessed using LAMP. A rare SNP (c.807C?>?T; rs56085230) discovered by sequencing was associated with TOF risk (p?=?0.006) in the discovery cohort. The variant was also significantly associated with the risk of TOF in the replication cohort (p?=?0.018). In the combined cohorts the odds ratio for TOF was 2.61 (95% CI 1.58-4.30); p?gene predispose to the risk of TOF. PMID:23782575

  5. Association between decreased vitamin levels and MTHFR, MTR and MTRR gene polymorphisms as determinants for elevated total homocysteine concentrations in pregnant women

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    P R Barbosa; S P Stabler; A L K Machado; R C Braga; R D C Hirata; M H Hirata; L F Sampaio-Neto; R H Allen; E M Guerra-Shinohara; EM Guerra-Shinohara

    2008-01-01

    Objectives:To examine the association between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) (C677T and A1298C), methionine synthase (MTR) A2756G and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) A66G gene polymorphisms and total homocysteine (tHcy), methylmalonic acid (MMA) and S-adenosylmethionine\\/S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAM\\/SAH) levels; and to evaluate the potential interactions with folate or cobalamin (Cbl) status.Subjects\\/Methods:Two hundred seventy-five healthy women at labor who delivered full-term normal babies. Cbl, folate, tHcy,

  6. MTHFR and ACE Gene Polymorphisms and Risk of Vascular and Degenerative Dementias in the Elderly

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    Pandey, Pratima; Pradhan, Sunil; Modi, Dinesh Raj; Mittal, Balraj

    2009-01-01

    Focal lacunar infarctions due to cerebral small vessel atherosclerosis or single/multiple large cortical infarcts lead to vascular dementia, and different genes and environmental factors have been implicated in causation or aggravation of the disease. Previous reports suggest that some of the risk factors may be common to both vascular as well as…

  7. Relationship of MTHFR gene 677C ? T polymorphism, homocysteine, and estimated glomerular filtration rate levels with the risk of new-onset diabetes.

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    Qin, Xianhui; Li, Youbao; Yuan, Hui; Xie, Di; Tang, Genfu; Wang, Binyan; Wang, Xiaobin; Xu, Xin; Xu, Xiping; Hou, Fanfan

    2015-02-01

    East Asian patients with diabetes have a higher risk for renal complications and strokes than Europeans. We aimed to evaluate the effect of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene 677 C ? T polymorphism, which was associated with a higher stroke risk and was common in the Chinese population, as well as homocysteine and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) levels on the risk of new-onset diabetes (NOD). A total of 2422 subjects without diabetes were followed-up for 7 years. NOD was defined as fasting plasma glucose ? 7.0 mmol/L or self-reported physician diagnosis of diabetes. Compared with subjects with MTHFR 677 CC genotype, those with TT genotype had a higher risk of NOD in females (odds ratio 2.78, 95% confidence interval 1.39-5.56) but not in males (0.80, 0.40-1.61, P for interaction = 0.008). Furthermore, MTHFR 677 C ? T polymorphism was more strongly associated with the risk of NOD among females with higher body mass index (BMI, ? 23 vs <23 kg/m(2), P for interaction = 0.009) or lower high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C, <1.3 vs ? 1.3 mmol/L, P for interaction = 0.015) levels. Hyperhomocysteinemia (? 16 vs <10 ?mol/L) was not significantly associated with NOD in males (0.88, 0.42-1.85) or females (1.52, 0.65-3.57). However, mildly decreased eGFR (<90 vs 90-120 mL/min/1.73 m(2)) was associated with NOD mainly in males (1.96, 1.01-3.78; females, 0.74, 0.32-1.72, P for interaction = 0.134). Females with MTHFR 677 TT genotype had a significantly higher risk of NOD, particularly those with higher BMI or low HDL-C levels. The higher risk of NOD associated with mildly decreased eGFR also warrants more investigation. Our results provide insights into the ethnic differences of diabetic complications between East Asian patients and Europeans. PMID:25700330

  8. MTHFR A1298C and C677T gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to chronic myeloid leukemia in Egypt

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    Aly, Rabab M; Taalab, Mona M; Ghazy, Hayam F

    2014-01-01

    Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a key enzyme regulating the intracellular folate metabolism which plays an important role in carcinogenesis through DNA methylation. We aimed to evaluate the association between MTHFR A1298C and C677T polymorphisms and the risks of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Eighty-five patients with CML and a control group containing 100 healthy, age and sex matched individuals were examined for MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment-length (PCR-RFLP) method. The frequency of 677TT genotype in patients with CML was significantly higher compared to controls (OR = 2.513, 95% CI: 0.722-4.086, P = 0.025). No such association was shown for heterozygous 677CT (OR = 1.010, 95% CI: 0.460-2.218, P = 0.981). Moreover, for A1298C genotype, a statistically significant higher frequency of 1298CC was also detected in CML patients compared to control group (OR = 1.1816, 95% CI: 0.952-3.573, P = 0.036), 0.036). No such statistical significance was demonstrable for heterozygote 1298AC (OR = 1.046, 95% CI: 0.740-1.759, P = 0.092). In addition, patients with joint 677CT/1298AC or 677TT/1298CC genotypes showed an association with increased risk of CML (OR = 1.849, 95% CI: 0.935-2.540, P = 0.024; OR = 1.915, 95% CI: 1.202-3.845, P = 0.020 respectively). .A statistically significant increased risk of resistant to therapy was observed with 677CT and 1298AC genotypes (P = 0.001, P = 0.002 respectively). We conclude that both MTHFR 677TT and 1298CC polymorphisms have been associated with risk of CML and both 677CT and 1298AC genotypes are associated with higher risk of resistant to therapy. PMID:24966971

  9. Association of polymorphisms in DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B, MTHFR and MTRR genes with global DNA methylation levels and prognosis of autoimmune thyroid disease.

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    Arakawa, Y; Watanabe, M; Inoue, N; Sarumaru, M; Hidaka, Y; Iwatani, Y

    2012-11-01

    To clarify the association between factors regulating DNA methylation and the prognosis of autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs), we genotyped single nucleotide polymorphisms in genes encoding DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1), DNMT3A, DNMT3B, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR), which are enzymes essential for DNA methylation. Subjects for this study included 125 patients with Hashimoto's disease (HD), including 48 patients with severe HD and 49 patients with mild HD; 176 patients with Graves' disease (GD), including 79 patients with intractable GD and 47 patients with GD in remission; and 83 healthy volunteers (control subjects). The DNMT1+32204GG genotype was more frequent in patients with intractable GD than in patients with GD in remission. Genomic DNA showed significantly lower levels of global methylation in individuals with the DNMT1+32204GG genotype than in those with the AA genotype. The MTRR+66AA genotype was observed to be more frequent in patients with severe HD than in those with mild HD. The DNMT1+14395A/G, DNMT3B-579G/T, MTHFR+677C/T and +1298A/C polymorphisms were not correlated with the development or prognosis of AITD. Our study indicates that the DNMT1+32204GG genotype correlates with DNA hypomethylation and with the intractability of GD, and that the MTRR+66AA genotype may correlate with the severity of HD. PMID:23039890

  10. Distribution of alleles of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T gene polymorphism in familial spina bifida.

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    Johnson, W G; Stenroos, E S; Heath, S C; Chen, Y; Carroll, R; McKoy, V V; Chatkupt, S; Lehner, T

    1999-12-22

    Spina bifida cystica (SB) is one of the most common and disabling of birth defects. Folic acid supplementation in mothers during the periconceptional period has been shown to prevent more than 70% of neural tube defects (NTD) including SB. However, the mechanism is unknown. We tested a series of multicase SB families in which 224 individuals were genotyped and a group of 215 unrelated unaffected (external) control individuals for association of SB with the T allele of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism that produces a heat-labile enzyme protein. The data were analyzed using first the transmission/disequilibrium test (TDT) and second a modified case-control study design with Monte Carlo sampling methods. No association of SB with the MTHFR T allele was found by either method. Presently, association between SB and the T allele has been found in four studies, a Dutch study, an Irish study, a North American study, and an Italian study. But no association was found in four other studies, a British study, a French study, a Turkish study, and a German study. A California population-based study found only modestly increased risk of SB with this allele that was not significant at the P < 0.05 level. The present study finds no evidence of the association. Only one other study, the German study, has used TDT analysis. The present study is the first to use a modified case-control study design with Monte Carlo sampling methods to test this association. Thus, it appears that the MTHFR T allele is a risk factor for SB in some populations but not others. Major genetic risk factors for folate-related SB remain to be found. PMID:10594879

  11. Mutations in genes encoding the glycine cleavage system predispose to neural tube defects in mice and humans.

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    Narisawa, Ayumi; Komatsuzaki, Shoko; Kikuchi, Atsuo; Niihori, Tetsuya; Aoki, Yoko; Fujiwara, Kazuko; Tanemura, Mitsuyo; Hata, Akira; Suzuki, Yoichi; Relton, Caroline L; Grinham, James; Leung, Kit-Yi; Partridge, Darren; Robinson, Alexis; Stone, Victoria; Gustavsson, Peter; Stanier, Philip; Copp, Andrew J; Greene, Nicholas D E; Tominaga, Teiji; Matsubara, Yoichi; Kure, Shigeo

    2012-04-01

    Neural tube defects (NTDs), including spina bifida and anencephaly, are common birth defects of the central nervous system. The complex multigenic causation of human NTDs, together with the large number of possible candidate genes, has hampered efforts to delineate their molecular basis. Function of folate one-carbon metabolism (FOCM) has been implicated as a key determinant of susceptibility to NTDs. The glycine cleavage system (GCS) is a multi-enzyme component of mitochondrial folate metabolism, and GCS-encoding genes therefore represent candidates for involvement in NTDs. To investigate this possibility, we sequenced the coding regions of the GCS genes: AMT, GCSH and GLDC in NTD patients and controls. Two unique non-synonymous changes were identified in the AMT gene that were absent from controls. We also identified a splice acceptor site mutation and five different non-synonymous variants in GLDC, which were found to significantly impair enzymatic activity and represent putative causative mutations. In order to functionally test the requirement for GCS activity in neural tube closure, we generated mice that lack GCS activity, through mutation of AMT. Homozygous Amt(-/-) mice developed NTDs at high frequency. Although these NTDs were not preventable by supplemental folic acid, there was a partial rescue by methionine. Overall, our findings suggest that loss-of-function mutations in GCS genes predispose to NTDs in mice and humans. These data highlight the importance of adequate function of mitochondrial folate metabolism in neural tube closure. PMID:22171071

  12. Polymorphisms of the Flavin containing monooxygenase 3 (FMO3) gene do not predispose to essential hypertension in Caucasians

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    Dolan, Ciara; Shields, Denis C; Stanton, Alice; O'Brien, Eoin; Lambert, Deborah M; O'Brien, John K; Treacy, Eileen P

    2005-01-01

    Background The recessive disorder trimethylaminuria is caused by defects in the FMO3 gene, and may be associated with hypertension. We investigated whether common polymorphisms of the FMO3 gene confer an increased risk for elevated blood pressure and/or essential hypertension. Methods FMO3 genotypes (E158K, V257M, E308G) were determined in 387 healthy subjects with ambulatory systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements, and in a cardiovascular disease population of 1649 individuals, 691(41.9%) of whom had a history of hypertension requiring drug treatment. Haplotypes were determined and their distribution noted. Results There was no statistically significant association found between any of the 4 common haplotypes and daytime systolic blood pressure in the healthy population (p = 0.65). Neither was a statistically significant association found between the 4 common haplotypes and hypertension status among the cardiovascular disease patients (p = 0.80). Conclusion These results suggest that the variants in the FMO3 gene do not predispose to essential hypertension in this population. PMID:16324215

  13. First-stage autosomal genome screen in extended pedigrees suggests genes predisposing to low bone mineral density on chromosomes 1p, 2p and 4q

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    M Devoto; K Shimoya; J Caminis; J Ott; A Tenenhouse; MP Whyte; L Sereda; S Hall; E Considine; CJ Williams; G Tromp; H Kuivaniemi; L Ala-Kokko; DJ Prockop; LD Spotila

    1998-01-01

    Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone density, and osteopenia is responsible for 1.5 million fractures in the United States annually.1 In order to identify regions of the genome which are likely to contain genes predisposing to osteopenia, we genotyped 149 members of seven large pedigrees having recurrence of low bone mineral density (BMD) with 330 DNA markers spread throughout the

  14. Low copy number of the salivary amylase gene predisposes to obesity.

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    Falchi, Mario; El-Sayed Moustafa, Julia Sarah; Takousis, Petros; Pesce, Francesco; Bonnefond, Amélie; Andersson-Assarsson, Johanna C; Sudmant, Peter H; Dorajoo, Rajkumar; Al-Shafai, Mashael Nedham; Bottolo, Leonardo; Ozdemir, Erdal; So, Hon-Cheong; Davies, Robert W; Patrice, Alexandre; Dent, Robert; Mangino, Massimo; Hysi, Pirro G; Dechaume, Aurélie; Huyvaert, Marlène; Skinner, Jane; Pigeyre, Marie; Caiazzo, Robert; Raverdy, Violeta; Vaillant, Emmanuel; Field, Sarah; Balkau, Beverley; Marre, Michel; Visvikis-Siest, Sophie; Weill, Jacques; Poulain-Godefroy, Odile; Jacobson, Peter; Sjostrom, Lars; Hammond, Christopher J; Deloukas, Panos; Sham, Pak Chung; McPherson, Ruth; Lee, Jeannette; Tai, E Shyong; Sladek, Robert; Carlsson, Lena M S; Walley, Andrew; Eichler, Evan E; Pattou, Francois; Spector, Timothy D; Froguel, Philippe

    2014-05-01

    Common multi-allelic copy number variants (CNVs) appear enriched for phenotypic associations compared to their biallelic counterparts. Here we investigated the influence of gene dosage effects on adiposity through a CNV association study of gene expression levels in adipose tissue. We identified significant association of a multi-allelic CNV encompassing the salivary amylase gene (AMY1) with body mass index (BMI) and obesity, and we replicated this finding in 6,200 subjects. Increased AMY1 copy number was positively associated with both amylase gene expression (P = 2.31 × 10(-14)) and serum enzyme levels (P < 2.20 × 10(-16)), whereas reduced AMY1 copy number was associated with increased BMI (change in BMI per estimated copy = -0.15 (0.02) kg/m(2); P = 6.93 × 10(-10)) and obesity risk (odds ratio (OR) per estimated copy = 1.19, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.13-1.26; P = 1.46 × 10(-10)). The OR value of 1.19 per copy of AMY1 translates into about an eightfold difference in risk of obesity between subjects in the top (copy number > 9) and bottom (copy number < 4) 10% of the copy number distribution. Our study provides a first genetic link between carbohydrate metabolism and BMI and demonstrates the power of integrated genomic approaches beyond genome-wide association studies. PMID:24686848

  15. derived growth factor ? -receptor gene predispose to human neural tube defects

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    Paul H. L. J. Joosten; Mascha Toepoel; Edwin C. M. Mariman; J. J. Van Zoelen

    Neural tube defects (NTDs), including anencephaly and spina bifida, are multifactorial diseases that occur with an incidence of 1 in 300 births in the United Kingdom 1 . Mouse models have indicated that deregulated expression of the gene encoding the platelet-derived growth factor ? -receptor (Pdgfra) causes congenital NTDs (refs. 2-4), whereas mutant forms of Pax-1 that have been associated

  16. Associations of MTHFR C677T and MTRR A66G gene polymorphisms with metabolic syndrome: a case-control study in Northern China.

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    Yang, Boyi; Fan, Shujun; Zhi, Xueyuan; Wang, Da; Li, Yongfang; Wang, Yinuo; Wang, Yanxun; Wei, Jian; Zheng, Quanmei; Sun, Guifan

    2014-01-01

    Prior evidence indicates that homocysteine plays a role in the development of metabolic syndrome (MetS). Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) A66G polymorphisms are common genetic determinants of homocysteine levels. To investigate the associations of the MTHFR C677T and MTRR A66G polymorphisms with MetS, 692 Chinese Han subjects with MetS and 878 controls were recruited. The component traits of MetS and the MTHFR C677T and MTRR A66G genotypes were determined. A significant association was observed between the MTHFR 677T allele and increased risk of MetS, high fasting blood glucose, high waist circumference, and increasing number of MetS components. The MTRR A66G polymorphism was associated with an increased risk of MetS when combined with the MTHFR 677TT genotype, although there was no association found between MetS and MTRR A66G alone. Furthermore, the MTRR 66GG genotype was associated with high fasting blood glucose and triglycerides. Our data suggest that the MTHFR 677T allele may contribute to an increased risk of MetS in the northern Chinese Han population. The MTRR A66G polymorphism is not associated with MetS. However, it may exacerbate the effect of the MTHFR C677T variant alone. Further large prospective population-based studies are required to confirm our findings. PMID:25429430

  17. The polymorphism rs944289 predisposes to papillary thyroid carcinoma through a large intergenic noncoding RNA gene of tumor suppressor type

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    Jendrzejewski, Jaroslaw; He, Huiling; Radomska, Hanna S.; Li, Wei; Tomsic, Jerneja; Liyanarachchi, Sandya; Davuluri, Ramana V.; Nagy, Rebecca; de la Chapelle, Albert

    2012-01-01

    A genome-wide association study of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) pinpointed two independent SNPs (rs944289 and rs965513) located in regions containing no annotated genes (14q13.3 and 9q22.33, respectively). Here, we describe a unique, long, intergenic, noncoding RNA gene (lincRNA) named Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Susceptibility Candidate 3 (PTCSC3) located 3.2 kb downstream of rs944289 at 14q.13.3 and the expression of which is strictly thyroid specific. By quantitative PCR, PTCSC3 expression was strongly down-regulated (P = 2.84 × 10?14) in thyroid tumor tissue of 46 PTC patients and the risk allele (T) was associated with the strongest suppression (genotype [TT] (n = 21) vs. [CT] (n = 19), P = 0.004). In adjacent unaffected thyroid tissue, the genotype [TT] was associated with up-regulation of PTCSC3 ([TT] (n = 21) vs. [CT] (n = 19), P = 0.034). The SNP rs944289 was located in a binding site for the CCAAT/enhancer binding proteins (C/EBP) ? and ?. The risk allele destroyed the binding site in silico. Both C/EBP? and C/EBP? activated the PTCSC3 promoter in reporter assays (P = 0.0009 and P = 0.0014, respectively) and the risk allele reduced the activation compared with the nonrisk allele (C) (P = 0.026 and P = 0.048, respectively). Restoration of PTCSC3 expression in PTC cell line cells (TPC-1 and BCPAP) inhibited cell growth (P = 0.002 and P = 0.019, respectively) and affected the expression of genes involved in DNA replication, recombination and repair, cellular movement, tumor morphology, and cell death. Our data suggest that SNP rs944289 predisposes to PTC through a previously uncharacterized, long intergenic noncoding RNA gene (PTCSC3) that has the characteristics of a tumor suppressor. PMID:22586128

  18. MAPT as a predisposing gene for sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the Chinese Han population

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    Fang, Pu; Xu, Wenyuan; Wu, Chengsi; Zhu, Min; Li, Xiaobing; Hong, Daojun

    2013-01-01

    A previous study of European Caucasian patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis demonstrated that a polymorphism in the microtubule-associated protein Tau (MAPT) gene was significantly associated with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis pathogenesis. Here, we tested this association in 107 sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients and 100 healthy controls from the Chinese Han population. We screened the mutation-susceptible regions of MAPT – the 3' and 5' untranslated regions as well as introns 9, 10, 11, and 12 – by direct sequencing, and identified 33 genetic variations. Two of these, 105788 A > G in intron 9 and 123972 T > A in intron 11, were not present in the control group. The age of onset in patients with the 105788 A > G and/or the 123972 T > A variant was younger than that in patients without either genetic variation. Moreover, the pa-tients with a genetic variation were more prone to bulbar palsy and breathing difficulties than those with the wild-type genotype. This led to a shorter survival period in patients with a MAPT genetic variant. Our study suggests that the MAPT gene is a potential risk gene for sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the Chinese Han population. PMID:25206632

  19. Disturbance of cardiac gene expression and cardiomyocyte structure predisposes Mecp2-null mice to arrhythmias

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    Hara, Munetsugu; Takahashi, Tomoyuki; Mitsumasu, Chiaki; Igata, Sachiyo; Takano, Makoto; Minami, Tomoko; Yasukawa, Hideo; Okayama, Satoko; Nakamura, Keiichiro; Okabe, Yasunori; Tanaka, Eiichiro; Takemura, Genzou; Kosai, Ken-ichiro; Yamashita, Yushiro; Matsuishi, Toyojiro

    2015-01-01

    Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is an epigenetic regulator of gene expression that is essential for normal brain development. Mutations in MeCP2 lead to disrupted neuronal function and can cause Rett syndrome (RTT), a neurodevelopmental disorder. Previous studies reported cardiac dysfunction, including arrhythmias in both RTT patients and animal models of RTT. In addition, recent studies indicate that MeCP2 may be involved in cardiac development and dysfunction, but its role in the developing and adult heart remains unknown. In this study, we found that Mecp2-null ESCs could differentiate into cardiomyocytes, but the development and further differentiation of cardiovascular progenitors were significantly affected in MeCP2 deficiency. In addition, we revealed that loss of MeCP2 led to dysregulation of endogenous cardiac genes and myocardial structural alterations, although Mecp2-null mice did not exhibit obvious cardiac functional abnormalities. Furthermore, we detected methylation of the CpG islands in the Tbx5 locus, and showed that MeCP2 could target these sequences. Taken together, these results suggest that MeCP2 is an important regulator of the gene-expression program responsible for maintaining normal cardiac development and cardiomyocyte structure. PMID:26073556

  20. Common Mutations of the Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) Gene in Non-Syndromic Cleft Lips and Palates Children in North-West of Iran

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    Abdollahi-Fakhim, Shahin; Asghari Estiar, Mehrdad; Varghaei, Parizad; Alizadeh Sharafi, Mahdi; Sakhinia, Masoud; Sakhinia, Ebrahim

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Cleft lips and cleft palates are common congenital abnormalities in children. Various chromosomal loci have been suggested to be responsible the development of these abnormalities. The present study was carried out to investigate the association between the suspected genes (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase [MTHFR] A1298C and C677T) that might contribute into the etiology of these disorders through application of molecular methods. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional and explanatory study was carried out on a study population of 65 affected children, 130 respective parents and 50 healthy individuals between 2009 and 2012 at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, IR Iran. After DNA extraction, amplification refractory mutation system–polymerase chain reaction (ARMS-PCR) and restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP)-PCR were used respectively to investigate the C677T and A1298C mutations for the MTHFR gene. Results: There was a significant difference in the rates of the C677T mutation when affected patients and their fathers were compared with the control group (odds ratio [OR]=0.44) (OR=0.64). However, there was no significant difference observed in the rate of this mutation between the patients’ mothers and the control group (OR=1.35). In addition, the abnormality rate was higher in patients with the A1298C mutation and their parents, when compared with the control group. This abnormality rate was higher for the affected children and their fathers in comparison with their mothers (Fathers, OR=0.26; Mothers, OR=0.65; Children, OR=0.55). No significant difference was seen in the rate of the polymorphism C677T in its CC, when the affected children and their parents were compared with the control group. However, there was a significant difference in the A1298C mutation. Conclusion: An association was seen between the A1298C mutation and cleft lip and cleft palate abnormalities in Iran. However, there seems to be a stronger relationship between the C67TT mutation and these abnormalities in other countries, which could be explained by racial differences. Moreover, this association was more notable between the affected children and their fathers than their mothers. The findings in this study may be helpful in future studies and screening programs. PMID:25745606

  1. Association of the MTHFR A1298C Variant with Unexplained Severe Male Infertility

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    Abdelmajid Eloualid; Omar Abidi; Majida Charif; Brahim El houate; Houda Benrahma; Noureddine Louanjli; Elbakkay Chadli; Maria Ajjemami; Abdelhamid Barakat; Anu Bashamboo; Ken McElreavey; Houria Rhaissi; Hassan Rouba

    2012-01-01

    The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene is one of the main regulatory enzymes involved in folate metabolism, DNA synthesis and remethylation reactions. The influence of MTHFR variants on male infertility is not completely understood. The objective of this study was to analyze the distribution of the MTHFR C677T and A1298C variants using PCR-Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) in a case group

  2. A genome-wide search for genes predisposing to manic-depression, assuming autosomal dominant inheritance.

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    Coon, H; Jensen, S; Hoff, M; Holik, J; Plaetke, R; Reimherr, F; Wender, P; Leppert, M; Byerley, W

    1993-01-01

    Manic-depressive illness (MDI), also known as "bipolar affective disorder," is a common and devastating neuropsychiatric illness. Although pivotal biochemical alterations underlying the disease are unknown, results of family, twin, and adoption studies consistently implicate genetic transmission in the pathogenesis of MDI. In order to carry out linkage analysis, we ascertained eight moderately sized pedigrees containing multiple cases of the disease. For a four-allele marker mapping 5 cM from the disease gene, the pedigree sample has > 97% power to detect a dominant allele under genetic homogeneity and has > 73% power under 20% heterogeneity. To date, the eight pedigrees have been genotyped with 328 polymorphic DNA loci throughout the genome. When autosomal dominant inheritance was assumed, 273 DNA markers gave lod scores < -2.0 at recombination fraction (theta) = .0, 174 DNA loci produced lod scores < -2.0 at theta = .05, and 4 DNA marker loci yielded lod scores > 1 (chromosome 5--D5S39, D5S43, and D5S62; chromosome 11--D11S85). Of the markers giving lod scores > 1, only D5S62 continued to show evidence for linkage when the affected-pedigree-member method was used. The D5S62 locus maps to distal 5q, a region containing neurotransmitter-receptor genes for dopamine, norepinephrine, glutamate, and gamma-aminobutyric acid. Although additional work in this region may be warranted, our linkage results should be interpreted as preliminary data, as 68 unaffected individuals are not past the age of risk. PMID:8503452

  3. Significant Evidence of Linkage for a Gene Predisposing to Colorectal Cancer and Multiple Primary Cancers on 22q11

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    Teerlink, Craig; Nelson, Quentin; Burt, Randall; Cannon-Albright, Lisa

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: The genetic basis of colorectal cancer (CRC) is not completely specified. Part of the difficulty in mapping predisposition genes for CRC may be because of phenotypic heterogeneity. Using data from a population genealogy of Utah record linked to a statewide cancer registry, we identified a subset of CRC cases that exhibited familial clustering in excess of that expected for all CRC cases in general, which may represent a genetically homogeneous subset of CRC. Methods: Using a new familial aggregation method referred to as the subset genealogic index of familiality (subsetGIF), combined with detailed information from a statewide tumor registry, we identified a subset of CRC cases that exhibited excess familial clustering above that expected for CRC: CRC cases who had at least one other primary tumor at a different site. A genome-wide linkage analysis was performed on a set of high-risk CRC pedigrees that included multiple CRC cases with additional primaries to identify evidence for predisposition loci. Results: A total of 13 high-risk CRC pedigrees with multiple CRC cases with other primary cancers were identified. Linkage analysis identified one pedigree with a significant linkage signal at 22q11 (LOD (logarithm (base 10) of odds)=3.39). Conclusions: A predisposition gene or variant for CRC that also predisposes to other primary cancers likely resides on chromosome 22q11. The ability to use statewide population genealogy and tumor registry data was critical to identify an informative subset of CRC cases that is possibly more genetically homogeneous than CRC in general, and may have improved statistical power for predisposition locus identification in this study. PMID:24572700

  4. A Second Genetic Polymorphism in Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) Associated with Decreased Enzyme Activity

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    Ilan Weisberg; Pamela Tran; Benedicte Christensen; Sahar Sibani; Rima Rozen

    1998-01-01

    A common mutation in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), C677T, results in a thermolabile variant with reduced activity. Homozygous mutant individuals (approximately 10% of North Americans) are predisposed to mild hyperhomocysteinemia, when their folate status is low. This genetic–nutrient interactive effect is believed to increase the risk for neural tube defects and vascular disease. In this communication, we characterize a second common

  5. CD36 overexpression predisposes to arrhythmias but reduces infarct size in spontaneously hypertensive rats: gene expression profile analysis

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    Necká?, Jan; Šilhavý, Jan; Zídek, Václav; Landa, Vladimír; Mlejnek, Petr; Šimáková, Miroslava; Seidman, J. G.; Seidman, Christine; Kazdová, Ludmila; Klevstig, Martina; Novák, František; Vecka, Marek; Papoušek, František; Houšt?k, Josef; Drahota, Zden?k; Kurtz, Theodore W.; Kolá?, František

    2012-01-01

    CD36 fatty acid translocase plays a key role in supplying heart with its major energy substrate, long-chain fatty acids (FA). Previously, we found that the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) harbors a deletion variant of Cd36 gene that results in reduced transport of long-chain FA into cardiomyocytes and predisposes the SHR to cardiac hypertrophy. In the current study, we analyzed the effects of mutant Cd36 on susceptibility to ischemic ventricular arrhythmias and myocardial infarction in adult SHR-Cd36 transgenic rats with wild-type Cd36 compared with age-matched SHR controls. Using an open-chest model of coronary artery occlusion, we found that SHR-Cd36 transgenic rats showed profound arrhythmogenesis resulting in significantly increased duration of tachyarrhythmias (207 ± 48 s vs. 55 ± 21 s, P < 0.05), total number of premature ventricular complexes (2,623 ± 517 vs. 849 ± 250, P < 0.05) and arrhythmia score (3.86 ± 0.18 vs. 3.13 ± 0.13, P < 0.001). On the other hand, transgenic SHR compared with SHR controls showed significantly reduced infarct size (52.6 ± 4.3% vs. 72.4 ± 2.9% of area at risk, P < 0.001). Similar differences were observed in isolated perfused hearts, and the increased susceptibility of transgenic SHR to arrhythmias was abolished by reserpine, suggesting the involvement of catecholamines. To further search for possible molecular mechanisms of altered ischemic tolerance, we compared gene expression profiles in left ventricles dissected from 6-wk-old transgenic SHR vs. age-matched controls using Illumina-based sequencing. Circadian rhythms and oxidative phosphorylation were identified as the top KEGG pathways, while circadian rhythms, VDR/RXR activation, IGF1 signaling, and HMGB1 signaling were the top IPA canonical pathways potentially important for Cd36-mediated effects on ischemic tolerance. It can be concluded that transgenic expression of Cd36 plays an important role in modulating the incidence and severity of ischemic and reperfusion ventricular arrhythmias and myocardial infarct size induced by coronary artery occlusion. The proarrhythmic effect of Cd36 transgene appears to be dependent on adrenergic stimulation. PMID:22128087

  6. Interaction of major genes predisposing to hepatocellular carcinoma with genes encoding signal transduction pathways influences tumor phenotype and prognosis

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    Feo, Francesco; Frau, Maddalena; Pascale, Rosa Maria

    2008-01-01

    Studies on rodents and humans demonstrate an inherited predisposition to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Analysis of the molecular alterations involved in the acquisition of a phenotype resistant or susceptible to hepatocarcinogenesis showed a deregulation of G1 and S phases in HCC of genetically susceptible F344 rats and a G1-S block in lesions of resistant Brown norway (BN) rats. Unrestrained extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activity linked to proteasomal degradation of dual-specificity phosphatase 1 (DUSP1), a specific ERK inhibitor, by the CKS1-SKP2 ubiquitin ligase complex occurs in more aggressive HCC of F344 rats and humans. This mechanism is less active in HCC of BN rats and human HCC with better prognosis. Upregulation of iNos cross-talk with IKK/NF-?B and RAS/ERK pathways occurs in rodent liver lesions at higher levels in the most aggressive models represented by HCC of F344 rats and c-Myc-TGF-? transgenic mice. iNOS, IKK/NF-?B, and RAS/ERK upregulation is highest in human HCC with a poorer prognosis and positively correlates with tumor proliferation, genomic instability and microvascularization, and negatively with apoptosis. Thus, cell cycle regulation and the activity of signal transduction pathways seem to be modulated by HCC modifier genes, and differences in their efficiency influence the susceptibility to hepatocarcinogenesis and probably the prognosis of human HCC. PMID:19034960

  7. Dietary intake of folate and co-factors in folate metabolism, MTHFR polymorphisms, and reduced rectal cancer

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    Maureen A. Murtaugh; Karen Curtin; Carol Sweeney; Roger K. Wolff; Richard Holubkov; Bette J. Caan; Martha L. Slattery

    2007-01-01

    Little is known about the contribution of polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) and the folate metabolism pathway in rectal cancer alone. Data were from participants in a case–control study conducted\\u000a in Northern California and Utah (751 cases and 979 controls). We examined independent associations and interactions of folate,\\u000a B vitamins, methionine, alcohol, and MTHFR polymorphisms (MTHFR C677T and

  8. Univariate and multiple linear regression analyses for 23 single nucleotide polymorphisms in 14 genes predisposing to chronic glomerular diseases and IgA nephropathy in Han Chinese.

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    Wang, Hui; Sui, Weiguo; Xue, Wen; Wu, Junyong; Chen, Jiejing; Dai, Yong

    2014-09-01

    Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is a complex trait regulated by the interaction among multiple physiologic regulatory systems and probably involving numerous genes, which leads to inconsistent findings in genetic studies. One possibility of failure to replicate some single-locus results is that the underlying genetics of IgAN nephropathy is based on multiple genes with minor effects. To learn the association between 23 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 14 genes predisposing to chronic glomerular diseases and IgAN in Han males, the 23 SNPs genotypes of 21 Han males were detected and analyzed with a BaiO gene chip, and their associations were analyzed with univariate analysis and multiple linear regression analysis. Analysis showed that CTLA4 rs231726 and CR2 rs1048971 revealed a significant association with IgAN. These findings support the multi-gene nature of the etiology of IgAN and propose a potential gene-gene interactive model for future studies. PMID:25193896

  9. Study of MTHFR and MS polymorphisms as risk factors for NTD in the Italian population

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    Patrizia De Marco; Maria Grazia Calevo; Anna Moroni; Lorenza Arata; Elisa Merello; Richard H. Finnell; Huiping Zhu; Luciano Andreussi; Armando Cama; Valeria Capra

    2002-01-01

    Homozygosity for the C677T mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene is a risk factor for neural tube defects (NTDs) in many populations, including Italians. Another common mutation on\\u000a the MTHFR gene, A1298C, has also been described as a risk mutation. Furthermore, several studies have suggested that a defective methionine\\u000a synthase (MS) enzyme could be a critical defect in folate-related

  10. Geographical Distribution of MTHFR C677T, A1298C and MTRR A66G Gene Polymorphisms in China: Findings from 15357 Adults of Han Nationality

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    Yang, Boyi; Liu, Yuyan; Li, Yongfang; Fan, Shujun; Zhi, Xueyuan; Lu, Xiangxiang; Wang, Da; Zheng, Quanmei; Wang, Yinuo; Wang, Yanxun; Sun, Guifan

    2013-01-01

    Background Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T, A1298C and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) A66G polymorphisms are important genetic determinants for homocysteine (Hcy) levels, and are associated with several disorders. These polymorphisms are heterogeneously distributed worldwide. Our objective was to explore the geographical distributions of these polymorphisms in China. Methodologies 15357 healthy adults were recruited from 10 regions. Buccal samples were collected and genomic DNA was isolated. Genotyping was performed using the fluorogenic 5?-nuclease assay. Principal Findings The prevalence of the three polymorphisms among different populations from China varied significantly and showed apparent geographical gradients. For MTHFR C677T, the frequencies of the 677T allele and the 677TT genotype were significantly higher among northern populations and ranged from the lowest values (24.0% and 6.4%, respectively) in Hainan (southern) to the highest values (63.1% and 40.8%, respectively) in Shandong (northern). For MTHFR A1298C, the 1298C allele and the 1298CC genotype frequencies were significantly higher among southern populations and increased from low values (13.1% and 1.4%, respectively) in Shandong to high values (25.7% and 6.7%, respectively) in Hainan. For A66G, the 66G allele and the 66GG genotype frequencies increased from lower values (23.7% and 5.4%, respectively) in Shandong to higher values (29.2% and 8.6%, respectively) in Hainan. The overall frequency of the 677T allele, 677TT genotype, 1298C allele, 1298CC genotype, 66G allele and 66GG genotype in the Chinese Han population was 45.2%, 23.2%, 18.6%, 3.9%, 25.7%, and 6.6%, respectively. No gender differences were found in the prevalence of both the MTHFR C677T and MTRR A66G polymorphisms. Conclusions This study indicates that there are marked geographical variations in the prevalence of the three polymorphisms among Chinese Han populations. Our baseline data may be useful for future researches in related fields. PMID:23472119

  11. Genetic variants in 3'-UTRs of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) predict colorectal cancer susceptibility in Koreans.

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    Joo Jeon, Young; Woo Kim, Jong; Mi Park, Hye; Kim, Jung O; Geun Jang, Hyo; Oh, Jisu; Gyu Hwang, Seong; Won Kwon, Sung; Oh, Doyeun; Keun Kim, Nam

    2015-01-01

    Polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) play important roles in tumor development, progression, and metastasis. Moreover, recent studies have reported that a number of 3'-UTR polymorphisms potentially bind to specific microRNAs in a variety of cancers. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of four MTHFR polymorphisms, 2572C>A [rs4846049], 4869C>G [rs1537514], 5488C>T [rs3737967], and 6685T>C [rs4846048] with colorectal cancer (CRC) in Koreans. A total of 850 participants (450 CRC patients and 400 controls) were enrolled in the study. The genotyping of MTHFR 3'-UTR polymorphisms was performed by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis or TaqMan allelic discrimination assay. We found that MTHFR 2572C>A, 4869C>G, and 5488C>T genotypes were substantially associated with CRC susceptibility. Of the potentially susceptible polymorphisms, MTHFR 2572C>A was associated with increased homocysteine and decreased folate levels in the plasma based on MTHFR 677CC. Our study provides the evidences for 3'-UTR variants in MTHFR gene as potential biomarkers for use in CRC prevention. PMID:26046315

  12. Genetic variants in 3?-UTRs of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) predict colorectal cancer susceptibility in Koreans

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    Joo Jeon, Young; Woo Kim, Jong; Mi Park, Hye; Kim, Jung O; Geun Jang, Hyo; Oh, Jisu; Gyu Hwang, Seong; Won Kwon, Sung; Oh, Doyeun; Keun Kim, Nam

    2015-01-01

    Polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) play important roles in tumor development, progression, and metastasis. Moreover, recent studies have reported that a number of 3?-UTR polymorphisms potentially bind to specific microRNAs in a variety of cancers. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of four MTHFR polymorphisms, 2572C>A [rs4846049], 4869C>G [rs1537514], 5488C>T [rs3737967], and 6685T>C [rs4846048] with colorectal cancer (CRC) in Koreans. A total of 850 participants (450 CRC patients and 400 controls) were enrolled in the study. The genotyping of MTHFR 3?-UTR polymorphisms was performed by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis or TaqMan allelic discrimination assay. We found that MTHFR 2572C>A, 4869C>G, and 5488C>T genotypes were substantially associated with CRC susceptibility. Of the potentially susceptible polymorphisms, MTHFR 2572C>A was associated with increased homocysteine and decreased folate levels in the plasma based on MTHFR 677CC. Our study provides the evidences for 3?-UTR variants in MTHFR gene as potential biomarkers for use in CRC prevention. PMID:26046315

  13. Effect of MTHFR 677C>T on plasma total homocysteine levels in renal graft recipients

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    MANUELA FÖDINGER; GABRIELE WÖLFL; GOTTFRIED FISCHER; SUSANNE RASOUL-ROCKENSCHAUB; RAINER SCHMID; WALTER H. HORL; GERE SUNDER-PLASSMANN

    1999-01-01

    Effect of MTHFR 677C>T on plasma total homocysteine levels in renal graft recipients.BackgroundHyperhomocysteinemia is an established, independent risk factor for vascular disease morbidity and mortality. The 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphism C677T has been shown to result in increased total homocysteine concentrations on the basis of low folate levels caused by a decreased enzyme activity. The effect of this polymorphism

  14. Folate and breast cancer: the role of polymorphisms in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR)

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    L Sharp; J Little; A. C Schofield; E Pavlidou; S. C Cotton; Z Miedzybrodzka; J. O. C Baird; N. E Haites; S. D Heys; D. A Grubb

    2002-01-01

    Evidence is growing that low folate status may be a factor in the aetiology of several cancers, including breast cancer. The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR), which has a key role in folate metabolism, is polymorphic. We report a case-control study of two functional polymorphisms in MTHFR, dietary folate intake and breast cancer. Sixty-two cases with invasive breast cancer and sixty-six

  15. Effect of GDNF on depressive-like behavior, spatial learning and key genes of the brain dopamine system in genetically predisposed to behavioral disorders mouse strains.

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    Naumenko, Vladimir S; Kondaurova, Elena M; Bazovkina, Daria V; Tsybko, Anton S; Ilchibaeva, Tatyana V; Khotskin, Nikita V; Semenova, Alina A; Popova, Nina K

    2014-11-01

    The effect of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) on behavior and brain dopamine system in predisposed to depressive-like behavior ASC (Antidepressant Sensitive Cataleptics) mice in comparison with the parental "nondepressive" CBA mice was studied. In 7days after administration (800ng, i.c.v.) GDNF decreased escape latency time and the path traveled to reach hidden platform in Morris water maze in ASC mice. GDNF enhanced depressive-like behavioral traits in both "nondepressive" CBA and "depressive" ASC mice. In CBA mice, GDNF decreased functional response to agonists of D1 (chloro-APB hydrobromide) and D2 (sumanirole maleate) receptors in tail suspension test, reduced D2 receptor gene expression in the substantia nigra and increased monoamine oxydase A (MAO A) gene expression in the striatum. GDNF increased D1 and D2 receptor genes expression in the nucleus accumbens of ASC mice but failed to alter expression of catechol-O-methyltransferase, dopamine transporter, MAO B and tyrosine hydroxylase genes in both investigated mouse strains. Thus, GDNF produced long-term genotype-dependent effect on behavior and the brain dopamine system. GDNF pretreatment (1) reduced D1 and D2 receptors functional responses and D2 receptor gene expression in s. nigra of CBA mice; (2) increased D1 and D2 receptor genes expression in n. accumbens of ASC mice and (3) improved spatial learning in ASC mice. GDNF enhanced depressive-like behavior both in CBA and ASC mice. The data suggest that genetically defined variance in the cross-talk between GDNF and brain dopamine system contributes to the variability of GDNF-induced responses and might be responsible for controversial GDNF effects. PMID:25101543

  16. Polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene are associated with susceptibility

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    ,10-methylenetetrahydro- folate reductase (MTHFR). A common 677 C 3 T polymorphism in the MTHFR gene results in thermolability and reduced MTHFR activity that decreases the pool of methylTHF and increases the pool of methyleneTHF. Recently, another polymorphism in MTHFR (1298 A 3 C) has been identified that also results

  17. Genotype and haplotype distributions of MTHFR 677C>T and 1298A>C single nucleotide polymorphisms: a meta-analysis

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    Shuji Ogino; Robert B. Wilson

    2003-01-01

    .  ?Common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; 677C>T and 1298A>C) in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) decrease the activity of the enzyme, leading to hyperhomocysteinemia, particularly in folate-deficient states. We calculate\\u000a herein the haplotype frequencies of the MTHFR 677 and 1298 polymorphisms in pooled general populations derived from published data. We selected 16 articles that provided\\u000a reliable data on combined MTHFR genotypes

  18. Pregnancy-associated osteoporosis with a heterozygous deactivating LDL receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) mutation and a homozygous methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphism.

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    Cook, Fiona J; Mumm, Steven; Whyte, Michael P; Wenkert, Deborah

    2014-04-01

    Pregnancy-associated osteoporosis (PAO) is a rare, idiopathic disorder that usually presents with vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) within 6 months of a first pregnancy and delivery. Spontaneous improvement is typical. There is no known genetic basis for PAO. A 26-year-old primagravida with a neonatal history of unilateral blindness attributable to hyperplastic primary vitreous sustained postpartum VCFs consistent with PAO. Her low bone mineral density (BMD) seemed to respond to vitamin D and calcium therapy, with no fractures after her next successful pregnancy. Investigation of subsequent fetal losses revealed homozygosity for the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism associated both with fetal loss and with osteoporosis (OP). Because her neonatal unilateral blindness and OP were suggestive of loss-of-function mutation(s) in the gene that encodes LDL receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5), LRP5 exon and splice site sequencing was also performed. This revealed a unique heterozygous 12-bp deletion in exon 21 (c.4454_4465del, p.1485_1488del SSSS) in the patient, her mother and sons, but not her father or brother. Her mother had a normal BMD, no history of fractures, PAO, ophthalmopathy, or fetal loss. Her two sons had no ophthalmopathy and no skeletal issues. Her osteoporotic father (with a family history of blindness) and brother had low BMDs first documented at ages ?40 and 32 years, respectively. Serum biochemical and bone turnover studies were unremarkable in all subjects. We postulate that our patient's heterozygous LRP5 mutation together with her homozygous MTHFR polymorphism likely predisposed her to low peak BMD. However, OP did not cosegregate in her family with the LRP5 mutation, the homozygous MTHFR polymorphism, or even the combination of the two, implicating additional genetic or nongenetic factors in her PAO. Nevertheless, exploration for potential genetic contributions to PAO may explain part of the pathogenesis of this enigmatic disorder and identify some at-risk women. PMID:24014470

  19. Promoter haplotype combinations of the platelet-derived growth factor alpha-receptor gene predispose to human neural tube defects.

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    Joosten, P H; Toepoel, M; Mariman, E C; Van Zoelen, E J

    2001-02-01

    Neural tube defects (NTDs), including anencephaly and spina bifida, are multifactorial diseases that occur with an incidence of 1 in 300 births in the United Kingdom. Mouse models have indicated that deregulated expression of the gene encoding the platelet-derived growth factor alpha-receptor (Pdgfra) causes congenital NTDs (refs. 2-4), whereas mutant forms of Pax-1 that have been associated with NTDs cause deregulated activation of the human PDGFRA promoter. There is an increasing awareness that genetic polymorphisms may have an important role in the susceptibility for NTDs (ref. 6). Here we identify five different haplotypes in the human PDGFRA promoter, of which the two most abundant ones, designated H1 and H2 alpha, differ in at least six polymorphic sites. In a transient transfection assay in human bone cells, the five haplotypes differ strongly in their ability to enhance reporter gene activity. In a group of patients with sporadic spina bifida, haplotypes with low transcriptional activity, including H1, were under-represented, whereas those with high transcriptional activity, including H2 alpha, were over-represented. When testing for haplotype combinations, H1 homozygotes were fully absent from the group of sporadic patients, whereas H1/H2 alpha heterozygotes were over-represented in the groups of both sporadic and familial spina bifida patients, but strongly under-represented in unrelated controls. Our data indicate that specific combinations of naturally occurring PDGFRA promoter haplotypes strongly affect NTD genesis. PMID:11175793

  20. The thermolabile variant of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is not a major risk factor for neural tube defect in American Caucasians

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    Marcy C. Speer; Gordon Worley; Joanne F. Mackey; Elizabeth Melvin; W. Jerry Oakes; Timothy M. George

    1997-01-01

    Mutations in the gene for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) have been implicated as a risk factor in the formation\\u000a of neural tube defects. We investigated this gene in a series of 65 sporadic American Caucasians patients with lumbosacral\\u000a NTD and their unaffected parents, using both case-control design and assessment of linkage disequilibrium. We found no evidence\\u000a to support mutations in MTHFR

  1. The RETN gene rs1862513 polymorphism as a novel predisposing marker for familial Acne vulgaris in a Pakistani population

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    Hussain, Sabir; Faraz, Ahmad; Iqbal, Tahir

    2015-01-01

    Resistin (RETN), recently found to be relevant to inflammation and inflammatory disorders. We, therefore, aimed to investigate the potential role of RETN gene polymorphism in pathogenesis of acne vulgaris with familial history. We investigated the RETN-420C/G polymorphism in 180 patients with acne vulgaris and 180 healthy individuals in a case-control association analysis. In this study, we also investigated the heritability of the RETN susceptible allele from 140 trio families with acne affected offspring. The genotyping was performed by polymerase chain reaction and direct DNA sequencing. The RETN-420C/G polymorphism was significantly associated with acne in patients compared with healthy controls (P=0.014). The minor allele G at -420 was more prevalent in cases vs. controls (P=0.002). The RETN-420C/G polymorphism was significantly associated with severity of acne vulgaris in patients (P=0.0097). The results of a transmission disequilibrium test revealed a significant association between the RETN-420C/G polymorphism and acne vulgaris (P<0.001). For the first time in the literature, to our knowledge, we demonstrate a significant association of the RETN-420C/G functional polymorphism with familial acne vulgaris.

  2. Altered protein phosphatase 2A methylation and Tau phosphorylation in the young and aged brain of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficient mice

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    Sontag, Jean-Marie; Wasek, Brandi; Taleski, Goce; Smith, Josephine; Arning, Erland; Sontag, Estelle; Bottiglieri, Teodoro

    2014-01-01

    Common functional polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, a key enzyme in folate and homocysteine metabolism, influence risk for a variety of complex disorders, including developmental, vascular, and neurological diseases. MTHFR deficiency is associated with elevation of homocysteine levels and alterations in the methylation cycle. Here, using young and aged Mthfr knockout mouse models, we show that mild MTHFR deficiency can lead to brain-region specific impairment of the methylation of Ser/Thr protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A). Relative to wild-type controls, decreased expression levels of PP2A and leucine carboxyl methyltransferase (LCMT1) were primarily observed in the hippocampus and cerebellum, and to a lesser extent in the cortex of young null Mthfr?/? and aged heterozygous Mthfr+/? mice. A marked down regulation of LCMT1 correlated with the loss of PP2A/B? holoenzymes. Dietary folate deficiency significantly decreased LCMT1, methylated PP2A and PP2A/B? levels in all brain regions examined from aged Mthfr+/+ mice, and further exacerbated the regional effects of MTHFR deficiency in aged Mthfr+/? mice. In turn, the down regulation of PP2A/B? was associated with enhanced phosphorylation of Tau, a neuropathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Our findings identify hypomethylation of PP2A enzymes, which are major CNS phosphatases, as a novel mechanism by which MTHFR deficiency and Mthfr gene-diet interactions could lead to disruption of neuronal homeostasis, and increase the risk for a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, including age-related diseases like sporadic AD. PMID:25202269

  3. Association of von Willebrand Factor Activity with ACE I\\/D and MTHFR C677T Polymorphisms in Migrainecha

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    GE Tietjen; NA Herial; C Utley; L White; S Yerga-Woolwine; B Joe

    2009-01-01

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) insertion (I)\\/deletion (D) and methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphisms are linked to endothelial dysfunction and to cerebral white matter lesions. Objectives of this study were to determine if ACE and MTHFR gene polymorphisms are associated with von Willebrand factor (vWF) activity, an endothelial dysfunction marker, and with a distinct headache phenotype. We enrolled 64 women (18–50 years

  4. Plasma Homocyst(e)ine Concentration, But Not MTHFR Genotype, Is Associated With Variation in Carotid Plaque Area

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    J. David Spence; M. Rene Malinow; Peter A. Barnett; Ali J. Marian; David Freeman; Robert A. Hegele

    Background and Purpose—Elevated plasma homocyst(e)ine (H(e)) concentration is associated with premature athero- sclerosis. A common cause of elevated plasma H(e) concentration is a thermolabile mutation (677T) in the gene encoding methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). We sought to determine whether plasma H(e) concentration or MTHFR genotype would be more strongly associated with carotid plaque area (CPA), a potential intermediate phenotype of atherosclerosis.

  5. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism is associated with osteoporotic vertebral fractures, but is a weak predictor of BMD

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    Morten M. Villadsen; Mathias H. Bünger; Mette Carstens; Liselotte Stenkjær; Bente L. Langdahl

    2005-01-01

    Osteoporosis is a common disease with a strong genetic component. Linkage studies have suggested linkage between BMD and loci on chromosome 1. The MTHFR gene is located on chromosome 1. MTHFR catalyzes the conversion of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methylenetetrahydrofolate, which is used for homocysteine methylation to methionine. The rare genotype (TT) of the C677T polymorphism has previously been demonstrated to be

  6. Frequency of APOE, MTHFR and ACE polymorphisms in the Zambian population

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    2014-01-01

    Background Polymorphisms within the apolipoprotein-E (APOE), Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and Angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) genes has been associated with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and other complex diseases in various populations. The aim of the study was to analyze the allelic and genotypic frequencies of APOE, MTHFR C677T and ACE I/D gene polymorphisms in the Zambian population. Results The allele frequencies of APOE polymorphism in the Zambian populations were 13.8%, 59.5% and 26.7% for the ?2, ?3 and ?4 alleles respectively. MTHFR C677T and ACE I/D allele frequencies were 8.6% and 13.8% for the T and D minor alleles respectively. The ?2?2 genotype and TT genotype were absent in the Zambian population. The genetic distances between Zambian and other African and non-African major populations revealed an independent variability of these polymorphisms. Conclusion We found that the APOE ?3 allele and the I allele of the ACE were significantly high in our study population while there were low frequencies observed for the MTHFR 677 T and ACE D alleles. Our analysis of the APOE, MTHFR and ACE polymorphisms may provide valuable insight into the understanding of the disease risk in the Zambian population. PMID:24679048

  7. Two Mutations in the Caprine MTHFR 3'UTR Regulated by MicroRNAs Are Associated with Milk Production Traits

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    Song, Yuxuan; Gao, Teyang; Lei, Yingnan; Cao, Binyun

    2015-01-01

    Background 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) plays a central role in folate metabolism by irreversibly converting 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methylenetetrahydrofolate, a predominant circulating form of folate. Folate is reportedly important for milk protein synthesis, and MTHFR may be a key regulatory point of folate metabolism for milk protein synthesis in mammary epithelial cells. Prior to this study, polymorphisms of the MTHFR gene were not associated with milk production traits from a breeding perspective. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at microRNA (miRNA) binding sites (miR-SNPs) can affect gene expression. This study aimed to identify the effects of miR-SNPs (g.2244A>G and g.2264A>G) in the caprine MTHFR 3' UTR on the milk production traits of dairy goats. Results Guanzhong dairy (GD, n = 325) goats were used to detect SNPs in the caprine MTHFR 3' UTR by DNA sequencing. Two novel SNPs (g.2244A>G and g.2264A>G) were identified in the said region. The homozygous haplotype A-G of the SNPs g.2244A>G and g.2264A>G was significantly associated with milk yield and milk protein levels in GD goats (P < 0.05). Functional assays indicated that the MTHFR 2244 A ? G substitution could increase the binding activity of hsa-miR-1266 with the MTHFR 3' UTR. The MTHFR 2264 A ? G substitution could decrease the binding activity of hsa-miR-616 with the MTHFR 3' UTR. In addition, we observed a significant increase in the MTHFR mRNA levels of homozygous haplotype A-G carriers relative to those of homozygous haplotype G-A carriers. These results indicated that both SNPs altered the MTHFR mRNA levels. These altered levels of MTHFR mRNA may account for the association of SNPs with milk production traits. Conclusions This study is the first to report that the g.2244A>G and g.2264A>G polymorphisms were associated with milk production traits in GD goats. Further investigations should explore the underlying miRNA-mediated mechanisms that are modified by the g.2244A>G and g.2264A>G SNPs. The current study evaluated these SNPs as potential genetic markers in goats, with potential applications in breeding programs. PMID:26186555

  8. Maternal Supplementary Folate Intake, Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) C677T and A1298C Polymorphisms and the Risk of Orofacial Cleft in Iranian Children

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    Ebadifar, Asghar; KhorramKhorshid, Hamid Reza; Kamali, Koorosh; Salehi Zeinabadi, Mehdi; Khoshbakht, Tayyebeh; Ameli, Nazila

    2015-01-01

    Background: The purpose of this study was to describe the association of MTHFR gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (C677T and A1298C) and maternal supplementary folate intake with orofacial clefts in the Iranian population. Methods: In this case-control study, peripheral venous blood was taken from 65 patients with orofacial clefts and 215 unaffected controls for DNA extraction and kept in EDTA for further analysis. The genotyping was carried out using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) followed by Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) and gel electrophoresis. Data were analyzed using Chi square test and logistic regression tests. Results: Genotype frequencies of 677TT were reported to be 13.5 and 36.1% in controls and CL/P patients, respectively, which showed a significant difference compared to CC as reference (OR=4.118; 95% CI=1.997–8.492; p=0.001). Conversely, 1298CC with frequencies of 10.8 and 12.7% in controls and patients, respectively, showed no significant difference compared to AA (OR=2.359; 95% CI=0.792–7.023; p=0.123). Comparing patients whose mothers did not report the folate supplement intake during pregnancy, to controls, it was observed that lack of folate intake was a predisposing factor for having a child with oral clefts (OR=5/718, p=0.000). Conclusion: Children carrying the 677TT variant of the MTHFR gene may have an increased risk of CL/P. In addition, the finding that the risk associated with this allele was obviously higher when the mothers didn’t use folic acid, supports the hypothesis that folic acid may play a role in the etiology of CL/P. PMID:26140186

  9. A potential interaction between COMT and MTHFR genetic variants in Han Chinese patients with bipolar II disorder

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    Wang, Liang-Jen; Lee, Sheng-Yu; Chen, Shiou-Lan; Chang, Yun-Hsuan; Chen, Po See; Huang, San-Yuan; Tzeng, Nian-Sheng; Chen, Kao Chin; Lee, I. Hui; Wang, Tzu-Yun; Yang, Yen Kuang; Lu, Ru-Band

    2015-01-01

    Bipolar II disorder (BP-II), characterized by recurrent dysregulation of mood, is a serious and chronic psychiatric illness. However, BP-II is commonly under-recognized, even in psychiatric settings. Because dopaminergic disturbance is thought to be involved in the development of bipolar disorder (BPD), it seems essential to investigate dopamine-related genes like the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene, which are involved in dopamine metabolism, and the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, which may affect COMT methylation and COMT function. The current study examined the association and interaction of the COMT Val158Met and MTHFR C677T variants with BP-II. Nine hundred seventy-eight participants were recruited: 531 with BP-II and 447 healthy controls. The genotypes of the COMT and MTHFR polymorphisms were determined using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. Logistic regression analysis showed a significant interaction effect of the COMT Val158Met Val/Val genotype and the MTHFR C677T C/T + T/T genotype (P = 0.039) for the protective effect on the odds of developing BP-II. Our findings support preliminary evidence that the COMT and MTHFR genes interact in BP-II, and they imply the connection of both dopaminergic pathways and methylation pathways in the pathogenesis of BP-II. PMID:25744938

  10. Polymorphisms in the thymidylate synthase and serine hydroxymethyltransferase genes and risk of adult acute lymphocytic leukemia

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    (MTHFR) gene at positions C677T and A1298C were associated with lower risk of adult acute lymphocytic,10- methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), and a decreased risk of adult acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).1 Similar

  11. Prevalence of MTHFR C677T Polymorphism in North Indian Mothers Having Babies with Trisomy 21 Down Syndrome

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    Kohli, Utkarsh; Arora, Sadhna; Kabra, Madhulika; Ramakrishnan, Lakshmy; Gulati, Sheffali; Pandey, Ravindra

    2008-01-01

    Recent studies have evaluated possible links between polymorphisms in maternal folate metabolism genes and Down syndrome. Some of these studies show a significantly increased prevalence of the C677T polymorphism of the 5,10-methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (NADPH) gene (MTHFR) among mothers who have had babies with Down syndrome. This study…

  12. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism: epidemiology, metabolism and the associated diseases.

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    Liew, Siaw-Cheok; Gupta, Esha Das

    2015-01-01

    The Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism is associated with various diseases (vascular, cancers, neurology, diabetes, psoriasis, etc) with the epidemiology of the polymorphism of the C677T that varies dependent on the geography and ethnicity. The 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) locus is mapped on chromosome 1 at the end of the short arm (1p36.6). This enzyme is important for the folate metabolism which is an integral process for cell metabolism in the DNA, RNA and protein methylation. The mutation of the MTHFR gene which causes the C677T polymorphism is located at exon 4 which results in the conversion of valine to alanine at codon 222, a common polymorphism that reduces the activity of this enzyme. The homozygous mutated subjects have higher homocysteine levels while the heterozygous mutated subjects have mildly raised homocysteine levels compared with the normal, non-mutated controls. Hyperhomocysteinemia is an emerging risk factor for various cardiovascular diseases and with the increasing significance of this polymorphism in view of the morbidity and mortality impact on the patients, further prevention strategies and nutritional recommendations with the supplementation of vitamin B12 and folic acid which reduces plasma homocysteine level would be necessary as part of future health education. This literature review therefore focuses on the recent evidence-based reports on the associations of the MTHFR C677T polymorphism and the various diseases globally. PMID:25449138

  13. Enrichment of MTHFR 677?T in a Chinese long-lived cohort and its association with lipid modulation

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    2014-01-01

    Background Variants in the Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene may result in a lowered catalytic activity and associate with subsequent elevated serum homocysteine (Hcy) concentration, abnormal DNA synthesis and methylation, cardiovascular risk, and unhealthy aging. Several investigations on the relationship of MTHFR C677T polymorphism with serum lipid profile and longevity have been conducted in some populations, but the findings remain mixed. Herein, we sought to look at the association between MTHFR C677T and lipid profile in a longevous cohort in Bama, a well-known home of longevity in China. Methods Genotyping of MTHFR C677T was undertaken in 516 long-lived inhabitants (aged 90 and older, long-lived group, LG) and 493 healthy controls (aged 60–75, non-long-lived group, non-LG) recruited from Bama area. Correlation between MTHFR genotypes and lipids was then evaluated. Results T allele and TT genotype were significantly more prevalent in LG (P?=?0.001 and 0.002, respectively), especially in females, than in non-LG. No difference in the tested lipid measures among MTHFR C677T genotypes was observed in LG, non-LG and total population (P?>?0.05 for all). However, female but not male T carriers exhibited higher TC and LDL-C levels than did T noncarriers in the total population and in LG after stratification by sex (P?MTHFR 677?T genotypes and its modest unfavorable impact on lipids in Bama long-lived individuals may imply an existence of other protective genotypes which require further determination. PMID:24968810

  14. Polymorphisms of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase ( MTHFR), methionine synthase ( MTR), methionine synthase reductase ( MTRR), and thymidylate synthase ( TYMS) in multiple myeloma risk

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    Carmen S. P. Lima; Manoela M. Ortega; Margareth C. Ozelo; Renato C. Araujo; Cármino A. De Souza; Irene Lorand-Metze; Joyce M. Annichino-Bizzacchi; Fernando F. Costa

    2008-01-01

    We tested whether the polymorphisms of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene, MTHFR C677T and A1298C, the methionine synthase gene, MTR A2756G, the methionine synthase reductase gene, MTRR A66G, and the thymidylate synthase gene, TYMS 2R?3R, involved in folate and methionine metabolism, altered the risk for multiple myeloma (MM). Genomic DNA from 123MM patients and 188 controls was analysed by polymerase chain

  15. Association of von Willebrand factor activity with ACE I/D and MTHFR C677T polymorphisms in migraine.

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    Tietjen, G E; Herial, N A; Utley, C; White, L; Yerga-Woolwine, S; Joe, B

    2009-09-01

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) insertion (I)/deletion (D) and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphisms are linked to endothelial dysfunction and to cerebral white matter lesions. Objectives of this study were to determine if ACE and MTHFR gene polymorphisms are associated with von Willebrand factor (vWF) activity, an endothelial dysfunction marker, and with a distinct headache phenotype. We enrolled 64 women (18-50 years old) with International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd edn migraine without aura (MoA) and 61 with aura (MA). Genotypic frequencies: ACE DD 35%, ID 42%, II 23%, and MTHFR TT 17%, CT 40%, CC 43%. Those with ACE DD genotype had higher levels of vWF activity (152%) compared with ID and II genotypes. Levels were highest (179%) with combined ACE DD and MTHFR TT genotypes. ACE DD was associated with higher headache frequency, and MTHFR TT was associated with MA. In migraine, vWF activity may be a marker of endothelial-mediated genetic risk for ischaemic conditions. PMID:19298544

  16. MTHFR C677T Polymorphism and Risk of Congenital Heart Defects: Evidence from 29 Case-Control and TDT Studies

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    Gong, Fangqi; Zhu, Weihua; Fu, Songling

    2013-01-01

    Background Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is an important enzyme for folate metabolism in humans; it is encoded by the MTHFR gene. Several studies have assessed the association between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and the risk of congenital heart defects (CHDs), while the results were inconsistent. Methods and Findings Multiple electronic databases were searched to identify relevant studies published up to July 22, 2012. Data from case-control and TDT studies were integrated in an allelic model using the Catmap and Metafor software. Twenty-nine publications were included in this meta-analysis. The overall meta-analysis showed significant association between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and CHDs risk in children with heterogeneity (Pheterogeneity?=?0.000) and publication bias (Pegger?=?0.039), but it turned into null after the trim-and-fill method was implemented (OR?=?1.12, 95% CI?=?0.95–1.31). Nevertheless, positive results were obtained after stratified by ethnicity and sample size in all subgroups except the mixed population. For mothers, there was significant association between the variant and CHDs without heterogeneity (Pheterogeneity?=?0.150, OR?=?1.16, 95% CI?=?1.05–1.29) and publication bias (Pegger?=?0.981). However, the results varied across each subgroup in the stratified analysis of ethnicity and sample size. Conclusions Both infant and maternal MTHFR C677T polymorphisms may contribute to the risk of CHDs. PMID:23536781

  17. [Submicroscopic chromosomal changes predispose to generalised epilepsy].

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    Møller, Rikke; Hjalgrim, Helle

    2011-04-18

    Idiopathic generalised epilepsies (IGEs) affect up to 0.3% of the general population. Genetic factors play a predominant role in the aetiology of IGEs. Molecular genetic studies have mainly identified causative gene mutations in rare monogenic forms of idiopathic epilepsies. However, the genetic variants predisposing to common IGE syndromes remain elusive. Identification of recurrent microdeletions at 1q21.1, 15q11.2, 15q13.3, 16p11.2, 16p13.11 and 22q11.2 as rare but significant risk factors for IGE has provided new insights into the complex genetic predisposition of common epilepsies. PMID:21501562

  18. Adrenomedullin Haploinsufficiency Predisposes to Secondary Lymphedema

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    Nikitenko, Leonid L; Shimosawa, Tatsuo; Henderson, Stephen; Mäkinen, Taija; Shimosawa, Hiromi; Qureshi, Uzma; Pedley, R Barbara; Rees, Margaret C P; Fujita, Toshiro; Boshoff, Chris

    2013-01-01

    Secondary lymphedema is a debilitating condition, and genetic factors predisposing to its development remain largely unknown. Adrenomedullin (AM) is peptide encoded, together with proadrenomedullin N-terminal peptide (PAMP), by the Adm gene (adrenomedullin gene). AM and its putative receptor calcitonin receptor–like receptor (CLR) are implicated in angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis during embryogenesis and wound healing, suggesting their possible involvement in secondary lymphedema. To investigate whether AM deficiency predisposes to secondary lymphedema, we used heterozygous adult mice with Adm gene-knockin stop mutation, which selectively abrogated AM, but preserved PAMP, expression (AdmAM+/? animals). After hind limb skin incision, Adm messenger RNA expression was upregulated in wounded tissue of both AdmAM+/+ and AdmAM+/? mice. However, only AdmAM+/? animals developed limb swelling and histopathological lymphedematous changes, including epidermal thickening, elevated collagen fiber density, and increased microvessel diameter. Secondary lymphedema was prevented when circulating AM levels in AdmAM+/? mice were restored by systemic peptide delivery. In human skin, CLR was expressed in tissue components affected by lymphedema, including epidermis, lymphatics, and blood vessels. Our study identified a previously unrecognized role for endogenous AM as a key factor in secondary lymphedema pathogenesis and provided experimental in vivo evidence of an underlying germ-line genetic predisposition to developing this disorder. PMID:23364478

  19. Inactivation of the Tumor Suppressor Genes Causing the Hereditary Syndromes Predisposing to Head and Neck Cancer via Promoter Hypermethylation in Sporadic Head and Neck Cancers

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    Ian M. Smith; Suhail K. Mithani; Wojciech K. Mydlarz; Steven S. Chang; Joseph A. Califano

    2010-01-01

    Fanconi anemia (FA) and dyskeratosis congenita (DC) are rare inherited syndromes that cause head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). Prior studies of inherited forms of cancer have been extremely important in elucidating tumor suppressor genes inactivated in sporadic tumors. Here, we studied whether sporadic tumors have epigenetic silencing of the genes causing the inherited forms of HNSCC. Using bisulfite

  20. A retrospective comparative exploratory study on two Methylentetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms in esophagogastric cancer: the A1298C MTHFR polymorphism is an independent prognostic factor only in neoadjuvantly treated gastric cancer patients

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    2014-01-01

    Background Methylentetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) plays a major role in folate metabolism and consequently could be an important factor for the efficacy of a treatment with 5-fluorouracil. Our aim was to evaluate the prognostic and predictive value of two well characterized constitutional MTHFR gene polymorphisms for primarily resected and neoadjuvantly treated esophagogastric adenocarcinomas. Methods 569 patients from two centers were analyzed (gastric cancer: 218, carcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (AEG II, III): 208 and esophagus (AEG I): 143). 369 patients received neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery, 200 patients were resected without preoperative treatment. The MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms were determined in DNA from peripheral blood lymphozytes. Associations with prognosis, response and clinicopathological factors were analyzed retrospectively within a prospective database (chi-square, log-rank, cox regression). Results Only the MTHFR A1298C polymorphisms had prognostic relevance in neoadjuvantly treated patients but it was not a predictor for response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The AC genotype of the MTHFR A1298C polymorphisms was significantly associated with worse outcome (p?=?0.02, HR 1.47 (1.06-2.04). If neoadjuvantly treated patients were analyzed based on their tumor localization, the AC genotype of the MTHFR A1298C polymorphisms was a significant negative prognostic factor in patients with gastric cancer according to UICC 6th edition (gastric cancer including AEG type II, III: HR 2.0, 95% CI 1.3-2.0, p?=?0.001) and 7th edition (gastric cancer without AEG II, III: HR 2.8, 95% CI 1.5-5.7, p?=?0.003), not for AEG I. For both definitions of gastric cancer the AC genotype was confirmed as an independent negative prognostic factor in cox regression analysis. In primarily resected patients neither the MTHFR A1298C nor the MTHFR C677T polymorphisms had prognostic impact. Conclusions The MTHFR A1298C polymorphisms was an independent prognostic factor in patients with neoadjuvantly treated gastric adenocarcinomas (according to both UICC 6th or 7th definitions for gastric cancer) but not in AEG I nor in primarily resected patients, which confirms the impact of this enzyme on chemotherapy associated outcome. PMID:24490800

  1. One-Carbon Metabolism, MTHFR Polymorphisms, and Risk of Breast Cancer

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    Jia Chen; Marilie D. Gammon; Wendy Chan; Caroline Palomeque; James G. Wetmur; Geoffrey C. Kabat; Susan L. Teitelbaum; Julie A. Britton; Mary Beth Terry; Alfred I. Neugut; Regina M. Santella

    2005-01-01

    Accumulating evidence from epidemiologic studies suggests that risk of breast cancer is reduced in relation to increased consumption of folate and related B vitamins. We investigated independent and joint effects of B vitamin intake as well as two polymorphisms of a key one-carbon metabolizing gene (i.e., methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C>T and 1298A>C) on breast cancer risk. The study uses the

  2. Significant Impact of the MTHFR Polymorphisms and Haplotypes on Male Infertility Risk

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    Gupta, Nishi; Sarkar, Saumya; David, Archana; Gangwar, Pravin Kumar; Gupta, Richa; Khanna, Gita; Sankhwar, Satya Narayan; Khanna, Anil; Rajender, Singh

    2013-01-01

    Background Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) converts 5,10-methylene tetrahydrofolate to 5-methyl tetrahydrofolate and affects the activity of cellular cycles participating in nucleotide synthesis, DNA repair, genome stability, maintenance of methyl pool, and gene regulation. Genetically compromised MTHFR activity has been suggested to affect male fertility. The objective of the present study was to find the impact on infertility risk of c.203G>A, c.1298A>C, and c.1793G>A polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene. Methods PCR-RFLP and DNA sequencing were used to genotype the common SNPs in the MTHFR gene in 630 infertile and 250 fertile males. Chi-square test was applied for statistical comparison of genotype data. Linkage disequilibrium between the SNPs and the frequency of common haplotypes were assessed using Haploview software. Biochemical levels of total homocysteine (tHcy) and folic acid were measured. Meta-analysis on c.1298A>C polymorphism was performed using data from ten studies, comprising 2734 cases and 2737 controls. Results c.203G>A and c.1298A>C were found to be unrelated to infertility risk. c.1793G>A was protective against infertility (P?=?0.0008). c.677C>T and c.1793G>A were in significant LD (D’?=?0.9). Folic acid and tHcy level did not correlate with male infertility. Pooled estimate on c.1298A>C data from all published studies including our data showed no association of this polymorphism with male infertility (Odds ratio?=?1.035, P?=?0.56), azoospermia (Odds ratio?=?0.97, P?=?0.74), or oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (Odds ratio?=?0.92, p?=?0.29). Eight haplotypes with more than 1% frequency were detected, of which CCGA was protective against infertility (p?=?0.02), but the significance of the latter was not seen after applying Bonferroni correction. Conclusion Among MTHFR polymorphisms, c.203G>A and c.1298A>C do not affect infertility risk and c.1793G>A is protective against infertility. Haplotype analysis suggested that risk factors on the MTHFR locus do not extend too long on the DNA string. PMID:23874907

  3. Capturing the biological impact of CDKN2A and MC1R genes as an early predisposing event in melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer

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    Puig-Butille, Joan Anton; Escámez, María José; Garcia-Garcia, Francisco; Tell-Marti, Gemma; Fabra, Àngels; Martínez-Santamaría, Lucía; Badenas, Celia; Aguilera, Paula; Pevida, Marta; Dopazo, Joaquín; del Río, Marcela; Puig, Susana

    2014-01-01

    Germline mutations in CDKN2A and/or red hair color variants in MC1R genes are associated with an increased susceptibility to develop cutaneous melanoma or non melanoma skin cancer. We studied the impact of the CDKN2A germinal mutation p.G101W and MC1R variants on gene expression and transcription profiles associated with skin cancer. To this end we set-up primary skin cell co-cultures from siblings of melanoma prone-families that were later analyzed using the expression array approach. As a result, we found that 1535 transcripts were deregulated in CDKN2A mutated cells, with over-expression of immunity-related genes (HLA-DPB1, CLEC2B, IFI44, IFI44L, IFI27, IFIT1, IFIT2, SP110 and IFNK) and down-regulation of genes playing a role in the Notch signaling pathway. 3570 transcripts were deregulated in MC1R variant carriers. In particular, genes related to oxidative stress and DNA damage pathways were up-regulated as well as genes associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer and Huntington. Finally, we observed that the expression signatures indentified in phenotypically normal cells carrying CDKN2A mutations or MC1R variants are maintained in skin cancer tumors (melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma). These results indicate that transcriptome deregulation represents an early event critical for skin cancer development. PMID:24742402

  4. Inactivation of the tumor suppressor genes causing the hereditary syndromes predisposing to head and neck cancer via promoter hypermethylation in sporadic head and neck cancers.

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    Smith, Ian M; Mithani, Suhail K; Mydlarz, Wojciech K; Chang, Steven S; Califano, Joseph A

    2010-01-01

    Fanconi anemia (FA) and dyskeratosis congenita (DC) are rare inherited syndromes that cause head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). Prior studies of inherited forms of cancer have been extremely important in elucidating tumor suppressor genes inactivated in sporadic tumors. Here, we studied whether sporadic tumors have epigenetic silencing of the genes causing the inherited forms of HNSCC. Using bisulfite sequencing, we investigated the incidence of promoter hypermethylation of the 17 Fanconi- and DC-associated genes in sporadic HNSCC. Genes that only showed methylation in the tumor patients were chosen for quantitative methylation-specific PCR (qMSP) in a set of 45 tumor and 16 normal patients. Three gene promoters showed differences in methylation: FancB (FAAP95, FA core complex), FancJ (BRIP1, DNA Helicase/ATPase), and DKC1 (dyskeratin). Bisulfite sequencing revealed that only FancB and DKC1 showed no methylation in normal patients, yet the presence of promoter hypermethylation in tumor patients. On qMSP, 1/16 (6.25%) of the normal mucosal samples from non-cancer patients and 14/45 (31.1%) of the tumor patients demonstrated hypermethylation of the FancB locus (p < 0.05). These results suggest that inactivation of FancB may play a role in the pathogenesis of sporadic HNSCC. PMID:20332657

  5. The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677 C>T polymorphism increases the risk of developing chronic myeloid leukemia-a case-control study.

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    B?nescu, Claudia; Iancu, Mihaela; Trifa, Adrian P; Macarie, Ioan; Dima, Delia; Dobreanu, Minodora

    2015-04-01

    The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677 C>T and 1298 A>C polymorphisms are associated with variations in folate levels, a phenomenon linked to the development of various malignancies. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of the 677 C>T and 1298 A>C polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene on the risk of developing chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Our study included 151 patients with CML and 305 controls. The MTHFR 677 C>T and 1298 A>C polymorphisms were investigated by polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) and allele-specific PCR techniques. The CT and TT genotypes of the MTHFR 677 C>T polymorphism were associated with an increased risk of developing CML (odds ratio (OR)?=?1.556, 95% confidence interval (CI)?=?1.017-2.381, p value?=?0.041, and OR?=?1.897, 95% CI?=?1.046-3.44, p value?=?0.035, respectively). No association was observed between the prognostic factors (blasts, basophils, additional chromosomal abnormalities, EUTOS score, Sokal and Hasford risk groups) and the MTHFR 677 C>T and 1298 A>C variant genotypes in CML patients. Our study shows that the MTHFR 677 C>T polymorphism is significantly associated with the risk of CML in Romanian patients. PMID:25510667

  6. MTHFR 677C>T Polymorphism Increases the Male Infertility Risk: A Meta-Analysis Involving 26 Studies

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    Gong, Mancheng; Dong, Wenjing; He, Tingyu; Shi, Zhirong; Huang, Guiying; Ren, Rui; Huang, Sichong; Qiu, Shaopeng; Yuan, Runqiang

    2015-01-01

    Background and Objectives Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphism may be a risk factor for male infertility. However, the epidemiologic studies showed inconsistent results regarding MTHFR polymorphism and the risk of male infertility. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis of published case-control studies to re-examine the controversy. Methods Electronic searches of PubMed, EMBASE, Google Scholar and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) were conducted to select eligible literatures for this meta-analysis (updated to June 19, 2014). According to our inclusion criteria and the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS), only high quality studies that observed the association between MTHFR polymorphism and male infertility risk were included. Crude odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence interval (CI) was used to assess the strength of association between the MTHFR polymorphism and male infertility risk. Results Twenty-six studies involving 5,575 cases and 5,447 controls were recruited. Overall, MTHFR 677C>T polymorphism showed significant associations with male infertility risk in both fixed effects (CT+TT vs. CC: OR = 1.34, 95% CI: 1.23–1.46) and random effects models (CT+TT vs. CC: OR = 1.39, 95% CI: 1.19–1.62). Further, when stratified by ethnicity, sperm concentration and control sources, the similar results were observed in Asians, Caucasians, Azoo or OAT subgroup and both in population-based and hospital-based controls. Nevertheless, no significant association was only observed in oligo subgroup. Conclusions Our results indicated that the MTHFR polymorphism is associated with an increased risk of male infertility. Further well-designed analytical studies are necessary to confirm our conclusions and evaluate gene-environment interactions with male infertility risk. PMID:25793386

  7. 32 CFR 644.391 - Predisposal conference.

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    2011-07-01

    ...National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY (CONTINUED) REAL PROPERTY REAL ESTATE HANDBOOK Disposal Predisposal Action § 644.391 Predisposal conference. (a) Where a substantial Army...

  8. 32 CFR 644.391 - Predisposal conference.

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    2014-07-01

    ...National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY (CONTINUED) REAL PROPERTY REAL ESTATE HANDBOOK Disposal Predisposal Action § 644.391 Predisposal conference. (a) Where a substantial Army...

  9. 32 CFR 644.391 - Predisposal conference.

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    2010-07-01

    ...National Defense Department of Defense (Continued) DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY (CONTINUED) REAL PROPERTY REAL ESTATE HANDBOOK Disposal Predisposal Action § 644.391 Predisposal conference. (a) Where a substantial Army...

  10. Contribution of GSTM1, GSTT1, and MTHFR polymorphisms to end-stage renal disease of unknown etiology in Mexicans

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    Gutiérrez-Amavizca, B. E.; Orozco-Castellanos, R.; Ortíz-Orozco, R.; Padilla-Gutiérrez, J.; Valle, Y.; Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez, N.; García-García, G.; Gallegos-Arreola, M.; Figuera, L. E.

    2013-01-01

    Oxidative stress is increased in chronic kidney disease, owing to an imbalance between the oxidative and antioxidant pathways as well as a state of persistent hyperhomocysteinemia. The enzymes glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) are implicated in the regulation of these pathways. This study investigates the association between polymorphisms in the Glutathione S-transferase Mu 1 (GSTM1), glutathione S-transferase theta 1 (GSTT1), and MTHFR genes and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) of unknown etiology in patients in Mexico. A Case-control study included 110 ESRD patients and 125 healthy individuals. GSTM1 and GSTT1 genotypes were determined using the multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The MTHFR C677T polymorphism was studied using a PCR/restriction fragment length polymorphism method. In ESRD patients, GSTM1 and GSTT1 null genotype frequencies were 61% and 7% respectively. GSTM1 genotype frequencies differed significantly between groups, showing that homozygous deletion of the GSTM1 gene was associated with susceptibility to ESRD of unknown etiology (P = 0.007, odds ratios = 2.05, 95% confidence interval 1.21-3.45). The MTHFR C677T polymorphism genotype and allele distributions were similar in both groups (P > 0.05), and the CT genotype was the most common genotype in both groups (45.5% and 46.6%). Our findings suggest that the GSTM1 null polymorphism appears to be associated with the ESRD of unknown etiology in patients in Mexico. PMID:24339523

  11. Association of the Maternal MTHFR C677T Polymorphism with Susceptibility to Neural Tube Defects in Offsprings: Evidence from 25 Case-Control Studies

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    Zou, Peng; Ji, Guixiang; Gu, Aihua; Zhao, Peng

    2012-01-01

    Background Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a critical enzyme in folate metabolism and is involved in DNA methylation, DNA synthesis, and DNA repair. In addition, it is a possible risk factor in neural tube defects (NTDs). The association of the C677T polymorphism in the MTHFR gene and NTD susceptibility has been widely demonstrated, but the results remain inconclusive. In this study, we performed a meta-analysis with 2429 cases and 3570 controls to investigate the effect of the MTHFR C677T polymorphism on NTDs. Methods An electronic search of PubMed and Embase database for papers on the MTHFR C677T polymorphism and NTD risk was performed. All data were analysed with STATA (version 11). Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated to assess the association. Sensitivity analysis, test of heterogeneity, cumulative meta-analysis, and assessment of bias were performed in our meta-analysis. Results A significant association between the MTHFR C677T polymorphism and NTD susceptibility was revealed in our meta-analysis ( TT versus CC: OR ?=?2.022, 95% CI: 1.508, 2.712; CT+TT versus CC: OR ?=?1.303, 95% CI: 1.089, 1.558; TT versus CC+CT: OR ?=?1.716, 95% CI: 1.448, 2.033; 2TT+CT versus 2CC+CT: OR ?=?1.330, 95% CI: 1.160, 1.525). Moreover, an increased NTD risk was found after stratification of the MTHFR C677T variant data by ethnicity and source of controls. Conclusion The results suggested the maternal MTHFR C677T polymorphism is a genetic risk factor for NTDs. Further functional studies to investigate folate-related gene polymorphisms, periconceptional multivitamin supplements, complex interactions, and the development of NTDs are warranted. PMID:23056169

  12. Relationship of MTHFR and NQO1 Pharmacogenetics and Chemotherapy Clinical Outcomes in Breast Cancer Patients.

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    Chaturvedi, Pankaj; Tulsyan, Sonam; Agarwal, Gaurav; Lal, Punita; Agrawal, Sushma; Mittal, Rama D; Mittal, Balraj

    2015-08-01

    The study aimed at evaluating the influence of MTHFR 677C>T and NQO1 609C>T polymorphisms in toxicity and response to chemotherapy in breast cancer patients. These two genes are involved in the folate homeostasis and bioactivation of chemotherapeutic drugs, respectively. In this study, 243 patients treated with FEC/FAC/methotrexate chemotherapy regimen were recruited and followed up for toxicity (NCI-CTCAE ver. 3). While out of 243 patients, 115 patients who received neo-adjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) were followed for treatment response. Genetic analysis of MTHFR 677C>T and NQO1 609C>T was done by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism. We found significant association of variant genotype (TT) of NQO1 609C>T with grade 2-4 toxicity [OR 0.33 (0.13-0.88), P = 0.027] and with grade 2-4 anemia [OR 0.34 (0.12-0.95), P = 0.041]. However, no association of MTHFR 677C>T was seen with either response to NACT or drug-induced toxicity. The study provides useful information for prediction of clinical outcomes in breast cancer patients in terms of NQO1 609C>T by evaluating its association with chemotherapy-induced toxicity. PMID:26014925

  13. MTHFR Polymorphisms, Folate Intake, and Carcinogen DNA Adducts in the Lung

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    Lee, Mi-Sun; Asomaning, Kofi; Su, Li; Wain, John C.; Mark, Eugene J.; Christiani, David C.

    2011-01-01

    The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) genes and folate in one-carbon metabolism are essential for DNA methylation and synthesis. However, their role in carcinogen DNA damage in target lung tissue, a dosimeter for cancer risk, is not known. Our study aimed to investigate the association between genetic and nutritional one-carbon metabolism factors and DNA adducts in target lung. Data on 135 lung cancer cases from the Massachusetts General Hospital were studied. Genotyping was completed for MTHFR C677T (rs1801133) and A1298C (rs1801131). Information on dietary intake for one-carbon related micronutrients, folate and other B vitamin, was derived from a validated food frequency questionnaire. DNA adducts in lung were measured by 32P-postlabeling. After adjusting for potential confounders, DNA adduct levels in lung significantly increased by 69.2% [95% confidence interval (CI), 5.5% to 171.5%] for the MTHFR 1298AC+CC genotype. The high risk group, combining the A1298C (AC+CC) plus C677T (CT+TT) genotypes, had significantly enhanced levels of lung adducts by 210.7% (95% CI, 21.4% to 695.2%) in contrast to the A1298C (AA) plus C677T (CC) genotypes. Elevation of DNA adduct was pronounced - 111.3% (95% CI, ?3.0 to 360.5%) among 1298AC+CC patients who consumed the lowest level of folate intake as compared with 1298AA individuals with highest tertile of intake. These results indicate that DNA adducts levels are influenced by MTHFR polymorphisms and low folate consumption, suggesting an important role of genetic and nutritional factors in protecting DNA damage from lung carcinogen in at-risk populations. PMID:22052259

  14. Homocysteine levels are associated with MTHFR A1298C polymorphism in Indian population.

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    Kumar, Jitender; Das, Swapan K; Sharma, Priyanka; Karthikeyan, Ganesan; Ramakrishnan, Lakshmy; Sengupta, Shantanu

    2005-01-01

    An elevated level of homocysteine is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and is associated with other complex disorders. Homocysteine levels can be elevated due to dietary and/or genetic factors. A majority of Indian population have a low level of vitamin B12 (presumably due to vegetarian diet)--a critical nutritional factor, deficiency of which results in hyperhomocysteinemia. Hence, polymorphisms in the genes responsible for homocysteine metabolism can be perceived to have a greater impact in relation to hyperhomocysteinemia in Indian population. For this reason, the effects of diet and/or methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphism were assessed in 200 individuals having varying homocysteine levels. Homocysteine levels were significantly elevated in individuals adhering to a vegetarian diet (P = 0.019) or having MTHFR A1298C polymorphism (P = 0.006). The minor allele frequency (MAF) of MTHFR C677T and A1298C was 0.15 and 0.44 respectively in this cohort. Since the MAF of these polymorphisms differed considerably from Caucasian and other Asian populations, frequencies of these polymorphisms were also determined in more than 400 individuals from different ethnic populations, selected from the entire country based on their geographical location and linguistic lineage, and was found to be similar to that of our cohort. The fact that MTHFR A1298C polymorphism is significantly associated with homocysteine levels, and that the CC genotype is present at a higher frequency in the Indian population, makes it extremely relevant in terms of its potential impact on hyperhomocysteinemia. PMID:16244782

  15. Association between MTHFR C677T, MTHFR A1298C and MS A2756G polymorphisms and risk of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia II/III and cervical cancer: a meta-analysis.

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    Zhu, Jie; Wu, Lei; Kohlmeier, Martin; Ye, Fangli; Cai, Wei

    2013-09-01

    Numerous case-control studies on the association between polymorphisms of key genes involved in methionine remethylation [methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase (MS)] and the susceptibility of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and cervical cancer have provided inconclusive results. The aim of the present meta-analysis was to determine the effects of two MTHFR (C677T and A1298C) and one MS gene polymorphism (A2756G) on the risk of CIN II/III or cervical cancer. Relevant data were retrieved following a systematic search in PubMed, Web of Science, MEDLINE and Wanfang Data up to November 2012. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated from eligible studies by meta-analysis with subgroup analyses stratified by ethnicity. A total of 13 studies with 1,936 cases and 2,858 controls were included in the present meta?analysis. An increased risk of cervical cancer was found in Asian women with the MTHFR 677T allele (TT vs. CC: OR=1.41, 95% CI=1.07?1.86, P=0.01; TT vs. CC+CT: OR=1.38, 95% CI=1.08-1.75, P=0.008), while a decreased risk was observed in Caucasian women (TT vs. CC: OR=0.65, 95% CI=0.45-0.93, P=0.02; TT+CT vs. CC: OR=0.7, 95% CI=0.58-0.86, P=0.0005). No effects of MTHFR C677T polymorphism on CIN II/III risk and MTHFR A1298C or MS A2756G polymorphisms on cervical cancer risk were detected. The sensitivity analysis suggested stability of this meta-analysis and no publication bias was detected. The MTHFR 677T allele may enhance the risk of cervical cancer in the Asian female population and play a protective role in Caucasian females. However, limited association is suggested between MTHFR A1298C and MS A2756G polymorphisms with cervical tumorigenesis. PMID:23864153

  16. Association between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and congenital heart disease. A family-based meta-analysis.

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    Li, Z; Jun, Y; Zhong-Bao, R; Jie, L; Jian-Ming, L

    2015-04-01

    Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of birth defect. It is suspected that polymorphisms in folate metabolism are associated with an increased risk of CHD, but the conclusion remains unclear. Studies have reported that the MTHFR C677T polymorphism was associated with the development of structural congenital heart malformations. The objective of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis of available studies to identify common polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene in children with CHD and their mothers and to test for an association between genotype and disease. In all, 19 eligible studies comprising 4,219 cases and 20,123 controls were included in this meta-analysis. A significant association was found between the MTHFR C677T polymorphism and CHD risk (OR: 1.26; 95?% CI =?1.06-1.51; p?=?0.009) with no strong evidence of heterogeneity (I(2)?=?39?%) in the fetal analysis. In the maternal analysis, the MTHFR C677T polymorphism was significantly associated with CHD risk (OR =?1.52; 95?% CI =? 1.09-2.11; p?=?0.01) with significant heterogeneity (I(2)?=?63?%). PMID:25256053

  17. Association of MTHFR C677T with total homocysteine plasma levels and susceptibility to Parkinson's disease: a meta-analysis.

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    Zhu, Ying; Zhu, Rui-Xia; He, Zhi-Yi; Liu, Xu; Liu, He-Nan

    2015-06-01

    The C677T single-nucleotide polymorphism in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) may elevate homocysteine (Hcy) levels and increase the risk of Parkinson's disease (PD); however, results are conflicting. Our aim was to resolve contradictions in the literature and to determine whether MTHFR C677T has a significant role in regulating Hcy levels and/or is a significant risk factor for PD. MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, China Biological Medicine Database and Google Scholar were searched until May 2014. Strict selection and exclusion criteria were determined, and odds ratios (ORs)/weighted mean differences (WMDs) with 95 % confidence intervals (CIs) were used to assess the strength of associations. Statistical analyses were performed using STATA 12.0. Fifteen studies that together assessed 2690 PD cases and 8465 controls were included. Meta-analysis showed that no significant difference in the distribution of MTHFR C677T between PD cases and controls was found. While stratifying for ethnicity, significant association was revealed in Europeans (T vs. C, OR = 1.17, 95 % CIs 1.04-1.31) but not in Asians. Significant association between the T allele and increased Hcy levels was found in PD cases and controls; Hcy levels were higher in PD cases and controls carrying the MTHFR T677 allele than in non-carriers (TT vs. CC, PD WMD = 6.50, 95 % CIs 6.20-6.80; controls WMD = 4.52, 95 % CIs 4.24-4.80). Other within-group comparisons showed similar results. This meta-analysis suggests that MTHFR C667T may confer PD susceptibility in Europeans. The T allele may be an independent risk factor for elevated Hcy levels in PD patients. PMID:25564416

  18. MTHFR 677C ? T genotype disrupts prefrontal function in schizophrenia through an interaction with COMT 158Val ? Met

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    Roffman, Joshua L.; Gollub, Randy L.; Calhoun, Vince D.; Wassink, Thomas H.; Weiss, Anthony P.; Ho, Beng C.; White, Tonya; Clark, Vincent P.; Fries, Jill; Andreasen, Nancy C.; Goff, Donald C.; Manoach, Dara S.

    2008-01-01

    Understanding how risk genes cumulatively impair brain function in schizophrenia could provide critical insights into its pathophysiology. Working memory impairment in schizophrenia has been associated with abnormal dopamine signaling in the prefrontal cortex, which is likely under complex genetic control. The catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) 158Val ? Met polymorphism (rs4680), which affects the availability of prefrontal dopamine signaling, consistently stratifies prefrontal activation during working memory performance. However, the low-dopamine COMT 158Val allele does not confer increased risk for schizophrenia, and its effects on prefrontal function are not specific to the disorder. In the setting of other genetic variants influencing prefrontal dopamine signaling, COMT 158Val ? Met genotype may exert disease-specific effects. A second polymorphism, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C ? T (rs1801133), has been associated with overall schizophrenia risk and executive function impairment in patients, and may influence dopamine signaling through mechanisms upstream of COMT effects. We found that the hypofunctional 677T variant was associated with decreased working memory load-dependent activation in the prefrontal and insular cortices in 79 schizophrenia patients, but not in 75 demographically matched healthy controls. Further, significant MTHFR × COMT genotype interactions were observed, which differed by diagnostic group: Reduced prefrontal activation was associated with the 677T and 158Val alleles in patients, but with 677C/C and 158Met/Met genotype in controls. These findings are consistent with epistatic effects of the COMT and MTHFR polymorphisms on prefrontal dopamine signaling, and suggest that in schizophrenia patients, the MTHFR 677T allele exacerbates prefrontal dopamine deficiency. The findings also suggest the importance of weighing COMT effects on prefrontal function within the context of MTHFR genotype. PMID:18988738

  19. An MTHFR variant, homocysteine, and cardiovascular comorbidity in renal disease

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    Elizabeth M. Wrone; James L. Zehnder; John M. Hornberger; Linda M. McCann; Norman S. Coplon; Stephen P. Fortmann

    2001-01-01

    An MTHFR variant, homocysteine, and cardiovascular comorbidity in renal disease.BackgroundIt is unclear whether total serum homocysteine (tHcy) and the C677T mutation of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) are associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).MethodsA cross-sectional sample of 459 patients with ESRD on chronic dialysis was assessed to determine whether tHcy and the C677T mutation are associated

  20. Thermolabile MTHFR genotype and retinal vascular occlusive disease

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    M Cahill; M Karabatzaki; C Donoghue; R Meleady; L A Mynett-Johnson; D Mooney; I M Graham; A S Whitehead; D C Shields

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUNDRaised levels of total plasma homocysteine (tHcy) are associated with an increased risk of retinal vascular occlusive disease. A thermolabile form of a pivotal enzyme in homocysteine metabolism, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), has been associated with vascular occlusive disease and raised tHcy levels. The relation between thermolabile MTHFR genotype, tHcy, and retinal vascular occlusive disease has not been determined.METHODSA retrospective case-control

  1. Association between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and venous thromboembolism risk in the Chinese population: a meta-analysis of 24 case-controlled studies.

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    Zhang, Peijin; Gao, Xiuyin; Zhang, Yanyan; Hu, Yuewen; Ma, He; Wang, Wei; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Jing; Xu, Hao; Lu, Zhaojun

    2015-05-01

    The association between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphisms and venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk in the Chinese population has been widely reported, but results were inconsistent and underpowered. To elucidate the variable results, a meta-analysis and systematic review were performed from all case-controlled studies relating MTHFR C677T polymorphism by pooling data on them. We estimated the pooled odds ratio with its 95% confidence intervals to assess this possible association. Finally, a total of 24 studies with 2339 cases and 4048 controls were included in the current meta-analysis. Significant association was found with VTE risk for all genetic models. Subgroup analyses by type of VTE further identified the above-mentioned association in deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism and splanchnic vein thrombosis. The findings from our meta-analysis support the associations of MTHFR C677T polymorphism with VTE risk in the Chinese population. PMID:25149317

  2. C677T (thermolabile alanine\\/valine) polymorphism in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR): its frequency and impact on plasma homocysteine concentration in different European populations

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    Vilmundur Gudnason; David Stansbie; Jeff Scott; Ann Bowron; Viviane Nicaud; Steve Humphries

    1998-01-01

    A common polymorphism has been described in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, substituting an alanine (A) for a valine (V), where the V allele results in a thermolabile enzyme with reduced activity. This polymorphism is easily detectable by PCR amplification and digestion with HinfI restriction enzyme. We describe the use of the MADGE high throughput genotyping system for rapid typing

  3. Prevalence of MTHFR C677T and MS A2756G polymorphisms in major depressive disorder, and their impact on response to fluoxetine treatment

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    To examine the prevalence of the C677T polymorphism of the methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene and the A2756G polymorphism of methionine synthase (MS), and their impact on antidepressant response. We screened 224 subjects (52% female, mean age 39 +/- 11 years) with SCID-diagnosed major...

  4. Evaluation of MTHFR677C>T Polymorphism in Prediction and Prognosis of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Case-Control Study in a Northern Indian Population

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    Meenakshi Umar; Rohit Upadhyay; Rohini Khurana; Shaleen Kumar; Uday Chand Ghoshal; Balraj Mittal

    2010-01-01

    Early diagnosis and better prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is still a challenge. Besides environmental risk factors, nutritional deficiencies have an established role in pathogenesis of ESCC. Folate deficiency and functional polymorphisms in folate metabolizing genes such as methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C>T may have oncogenic role through disruption of normal DNA methylation pattern, synthesis, and impaired DNA

  5. MTHFR 677C 3 T genotype disrupts prefrontal function in schizophrenia through an interaction

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    Manoach, Dara S.

    MTHFR 677C 3 T genotype disrupts prefrontal function in schizophrenia through an interaction-specific effects. A second polymorphism, methylenetetrahydrofolate re- ductase (MTHFR) 677C 3 T (rs1801133), has controls. Further, significant MTHFR COMT genotype interactions were observed, which differed by diagnostic

  6. ORIGINAL RESEARCH MTHFR 677C>T effects on anterior cingulate structure

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    Manoach, Dara S.

    ORIGINAL RESEARCH MTHFR 677C>T effects on anterior cingulate structure and function during response heritable alterations of dACC function. We examined whether the hypofunctional 677C>T variant in MTHFR fractional anisotropy in bilateral dACC. These findings suggest that the MTHFR 677T allele blunts response

  7. C677T MTHFR mutation and factor V Leiden mutation in patients with TIA/minor stroke: a case-control study.

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    Lalouschek, W; Aull, S; Serles, W; Schnider, P; Mannhalter, C; Pabinger-Fasching, I; Deecke, L; Zeiler, K

    1999-01-15

    A common C677T mutation in the gene for the enzyme 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (5,10-MTHFR) has been linked to elevated levels of homocysteine and was therefore suspected to be a candidate genetic risk factor for arterial occlusive disease. Another mutation, factor V Leiden, has been established as a common hereditary risk factor for venous thrombosis, but its role in arterial disease remains controversial. We investigated the prevalence of both the C677T MTHFR mutation and the factor V Leiden mutation in 81 patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke (MS) and in 81 age- and sex-matched control subjects free from clinically manifest vascular disease. We further compared clinical and laboratory data as well as clinical course of patients carrying the factor V Leiden mutation alone or in combination with the C677T MTHFR mutation and mutation-free patients. The prevalence of the MTHFR mutation did not differ between patients and control subjects with 11.1% homozygous carriers in both groups (OR for homozygous carriers 1.0; 95% CI 0.38-2.66). However, there was a trend towards a higher prevalence of carriers of factor V Leiden in patients (12.3%) than in control subjects (4.9%) (OR 2.75; 95% CI 0.83-9.17;p=0.09). Furthermore, we found some evidence that the combined occurrence of the C677T MTHFR mutation and factor V Leiden might unfavorably affect the clinical course of the disease, but the number of respective patients was small. Larger studies with a greater number of carriers of both the C677T MTHFR mutation and factor V Leiden seem therefore warranted. PMID:9950259

  8. NOD2 prevents emergence of disease-predisposing microbiota

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    Secher, Thomas; Normand, Sylvain; Chamaillard, Mathias

    2013-01-01

    The gut flora is composed of a huge number of diverse, well-adapted symbionts that interact with epithelial lining throughout the host's entire life. Not all commensals have the same ability to maintain quiescent, protective inflammation. Importantly, instability in the composition of gut microbial communities (referred to as dysbiosis) has been linked to loss of gut barrier in the context of common human illnesses with increasing socio-economic impacts, such as Crohn disease and colorectal cancer. Our recent findings suggest that disease-predisposing dysbiosis can now be intentionally manipulated by targeting the major Crohn disease-predisposing NOD2 gene. That knowledge will not only add a new dimension to the often overlooked microbiology of Crohn disease and colorectal cancer, but will also have a broad impact on biomedical sciences worldwide. PMID:23778641

  9. NOD2 prevents emergence of disease-predisposing microbiota.

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    Secher, Thomas; Normand, Sylvain; Chamaillard, Mathias

    2013-01-01

    The gut flora is composed of a huge number of diverse, well-adapted symbionts that interact with epithelial lining throughout the host's entire life. Not all commensals have the same ability to maintain quiescent, protective inflammation. Importantly, instability in the composition of gut microbial communities (referred to as dysbiosis) has been linked to loss of gut barrier in the context of common human illnesses with increasing socio-economic impacts, such as Crohn disease and colorectal cancer. Our recent findings suggest that disease-predisposing dysbiosis can now be intentionally manipulated by targeting the major Crohn disease-predisposing NOD2 gene. That knowledge will not only add a new dimension to the often overlooked microbiology of Crohn disease and colorectal cancer, but will also have a broad impact on biomedical sciences worldwide. PMID:23778641

  10. MTHFR polymorphisms in Puerto Rican children with isolated congenital heart disease and their mothers

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    García-Fragoso, Lourdes; García-García, Inés; Leavitt, Gloria; Renta, Jessicca; Ayala, Miguel A.; Cadilla, Carmen L.

    2010-01-01

    Congenital heart defects (CHD) are among the most common birth defects. There is evidence suggesting that polymorphisms in folate metabolism could alter susceptibility to CHD. The MTHFR 677TT genotype has been associated with the development of structural congenital heart malformations. The objective of this study was to identify common polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene in children with isolated CHD and their mothers. The DNA analysis for the C677T and A1298C mutations was performed. The study group included 27 mothers, 27 children with CHD, and 220 controls. The prevalence of the TT polymorphism was higher in mothers (22%) than in controls (10%). Compound heterozygosity for both polymorphisms was 3.7 times more common in children with CHD than in the newborn controls. Mothers of children with CHD were more likely to be compound heterozygotes. The higher prevalence of C677T polymorphisms in mothers of children with CHD and of compound heterozygosity for both polymorphisms suggests the possible role of folic acid in the prevention of CHD. Due to the relation of this enzyme to folate metabolism, current folate recommendations for women in childbearing age in Puerto Rico to reduce neural tube defects may need to be extended to the prevention of CHD. PMID:20657745

  11. Host factors predisposing to anaerobic infections.

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    Finegold, S M

    1993-03-01

    Factors that predispose to infection in general, of course, may predispose to infection with anaerobes. Included in this category are diabetes mellitus, neutropenia, hypogammaglobulinaemia, malignancy, splenectomy, collagen vascular disease, cytotoxic drug therapy, corticosteroid therapy and other immunosuppression. However, even with these situations there may be certain, more specific, associations: anaerobic cholecystitis and anaerobic osteomyelitis in diabetics, neutropenic colitis, and the increased incidence of local anaerobic infections associated with carcinoma of the lung, colon and uterus. Conditions that lead to decreased redox potential more specifically predispose to infection with anaerobes. Included in this category are obstruction and stasis, tissue anoxia, tissue destruction, vascular insufficiency, prior aerobic infection, burns, foreign body implantation, and calcium salts in a wound (in association with fractures). Other specific clinical situations that predispose to anaerobic infections include leukaemia; oral, gastrointestinal, and female pelvic surgery; trauma at other sites; childbirth; aspiration pneumonia; human and animal bites; and therapy with agents with poor activity against anaerobes (e.g. aminoglycosides, quinolones). AIDS patients appear to be predisposed to severe periodontal disease and its complications. PMID:8518753

  12. Are genetic variants of the methyl group metabolism enzymes risk factors predisposing to obesity?

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    Terruzzi, I; Senesi, P; Fermo, I; Lattuada, G; Luzi, L

    2007-10-01

    Obesity, due to the combination of inherited genes and environmental factors, is continually increasing. We evaluated the relationship between polymorphisms of methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR C677T and A1298C), methionine synthase (MTR A2756G), methionine synthase reductase (MTRR A66G), betaine:homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT G742A) and cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS 68-bp ins) genes and the risk of obesity. We studied these polymorphic variants in 54 normal and 82 obese subjects [body mass index (BMI)=22.4+/-1.8, 34.1+/-7.1; ages 35.2+/-10.7, 43.3+/-10.6 respectively]. Levels of total plasma homocysteine (t-Hcy), folates, and vitamins B6 and B12 were not significantly different, while leptin concentration was significantly higher (p=0.005) in the obese patients compared to the lean controls. The frequency of only (a) MTHFR (AC), (b) MTR (AG), and (c) MTRR (AG) heterozygous genotypes was statistically different in the obese compared to the control group (p=0.03, p=0.007, and p=0.01). Single (a), (b), and (c) heterozygous genotypes had a significant risk of developing obesity [p=0.02, 0.01, and 0.03; odds ratio (OR)=2.5, 3.0, and 2.4; 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.2-5.3, 1.3-7.1, and 1.2-5.1 respectively] and the risk remarkably increased for combined genotypes a+b, a+c, b+c, and a+b+c (p=0.002, 0.002, 0.016, 0.006; OR=7.7, 5.4, 5.8, 15.4; 95% CI=1.9-30.4, 1.7-16.8, 1.4-23.2, 1.6- 152.3). These findings suggest that in obese subjects, Hcy cycle efficiency is impaired by MTHFR, MTR, and MTRR inability to supply methyl-group donors, providing evidence that MTHFR, MTR, and MTRR gene polymorphisms are genetic risk factors for obesity. PMID:17993766

  13. Cervical-artery dissections: predisposing factors, diagnosis, and outcome.

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    Debette, Stéphanie; Leys, Didier

    2009-07-01

    Cervical-artery dissection (CAD) is a major cause of cerebral ischaemia in young adults and can lead to various clinical symptoms, some of which are benign (eg, headache, neck pain, Horner's syndrome, and cranial-nerve palsy), but most patients have a stroke or transient ischaemic attack. In addition to trauma to the neck, other risk factors have been suggested, such as infection, migraine, hyperhomocysteinaemia, and the 677TT genotype of the 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR 677TT), although evidence is sparse. An underlying arteriopathy, which could in part be genetically determined, is believed to have a role in the development of CAD. Importantly, both research on and optimum management of CAD strongly rely on diagnostic accuracy. Although the functional outcome of CAD is good in most patients, socioprofessional effects can be important. Incidence of the disorder in the general population is underestimated. Mortality and short-term recurrence rates are low but possibly also underestimated. Further research is warranted to improve our understanding of the underlying pathophysiology, to assess the long-term outcome, and ultimately to provide treatment and prevention strategies. PMID:19539238

  14. Sodium arsenite alters cell cycle and MTHFR, MT1/2, and c-Myc protein levels in MCF-7 cells

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    Ruiz-Ramos, Ruben [Centro de Investigacion en Salud Poblacional, INSP, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Departamento de Toxicologia, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, 07360 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Lopez-Carrillo, Lizbeth [Centro de Investigacion en Salud Poblacional, INSP, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Albores, Arnulfo [Departamento de Toxicologia, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, 07360 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Hernandez-Ramirez, Raul U. [Centro de Investigacion en Salud Poblacional, INSP, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Cebrian, Mariano E., E-mail: mcebrian@cinvestav.m [Departamento de Toxicologia, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, 07360 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2009-12-15

    There is limited available information on the effects of arsenic on enzymes participating in the folate cycle. Therefore, our aim was to evaluate the effects of sodium arsenite on the protein levels of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) and its further relationship with the expression MT1/2 and c-myc in MCF-7 cells. Arsenite treatment (0-10 muM) for 4 h decreased MTHFR levels in a concentration-dependent fashion without significant effects on DHFR. The effects on MTHFR were observed at arsenite concentrations not significantly affecting cell viability. We also observed an increase in S-phase recruitment at all concentrations probed. Lower concentrations (< 5 muM) induced cell proliferation, showing a high proportion of BrdU-stained cells, indicating a higher DNA synthesis rate. However, higher concentrations (>= 5 muM) or longer treatment periods induced apoptosis. Arsenite also induced dose-dependent increases in MT1/2 and c-Myc protein levels. The levels of MTHFR were inversely correlated to MT1/2 and c-Myc overexpression and increased S-phase recruitment. Our findings indicate that breast epithelial cells are responsive to arsenite and suggest that exposure may pose a risk for breast cancer. The reductions in MTHFR protein levels contribute to understand the mechanisms underlying the induction of genes influencing growth regulation, such as c-myc and MT1/2. However, further research is needed to ascertain if the effects here reported following short-time and high-dose exposure are relevant for human populations chronically exposed to low arsenic concentrations.

  15. Association between MTHFR C677T and A1298C, and MTRR A66G polymorphisms and susceptibility to schizophrenia in a Syrian study cohort.

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    Lajin, Bassam; Alhaj Sakur, Amir; Michati, Roula; Alachkar, Amal

    2012-06-01

    The folate-homocystiene metabolic pathway has been shown to be involved in the susceptibility for developing schizophrenia by several studies. In the present study we investigated the role of three common polymorphisms of the folate-homocysteine metabolic pathway in an Arab population from Syria consisting of 85 schizophrenic patients and 126 healthy controls. The studied polymorphisms included the MTHFR C677T and A1298C, and MTRR A66G, all of which result into amino acid changes, and were previously shown to yield decreased enzymatic activity and alter plasma homocysteine concentration. While MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms were not previously studied in an Arab population with respect to the susceptibility for developing schizophrenia, the MTRR A66G was not previously investigated in any population around the world. Our results indicated a strong association between MTHFR A1298C and schizophrenia. The variant C allele frequency was significantly higher in the patients group (40% vs 29.4%, OR=1.6, 95% CI (1.06-2.41), p=0.023). A statistically significant association was found for MTHFR 677TT genotype under the recessive model in the male patients subgroup (OR=2.6, 95% CI (1.04-6.5), p=0.036), and MTHFR 677CT genotype under the overdominant model in the total patients group (OR=0.52 95% CI (0.29-0.92), p=0.024). No statistically significant association was found for MTRR A66G polymorphism on an individual basis. However, a borderline association was found for the CC/GG (C677T/A66G) compound genotype (OR=2.24, 95% CI (0.97-5.15), p=0.053). Our results support the hypothesis of association between schizophrenia and folate-homocystiene metabolic pathway genes. PMID:22813657

  16. FACTORS PREDISPOSING CALVES FOR E. COLI ENTERITIS

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    Boyer, Edmond

    of healthy rabbits inhibited the growth of E. coli strains both in vivo and in vitro, this effect eitherFACTORS PREDISPOSING CALVES FOR E. COLI ENTERITIS L. PROHÁSZKA Vetevinavy Medical Reseavch outbreaks of E. coli enteritis were studied. It was found that in newborn calves the serum bicarbonate level

  17. Targeted insertion of two Mthfr promoters in mice reveals temporal- and tissue-specific regulation

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    Laura Pickell; Qing Wu; Xiao-Ling Wang; Daniel Leclerc; Hana Friedman; Alan C. Peterson; Rima Rozen

    Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), a key enzyme in folate metabolism, synthesizes 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, the\\u000a main circulatory form of folate which is required for maintaining nontoxic levels of homocysteine and providing one-carbon\\u000a units for methylation. A common 677C ? T variant in MTHFR confers mild MTHFR deficiency and has been associated with a number of human disorders, including neural tube defects and\\u000a vascular disease. Two

  18. Investigating Multiple Candidate Genes and Nutrients in the Folate Metabolism Pathway to Detect Genetic and

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    Vannucci, Marina

    investigation of lung cancer risk. This project investigates genes (MTHFR, MTR, MTRR, CBS, SHMT1, TYMS), folate.31; 95% CI: 1.66­6.59), and MTHFR (rs9651118; OR = 0.63; 95% CI: 0.43­0.95) and three SNP

  19. The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene variant C677T influences susceptibility to migraine with aura

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    Rod A Lea; Micky Ovcaric; James Sundholm; John MacMillan; Lyn R Griffiths

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The C677T variant in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene is associated with increased levels of circulating homocysteine and is a mild risk factor for vascular disease. Migraine, with and without aura (MA and MO), is a prevalent and complex neurovascular disorder that may also be affected by genetically influenced hyperhomocysteinaemia. To determine whether the C677T variant in the MTHFR

  20. MAT2A mutations predispose individuals to thoracic aortic aneurysms.

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    Guo, Dong-chuan; Gong, Limin; Regalado, Ellen S; Santos-Cortez, Regie L; Zhao, Ren; Cai, Bo; Veeraraghavan, Sudha; Prakash, Siddharth K; Johnson, Ralph J; Muilenburg, Ann; Willing, Marcia; Jondeau, Guillaume; Boileau, Catherine; Pannu, Hariyadarshi; Moran, Rocio; Debacker, Julie; Bamshad, Michael J; Shendure, Jay; Nickerson, Deborah A; Leal, Suzanne M; Raman, C S; Swindell, Eric C; Milewicz, Dianna M

    2015-01-01

    Up to 20% of individuals who have thoracic aortic aneurysms or acute aortic dissections but who do not have syndromic features have a family history of thoracic aortic disease. Significant genetic heterogeneity is established for this familial condition. Whole-genome linkage analysis and exome sequencing of distant relatives from a large family with autosomal-dominant inheritance of thoracic aortic aneurysms variably associated with the bicuspid aortic valve was used for identification of additional genes predisposing individuals to this condition. A rare variant, c.1031A>C (p.Glu344Ala), was identified in MAT2A, which encodes methionine adenosyltransferase II alpha (MAT II?). This variant segregated with disease in the family, and Sanger sequencing of DNA from affected probands from unrelated families with thoracic aortic disease identified another MAT2A rare variant, c.1067G>A (p.Arg356His). Evidence that these variants predispose individuals to thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections includes the following: there is a paucity of rare variants in MAT2A in the population; amino acids Glu344 and Arg356 are conserved from humans to zebrafish; and substitutions of these amino acids in MAT I? are found in individuals with hypermethioninemia. Structural analysis suggested that p.Glu344Ala and p.Arg356His disrupt MAT II? enzyme function. Knockdown of mat2aa in zebrafish via morpholino oligomers disrupted cardiovascular development. Co-transfected wild-type human MAT2A mRNA rescued defects of zebrafish cardiovascular development at significantly higher levels than mRNA edited to express either the Glu344 or Arg356 mutants, providing further evidence that the p.Glu344Ala and p.Arg356His substitutions impair MAT II? function. The data presented here support the conclusion that rare genetic variants in MAT2A predispose individuals to thoracic aortic disease. PMID:25557781

  1. Genetic factors predisposing to homosexuality may increase mating success in heterosexuals

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    Brendan P. Zietsch; Katherine I. Morley; Sri N. Shekar; Karin J. H. Verweij; Matthew C. Keller; Stuart Macgregor; Margaret J. Wright; J. Michael Bailey; Nicholas G. Martin

    2008-01-01

    There is considerable evidence that human sexual orientation is genetically influenced, so it is not known how homosexuality, which tends to lower reproductive success, is maintained in the population at a relatively high frequency. One hypothesis proposes that while genes predisposing to homosexuality reduce homosexuals' reproductive success, they may confer some advantage in heterosexuals who carry them. However, it is

  2. A Hypomethylating Variant of MTHFR, 677C.T, Blunts the Neural Response to Errors in Patients with

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    Manoach, Dara S.

    A Hypomethylating Variant of MTHFR, 677C.T, Blunts the Neural Response to Errors in Patients in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR 677C.T, rs1801133) that increases risk for schizophrenia and that has been specifically associated with increased perseverative errors among patients. MTHFR is a key regulator

  3. MTHFR genotypes and breast cancer survival after surgery and chemotherapy: a report from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Study

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    Martha J. Shrubsole; Xiao Ou Shu; Zhi Xian Ruan; Qiuyin Cai; Hui Cai; Qi Niu; Yu-Tang Gao; Wei Zheng

    2005-01-01

    Summary  Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) regulates the intracellular folates pool for DNA synthesis and methylation. Sequence variations in MTHFR (nucleotides 677 (CT) and 1298 (AC)) result in allozymes with decreased activity. The 677TT genotype is associated with increased toxicity of methotrexate and increased clinical response to 5-fluorouracil in treatment of cancers including breast cancer. We evaluated MTHFR genotypes and breast cancer survival

  4. Migraine and MTHFR C677T genotype in a population-based sample

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    Ann I. Scher; Gisela M. Terwindt; W. M. Monique Verschuren; Mark C. Kruit; Henk J. Blom; Hisanori Kowa; Rune R. Frants; Arn M. J. M. van den Maagdenberg; Mark van Buchem; Michel D. Ferrari; Lenore J. Launer

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Migraine with aura is associated with increased risk of stroke. The MTHFR C677T genotype has been associated with increased risk of migraine in selected clinical samples and with elevated homocysteine, a risk factor for stroke. We assessed the association of the MTHFR C677T variant with migraine and the mediating effect of cardiovascular risk factors and metabolic markers of genotype

  5. Biological and clinical implications of the MTHFR C677T polymorphism

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    Per Magne Ueland; Steinar Hustad; Jørn Schneede; Helga Refsum; Stein Emil Vollset

    2001-01-01

    The enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) directs folate species either to DNA synthesis or to homocysteine (Hcy) remethylation. The common MTHFR C677T polymorphism affects the activity of the enzyme and hence folate distribution. Under conditions of impaired folate status, the homozygous TT genotype has been regarded as harmful because it is associated with a high concentration of plasma total Hcy, increased

  6. MTHFR C677T polymorphism and recurrent early pregnancy loss risk in north Indian population.

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    Nair, Rohini R; Khanna, Anuradha; Singh, Kiran

    2012-02-01

    Recurrent early pregnancy loss (REPL) is a multifactorial disorder as both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of disease. Folate metabolism is an important mechanism to ensure proper fetal growth. Hyperhomocysteinemia leads to a number of disorders and REPL is one of them. In a case-control study DNA from 106 cases with the history of 3 or more REPL and 140 healthy fertile controls with successful pregnancy outcomes were genotyped for C677T single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) gene through polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP), which was further confirmed by sequencing. Allele frequencies of REPL cases were compared with healthy controls and a statistically significant association was found between REPL and the mutant T allele (?² = 8.786, odds ratio [OR] = 2.20, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.323-3.9658, P = .003). The genotype frequencies of SNP C677T also differ significantly between these 2 groups (?² = 8.237, P = .016). The OR for heterozygous CT in the REPL versus controls is 1.9591 (95% CI = 1.0285-3.7318, P = .04). The OR for TT homozygous is 6.3009 (95% CI = 1.2065, P = .02). Combined odds ratio of CT and TT against the control has been calculated as 2.2194 (95% CI = 1.2029-4.0952, P = .02) which is also significant. Thus the present study clearly indicates that homozygosity and heterozygosity for the MTHFR C677T polymorphism confer a 6.3009- and 1.9591-fold increased risk of idiopathic REPL, respectively. PMID:22138544

  7. MTHFR association with arteriosclerotic vascular disease?

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    Olivia Fletcher; Anna M. Kessling

    1998-01-01

    Complex diseases are far more common than diseases that follow simple Mendelian patterns of inheritance. Difficulties are\\u000a experienced in the designing of experiments to dissect out the contribution of a single allele to a complex phenotype. We\\u000a review the literature regarding a point mutation in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, a candidate gene for susceptibility\\u000a to vascular diseases.

  8. What aspects of autism predispose to talent?

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    Happé, Francesca; Vital, Pedro

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we explore the question, why are striking special skills so much more common in autism spectrum conditions (ASC) than in other groups? Current cognitive accounts of ASC are briefly reviewed in relation to special skills. Difficulties in ‘theory of mind’ may contribute to originality in ASC, since individuals who do not automatically ‘read other minds’ may be better able to think outside prevailing fashions and popular theories. However, originality alone does not confer talent. Executive dysfunction has been suggested as the ‘releasing’ mechanism for special skills in ASC, but other groups with executive difficulties do not show raised incidence of talents. Detail-focused processing bias (‘weak coherence’, ‘enhanced perceptual functioning’) appears to be the most promising predisposing characteristic, or ‘starting engine’, for talent development. In support of this notion, we summarize data from a population-based twin study in which parents reported on their 8-year-olds' talents and their ASC-like traits. Across the whole sample, ASC-like traits, and specifically ‘restricted and repetitive behaviours and interests’ related to detail focus, were more pronounced in children reported to have talents outstripping older children. We suggest that detail-focused cognitive style predisposes to talent in savant domains in, and beyond, autism spectrum disorders. PMID:19528019

  9. MTHFR genetic polymorphisms may contribute to the risk of chronic myelogenous leukemia in adults: a meta-analysis of 12 genetic association studies.

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    Li, Bin; Zhang, Jian; Wang, Lei; Li, Yan; Jin, Juping; Ai, Limei; Li, Chong; Li, Zhe; Mao, Shudan

    2014-05-01

    Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a complex disease with a genetic basis. The genetic association studies (GASs) that have investigated the association between adult CML and 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T and A1298C polymorphisms have produced contradictory and inconclusive results. The aim of this meta-analysis is to provide a relatively comprehensive assessment of the association of these polymorphisms with adult CML risk. A literature search for eligible GAS published before September 15, 2013 was conducted in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) databases. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) with their corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were used to evaluate the strength of the association under a fixed or random effect model according to heterogeneity test results. All analyses were performed using the Stata software, version 12.0. Twelve case-control studies were included in this meta-analysis with a total of 932 CML patients and 3,465 healthy controls. For MTHFR C677T (dbSNP: rs1801133, C>T), though the pooled ORs were not significant in the overall population, all the ORs greater than 1 suggested an increased risk of CML for carriers of the risk allele. However, stratified analysis based on genotyping method revealed a significant association in the PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) subgroup, possibly as a result of heterogeneity. For MTHFR A1298C (dbSNP: rs1801131, A>C), the combined results showed that carriers of the C allele may be associated with a decreased risk of adult CML. Stratified analysis showed that the magnitude of this effect was especially significant among Asians, indicating ethnicity differences in adult CML susceptibility. This meta-analysis shows that the C allele of MTHFR A1298C may be associated with a decreased risk in adult CML, especially among Asians, while MTHFR C677T may not be associated with adult CML risk. However, the development of adult CML may be the result of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions, which should be considered in future individual GAS and subsequent meta-analyses. PMID:24379141

  10. A Hypomethylating Variant of MTHFR, 677C>T, Blunts the Neural Response to Errors in Patients with Schizophrenia and Healthy Individuals

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    Roffman, Joshua L.; Nitenson, Adam Z.; Agam, Yigal; Isom, Marlisa; Dyckman, Kara A.; Brohawn, David G.; Smoller, Jordan W.; Goff, Donald C.; Manoach, Dara S.

    2011-01-01

    Background Responding to errors is a critical first step in learning from mistakes, a process that is abnormal in schizophrenia. To gain insight into the neural and molecular mechanisms of error processing, we used functional MRI to examine effects of a genetic variant in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR 677C>T, rs1801133) that increases risk for schizophrenia and that has been specifically associated with increased perseverative errors among patients. MTHFR is a key regulator of the intracellular one-carbon milieu, including DNA methylation, and each copy of the 677T allele reduces MTHFR activity by 35%. Methodology/Principal Findings Using an antisaccade paradigm, we found that the 677T allele induces a dose-dependent blunting of dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) activation in response to errors, a pattern that was identical in healthy individuals and patients with schizophrenia. Further, the normal relationship between dACC activation and error rate was disrupted among carriers of the 677T allele. Conclusions/Significance These findings implicate an epigenetic mechanism in the neural response to errors, and provide insight into normal cognitive variation through a schizophrenia risk gene. PMID:21980405

  11. Association between 5, 10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms and congenital heart disease: A meta-analysis?

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    Wang, Wenju; Hou, Zongliu; Wang, Chunhui; Wei, Chuanyu; Li, Yaxiong; Jiang, Lihong

    2013-01-01

    Background Inconsistent results were reported in recent literature regarding the association between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T/A1298C polymorphisms and the susceptibility of congenital heart disease (CHD). In this study, we performed a meta-analysis to investigate the associations by employing multiple analytical methods. Methods Literature search was performed and published articles were obtained from PubMed, Embase and CNKI databases based on the exclusion and inclusion criteria. Data were extracted from eligible studies and the crude odds ratios and their corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using random or fix effects model to evaluate the associations between the MTHFR C677T/A1298C polymorphisms and CHD development. Subgroup based analysis was performed by Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium, ethnicity, types of CHD, source of control and sample size. Results Twenty-four eligible studies were included in this meta-analysis. Significant association was found between fetal MTHFR C677T polymorphism and CHD development in all genetic models. The pooled ORs and 95% CIs in all genetic models indicated that MTHFR C677T polymorphism was significantly associated with CHD in Asian, but not Caucasian in subgroup analysis. The maternal MTHFR C677T polymorphism was not associated with CHD except for recessive model. Moreover, neither maternal nor fetal MTHFR A1298C polymorphism was associated with CHD. Conclusion The fetal MTHFR C677T polymorphism may increase the susceptibility to CHD. Fetal MTHFR C677T polymorphism was more likely to affect Asian fetus than Caucasian. The MTHFR A1298C polymorphism may not be a risk of congenital heart disease. PMID:25606381

  12. Cerebral Venous Thrombosis and Livedo Reticularis in a Case with MTHFR 677TT Homozygote

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    Lee, Jee-Young

    2006-01-01

    Hyperhomocysteinemia associated with methylene terahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) mutation can be a risk factor for idiopathic cerebral venous thrombosis. We describe the first case of MTHFR 677TT homozygote with cerebral venous thrombosis and livedo reticularis. A 45-year-old man presented with seizures and mottled-like skin lesions, that were aggravated by cold temperature. Hemorrhagic infarct in the right frontoparietal area with superior sagittal sinus thrombosis was observed. He had hyperhomocysteinemia, low plasma folate level, and MTHFR 677TT homozygote genotype, which might be associated with livedo reticularis and increase the risk for cerebral venous thrombosis. PMID:20396498

  13. Elastin Insufficiency Predisposes Mice to Impaired Glucose Metabolism

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    DeMarsilis, Antea J; Walji, Tezin A; Maedeker, Justine A; Stoka, Kellie V; Kozel, Beth A; Mecham, Robert P; Wagenseil, Jessica E; Craft, Clarissa S

    2015-01-01

    Williams-Beuren syndrome is the consequence of a large contiguous-gene deletion on the seventh human chromosome that includes the elastin gene. Elastin is an extracellular matrix protein responsible for the cardiovascular abnormalities associated with Williams’s syndrome, including hypertension and aortic stenosis. A high percentage of individuals with Williams’s syndrome also have impaired glucose tolerance, independent of traditional risk factors for diabetes. Here, we show that murine adipose tissue does assemble elastic fibers; however, isolated elastin insufficiency (Eln+/?) in mice does not independently influence glucose metabolism or tissue lipid accumulation. Similarly, isolated ApoE deficiency (ApoE?/?), a model of hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis, does not impair insulin sensitivity. However, Eln+/?; ApoE?/? double mutant mice exhibit notable hyperglycemia, adipocyte hypertrophy, inflammation of adipose tissue, and ectopic lipid accumulation in liver tissue. Further, Eln+/?; ApoE?/? mutants have significant impairment of insulin sensitivity by insulin tolerance testing, independent of body weight or diet, suggesting that elastin insufficiency predisposes to metabolic disease in susceptible individuals.

  14. Relation between plasma homocysteine, gene polymorphisms of homocysteine metabolism-related enzymes, and angiographically proven coronary artery disease

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    Abdelilah Laraqui; Abdellatif Allami; Alain Carrié; Alain Raisonnier; Anne-Sofie Coiffard; Fatima Benkouka; Abdenabi Bendriss; Abdelaziz Benjouad; N. Bennouar; Nizar El Kadiri; Anwar Benomar; Seddik Fellat; Mohamed Benomar

    2007-01-01

    BackgroundHyperhomocyteinemia (HHcy) is a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD), and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), methionine synthase (MTR), and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) polymorphisms may contribute to plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) variation. We investigated the association of polymorphisms 1298A?C in the MTHFR gene, 2756A?G in the MTR gene, and 66A?G in the MTRR gene with tHcy levels and with CAD

  15. Molecular genotyping shows that ataxia-telangiectasia heterozygotes are predisposed to breast cancer

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    Prasanna Athma; Rebecca Rappaport; Michael Swift

    1996-01-01

    About 1.4% of the general population are heterozygous carriers of the gene for ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), an autosomal recessive progressive neurologic syndrome in which cancer incidence of homozygotes is approximately 100 fold greater than the general population's rates. The hypothesis that A-T heterozygotes are predisposed to breast cancer was tested by the unbiased statistically powerful index-test method based on molecular genotyping.

  16. Riboflavin Lowers Homocysteine in Individuals Homozygous for the MTHFR 677C3T Polymorphism

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    Helene McNulty; Le Roy; C. Dowey; J. J. Strain; Adrian Dunne; Mary Ward; Anne M. Molloy; Liadhan B. McAnena; Joan P. Hughes; Mary Hannon-Fletcher; John M. Scott

    Background—Meta-analyses predict that a 25% lowering of plasma homocysteine would reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 11% to 16% and stroke by 19% to 24%. Individuals homozygous for the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C3T polymorphism have reduced MTHFR enzyme activity resulting from the inappropriate loss of the riboflavin cofactor, but it is unknown whether their typically high homocysteine levels

  17. Mutations in LRRC50 Predispose Zebrafish and Humans to Seminomas

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    Basten, Sander G.; van Rooijen, Ellen; Stoop, Hans; Babala, Nikolina; Logister, Ive; Heath, Zachary G.; Jonges, Trudy N.; Katsanis, Nicholas; Voest, Emile E.; van Eeden, Freek J.; Medema, Rene H.; Ketting, René F.; Schulte-Merker, Stefan; Looijenga, Leendert H. J.; Giles, Rachel H.

    2013-01-01

    Seminoma is a subclass of human testicular germ cell tumors (TGCT), the most frequently observed cancer in young men with a rising incidence. Here we describe the identification of a novel gene predisposing specifically to seminoma formation in a vertebrate model organism. Zebrafish carrying a heterozygous nonsense mutation in Leucine-Rich Repeat Containing protein 50 (lrrc50 also called dnaaf1), associated previously with ciliary function, are found to be highly susceptible to the formation of seminomas. Genotyping of these zebrafish tumors shows loss of heterozygosity (LOH) of the wild-type lrrc50 allele in 44.4% of tumor samples, correlating with tumor progression. In humans we identified heterozygous germline LRRC50 mutations in two different pedigrees with a family history of seminomas, resulting in a nonsense Arg488* change and a missense Thr590Met change, which show reduced expression of the wild-type allele in seminomas. Zebrafish in vivo complementation studies indicate the Thr590Met to be a loss-of-function mutation. Moreover, we show that a pathogenic Gln307Glu change is significantly enriched in individuals with seminoma tumors (13% of our cohort). Together, our study introduces an animal model for seminoma and suggests LRRC50 to be a novel tumor suppressor implicated in human seminoma pathogenesis. PMID:23599692

  18. Association of dietary intake of folate and MTHFR genotype with breast cancer risk.

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    Wang, Z G; Cui, W; Yang, L F; Zhu, Y Q; Wei, W H

    2014-01-01

    We conducted a hospital-based case-control study to investigate the associations of dietary intake of folate and MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms with breast cancer in a Chinese population. A 1:1-matched case-control study was conducted. Two hundred and thirty patients who were newly diagnosed and histologically confirmed breast cancer and 230 controls were enrolled from Xinxiang Central Hospital. Folate intake was calculated by standard portion size and relative size for each food item in the questionnaire. Genotyping of MTHFR C677T and A1298C was performed by PCR-RFLP. MTHFR 677TT (OR = 2.26, 95%CI = 1.09-4.87, P = 0.02) and T allele (OR = 1.40, 95%CI = 1.03-1.90, P = 0.03) had an increased risk of laryngeal cancer when compared with the CC genotype. We found any interaction between MTHFR C677T and folate intake (P for interaction = 0.02). In conclusion, our study demonstrated that MTHFR C677T polymorphism and folate are associated with risk of breast cancer. PMID:25078601

  19. Plasma folate, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), and colorectal cancer risk in three large nested case-control studies

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    Few prospective studies have examined the associations between blood levels of folate, in conjunction with methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms, and colorectal cancer. We evaluated the associations between plasma folate, MTHFR C677T, and A1298C, and colorectal cancer in three la...

  20. Homocysteine and Coronary Heart Disease: Meta-analysis of MTHFR Case-Control Studies, Avoiding Publication Bias

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    Verhoef, Petra; Dötsch-Klerk, Mariska; Lathrop, Mark; Xu, Peng; Nordestgaard, Børge G.; Holm, Hilma; Hopewell, Jemma C.; Saleheen, Danish; Tanaka, Toshihiro; Anand, Sonia S.; Chambers, John C.; Kleber, Marcus E.; Ouwehand, Willem H.; Yamada, Yoshiji; Elbers, Clara; Peters, Bas; Stewart, Alexandre F. R.; Reilly, Muredach M.; Thorand, Barbara; Yusuf, Salim; Engert, James C.; Assimes, Themistocles L.; Kooner, Jaspal; Danesh, John; Watkins, Hugh; Samani, Nilesh J.

    2012-01-01

    Background Moderately elevated blood levels of homocysteine are weakly correlated with coronary heart disease (CHD) risk, but causality remains uncertain. When folate levels are low, the TT genotype of the common C677T polymorphism (rs1801133) of the methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) appreciably increases homocysteine levels, so “Mendelian randomization” studies using this variant as an instrumental variable could help test causality. Methods and Findings Nineteen unpublished datasets were obtained (total 48,175 CHD cases and 67,961 controls) in which multiple genetic variants had been measured, including MTHFR C677T. These datasets did not include measurements of blood homocysteine, but homocysteine levels would be expected to be about 20% higher with TT than with CC genotype in the populations studied. In meta-analyses of these unpublished datasets, the case-control CHD odds ratio (OR) and 95% CI comparing TT versus CC homozygotes was 1.02 (0.98–1.07; p?=?0.28) overall, and 1.01 (0.95–1.07) in unsupplemented low-folate populations. By contrast, in a slightly updated meta-analysis of the 86 published studies (28,617 CHD cases and 41,857 controls), the OR was 1.15 (1.09–1.21), significantly discrepant (p?=?0.001) with the OR in the unpublished datasets. Within the meta-analysis of published studies, the OR was 1.12 (1.04–1.21) in the 14 larger studies (those with variance of log OR<0.05; total 13,119 cases) and 1.18 (1.09–1.28) in the 72 smaller ones (total 15,498 cases). Conclusions The CI for the overall result from large unpublished datasets shows lifelong moderate homocysteine elevation has little or no effect on CHD. The discrepant overall result from previously published studies reflects publication bias or methodological problems. Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary PMID:22363213

  1. Folic Acid Supplementation Use and the MTHFR C677T Polymorphism in Orofacial Clefts Etiology: An Individual Participant Data Pooled-Analysis

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    Butali, Azeez; Little, Julian; Chevrier, Cécile; Cordier, Sylvian; Steegers-Theunissen, Regine; Jugessur, Astanand; Oladugba, Bola; Mossey, Peter A.

    2013-01-01

    Background This study examines gene-environment interaction (GEI) between the MTHFR C667T polymorphism and folic acid in the etiology of orofacial clefts (OFC). We used a pooled-analyticapproach on four studies that used similar methods. Methods We used logistic regression to analyse the pooled sample of 1149 isolated cases and 1161 controls. Fetal and maternal MTHFR C677T genotypes, and maternal periconceptional exposure to smoking, alcohol, vitamin containing folic acid and folic acid supplements were contrasted between the cleft types [non-syndromic clefts lip or without cleft palate (CL(P)) and non syndromic cleft palate (CP)] and control groups. Results There was a reduced risk of CL(P) with maternal folic acid use (p=0.008; OR=0.70, 95% CI: 0.65–0.94) and with supplements containing folic acid (p=0.028, OR=0.80, 95% CI: 0.65–0.94). Maternal smoking increased the risk of both CL(P) (p<10e?3; OR=1.62, 95% CI: 1.35–1.95) and CP (p=0.028; OR=1.38, 95% CI: 1.04–1.83). No significant risk was observed with either maternal or fetal MTHFR C677T genotypes. Conclusion This individual paticipant data (IPD) meta-analysis affords greater statistical power and can help alleviate the problems associated with aggregate-level data-sharing. The result of this IPD meta-analysis is consistent with previous reports suggesting that folic acid and smoking influence OFC outcomes. PMID:23670871

  2. Polymorphisms and haplotypes in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma risk

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    Ana Lívia Silva Galbiatti; Mariangela Torreglosa Ruiz; Juliana Olsen Rodrigues; Luiz Sérgio Raposo; José Victor Maníglia; Érika Cristina Pavarino; Eny Maria Goloni-Bertollo

    Functional polymorphisms in genes encoding enzymes involved in folate metabolism might modulate head and neck carcinoma risk\\u000a because folate participates in DNA methylation and synthesis. We therefore conducted a case–control study of 853 individuals\\u000a (322 head and neck cancer cases and 531 non-cancer controls) to investigate associations among MTHFR C677T and MTHFR A1298C polymorphisms and head and neck squamous cell

  3. A prospective study of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase and methionine synthase gene polymorphisms, and risk of colorectal adenoma

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    Jia Chen; Edward Giovannucci; Susan E. Hankinson; Jing Ma; Walter C. Willett; Donna Spiegelman; Karl T. Kelsey; David J. Hunter

    1998-01-01

    We examined the relationship between a functional poly- morphism (667C?T, ala?val) of the methylenetetrahy- drofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) and the risk of colorectal adenomas in the prospective Nurses' Health Study. Among 257 incident polyp cases and 713 controls, the MTHFR val\\/val polymorphism (relative risk (RR) J 1.35, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.84-2.17) was not significantly associated with risk of adenomas.

  4. Heterogeneity in the prevalence of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene polymorphisms in women of different ethnic groups

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    Setareh Torabian Esfahani; Edward A Cogger; Marie A Caudill

    2003-01-01

    Objective To determine the prevalence of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphisms in women of different ethnic groups and to relate these common mutations to plasma homocysteine, red cell folate, and serum folate. Design A one-time fasting blood sample was obtained for MTHFR genotype (C677T and A1298C) determinations (n=433). Serum folate, red cell folate, and homocysteine analyses were performed in nonfolic

  5. 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene Variants and Congenital Anomalies: A HuGE Review

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    Lorenzo D. Botto; Quanhe Yang

    2000-01-01

    The enzyme 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is involved in folate metabolism. The MTHFR gene is located on chromosome 1 (1p36.3), and two common alleles, the C677T (thermolabile) allele and the A1298C allele, have been described. The population frequency of C677T homozygosity ranges from 1% or less among Blacks from Africa and the United States to 20% or more among Italians and

  6. Association between MTHFR 677C/T polymorphism and psoriasis risk: a meta-analysis.

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    Qi, J H; Qi, J H; Shi, N; Chen, Y J; Nie, G

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies investigating the association between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C/T polymorphisms and psoriasis risk have reported inconsistent results. The present meta-analysis aimed to comprehensively evaluate the association between MTHFR 677C/T polymorphism and psoriasis risk. The studies regarding the association between MTHFR 677C/T polymorphism and psoriasis risk were retrieved from the PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, and Chinese Biomedical databases. Data were extracted and statistical analysis was performed with the program STATA 12.0. A total of seven studies involving 1290 psoriasis cases and 1068 healthy controls were retrieved. Combined analysis showed that there was no significant difference in MTHFR 677C/T genotype distribution between psoriasis and control subjects in the comparisons C vs T, CC vs CT + TT, CC + CT vs TT, CC vs TT, and CC vs CT [respectively: odds ratio (OR) = 0.98, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.76-1.26, P = 0.882; OR = 1.11, 95%CI = 0.81-1.51, P = 0.526; OR = 0.79, 95%CI = 0.53-1.19, P = 0.261; OR = 0.88, 95%CI = 0.51-1.52, P = 0.648; OR = 1.19, 95%CI = 0.90-1.58, P = 0.217]. Subgroup analysis by ethnicity also showed no significant association between MTHFR 677C/T polymorphism and psoriasis risk in both Asian and Caucasian populations. In conclusion, this meta-analysis indicates that MTHFR 677C/T polymorphism may not be associated with psoriasis risk. PMID:25966157

  7. Interaction between the MTHFR C677T polymorphism and traumatic childhood events predicts depression

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    Lok, A; Bockting, C L H; Koeter, M W J; Snieder, H; Assies, J; Mocking, R J T; Vinkers, C H; Kahn, R S; Boks, M P; Schene, A H

    2013-01-01

    Childhood trauma is associated with the onset and recurrence of major depressive disorder (MDD). The thermolabile T variant of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism (rs1801133) is associated with a limited (oxidative) stress defense. Therefore, C677T MTHFR could be a potential predictor for depressive symptomatology and MDD recurrence in the context of traumatic stress during early life. We investigated the interaction between the C677T MTHFR variant and exposure to traumatic childhood events (TCEs) on MDD recurrence during a 5.5-year follow-up in a discovery sample of 124 patients with recurrent MDD and, in an independent replication sample, on depressive symptomatology in 665 healthy individuals from the general population. In the discovery sample, Cox regression analysis revealed a significant interaction between MTHFR genotype and TCEs on MDD recurrence (P=0.017). Over the 5.5-year follow-up period, median time to recurrence was 191 days for T-allele carrying patients who experienced TCEs (T+ and TCE+); 461 days for T? and TCE+ patients; 773 days for T+ and TCE? patients and 866 days for T? and TCE? patients. In the replication sample, a significant interaction was present between the MTHFR genotype and TCEs on depressive symptomatology (P=0.002). Our results show that the effects of TCEs on the prospectively assessed recurrence of MDD and self-reported depressive symptoms in the general population depend on the MTHFR genotype. In conclusion, T-allele carriers may be at an increased risk for depressive symptoms or MDD recurrence after exposure to childhood trauma. PMID:23900311

  8. Association of PHB 1630 C>T and MTHFR 677 C>T polymorphisms with breast and ovarian cancer risk in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers: results from a multicenter study

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    Jakubowska, A; Rozkrut, D; Antoniou, A; Hamann, U; Scott, R J; McGuffog, L; Healy, S; Sinilnikova, O M; Rennert, G; Lejbkowicz, F; Flugelman, A; Andrulis, I L; Glendon, G; Ozcelik, H; Thomassen, M; Paligo, M; Aretini, P; Kantala, J; Aroer, B; von Wachenfeldt, A; Liljegren, A; Loman, N; Herbst, K; Kristoffersson, U; Rosenquist, R; Karlsson, P; Stenmark-Askmalm, M; Melin, B; Nathanson, K L; Domchek, S M; Byrski, T; Huzarski, T; Gronwald, J; Menkiszak, J; Cybulski, C; Serrano, P; Osorio, A; Cajal, T R; Tsitlaidou, M; Benítez, J; Gilbert, M; Rookus, M; Aalfs, C M; Kluijt, I; Boessenkool-Pape, J L; Meijers-Heijboer, H E J; Oosterwijk, J C; van Asperen, C J; Blok, M J; Nelen, M R; van den Ouweland, A M W; Seynaeve, C; van der Luijt, R B; Devilee, P; Easton, D F; Peock, S; Frost, D; Platte, R; Ellis, S D; Fineberg, E; Evans, D G; Lalloo, F; Eeles, R; Jacobs, C; Adlard, J; Davidson, R; Eccles, D; Cole, T; Cook, J; Godwin, A; Bove, B; Stoppa-Lyonnet, D; Caux-Moncoutier, V; Belotti, M; Tirapo, C; Mazoyer, S; Barjhoux, L; Boutry-Kryza, N; Pujol, P; Coupier, I; Peyrat, J-P; Vennin, P; Muller, D; Fricker, J-P; Venat-Bouvet, L; Johannsson, O Th; Isaacs, C; Schmutzler, R; Wappenschmidt, B; Meindl, A; Arnold, N; Varon-Mateeva, R; Niederacher, D; Sutter, C; Deissler, H; Preisler-Adams, S; Simard, J; Soucy, P; Durocher, F; Chenevix-Trench, G; Beesley, J; Chen, X; Rebbeck, T; Couch, F; Wang, X; Lindor, N; Fredericksen, Z; Pankratz, V S; Peterlongo, P; Bonanni, B; Fortuzzi, S; Peissel, B; Szabo, C; Mai, P L; Loud, J T; Lubinski, J

    2012-01-01

    Background: The variable penetrance of breast cancer in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers suggests that other genetic or environmental factors modify breast cancer risk. Two genes of special interest are prohibitin (PHB) and methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), both of which are important either directly or indirectly in maintaining genomic integrity. Methods: To evaluate the potential role of genetic variants within PHB and MTHFR in breast and ovarian cancer risk, 4102 BRCA1 and 2093 BRCA2 mutation carriers, and 6211 BRCA1 and 2902 BRCA2 carriers from the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 (CIMBA) were genotyped for the PHB 1630 C>T (rs6917) polymorphism and the MTHFR 677 C>T (rs1801133) polymorphism, respectively. Results: There was no evidence of association between the PHB 1630 C>T and MTHFR 677 C>T polymorphisms with either disease for BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers when breast and ovarian cancer associations were evaluated separately. Analysis that evaluated associations for breast and ovarian cancer simultaneously showed some evidence that BRCA1 mutation carriers who had the rare homozygote genotype (TT) of the PHB 1630 C>T polymorphism were at increased risk of both breast and ovarian cancer (HR 1.50, 95%CI 1.10–2.04 and HR 2.16, 95%CI 1.24–3.76, respectively). However, there was no evidence of association under a multiplicative model for the effect of each minor allele. Conclusion: The PHB 1630TT genotype may modify breast and ovarian cancer risks in BRCA1 mutation carriers. This association need to be evaluated in larger series of BRCA1 mutation carriers. PMID:22669161

  9. Evaluation of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Risk in South Indian Women Based on MTHFR (C677T) and FVL (G1691A) Mutations

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    Khan, Imran Ali; Shaik, Noor Ahmad; Kamineni, Vasundhara; Jahan, Parveen; Hasan, Qurratulain; Rao, Pragna

    2015-01-01

    We aimed to scrutinize the extent to which single amino acid substitutions in the MTHFR and factor V Leiden (FVL) genes affect the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in pregnant women of South Indian descendant. This case–control study was implemented once the ethical approval has been obtained. Overall, 237 women were recruited in this study: 137 had been diagnosed with GDM and the remaining 100 women were used as normal controls or non-GDM. The diagnosis of GDM was confirmed with biochemical analysis, i.e., GCT and oral glucose tolerance tests. Five milliliters of peripheral blood was collected and used for biochemical and molecular analyses. DNA was isolated, and genotyping for MTHFR (C677T) and FVL (G1691A) mutations was performed using PCR–RFLP. FVL (G1691A) locus was not polymorphic in the investigated sample. There was no significant difference in the allele and genotype frequencies of C677T polymorphism between GDM and non-GDM women (p?=?0.8892). PMID:26000264

  10. Genetic Polymorphisms in MTHFR 677 and 1298, GSTM1 and T1, and Metabolism of Arsenic

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    Craig Steinmaus; Lee E. Moore; Miriam Shipp; David Kalman; Omar A. Rey; Mary L. Biggs; Claudia Hopenhayn; Michael N. Bates; Shichun Zheng; John K. Wiencke; Allan H. Smith

    2007-01-01

    Methylation is the primary route of metabolism of inorganic arsenic in humans, and previous studies showed that interindividual differences in arsenic methylation may have important impacts on susceptibility to arsenic-induced cancer. To date, the factors that regulate arsenic methylation in humans are mostly unknown. Urinary arsenic methylation patterns and genetic polymorphisms in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) were

  11. Mutations and Polymorphisms in Genes Affecting Hemostasis Proteins and Homocysteine Metabolism in Children with Arterial Ischemic Stroke

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    A. Komitopoulou; H. Platokouki; Z. Kapsimali; H. Pergantou; E. Adamtziki; S. Aronis

    2006-01-01

    Background: The pathogenesis of thrombosis in childhood seems to be multifactorial implicating genetic and environmental factors. Aim: To compare the distributions of mutations\\/polymorphisms in genes affecting hemostasis (factor V Leiden – FVL, FV H1298R-FVR2, FII 20210A, b-Fib 455G>A, FXIII V34L, PAI-1 4G, HPA-1b) or homocysteine metabolism (MTHFR C677T, MTHFR A1298C) among 90 children with arterial ischemic stroke (AIS) and 103

  12. Metabolic imprinting on genetically predisposed neural circuits perpetuates obesity

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    Barry E Levin

    2000-01-01

    There is an obesity epidemic in the industrialized world that is not simply explained by excess energy intake and decreased energy expenditure. Persistent obesity develops when genetically predisposed individuals are in a chronic state of positive energy balance. Once established, the obese body weight is avidly defended against both over- and underfeeding. Animal studies have shown that lean individuals who

  13. Are There Inherited Behavioral Traits That Predispose to Substance Abuse?

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    Ralph E. Tarter

    1988-01-01

    Research findings suggest that alcoholism and drug abuse may be predisposed by inherited behavioral propensities or temperaments. These inherited predispositions, through interaction with the physical and social environments, shape the development of personality. As discussed herein, there is strong evidence linking certain personality characteristics, specifically antisocial and neurotic traits, with the risk for substance abuse. Thus, personality and its precursor,

  14. Does Maternal Employment Predispose a Child to Depression?

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    Romano, Bridget M.; Berndt, David J.

    This study investigated the question of whether maternal employment during childhood predisposed a child to depression. One hundred and eight college students completed self-report measures of depression and retrospecive accounts of maternal absence due to employment. Forty-five of the subjects had mothers who had worked before they were 12 years…

  15. No Association Between the Common MTHFR 677C?T Polymorphism and Venous Thrombosis Results From the MEGA Study

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    Irene D. Bezemer; Carine J. M. Doggen; Hans L. Vos; Frits R. Rosendaal

    2007-01-01

    Results: MTHFR 677C?T was not associated with the risk of venous thrombosis (odds ratio (95% confidence interval), 0.99 (0.91-1.08) for the CT genotype and 0.94 (0.81-1.08)fortheTTgenotype).Stratificationbyknown risk factors for venous thrombosis provided no evi- dence of an association in specific groups. Conclusions: In a single large study, MTHFR 677C?T was not associated with the risk of venous thrombosis, andthenarrowconfidenceintervalexcludesevenasmall effect.

  16. Effect of Riboflavin Status on the Homocysteine-lowering Effect of Folate in Relation to the MTHFR (C677T) Genotype

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    Stuart J. Moat; Pauline A. L. Ashfield-Watt; Hilary J. Powers; Robert G. Newcombe; Ian F. W. McDowell

    2003-01-01

    Background: Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is the precursor for FAD, the cofactor for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). MTHFR catalyzes the formation of 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, which acts as a methyl donor for homocysteine remethylation. Individuals with the MTHFR 677C3 T mutation have increased plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) concentrations, particularly in as- sociation with low folate status. It has been proposed that riboflavin may act

  17. MTHFR C677T polymorphism is associated with hyperlipidemia in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

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    Jain, Madhu; Pandey, Priyanka; Tiwary, Narendra K; Jain, Shuchi

    2012-01-01

    CONTEXT: Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are prone for coronary artery disease (CAD), and hyperhomocysteinemia is an independent risk factor for CAD. MTHFR deficiency is the most common cause of hyperhomocysteinemia, thereby provoking a possible association between PCOS and MTHFR C677T polymorphism. AIMS: The aim of this study was to investigate an association of MTHFR C677T polymorphism with PCOS. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: 92 women with PCOS (Rotterdam criteria) and 95 age-matched controls were compared with respect to MTHFR C677T polymorphism. The 2 genotypes (CC and CT) obtained were compared with clinical and laboratory parameters in women with PCOS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a case-control study, clinical, biochemical, hormonal and genetic analysis (PCR-RFLP of peripheral leucocytes) was carried out on all women with PCOS as well as controls. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Student “t” test for quantitative and Chi-square test for nominal variables was used. For estimation of risk, odds ratio and 95% confidence interval were calculated. RESULTS: The odds ratio of bearing a heterozygous genotype (CT) was 1.32 in women with PCOS as compared to controls (P = 0.48). No homozygous mutation (TT) was found in the study population. Serum cholesterol was more in heterozygous (CT) genotype (215.48 ± 25.56 mg/dl) as compared to normal (CC) genotype (203.29 ± 16.35 mg/dl) in women with PCOS (P = 0.01). Similarly, serum triglyceride was more in heterozygous (CT) genotype (95.86 ± 37.34 mg/dl) as compared to normal (CC) genotype (82.36 ± 20.88 mg/dl) in women with PCOS (P = 0.04). CONCLUSIONS: Although not statistically significant, there is a slightly higher prevalence of heterozygous (CT) genotype in women with PCOS. MTHFR C677T polymorphism when present may confer an increased susceptibility to develop hyperlipidemia in women with PCOS. More prospective studies are needed to confirm whether this hyperlipidemia due to MTHFR C677T polymorphism clinically manifests into CAD in long term in women with PCOS. PMID:22870016

  18. Varus Gonarthrosis Predisposes to Varus Malalignment in TKA

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    Thomas J. Heyse; Ralf Decking; Jack Davis; Friedrich Boettner; Richard S. Laskin

    2009-01-01

    Postoperative alignment is a predictor for long-term survival of total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The purpose of this study\\u000a was to evaluate whether or not preoperative deformities predispose to intraoperative malposition of TKA components. A retrospective\\u000a radiographic analysis of 53 primary TKA cases was performed. Preoperative AP hip to ankle and lateral knee radiographs were\\u000a compared with postoperative views to evaluate

  19. The maize brown midrib2 (bm2) gene encodes a methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase that contributes to lignin accumulation

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    Tang, Ho Man; Liu, Sanzhen; Hill-Skinner, Sarah; Wu, Wei; Reed, Danielle; Yeh, Cheng-Ting; Nettleton, Dan; Schnable, Patrick S

    2014-01-01

    The midribs of maize brown midrib (bm) mutants exhibit a reddish-brown color associated with reductions in lignin concentration and alterations in lignin composition. Here, we report the mapping, cloning, and functional and biochemical analyses of the bm2 gene. The bm2 gene was mapped to a small region of chromosome 1 that contains a putative methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, which is down-regulated in bm2 mutant plants. Analyses of multiple Mu-induced bm2-Mu mutant alleles confirmed that this constitutively expressed gene is bm2. Yeast complementation experiments and a previously published biochemical characterization show that the bm2 gene encodes a functional MTHFR. Quantitative RT-PCR analyses demonstrated that the bm2 mutants accumulate substantially reduced levels of bm2 transcript. Alteration of MTHFR function is expected to influence accumulation of the methyl donor S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM). Because SAM is consumed by two methyltransferases in the lignin pathway (Ye et al., 1994), the finding that bm2 encodes a functional MTHFR is consistent with its lignin phenotype. Consistent with this functional assignment of bm2, the expression patterns of genes in a variety of SAM-dependent or -related pathways, including lignin biosynthesis, are altered in the bm2 mutant. Biochemical assays confirmed that bm2 mutants accumulate reduced levels of lignin with altered composition compared to wild-type. Hence, this study demonstrates a role for MTHFR in lignin biosynthesis. PMID:24286468

  20. 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase single nucleotide polymorphisms and gene-environment interaction analysis in non-syndromic cleft lip/palate.

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    Estandia-Ortega, Bernardette; Velázquez-Aragón, José A; Alcántara-Ortigoza, Miguel A; Reyna-Fabian, Miriam E; Villagómez-Martínez, Sandra; González-Del Angel, Ariadna

    2014-04-01

    Non-syndromic cleft lip/palate (NSCL/P) is a common congenital defect in Mexico. Periconceptional intake of folic acid (FA) may reduce the risk of this malformation. Although the 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) enzyme participates in folate metabolism, several studies failed to find any association between NSCL/P and the MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms. However, interactions among NSCL/P, MTHFR gene polymorphisms, and FA intake have not been explored in Mexican populations. This case-control study included 132 patients with NSCL/P and 370 controls from Mexico City. Maternal FA consumption during pregnancy was examined, as were the MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms and gene-FA interactions. Maternal FA intake during the periconceptional period was lower in cases (1.5%) than in controls (13%), with the risk of delivering a child with NSCL/P lower in mothers who consumed FA (OR = 0.29, 95% CI: 0.19-0.44). In addition, the risk of NSCL/P was lower in children with the TT than the CC genotype of MTHFR C677T (OR = 0.39, 95% CI: 0.23-0.68), after Bonferroni correction and exclusion of stratification. No evidence of gene-FA interaction was found. These results indicate that maternal FA intake and the TT genotype of the MTHFR C677T polymorphism in children independently reduced the risk of NSCL/P in our population. PMID:24460828

  1. Effects of methionine synthase and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene polymorphisms on markers of one-carbon metabolism.

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    Ho, Vikki; Massey, Thomas E; King, Will D

    2013-11-01

    Genetic and nutritional factors play a role in determining the functionality of the one-carbon (1C) metabolism cycle, a network of biochemical reactions critical to intracellular processes. Genes encoding enzymes for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase (MTR) may determine biomarkers of the cycle including homocysteine (HCY), S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) and S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH). MTHFR C677T is an established genetic determinant of HCY but less is known of its effect on SAM and SAH. Conversely, the relationship between MTR A2756G and HCY remains inconclusive, and its effect on SAM and SAH has only been previously investigated in a female-specific population. Folate and vitamin B12 are essential substrate and cofactor of 1C metabolism; thus, consideration of gene-nutrient interactions may clarify the role of genetic determinants of HCY, SAM and SAH. This cross-sectional study included 570 healthy volunteers from Kingston, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Least squares regression was used to examine the effects of MTR and MTHFR polymorphisms on plasma HCY, SAM and SAH concentrations; gene-gene and gene-nutrient interactions were considered with the inclusion of cross-products in the model. Main effects of MTR and MTHFR polymorphisms on HCY concentrations were observed; however, no gene-gene or gene-nutrient interactions were found. No association was observed for SAM. For SAH, interactions between MTR and MTHFR polymorphisms, and MTHFR polymorphism and serum folate were found. The findings of this research provide evidence that HCY and SAH, biomarkers of 1C metabolism, are influenced by genetic and nutritional factors and their interactions. PMID:24101362

  2. Effect of MTHFR, TGF?1, and TNFB polymorphisms on osteoporosis in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

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    Saad, Mohamed N; Mabrouk, Mai S; Eldeib, Ayman M; Shaker, Olfat G

    2015-09-01

    Diseases of the immune and the skeletal systems should be studied together for the deep interaction between them. Many studies consider osteoporosis (OP) as a risk factor for the prediction of disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this research is to study the effect of four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on RA patients with and without OP. The examined SNPs (MTHFR (C677T, and A1298C), TGF?1 (T869C), and TNFB (A252G)) were tested by genotyping 17 RA patients with OP and 72 RA patients without OP. Associations were tested using four models (multiplicative, dominant, recessive, and co-dominant). The studied SNPs were not significantly associated with the risk of OP in RA. MTHFR, TGF?1, and TNFB polymorphisms don't appear to be clinically useful genetic markers for predicting RA severity in Egyptian women population. PMID:25981594

  3. DNA methylation in schizophrenia subjects: gender and MTHFR 677C/T genotype differences

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    Burghardt, Kyle J; Pilsner, J Richard; Bly, Michael J; Ellingrod, Vicki L

    2012-01-01

    Aim In schizophrenia, metabolic syndrome incidence is double that of the general population, with women having a higher incidence. Pharmacogenetically regulated folic acid may be related to this risk. DNA methylation and metabolic syndrome within this group has not been previously studied. Methods Metabolic syndrome was evaluated with fasting laboratory measurements, and dietary and lifestyle assessments. Methylation analysis used a peripheral sample for the LINE-1 assay. DNA was also genotyped for MTHFR 677C/T. Results This analysis included 133 subjects. We found a significant relationship between LINE-1 methylation, and an interaction between MTHFR and gender, controlling for serum folate (p = 0.008). Females with the 677TT genotype had the lowest methylation (56%) compared with the other groups (75%). Conclusion TT genotype females had the lowest methylation, which may explain metabolic syndrome gender differences in schizophrenia. Folate supplementation may be a suggested intervention within schizophrenia; however, additional work is required. PMID:22690662

  4. Is the prevalence of MTHFR C677T polymorphism associated with ultraviolet radiation in Eurasia?

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    Yafei, Wang; Lijun, Pei; Jinfeng, Wang; Xiaoying, Zheng

    2012-12-01

    The methylenetetrahydrofolic acid reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism causes an amino-acid change from alanine to valine and results in the enzyme becoming thermolabile and half decreased activity. Its prevalence varies among global population. We collected data about MTHFR C677T polymorphism prevalence from epidemiology studies, as well as ultraviolet (UV) radiations and some other climatological factors from the internet. The results of the correlation and quadric regression showed that there was inverse U-shape relationship between T allele frequency and UV radiation. The explanatory power of UV radiation was stronger than latitude and all climatological factors. Our results supported the hypothesis that the distribution pattern of MTFHR C677T polymorphism in Eurasia might be the result of interaction of genetic and environmental natural selection, especially the UV radiation. PMID:22992775

  5. 32 CFR 644.389 - Army military-modified predisposal procedures where E.O. 11954 surveys have been made.

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    2011-07-01

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  6. 32 CFR 644.389 - Army military-modified predisposal procedures where E.O. 11954 surveys have been made.

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    2012-07-01

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  7. 32 CFR 644.389 - Army military-modified predisposal procedures where E.O. 11954 surveys have been made.

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  8. 32 CFR 644.389 - Army military-modified predisposal procedures where E.O. 11954 surveys have been made.

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  9. 32 CFR 644.389 - Army military-modified predisposal procedures where E.O. 11954 surveys have been made.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

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  10. Homocysteine, MTHFR and risk of venous thrombosis: a meta-analysis of published epidemiological studies

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    M. den Heijer; S. Lewington; R. Clarke

    2005-01-01

    CONTEXT: It has been suggested that elevated total plasma homocysteine levels are associated with the risk of venous thrombosis. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship of homocysteine and the MTHFR 677TT genotype and the risk of venous thrombosis by conducting a meta-analysis of all relevant studies. DATA SOURCES AND SELECTION: Studies (case-control or nested case-control) were identified by searches of electronic

  11. Association of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms with genetic susceptibility to gastric cancer: a meta-analysis

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    Elias Zintzaras

    2006-01-01

    To clarify the influence of MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms on gastric cancer (GC), a meta-analysis of eight case-control studies (1,584\\/2,785 cases\\/controls) was carried out. Overall, there was moderate heterogeneity among studies, and the C677T allele T was associated with a 27% increased risk of GC compared with C allele: the random effects (RE) OR (95% confidence interval in parenthesis)

  12. Association of Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) Polymorphism with Bone Mineral Density in Postmenopausal Japanese Women

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    M. Miyao; H. Morita; T. Hosoi; H. Kurihara; S. Inoue; S. Hoshino; M. Shiraki; Y. Yazaki; Y. Ouchi

    2000-01-01

    .   The pathogenesis of osteoporosis is controlled by genetic and environmental factors. Considering the high prevalence of osteoporosis\\u000a in homocystinuria, abnormal homocysteine metabolism would contribute to the pathogenesis of osteoporosis. It is known that\\u000a the polymorphism of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), the enzyme catalyzing the reduction of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate\\u000a to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, correlates with hyperhomocysteinemia. In this study, we examined the association of

  13. Meta-analysis of the association of MTHFR polymorphisms with multiple myeloma risk.

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    Ma, Li-Min; Ruan, Lin-Hai; Yang, Hai-Ping

    2015-01-01

    The association of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms with multiple myeloma (MM) risk has been explored, but the results remain controversial. Thus, a meta-analysis was performed to provide a comprehensively estimate. The case-control studies about MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms with MM risk were collected by searching PubMed, Elsevier, China National Knowledge Infrastructure and Wanfang Databases. Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were applied to assess the strength of association. Overall, no significant association was found between MTHFR A1298C polymorphism and MM risk under all four genetic models (AC vs. AA, OR?=?0.99, 95%CI?=?0.82-1.20; CC vs. AA, OR?=?1.14, 95%CI?=?0.77-1.68; recessive model, OR?=?1.10, 95%CI?=?0.76-1.59; dominant model, OR?=?1.01, 95%CI?=?0.84-1.22). The risk was also not significantly altered for C677T polymorphism and MM in overall comparisons (CT vs. CC, OR?=?1.04, 95%CI?=?0.93-1.17; TT vs. CC, OR?=?1.16, 95%CI?=?0.98-1.37; recessive model, OR?=?1.13, 95%CI?=?0.98-1.32; dominant model, OR?=?1.07, 95%CI?=?0.96-1.20). In subgroup analyses by ethnicity, no significant association was observed in both Caucasians and Asians. This meta-analysis suggested that MTHFR polymorphisms were not associated with MM risk. PMID:26022785

  14. Meta-analysis of the association of MTHFR polymorphisms with multiple myeloma risk

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    Ma, Li-Min; Ruan, Lin-Hai; Yang, Hai-Ping

    2015-01-01

    The association of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms with multiple myeloma (MM) risk has been explored, but the results remain controversial. Thus, a meta-analysis was performed to provide a comprehensively estimate. The case-control studies about MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms with MM risk were collected by searching PubMed, Elsevier, China National Knowledge Infrastructure and Wanfang Databases. Odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were applied to assess the strength of association. Overall, no significant association was found between MTHFR A1298C polymorphism and MM risk under all four genetic models (AC vs. AA, OR?=?0.99, 95%CI?=?0.82-1.20; CC vs. AA, OR?=?1.14, 95%CI?=?0.77-1.68; recessive model, OR?=?1.10, 95%CI?=?0.76-1.59; dominant model, OR?=?1.01, 95%CI?=?0.84-1.22). The risk was also not significantly altered for C677T polymorphism and MM in overall comparisons (CT vs. CC, OR?=?1.04, 95%CI?=?0.93-1.17; TT vs. CC, OR?=?1.16, 95%CI?=?0.98-1.37; recessive model, OR?=?1.13, 95%CI?=?0.98-1.32; dominant model, OR?=?1.07, 95%CI?=?0.96-1.20). In subgroup analyses by ethnicity, no significant association was observed in both Caucasians and Asians. This meta-analysis suggested that MTHFR polymorphisms were not associated with MM risk. PMID:26022785

  15. MTHFR C677T polymorphism interaction with heavy alcohol consumption increases head and neck carcinoma risk

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    Zhuo, Xianlu; Song, Jue; Li, Dairong; Wu, Yongzhong; Zhou, Qi

    2015-01-01

    MTHFR C677T polymorphism has been indicated to be a risk factor for cancers, but its association with head and neck cancer (HNC) risk remains inconclusive. In the present study, we aimed to get a more precise estimation by performing a quantitative meta-analysis. Published papers up to Jun 2014 was searched and screened. Necessary information was rigorously extracted for data pooling and analyzing, and then, subgroup analyses on ethnicity, source of controls, sample size, tumor type, smoking and drinking status were also carried out. As a result, twenty-three case-control studies including 14298 subjects were included. The overall data failed to reveal a significant association between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and HNC risk (homozygote comparison model: OR?=?1.16; 95%CI?=?0.93-1.45; dominant model: OR?=?1.05; 95%CI?=?0.90-1.21; recessive model: OR?=?1.14; 95%CI?=?0.93-1.38). However, in the subgroup analysis about drinking status, increase risk was shown in the heavy drinking subgroup (TT vs CC: OR?=?3.11; 95%CI?=?1.52-3.02). In conclusion, the results of the present study suggest that Homozygous TT alleles of MTHFR C677T polymorphism might be a risk factor for HNC among individuals who have a heavy drinking history. Further studies are needed to get a more definitive conclusion. PMID:26035704

  16. MTHFR C677T polymorphism interaction with heavy alcohol consumption increases head and neck carcinoma risk.

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    Zhuo, Xianlu; Song, Jue; Li, Dairong; Wu, Yongzhong; Zhou, Qi

    2015-01-01

    MTHFR C677T polymorphism has been indicated to be a risk factor for cancers, but its association with head and neck cancer (HNC) risk remains inconclusive. In the present study, we aimed to get a more precise estimation by performing a quantitative meta-analysis. Published papers up to Jun 2014 was searched and screened. Necessary information was rigorously extracted for data pooling and analyzing, and then, subgroup analyses on ethnicity, source of controls, sample size, tumor type, smoking and drinking status were also carried out. As a result, twenty-three case-control studies including 14298 subjects were included. The overall data failed to reveal a significant association between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and HNC risk (homozygote comparison model: OR?=?1.16; 95%CI?=?0.93-1.45; dominant model: OR?=?1.05; 95%CI?=?0.90-1.21; recessive model: OR?=?1.14; 95%CI?=?0.93-1.38). However, in the subgroup analysis about drinking status, increase risk was shown in the heavy drinking subgroup (TT vs CC: OR?=?3.11; 95%CI?=?1.52-3.02). In conclusion, the results of the present study suggest that Homozygous TT alleles of MTHFR C677T polymorphism might be a risk factor for HNC among individuals who have a heavy drinking history. Further studies are needed to get a more definitive conclusion. PMID:26035704

  17. MTHFR 677C/T and 1298A/C mutations and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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    Kasapoglu, Benan; Turkay, Cansel; Yalcin, Kadir Serkan; Kosar, Ali; Bozkurt, Alper

    2015-06-01

    Common genetic mutations encountered in folate metabolism may result in increased homocysteine (Hcy) levels. It has been reported that increased serum Hcy levels may affect the intracellular fat metabolism and may cause enhanced fatty infiltration in the liver resulting in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In total, 150 patients diagnosed with FLD by ultrasound examination and 136 healthy control patients that do not have any fatty infiltration in the liver were included in the study. Patients were grouped as mild (n = 88), moderate (n = 38) or severe (n = 24) according to the stage of fatty liver in ultrasound. Serum liver function tests, Hcy, folic acid and vitamin B12 levels of the patients were studied. The genetic MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms of the patients were also evaluated. Although there was no significant difference in vitamin B12 and folic acid levels, in the severe group, Hcy levels were significantly higher than that of control and mild groups (p<0.001). By contrast, there was no significant difference in heterozygote MTHFR 677C/T and 1298A/C mutations, both MTHFR 677C/T and MTHFR 1298A/C mutations were more common in NAFLD groups compared with the control patients (p<0.001). We have determined increased Hcy levels and increased prevalence of homozygote MTHFR 677C/T and MTHFR 1298A/C mutations in patients with NAFLD compared with healthy controls. Larger studies are warranted to clarify the etiological role of the MTHFR mutations and Hcy levels in FLD. PMID:26031974

  18. MTHFR rs1801133 C>T polymorphism is associated with an increased risk of tetralogy of Fallot

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    HUANG, JIANBING; MEI, JU; JIANG, LIANYONG; JIANG, ZHAOLEI; LIU, HAO; DING, FANGBAO

    2014-01-01

    Abnormal folate metabolism and common variants of folate-metabolizing enzymes have been described as possible risk factors for congenital heart disease (CHD). Two important folate-metabolizing enzymes involved in the folate/homocysteine metabolic pathway are 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase 1 (MTHFD1). MTHFR and MTHFD1 polymorphisms may be associated with CHD susceptibility. To evaluate the impact of MTHFR and MTHFD1 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on CHD susceptibility, we genotyped functional MTHFR SNPs rs1801133 C>T, rs1801131 A>C and rs2274976 G>A, and MTHFD SNPs rs2236225 C>T, rs1950902 G>A and rs1076991 A>G in a hospital-based case-control study of 173 tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) cases and 207 non-CHD controls. When MTHFR rs1801133 CC homozygote genotype was used as the reference group, the TT genotype was associated with a significantly increased risk for TOF [TT vs. CC: odds ratio (OR)=1.67; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.01–2.75; P=0.046]. In the recessive model, when MTHFR rs1801133 CC/CT genotype was used as the reference group, the TT homozygote genotype was associated with a significantly increased risk for TOF (OR=1.81, 95% CI: 1.15–2.84; P=0.010). In conclusion, our findings suggest that MTHFR rs1801133 C>T polymorphism may play a role in susceptibility for TOF. Large-scale studies with a more rigorous study design including diverse ethnic populations are required to confirm these findings. PMID:24649091

  19. The association of idiopathic recurrent early pregnancy loss with polymorphisms in folic acid metabolism-related genes.

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    Cao, Yunlei; Zhang, Zhaofeng; Zheng, Yanmin; Yuan, Wei; Wang, Jian; Liang, Hong; Chen, Jianping; Du, Jing; Shen, Yueping

    2014-05-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the association between polymorphisms in folic acid metabolism-related genes and idiopathic recurrent early pregnancy loss (REPL). A prospective case-control study was performed on a cohort of 82 REPL patients and 166 healthy controls. Genotyping of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T and A1298C was assessed by applying polymerase chain reaction for amplification followed by DNA sequencing, for methionine synthase reductase A66G, solute carrier family 19, member 1 (SLC19A1) G80A and C696T, and genotyping was done by utilizing the Sequenom MassARRAY system. The results revealed a significant association between MTHFR A1298C polymorphism and idiopathic REPL. Haplotype analysis indicated that the MTHFR 677C-MTHFR 1298C allele combination was associated with REPL (P < 0.001). The MTHFR 677C-MTHFR 1298A and SLC19A1 80G-SLC19A1 696C allele combinations had lower frequencies in patients with REPL, but with P > 0.05 (P = 0.093 and P = 0.084, respectively). PMID:24728915

  20. The thermolabile variant of MTHFR is associated with depression in the British Women's Heart and Health Study and a meta-analysis

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    S J Lewis; D A Lawlor; G Davey Smith; R Araya; N Timpson; I N M Day; S Ebrahim

    2006-01-01

    Low dietary folate intake has been implicated as a risk factor for depression. However, observational epidemiological studies are plagued by problems of confounding, reverse causality and measurement error. A common polymorphism (C677T) in MTHFR is associated with methyltetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) activity and circulating folate and homocysteine levels and offers insights into whether the association between low folate and depression is

  1. TPMT and MTHFR genotype is not associated with altered risk of thioguanine-related sinusoidal obstruction syndrome in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a report from the Children's Oncology Group.

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    Wray, Lisa; Vujkovic, Marijana; McWilliams, Thomas; Cannon, Shannon; Devidas, Meenakshi; Stork, Linda; Aplenc, Richard

    2014-11-01

    Sinusoidal obstruction syndrome is a complication of therapy for pediatric ALL and may be modified by thiopurine methyltransferase activity as well as by MTHFR genotype. We assessed TPMT *3A, *3B, *3C, and MTHFR C677T and A1298C germline genetic polymorphisms among 351 patients enrolled in the thioguanine treatment arm of CCG-1952 clinical trial. TPMT and MTHFR C677T genotypes were not associated with SOS risk. The combination of MTHFR and TPMT variant genotypes was not associated with SOS risk. These suggest that germline genetic variation in TPMT and MTHFR do not significantly alter SOS risk in patients exposed to thioguanine. PMID:24737678

  2. Subclinical Mastitis in Dairy Animals: Incidence, Economics, and Predisposing Factors

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    Sinha, Mukesh Kr.; Thombare, N. N.; Mondal, Biswajit

    2014-01-01

    A study was conducted to assess the incidence and economics of subclinical form of bovine mastitis in Central Region of India. Daily milk records of 187 animals during three seasons were collected and subjected to analysis. The economic loss due to reduction in yield, clinical expenses, and additional resources used were quantified and aggregated. The losses due to mastitis in monetary terms were estimated to be INR1390 per lactation, among which around 49% was owing to loss of value from milk and 37% on account of veterinary expenses. Higher losses were observed in crossbred cows due to their high production potential that was affected during mastitis period. The cost of treating an animal was estimated to be INR509 which includes cost of medicine (31.10%) and services (5.47%). Inadequate sanitation, hygiene, and veterinary services were the main predisposing factors for incidence and spread of mastitis as perceived by the respondents. PMID:25093203

  3. Association between polymorphisms in genes encoding methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase and the risk of Ménière's disease.

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    Huang, Yang; Teranishi, Masaaki; Uchida, Yasue; Nishio, Naoki; Kato, Ken; Otake, Hironao; Yoshida, Tadao; Sone, Michihiko; Sugiura, Saiko; Ando, Fujiko; Shimokata, Hiroshi; Nakashima, Tsutomu

    2013-06-01

    Folate metabolism is essential for cellular functioning. Despite extensive research on the roles of folate-metabolism-related gene polymorphisms in the pathophysiology of many diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, and sudden sensorineural hearing loss, little is known about their association with Ménière's disease (MD). The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene polymorphisms (C677T and A1298C) on the risk of MD in a Japanese population. We examined the C677T and A1298C (rs1801133 and rs1801131) polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene and compared them between 1946 adults (986 men and 960 women) participating in the National Institute for Longevity Sciences Longitudinal Study of Aging and 86 cases of MD. A multiple logistic regression was performed to obtain odds ratios (ORs) for the risk of MD regarding the MTHFR polymorphisms before (model 1) and after (model 2) adjustment for age and sex factors. The OR of MTHFR C677T for the risk of MD was 0.669 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.479-0.934) in model 1 and 0.680 (95% CI, 0.484-0.954) in model 2. In contrast, the OR of MTHFR A1298C for the risk of MD was 1.503 (95% CI, 1.064-2.123) in model 1 and 1.505 (95% CI, 1.045-2.167) in model 2. Our results imply that the MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms are associated with the risk of MD. PMID:23484733

  4. Malignant melanoma in a black child: predisposing precursors and management.

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    Adedoyin, Olanrewaju T.; Johnson, Abdul-Wahab B. R.; Ojuawo, Ayodele I.; Afolayan, Enoch A. O.; Adeniji, Kayode A.

    2004-01-01

    Malignant melanoma (MM) remains a pediatric rarity world-wide, but perhaps more so in black Africans. To the best of our knowledge, the current report of MM in a two-and-a-half-year-old Nigerian who had a pre-existing congenital giant hairy nevus is probably the first (in an accessible literature) in a black African child. Primary neoplastic transformation and metastatic spread were suggested by the appearance of multiple swellings over the "garment" precursor nevus at the posterior trunk, multiple ipsilateral axillary nodal enlargement, and fresh occipital swellings postadmission. Smaller-sized hyperpigmented lesions with irregular, nonlobulated, and frequently hairy surfaces were also discernible over the upper and lower extremities, but the face, anterior trunk, and mucosal surfaces were relatively spared. A diagnosis of MM was confirmed by the subsequent histopathologic findings from the fine-needle aspirate and biopsy specimens. Chemotherapy was initiated but was truncated shortly after by parent-pressured discharge. Despite the rarity of MM in a tropical African setting where management options are few, the current case underscores the need for a high clinical index of diagnostic suspicion, an early pursuit of investigative confirmation, and prophylactic excision in children with the predisposing skin lesions, like congenital giant hairy nevus. An expounded discourse of the possible precursors and management options of MM is provided. We emphasize the need for institutional cost subsidy for anticancer care in tropical children. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 PMID:15540891

  5. Polymorphisms in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a multi-ethnic population.

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    Suthandiram, Sujatha; Gan, Gin Gin; Zain, Shamsul Mohd; Haerian, Batoul Sadat; Bee, Ping Chong; Lian, Lay Hoong; Chang, Kian Meng; Ong, Tee Chuan; Mohamed, Zahurin

    2014-05-01

    An imbalance in folate metabolism can adversely affect DNA synthesis and methylation systems which can lead to susceptibility to non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Whether single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and their haplotypes in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) are associated with NHL, remain inconclusive. We investigated the association between MTHFR C677T and A1298C SNPs and NHL risk in a population which is made up of Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnic subgroups. A total of 372 NHL patients and 722 controls were genotyped using the Sequenom MassARRAY platform. Our results of the pooled subjects failed to demonstrate significant association between the MTHFR C677T and A1298C SNPs with NHL and its subtypes. The results were in agreement with the previous meta-analyses. In the Indian ethnic subgroup however, single locus analysis of MTHFR A1298C appears to confer risk to NHL (Odds ratio (OR) 1.91, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.22-3.00, P=0.006). The risk is almost doubled in homozygous carrier of MTHFR 1298CC (OR 4.03, 95% CI 1.56-10.43, P=0.004). Haplotype analysis revealed higher frequency of CC in the Indian NHL patients compared with controls (OR 1.86, 95% CI 1.18-2.93, P=0.007). There is lack of evidence to suggest an association between MTHFR C677T and A1298C with the risk of NHL in the Malays and Chinese. In the Indians however, the MTHFR A1298C confers risk to NHL. This study suggests ethnicity modifies the relationship between polymorphisms in the folate-metabolizing gene and NHL. PMID:24646728

  6. Mutation (677 C to T) in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene aggravates hyperhomocysteinemia in hemodialysis patients

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    Manuela Födinger; Christine Mannhalter; Gabriele Wölfl; Ingrid Pabinger; Eva Müller; Rainer Schmid; Walter H Hörl; Gere Sunder-Plassmann

    1997-01-01

    Mutation 677 C to T in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene aggravates hyperhomocysteinemia in hemodialysis patients. Hyperhomocysteinemia is frequent in hemodialysis patients and represents an independent risk factor for vascular disease in these patients. Elevated total homocysteine (tHcy) plasma levels can result from defective remethyla-tion of Hcy to methionine due to decreased activity of the enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). A genetic

  7. Extent of differential allelic expression of candidate breast cancer genes is similar in blood and breast

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    Maia, Ana-Teresa; Spiteri, Inmaculada; Lee, Alvin J X; O'Reilly, Martin; Jones, Linda; Caldas, Carlos; Ponder, Bruce A J

    2009-12-10

    suitable surrogate test tissue must be identified for future studies. Methods We measured differential allelic expression of 12 candidate genes possibly related to breast cancer susceptibility (BRCA1, BRCA2, C1qA, CCND3, EMSY, GPX1, GPX4, MLH3, MTHFR, NBS1...

  8. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene polymorphisms and the risk of anencephaly in Mexico

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    Julia Blanco Munoz; Marina Lacasana; R. G. Cavazos; Victor Hugo Borja-Aburto; C. Galaviz-Hernandez; Clemente Aguilar Garduno

    2007-01-01

    The precise etiology of neural tube defects (NTDs) is not known. There is some evidence that mutations in MTHFR gene provide susceptibility to NTDs in some populations; however, other studies have not found this association. One of the problems with pre- vious studies is that they treat NTDs as a homogeneous group, when specific defects could have different etiologies. We

  9. Identification of six methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase ( MTHFR) genotypes resulting from common polymorphisms: impact on plasma homocysteine levels and development of coronary artery disease

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    Christian Meisel; Ingolf Cascorbi; Thomas Gerloff; Verena Stangl; Michael Laule; Joachim M. Muller; Klaus D. Wernecke; Gert Baumann; Ivar Roots; Karl Stangl

    2001-01-01

    Although three common MTHFR polymorphisms (C677T, A1298C, T1317C) have been reported, only polymorphism C677T has been investigated intensively as a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD). We investigated polymorphism frequencies, allelic associations and the effect of the resulting MTHFR genotypes on total plasma homocysteine (tHcy) levels and on coronary risk in a case-control study with 1000 angiographically confirmed Middle-European

  10. Meta-analysis of MTHFR 677C->T polymorphism and coronary heart disease: does totality of evidence support causal role for homocysteine and preventive potential of folate?

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    Sarah J Lewis; Shah Ebrahim; George Davey Smith

    2005-01-01

    Objectives To investigate the association between the MTHFR 677C?T polymorphism and coronary heart disease, assessing small study bias and heterogeneity between studies. Data sources Medline and Embase citation searches between January 2001 and August 2004; no language restrictions. Study selection Case-control and prospective studies of association between MTHFR 677C?T variant and myocardial infarction, coronary artery occlusion, or both; 80 studies

  11. Hyperhomocyst(e)inaemia, but not MTHFR C677T mutation, as a risk factor for non-arteritic ischaemic optic neuropathy

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    Martin Weger; Olaf Stanger; Hannes Deutschmann; Michael Simon; Wilfried Renner; Otto Schmut; Jürgen Semmelrock; Anton Haas

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND\\/AIMSHyperhomocyst(e)inaemia has been identified as a strong risk factor for stroke, myocardial infarction, and deep vein thrombosis. A point mutation of methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR C677T) has been associated with increased plasma homocyst(e)ine levels. To investigate whether hyperhomocyst(e)inaemia and\\/or MTHFR C677T mutation are associated with non-arteritic ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION), a case-control study including 59 consecutive patients with NAION and

  12. Association of MTHFR C677T polymorphism with schizophrenia and its effect on episodic memory and gray matter density in patients

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    Zhang, Yanling; Yan, Hao; Tian, Lin; Wang, Fang; Lu, Tianlan; Wang, Lifang; Yan, Jun; Liu, Qi; Kang, Lan; Ruan, Yanyan; Zhang, Dai; Yue, Weihua

    2013-01-01

    Growing evidence suggests that the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) may play a role in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Recent studies suggested that the MTHFR 677T, as a risk allele, has an impact on brain activation and memory function in schizophrenia patients. To confirm further the association between this functional polymorphism and schizophrenia, we detected genotypes of MTHFR C677T polymorphism in 1,002 schizophrenic patients and 1,036 controls of Chinese Han population, by using direct DNA sequencing method. To explore further effects of MTHFR C677T polymorphism on memory and brain function in schizophrenia, 33 schizophrenia patients and 29 healthy participants were selected from above samples to be assessed with MRI scanning and episodic memory (EM) examination. The case - control association study results showed that the MTHFR C677T was associated with schizophrenia (?2 = 14.11, P = 1.74 × 10?4, OR = 0.79; 95% CI = 0.70 – 0.89). We also found that the MTHFR 677T allele had a load-dependent effect on EM in schizophrenic patients, but not in healthy control participants. Further analysis on gray matter density (GMD) revealed significant diagnostic effects in bilateral frontal cortices, bilateral insula, left medial temporal cortex and bilateral occipital cortices, effects of MTHFR genotype in the right insula, right inferior frontal gyrus, right rolandic opercula, right parahippocampal gyrus and right medial temporal pole, and effects of genotype-diagnosis interaction in the right temporal gyrus. Our findings suggested that the MTHFR 677T allele might have effect on risk of schizophrenia, memory impairment and GMD changes in patients. PMID:23318463

  13. CTCF Haploinsufficiency Predisposes to Cancer by Destabilizing DNA Methylation

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    Humans are diploid organisms, meaning they inherit one set of chromosomes from each parent. One copy of the gene that encodes the DNA binding protein, CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF), is commonly deleted or mutated in some human cancers. CTCF alters chromatin structure, and thus gene expression, by regulating a DNA chemical modification process called methylation.

  14. Genetic association analyses of nitric oxide synthase genes and neural tube defects vary by phenotype.

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    Soldano, Karen L; Garrett, Melanie E; Cope, Heidi L; Rusnak, J Michael; Ellis, Nathen J; Dunlap, Kaitlyn L; Speer, Marcy C; Gregory, Simon G; Ashley-Koch, Allison E

    2013-10-01

    Neural tube defects (NTDs) are caused by improper neural tube closure during the early stages of embryonic development. NTDs are hypothesized to have a complex genetic origin and numerous candidate genes have been proposed. The nitric oxide synthase 3 (NOS3) G594T polymorphism has been implicated in risk for spina bifida, and interactions between that single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism have also been observed. To evaluate other genetic variation in the NO pathway in the development of NTDs, we examined all three NOS genes: NOS1, NOS2, and NOS3. Using 3109 Caucasian samples in 745 families, we evaluated association in the overall dataset and within specific phenotypic subsets. Haplotype tagging SNPs in the NOS genes were tested for genetic association with NTD subtypes, both for main effects as well as for the presence of interactions with the MTHFR C677T polymorphism. Nominal main effect associations were found with all subtypes, across all three NOS genes, and interactions were observed between SNPs in all three NOS genes and MTHFR C677T. Unlike the previous report, the most significant associations in our dataset were with cranial subtypes and the AG genotype of rs4795067 in NOS2 (p = 0.0014) and the interaction between the rs9658490 G allele in NOS1 and MTHFR 677TT genotype (p = 0.0014). Our data extend the previous findings by implicating a role for all three NOS genes, independently and through interactions with MTHFR, in risk not only for spina bifida, but all NTD subtypes. PMID:24323870

  15. Genetic Association Analyses of Nitric Oxide Synthase Genes and Neural Tube Defects Vary by Phenotype

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    Soldano, Karen L.; Garrett, Melanie E.; Cope, Heidi L.; Rusnak, J. Michael; Ellis, Nathen J.; Dunlap, Kaitlyn L.; Speer, Marcy C.; Gregory, Simon G.; Ashley-Koch, Allison E.

    2014-01-01

    Neural tube defects (NTDs) are caused by improper neural tube closure during the early stages of embryonic development. NTDs are hypothesized to have a complex genetic origin and numerous candidate genes have been proposed. The nitric oxide synthase 3 (NOS3) G594T polymorphism has been implicated in risk for spina bifida, and interactions between that single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism have also been observed. To evaluate other genetic variation in the NO pathway in the development of NTDs, we examined all three NOS genes: NOS1, NOS2, and NOS3. Using 3109 Caucasian samples in 745 families, we evaluated association in the overall dataset and within specific phenotypic subsets. Haplotype tagging SNPs in the NOS genes were tested for genetic association with NTD subtypes, both for main effects as well as for the presence of interactions with the MTHFR C677T polymorphism. Nominal main effect associations were found with all subtypes, across all three NOS genes, and interactions were observed between SNPs in all three NOS genes and MTHFR C677T. Unlike the previous report, the most significant associations in our dataset were with cranial subtypes and the AG genotype of rs4795067 in NOS2 (p = 0.0014) and the interaction between the rs9658490 G allele in NOS1 and MTHFR 677TT genotype (p = 0.0014). Our data extend the previous findings by implicating a role for all three NOS genes, independently and through interactions with MTHFR, in risk not only for spina bifida, but all NTD subtypes. PMID:24323870

  16. An autosomal locus predisposing to multiple deletions of mtDNA on chromosome 3p

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    Kaukonen, J.A.; Suomalainen, A.; Peltonen, L. [National Public Health Inst., Helsinki (Finland); Amati, P.; Zeviani, M. [Univ. of Milano, Milan (Italy)] [and others

    1996-04-01

    Autosomal dominant progressive external ophthalmoplegia (adPEO) is a disorder characterized by ptosis, progressive weakness of the external eye muscles, and general muscle weakness. The patients have multiple deletions of mtDNA on Southern blots or in PCR analysis of muscle DNA and a mild deficiency of one or more respiratory-chain enzymes carrying mtDNA-encoded subunits. The pattern of inheritance indicates a nuclear gene defect predisposing to secondary mtDNA deletions. Recently, in one Finnish family, we assigned an adPEO locus to chromosome 10q23.3-24.3 but also excluded linkage to this same locus in two Italian adPEO families with a phenotype closely resembling the Finnish one. We applied a random mapping approach to informative non-10q-linked Italian families to assign the second locus for adPEO and found strong evidence for linkage on chromosome 3p14.1-21.2 in three Italian families, with a maximum two-point lod score of 4.62 at a recombination fraction of .0. However, in three additional families, linkage to the same chromosomal region was clearly absent, indicating further genetic complexity of the adPEO trait. 19 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Polymorphisms in the MTHFR and VDR genes and skin cancer risk

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    Jiali Han; Graham A. Colditz; David J. Hunter

    Folate and vitamin D have been shown to be influenced by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UVA radiation can break down plasma folate, whereas vitamin D can be synthesized in UVB-exposed skin. Folate metabolism is involved in DNA synthesis and repair, and vitamin D processes anti- proliferative effects. The functions of both nutrients are implicated in skin carcinogenesis. We evaluated genetic polymorphisms

  18. Polymorphic variants of folate metabolism genes and the risk of laryngeal cancer

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    ?ukasz Kruszyna; Margarita Lianeri; Ma?gorzata Rydzanicz; Marzena Gaj?cka; Krzysztof Szyfter; Pawe? P. Jagodzi?ski

    2010-01-01

    Carcinogenesis may result from abnormal methylation of cancer-related genes regulatory sequence. Though, the polymorphic variants\\u000a of genes encoding enzymes of folate and methionine metabolism may have an effect on DNA methylation. Using PCR-RFLPs, we examined\\u000a the polymorphism distribution of genes encoding methionine synthase (MTR); 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase, 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate cyclohydrolase and 10-formyltetrahydrofolate synthetase (MTHFD1); and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) in patients with larynx

  19. Both Host and Pathogen Factors Predispose to Escherichia coli Urinary-Source Bacteremia in Hospitalized Patients

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    Marschall, Jonas; Zhang, Lixin; Foxman, Betsy; Warren, David K.; Henderson, Jeffrey P.

    2012-01-01

    Background.?The urinary tract is the most common source for Escherichia coli bacteremia. Mortality from E. coli urinary-source bacteremia is higher than that from urinary tract infection. Predisposing factors for urinary-source E. coli bacteremia are poorly characterized. Methods.?In order to identify urinary-source bacteremia risk factors, we conducted a 12-month prospective cohort study of adult inpatients with E. coli bacteriuria that were tested for bacteremia within ±1 day of the bacteriuria. Patients with bacteremia were compared with those without bacteremia. Bacterial isolates from urine were screened for 16 putative virulence genes using high-throughput dot-blot hybridization. Results.?Twenty-four of 156 subjects (15%) had E. coli bacteremia. Bacteremic patients were more likely to have benign prostatic hyperplasia (56% vs 19%; P = .04), a history of urogenital surgery (63% vs 28%; P = .001), and presentation with hesitancy/retention (21% vs 4%; P = .002), fever (63% vs 38%; P = .02), and pyelonephritis (67% vs 41%; P = .02). The genes kpsMT (group II capsule) (17 [71%] vs 62 [47%]; P = .03) and prf (P-fimbriae family) (13 [54%] vs 40 [30%]; P = .02) were more frequent in the urinary strains from bacteremic patients. Symptoms of hesitancy/retention (odds ratio [OR], 7.8; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.6–37), history of a urogenital procedure (OR, 5.4; 95% CI, 2–14.7), and presence of kpsMT (OR, 2.9; 95% CI, 1–8.2) independently predicted bacteremia. Conclusions.?Bacteremia secondary to E. coli bacteriuria was frequent (15%) in those tested for it. Urinary stasis, surgical disruption of urogenital tissues, and a bacterial capsule characteristic contribute to systemic invasion by uropathogenic E. coli. PMID:22431806

  20. Association of polymorphisms in one-carbon metabolizing genes with breast cancer risk in Syrian women.

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    Lajin, Bassam; Alhaj Sakur, Amir; Ghabreau, Lina; Alachkar, Amal

    2012-08-01

    Dietary folate status as well as polymorphisms in one-carbon metabolism genes may affect the risk of breast cancer through aberrant DNA methylation and altered nucleotide synthesis and DNA repair. A large number of studies investigated the role of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) polymorphisms in breast cancer with inconsistent results. Association between multiple polymorphisms in one-carbon metabolism genes and breast cancer was not studied before in an Arab population. The purpose of the present study is to test the hypothesis that polymorphisms in one-carbon metabolism genes are associated with breast cancer susceptibility in Syrian breast cancer women patients. A total of 245 subjects (119 breast cancer women patients and 126 healthy controls) were genotyped for MTHFR C677T and A1298C and MTRR A66G polymorphisms. Association was tested for under numerous genetic models. A statistically significant association was found for MTHFR A1298C polymorphism especially under the allele contrast model (odds ratio (OR) = 1.68, 95% confidence interval (CI) (1.16-2.45), P = 0.006). On the other hand, no significant association was found for MTHFR C677T or MTRR A66G under any of the genetic models tested. The effects of the compound genotypes were also examined. The 66GG genotype was found to be protective against breast cancer when combined with the 677CT or 1298AC genotype (OR = 0.18, 95% CI (0.04-0.82), P = 0.014; OR = 0.3, 95% CI (0.08-1.11), P = 0.058). In conclusion, our study supports the hypothesis that polymorphisms in one-carbon gene metabolisms modulate the risk for breast cancer, particularly the A1298C polymorphism of the MTHFR gene. PMID:22373582

  1. Livedoid vasculopathy associated with combined prothrombin G20210A and factor V (Leiden) heterozygosity and MTHFR C677T homozygosity.

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    Irani-Hakime, Noha A; Stephan, Farid; Kreidy, Raghid; Jureidini, Isabelle; Almawi, Wassim Y

    2008-08-01

    Livedoid vasculopathy (LV) is an occlusive thrombotic disease of lower extremities. A 34-year-old woman presented with 4-year history of recurrent necrotic and painful lesions with violaceous and purpuric border on both legs. Initial treatment with hydroxychloroquine, dapsone and prednisone were unsuccessful. Skin biopsy showed inflammatory infiltrate with epidermal necrosis. Prothrombin G20210A and factor V-Leiden heterozygosity, and MTHFR C677T homozygosity with hyperhomocysteinemia were confirmed. LV diagnosis was made; acetylsalicylic acid, folic acid, vitamin B12, and prednisone treatement resulted in complete healing. This is the first report on coexistence of prothrombin G20210A, factor V-Leiden, and homozygous MTHFR C677T with hyperhomocysteinemia in LV. PMID:18360788

  2. COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF RISK FACTORS FOR CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (CVD) IN GENETICALLY PREDISPOSED RATS

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    Rodent CVD models are increasingly used for understanding individual differences in susceptibility to environmental stressors such as air pollution. We characterized pathologies and a number of known human risk factors of CVD in genetically predisposed, male young adult Spontaneo...

  3. Hyperhomocyst(e)inemia and MTHFR C677T genotypes in patients with central retinal vein occlusion

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    Martin Weger; Olaf Stanger; Hannes Deutschmann; Werner Temmel; Wilfried Renner; Otto Schmut; Jürgen Semmelrock; Anton Haas

    2002-01-01

    Background: Elevated plasma homocyst(e)ine is a major risk factor for venous thrombosis and cardiovascular disease. Homozygosity for the MTHFR C677T mutation and low plasma folate levels increase plasma homocyst(e)ine concentrations. The aim of this retrospective case-control study was to investigate a possible association between hyperhomocyst(e)inemia and central retinal vein occlusion. Methods: Our study included 78 consecutive patients with central retinal

  4. Increased prevalence of combined MTR and MTHFR genotypes among individuals with severely elevated total homocysteine plasma levels

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    Alexandra Feix; Robert Fritsche-Polanz; Josef Kletzmayr; Andreas Vychytil; Walter H. Hörl; Gere Sunder-Plassmann; Manuela Födinger

    2001-01-01

    The prevalence of the methionine synthase (MTR) 2756A?G polymorphism among individuals with severely elevated total homocysteine (tHcy) plasma levels is unknown. Therefore, 1,716 subjects, including 415 hemodialysis patients, 179 peritoneal dialysis patients, 733 kidney graft recipients, and 389 healthy subjects, were investigated. The distribution of MTR 2756A?G, as well as 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C?T\\/1298A?C, genotypes among study participants with extremely

  5. The 1298A?C polymorphism in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR): in vitro expression and association with homocysteine

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    Ilan S. Weisberg; Paul F. Jacques; Jacob Selhub; Andrew G. Bostom; Zhoutao Chen; R. Curtis Ellison; John H. Eckfeldt; Rima Rozen

    2001-01-01

    A common mutation in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), 677C?T, is associated with reduced enzyme activity, a thermolabile enzyme and mild hyperhomocysteinemia, a risk factor for vascular disease. Recently, a second common mutation (1298A?C; glutamate to alanine) was reported, but this mutation was suggested to increase homocysteine only in individuals who carried the bp677 variant. To evaluate the functional consequences of this

  6. Livedoid vasculopathy associated with combined prothrombin G20210A and factor V (Leiden) heterozygosity and MTHFR C677T homozygosity

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    Noha A. Irani-Hakime; Farid Stephan; Raghid Kreidy; Isabelle Jureidini; Wassim Y. Almawi

    2008-01-01

    Livedoid vasculopathy (LV) is an occlusive thrombotic disease of lower extremities. A 34-year-old woman presented with 4-year\\u000a history of recurrent necrotic and painful lesions with violaceous and purpuric border on both legs. Initial treatment with\\u000a hydroxychloroquine, dapsone and prednisone were unsuccessful. Skin biopsy showed inflammatory infiltrate with epidermal necrosis.\\u000a Prothrombin G20210A and factor V-Leiden heterozygosity, and MTHFR C677T homozygosity with

  7. Association of the C677T polymorphism in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene with breast cancer in a Mexican population.

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    Ramos-Silva, A; Figuera, L E; Soto-Quintana, O M; Puebla-Pérez, A M; Ramírez-Patiño, R; Gutiérrez-Hurtado, I; Carrillo-Moreno, D I; Zúñiga-González, G M; Dávalos-Rodríguez, I P; Gallegos-Arreola, M P

    2015-01-01

    The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene plays an important role in the steps involved in the processing of amino acids. The analysis of polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene has revealed associations with cancer; in particular the C677T polymorphism, which has been suggested to affect folate metabolism, DNA methylation, synthesis, and repair, and to contribute to tumor promotion in the mammary gland. We examined the role of the C677T polymorphism in the MTHFR gene by comparing the C677T genotypes of 339 healthy Mexican women with those of 497 Mexican women with breast cancer (BC). The genotype frequencies observed in the controls and patients with BC were 10 and 21% for 677TT; 41 and 36% for 677CT; and 49 and 43% for 677CC, respectively. The odds ratio (OR) for the 677TT genotype was 2.5, with a 95% confidence interval (95%CI) of 1.6-3.8; P = 0.0001. The positive association was also evident when the distributions of the 677TT genotype in control and patients affected within the following two categories were compared to alcohol consumption (OR = 0.41; 95%CI = 0.19-0.86; P = 0.018); and high level glutamate-oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT) (OR = 0.36; 95%CI = 0.15-0.83, P = 0.017). These results suggest that the 677TT genotype of the C677T polymorphism in the MTHFR gene is associated with BC susceptibility in the Mexican population. PMID:25966173

  8. Folate Intake, MTHFR Polymorphisms, and the Risk of Colorectal Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Kennedy, Deborah A.; Stern, Seth J.; Matok, Ilan; Moretti, Myla E.; Sarkar, Moumita; Adams-Webber, Thomasin; Koren, Gideon

    2012-01-01

    Background. The objective was to determine whether relationships exist between the methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms and risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) and examine whether the risk is modified by level of folate intake. Methods. MEDLINE, Embase, and SCOPUS were searched to May 2012 using the terms “folic acid,” “folate,” “colorectal cancer,” “methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase,” “MTHFR.” Observational studies were included which (1) assessed the risk of CRC for each polymorphism and/or (2) had defined levels of folate intake for each polymorphism and assessed the risk of CRC. Results. From 910 references, 67 studies met our criteria; hand searching yielded 10 studies. The summary risk estimate comparing the 677CT versus CC genotype was 1.02 (95% CI 0.95–1.10) and for 677TT versus CC was 0.88 (95% CI 0.80–0.96) both with heterogeneity. The summary risk estimates for A1298C polymorphisms suggested no reduced risk. The summary risk estimate for high versus low total folate for the 677CC genotype was 0.70 (95% CI 0.56–0.89) and the 677TT genotype 0.63 (95% CI 0.41–0.97). Conclusion. These results suggest that the 677TT genotype is associated with a reduced risk of developing CRC, under conditions of high total folate intake, and this associated risk remains reduced for both MTHFR 677 CC and TT genotypes. PMID:23125859

  9. Riboflavin status modifies the effects of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) polymorphisms on homocysteine.

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    García-Minguillán, Carlos J; Fernandez-Ballart, Joan D; Ceruelo, Santiago; Ríos, Lídia; Bueno, Olalla; Berrocal-Zaragoza, Maria Isabel; Molloy, Anne M; Ueland, Per M; Meyer, Klaus; Murphy, Michelle M

    2014-11-01

    Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR), riboflavin-dependent enzymes, participate in homocysteine metabolism. Reported effects of riboflavin status on the association between the MTHFR 677C>T polymorphism and homocysteine vary, and the effects of the MTRR 66A>G or MTRR 524C>T polymorphisms on homocysteine are unclear. We tested the hypothesis that the effects of the MTHFR 677C>T, MTRR 66A>G and MTRR 524C>T polymorphisms on fasting plasma total homocysteine (tHcy) depend on riboflavin status (erythrocyte glutathionine reductase activation coefficient, optimum: <1.2; marginally deficient: 1.2-1.4; deficient: ?1.4) in 771 adults aged 18-75 years. MTHFR 677T allele carriers with middle or low tertile plasma folate (<14.7 nmol/L) had 8.2 % higher tHcy compared to the 677CC genotype (p < 0.01). This effect was eliminated when riboflavin status was optimal (p for interaction: 0.048). In the lowest cobalamin quartile (?273 pmol/L), riboflavin status modifies the relationship between the MTRR 66 A>G polymorphism and tHcy (p for interaction: 0.034). tHcy was 6.6 % higher in MTRR 66G allele carriers compared to the 66AA genotype with marginally deficient or optimal riboflavin status, but there was no difference when riboflavin status was deficient (p for interaction: 0.059). tHcy was 13.7 % higher in MTRR 524T allele carriers compared to the 524CC genotype when cobalamin status was low (p < 0.01), but no difference was observed when we stratified by riboflavin status. The effect of the MTHFR 677C>T polymorphism on tHcy depends on riboflavin status, that of the MTRR 66A>G polymorphism on cobalamin and riboflavin status and that of the MTRR 524C>T polymorphism on cobalamin status. PMID:25322900

  10. CFTR dysfunction predisposes to fibrotic liver disease in a murine model

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    Zaman, Munir M.; Ketwaroo, Gyanprakash A.; Bhutta, Abdul Q.; Coronel, Emmanuel; Popov, Yury; Schuppan, Detlef; Freedman, Steven D.

    2012-01-01

    Cystic fibrosis liver disease (CFLD) is a rapidly progressive biliary fibrosis, resembling primary sclerosing cholangitis that develops in 5–10% of patients with cystic fibrosis. Further research and evaluation of therapies are hampered by the lack of a mouse model for CFLD. Although primary sclerosing cholangitis is linked to both ulcerative colitis and loss of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) ion channel function, induction of colitis with dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) in cftr?/? mice causes bile duct injury but no fibrosis. Since profibrogenic modifier genes are linked to CFLD, we examined whether subthreshhold doses of the profibrogenic xenobiotic 3,5-diethoxycarbonyl-1,4-dihydrocollidine (DDC), along with DSS-induced colitis, lead to bile duct injury and liver fibrosis in mice that harbor loss of CFTR function. Exon 10 heterozygous (cftr+/?) and homozygous (cftr?/?) mice treated with DDC demonstrated extensive mononuclear cell inflammation, bile duct proliferation, and periductular fibrosis. In contrast, wild-type (cftr+/+) littermates did not develop bile duct injury or fibrosis. Histological changes corresponded to increased levels of alkaline phosphatase, hydroxyproline, and expression of profibrogenic transcripts for transforming growth factor-?1, transforming growth factor-?2, procollagen ?1(I), and tissue inhibitor of matrix metaloproteinase-1. Immunohistochemistry demonstrated fibrosis and activation of periductal fibrogenic cells based on positive staining for lysyl oxidase-like-2, ?-smooth muscle actin, and collagen I. These data demonstrate that subthreshold doses of DDC, in conjunction with DSS-induced colitis, results in bile duct injury and periductal fibrosis in mice with partial or complete loss of CFTR function and may represent a useful model to study the pathogenic mechanisms by which CFTR dysfunction predisposes to fibrotic liver disease and potential therapies. PMID:22679000

  11. Genetic interactions between MTHFR (C677T), methionine synthase (A2756G, C2758G) variants with vitamin B12 and folic acid determine susceptibility to premature coronary artery disease in Indian population

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    Kanth, V. V. Ravi; Golla, Jaya Prakash; Sastry, B. K. S; Naik, Sudhir; Kabra, Nitin; Sujatha, Madireddi

    2011-01-01

    Background: Researchers have determined that Indians face a higher risk of heart disease, despite the fact that nearly half of them are vegetarians and lack many of the other traditional risk factors. In the below-30 age group, coronary artery disease mortality among Indians is three-fold higher than in the whites in United Kingdom and ten-fold higher than the Chinese in Singapore. High levels of homocysteine have been widely linked to the early onset of heart diseases in other populations, although a definite proof among Indians is lacking, which needs to be investigated by way of screening for factors responsible for high homocysteine levels. Objective: To screen for genetic factors responsible for hyperhomocysteinemia and the risk for premature coronary artery disease. Materials and Methods: A total of 100 individuals with proven premature coronary artery disease and 200 age-and-sex matched controls were screened for polymorphisms in Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) (C677T) Methionine synthase (MS) genes (A2756G, C2758G), and the B12 and Folate levels were estimated. Results: Results from the mutational analysis revealed that in the study group, seven individuals had a polymorphism for the C677T allele in the MTHFR gene (one homozygous and six heterozygous) (Fischer's Exact test P > 0.046) (OR: 0.2711 95% CI 0.0774 to 0.9491). Six were heterozygous for the A2756G polymorphism in the MS gene (Fischer's Exact test P > 0.0012). None showed a polymorphism at the C2758G allele in the MS gene. Four controls showed heterozygosity for the C677T polymorphism and none for the MS gene. The B12 and Folate levels were significantly lower in the study group as compared to the controls. Conclusions: It is important to know which factors determine the total homocysteine concentrations. In the general population, the most important modifiable determinants of tHcy are folate intake and coffee consumption. Smoking and alcohol consumption are also associated with the total homocysteine concentrations, but more research is necessary to elucidate whether these relations are not originating from residual confounding due to other lifestyle factors. PMID:22022143

  12. The chosen genes : Jews, genetics, and the future of ethnic medicine

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    Anthes, Emily Kennedy

    2006-01-01

    All humans have certain genes that cause or predispose them to various diseases. In the ideal medical future, scientists will have hyperfast gene analyzers able to sequence anyone's DNA in a matter of minutes. In that ...

  13. Biologically predisposed learning and selective associations in amygdalar neurons.

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    Chung, Ain; Barot, Sabiha K; Kim, Jeansok J; Bernstein, Ilene L

    2011-06-01

    Modern views on learning and memory accept the notion of biological constraints-that the formation of association is not uniform across all stimuli. Yet cellular evidence of the encoding of selective associations is lacking. Here, conditioned stimuli (CSs) and unconditioned stimuli (USs) commonly employed in two basic associative learning paradigms, fear conditioning and taste aversion conditioning, were delivered in a manner compatible with a functional cellular imaging technique (Arc cellular compartmental analysis of temporal gene transcription by fluorescence in situ hybridization [catFISH]) to identify biological constraints on CS-US convergence at the level of neurons in basolateral amygdala (BLA). Results indicate coincident Arc mRNA activation within BLA neurons after CS-US combinations that yield rapid, efficient learning, but not after CS-US combinations that do not. PMID:21576517

  14. CTCF haploinsufficiency destabilizes DNA methylation and predisposes to cancer

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    Kemp, Christopher J.; Moore, James M.; Moser, Russell; Bernard, Brady; Teater, Matt; Smith, Leslie E.; Rabaia, Natalia; Gurley, Kay E.; Guinney, Justin; Busch, Stephanie E.; Shaknovich, Rita; Lobanenkov, Victor V.; Liggitt, Denny; Shmulevich, Ilya; Melnick, Ari; Filippova, Galina N.

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY Epigenetic alterations, particularly in DNA methylation, are ubiquitous in cancer, yet the molecular origins and the consequences of these alterations are poorly understood. The DNA binding protein CTCF regulates a diverse array of epigenetic processes and is frequently altered by hemizygous deletion or mutation in human cancer. To date, a causal role for CTCF in cancer has not been established. Here we show that Ctcf hemizygous knockout mice are markedly susceptible to spontaneous, radiation, and chemically induced cancer in a broad range of tissues. Ctcf+/? tumors are characterized by increased aggressiveness including invasion, metastatic dissemination, and mixed epithelial/mesenchymal differentiation. Molecular analysis of Ctcf+/? tumors indicates that Ctcf is haploinsufficient for tumor suppression. Tissues with hemizygous loss of CTCF exhibit increased variability in CpG methylation genome-wide. These findings establish CTCF as a prominent tumor suppressor gene and point to CTCF mediated epigenetic stability as a major barrier to neoplastic progression. PMID:24794443

  15. Genetic Studies in Neural Tube Defects

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    Elizabeth C. Melvin; Timothy M. George; Gordon Worley; Amy Franklin; Joanne Mackey; Kristi Viles; Nishu Shah; Courtney R. Drake; David S. Enterline; David McLone; Jeffrey Nye; W. Jerry Oakes; Colleen McLaughlin; Marion L. Walker; Paula Peterson; Timothy Brei; Connie Buran; Joanna Aben; Bonnie Ohm; Iskandar Bermans; Mazin Qumsiyeh; Jeffrey Vance; Margaret A. Pericak-Vance; Marcy C. Speer

    2000-01-01

    Neural tube defects (NTD) are one of the most common birth defects and are caused by both environmental and genetic factors. The approach to identifying the genes predisposing to NTD, through linkage analysis and candidate gene analysis, is reviewed along with characteristics of a large, nationally ascertained cohort of families. Results from specific assessments of p53, PAX3 and MTHFR failed

  16. Phosphodiesterase sequence variants may predispose to prostate cancer.

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    de Alexandre, Rodrigo B; Horvath, Anelia D; Szarek, Eva; Manning, Allison D; Leal, Leticia F; Kardauke, Fabio; Epstein, Jonathan A; Carraro, Dirce M; Soares, Fernando A; Apanasovich, Tatiyana V; Stratakis, Constantine A; Faucz, Fabio R

    2015-08-01

    We hypothesized that mutations that inactivate phosphodiesterase (PDE) activity and lead to increased cAMP and cyclic guanosine monophosphate levels may be associated with prostate cancer (PCa). We sequenced the entire PDE coding sequences in the DNA of 16 biopsy samples from PCa patients. Novel mutations were confirmed in the somatic or germline state by Sanger sequencing. Data were then compared to the 1000 Genome Project. PDE, CREB and pCREB protein expression was also studied in all samples, in both normal and abnormal tissue, by immunofluorescence. We identified three previously described PDE sequence variants that were significantly more frequent in PCa. Four novel sequence variations, one each in the PDE4B,PDE6C, PDE7B and PDE10A genes, respectively, were also found in the PCa samples. Interestingly, PDE10A and PDE4B novel variants that were present in 19 and 6% of the patients were found in the tumor tissue only. In patients carrying PDE defects, there was pCREB accumulation (P<0.001), and an increase of the pCREB:CREB ratio (patients 0.97±0.03; controls 0.52±0.03; P-value <0.001) by immunohistochemical analysis. We conclude that PDE sequence variants may play a role in the predisposition and/or progression to PCa at the germline and/or somatic state respectively. PMID:25979379

  17. Seven novel mutations in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene and genotype/phenotype correlations in severe methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase deficiency

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    Goyette, P.; Frosst, P.; Rosenblatt, D.S.; Rozen. R. [McGill Univ., Montreal (Canada)

    1995-05-01

    5-Methyltetrahydrofolate, the major form of folate in plasma, is a carbon donor for the remethylation of homocysteine to methionine. This form of folate is generated from 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate through the action of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), a cytosolic flavoprotein. Patients with an autosomal recessive severe deficiency of MTHFR have homocystinuria and a wide range of neurological and vascular disturbances. We have recently described the isolation of a cDNA for MTHFR and the identification of two mutations in patients with severe MTHFR deficiency. We report here the characterization of seven novel mutations in this gene: six missense mutations and a 5{prime} splice-site defect that activates a cryptic splice in the coding sequence. We also present a preliminary analysis of the relationship between genotype and phenotype for all nine mutations identified thus far in this gene. A nonsense mutation and two missense mutations (proline to leucine and threonine to methionine) in the homozygous state are associated with extremely low activity (0%-3%) and onset of symptoms within the 1st year of age. Other missense mutations (arginine to cysteine and arginine to glutamine) are associated with higher enzyme activity and later onset of symptoms. 19 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and breast cancer risk: a nested-case-control study and a pooled meta-analysis

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    Debora Macis; Patrick Maisonneuve; Harriet Johansson; Bernardo Bonanni; Edoardo Botteri; Simona Iodice; Barbara Santillo; Silvana Penco; Giacomo Gucciardo; Giuseppe D’Aiuto; Marco Rosselli del Turco; Marinella Amadori; Alberto Costa; Andrea Decensi

    2007-01-01

    Background  A reduced activity of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) due to frequent C677T polymorphism affects DNA synthesis,\\u000a repair and methylation and may be implicated in breast cancer risk.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Methods  We conducted a nested case-control study within a phase III prevention trial of tamoxifen. After a median follow-up of 81.2 months,\\u000a 79 of the 5,408 hysterectomised women aged 35–70 years, who had received either tamoxifen 20 mg\\/day

  19. Impact of thrombophilic genes mutations on thrombosis risk in Egyptian nonmetastatic cancer patients.

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    Wahba, Mona Ahmed; Ismail, Mona Ahmed; Saad, Abeer Attia; Habashy, Deena Mohamed; Hafeez, Zeinab Mohamed Abdel; Boshnak, Noha Hussein

    2015-04-01

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common complication in cancer patients. Several genetic risk factors related to thrombophilia are known; however, their contributions to thrombotic tendency in cancer patients have conflicting results. We aimed to determine the prevalence of factor V Leiden (FVL), prothrombin (PTH) G20210A and methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T gene polymorphisms in Egyptian nonmetastatic cancer patients and their influence on thrombosis risk in those patients. Factor V Leiden, PTH G20210A and MTHFR C677T polymorphisms were detected in 40 cancer patients with VTE (group 1) and 40 cancer patients with no evidence of VTE (group 2) by PCR-based DNA analysis. Factor V and MTHFR mutations were higher in group 1 than in group 2 (factor V heterozygous mutation: 20 vs. 7.5%, homozygous mutation: 10 vs. 2.5%; MTHFR heterozygous mutation: 40 vs. 25%, homozygous mutation 5 vs. 0%, respectively) (P?=?0.03). Mortality rate was higher in group 1 (75%) than in group 2 (25%; P?gene mutations worsened the overall survival (P?=?0.0003). Cox regression proved that both thrombosis and presence of factor V mutation are independent factors affecting survival in cancer patients (P?MTHFR mutations and risk of VTE in Egyptian cancer patients. Thrombosis and presence of factor V mutation are independent factors that influence survival in those patients. PMID:25565385

  20. Polymorphisms of 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase and Cystathionine ?-Synthase Genes as a Risk Factor for Neural Tube Defects in Sétif, Algeria

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    Bakhouche Houcher; Romyla Bourouba; Farida Djabi; Erkan Yilmaz; Nejat Akar

    2009-01-01

    Background: Neural tube defects (NTD) are severe congenital malformations due to a failure in neural tube formation at the beginning of pregnancy. The etiology of NTD is multifactorial, with environmental and genetic determinants. We suggest a study of gene-gene interactions regarding the possible association of NTD with specific mutations of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and cystathionine ?-synthase (CBS) genes. Patients and

  1. Molecular genetic analysis in mild hyperhomocysteinemia: A common mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene is a genetic risk factor for cardiovascular disease

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    Kluijtmans, L.A.J.; Heuvel, L.P.W.J. van den; Stevens, E.M.B. [Univ. Hospital Nijmegen (Netherlands)] [and others

    1996-01-01

    Mild hyperhomocysteinemia is an established risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Genetic aberrations in the cystathionine P-synthase (CBS) and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) genes may account for reduced enzyme activities and elevated plasma homocysteine levels. In 15 unrelated Dutch patients with homozygous CBS deficiency, we observed the 833T{yields}C (1278T) mutation in 50% of the alleles. Very recently, we identified a common mutation (677C{yields}T; A{yields}V) in the MTHFR gene, which, in homozygous state, is responsible for the thermolabile phenotype and which is associated with decreased specific MTHFR activity and elevated homocysteine levels. We screened 60 cardiovascular patients and 111 controls for these two mutations, to determine whether these mutations are risk factors for premature cardiovascular disease. Heterozygosity for the 833T{yields}C mutation in the CBS gene was observed in one individual of the control group but was absent in patients with premature cardiovascular disease. Homozygosity for the 677C-{yields}T mutation in the MTHFR gene was found in 9 (15%) of 60 cardiovascular patients and in only 6 ({approximately}5%) of 111 control individuals (odds ratio 3.1 [95% confidence interval 1.0-9.21]). Because of both the high prevalence of the 833T-{yields}C mutation among homozygotes for CBS deficiency and its absence in 60 cardiovascular patients, we may conclude that heterozygosity for CBS deficiency does not appear to be involved in premature cardiovascular disease. However, a frequent homozygous mutation in the MTHFR gene is associated with a threefold increase in risk for premature cardiovascular disease. 35 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Predisposing genes and increased chromosome aberrations in lung cancer cigarette smokers

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    Nivea Conforti-Froes; Randa El-Zein; Sherif Z Abdel-Rahman; Joseph B Zwischenberger; William W Au

    1997-01-01

    Genotoxic effects linking cigarette smoking with lung cancer have not been consistently demonstrated, therefore claims for the cause–effect relationships are vigorously contested. Using matched populations of 22 lung cancer patients who have been cigarette smokers (LCP), 22 non-cancerous cigarette smokers (SC) and 13 non-smokers (NSC), we have applied the fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) tandem probe assay to elucidate the

  3. The Influence of Predisposing, Enabling and Need Factors on Condom Use in Ivory Coast

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    Ngamini Ngui, Andre

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of this study was to identify key determinants of condom use in Ivory Coast. Data stem from Ivory Coast Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted by ORC Macro in 2005 among a representative sample of 9,686 persons aged 15 - 49. Following the behavioral model, we use logistic regression to assess the effect of predisposing,…

  4. Vronique Deroche-Gamonet High novelty preference rats are predisposed to compulsive cocaine self-administration

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Véronique Deroche-Gamonet High novelty preference rats are predisposed to compulsive cocaine self ­ France. Running title: novelty preference predicts cocaine addiction Correspondence to : Véronique/novelty seeking is amongst the best markers of cocaine addiction in humans. However, its implication

  5. Predisposing, Precipitating, Perpetuating, Professional Help, and Prevention Factors of Eating Disorders.

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    Moriarty, Dick; Chanko, Cathy

    This report describes an eating disorder as a multi-dimensional physiological, psychological, social, and cultural illness. A chart describing the typical anorexic and bulimic is included which has on its horizontal axis the predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating, professional help, and prevention factors of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. On its…

  6. Cocaine induced intracerebral hemorrhage: Analysis of predisposing factors and mechanisms causing hemorrhagic strokes

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    Kazuhiko Kibayashi; Angeline R Mastri; Charles S Hirsch

    1995-01-01

    We analyzed 26 autopsy cases of cocaine induced intracerebral hemorrhage and compared those findings with those of 26 autopsy cases of cocaine induced cerebral aneurysm rupture. The incidence of hypertensive cardiovascular disease (HCVD) was significantly higher in persons with intracerebral hemorrhage than in those with aneurysm rupture. Our findings suggest that HCVD predisposes to cocaine induced intracerebral hemorrhage. We propose

  7. The Alu-Rich Genomic Architecture of SPAST Predisposes to Diverse and Functionally Distinct Disease-Associated CNV Alleles

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    Boone, Philip M.; Yuan, Bo; Campbell, Ian M.; Scull, Jennifer C.; Withers, Marjorie A.; Baggett, Brett C.; Beck, Christine R.; Shaw, Christine J.; Stankiewicz, Pawel; Moretti, Paolo; Goodwin, Wendy E.; Hein, Nichole; Fink, John K.; Seong, Moon-Woo; Seo, Soo Hyun; Park, Sung Sup; Karbassi, Izabela D.; Batish, Sat Dev; Ordóñez-Ugalde, Andrés; Quintáns, Beatriz; Sobrido, María-Jesús; Stemmler, Susanne; Lupski, James R.

    2014-01-01

    Intragenic copy-number variants (CNVs) contribute to the allelic spectrum of both Mendelian and complex disorders. Although pathogenic deletions and duplications in SPAST (mutations in which cause autosomal-dominant spastic paraplegia 4 [SPG4]) have been described, their origins and molecular consequences remain obscure. We mapped breakpoint junctions of 54 SPAST CNVs at nucleotide resolution. Diverse combinations of exons are deleted or duplicated, highlighting the importance of particular exons for spastin function. Of the 54 CNVs, 38 (70%) appear to be mediated by an Alu-based mechanism, suggesting that the Alu-rich genomic architecture of SPAST renders this locus susceptible to various genome rearrangements. Analysis of breakpoint Alus further informs a model of Alu-mediated CNV formation characterized by small CNV size and potential involvement of mechanisms other than homologous recombination. Twelve deletions (22%) overlap part of SPAST and a portion of a nearby, directly oriented gene, predicting novel chimeric genes in these subjects’ genomes. cDNA from a subject with a SPAST final exon deletion contained multiple SPAST:SLC30A6 fusion transcripts, indicating that SPAST CNVs can have transcriptional effects beyond the gene itself. SLC30A6 has been implicated in Alzheimer disease, so these fusion gene data could explain a report of spastic paraplegia and dementia cosegregating in a family with deletion of the final exon of SPAST. Our findings provide evidence that the Alu genomic architecture of SPAST predisposes to diverse CNV alleles with distinct transcriptional—and possibly phenotypic—consequences. Moreover, we provide further mechanistic insights into Alu-mediated copy-number change that are extendable to other loci. PMID:25065914

  8. MTHFR deficiency or reduced intake of folate or choline in pregnant mice results in impaired short-term memory and increased apoptosis in the hippocampus of wild-type offspring.

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    Jadavji, N M; Deng, L; Malysheva, O; Caudill, M A; Rozen, R

    2015-08-01

    Genetic or nutritional disturbances in one-carbon metabolism, with associated hyperhomocysteinemia, can result in complex disorders including pregnancy complications and neuropsychiatric diseases. In earlier work, we showed that mice with a complete deficiency of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), a critical enzyme in folate and homocysteine metabolism, had cognitive impairment with disturbances in choline metabolism. Maternal demands for folate and choline are increased during pregnancy and deficiencies of these nutrients result in several negative outcomes including increased resorption and delayed development. The goal of this study was to investigate the behavioral and neurobiological impact of a maternal genetic deficiency in MTHFR or maternal nutritional deficiency of folate or choline during pregnancy on 3-week-old Mthfr(+/+) offspring. Mthfr(+/+) and Mthfr(+/-) females were placed on control diets (CD); and Mthfr(+/+) females were placed on folate-deficient diets (FD) or choline-deficient diets (ChDD) throughout pregnancy and lactation until their offspring were 3weeks of age. Short-term memory was assessed in offspring, and hippocampal tissue was evaluated for morphological changes, apoptosis, proliferation and choline metabolism. Maternal MTHFR deficiency resulted in short-term memory impairment in offspring. These dams had elevated levels of plasma homocysteine when compared with wild-type dams. There were no differences in plasma homocysteine in offspring. Increased apoptosis and proliferation was observed in the hippocampus of offspring from Mthfr(+/-) mothers. In the maternal FD and ChDD study, offspring also showed short-term memory impairment with increased apoptosis in the hippocampus; increased neurogenesis was observed in ChDD offspring. Choline acetyltransferase protein was increased in the offspring hippocampus of both dietary groups and betaine was decreased in the hippocampus of FD offspring. Our results reveal short-term memory deficits in the offspring of dams with MTHFR deficiency or dietary deficiencies of critical methyl donors. We suggest that deficiencies in maternal one-carbon metabolism during pregnancy can contribute to hippocampal dysfunction in offspring through apoptosis or altered choline metabolism. PMID:25956258

  9. A Second Common Mutation in the Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene: An Additional Risk Factor for Neural-Tube Defects?

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    Fons Gabreëls; Erik M. B. Stevens; Jan A. M. Smeitink; Frans J. M. Trijbels; Tom K. A. B. Eskes; Lambert P. van den Heuvel; Henk J. Blom

    1998-01-01

    Summary Recently, we showed that homozygosity for the common 677(CrT) mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, causing thermolability of the enzyme, is a risk factor for neural-tube defects (NTDs). We now report on another mutation in the same gene, the 1298(ArC) mutation, which changes a glutamate into an alanine residue. This mutation destroys anMboII recognition site and has an

  10. Homozygous V\\/V (677C to T) and D\\/D (2756G to A) variants in the methylenetetrahydrofolate and methionine synthase genes in a case of hyperhomocysteinemia with stroke at young age

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    Kyung Soon Song; Jae Woo Song; Jong Rak Choi; Hyun Kyung Kim; Jung Sik Shin; Jeong Ho Kim

    2001-01-01

    Hyperhomocysteinemia is known to be associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and venous thrombosis. Gene polymorphisms in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase (MS) may account for reduced enzyme activity and hyper- homocysteinemia. A recent study has documented evidence of polygenic regulation of plasma homo- cyteine. We report here on a case of occlusive

  11. Plasma homocysteine, MTHFR C677T, CBS 844ins68bp, and MTHFD1 G1958A polymorphisms in spontaneous cervical artery dissections

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    Carsten Konrad; Georg A. Müller; Claus Langer; Gregor Kuhlenbäumer; Klaus Berger; Darius G. Nabavi; Rainer Dziewas; Florian Stögbauer; Erich B. Ringelstein; Ralf Junker

    2004-01-01

    Mild hyperhomocysteinemia is a probable risk factor for atherosclerotic diseases and stroke. Recently, associations of elevated plasma homocysteine concentrations in the acute phase and of MTHFR 677 TT genotype with spontaneous cervical artery dissections (sCAD) have been reported. The purpose of this study was to test this hypothesis in the currently largest sample of patients with sCAD, taking into account

  12. The association of p53 mutations and p53 codon 72, Her 2 codon 655 and MTHFR C677T polymorphisms with breast cancer in Northern Greece

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    Theodora G. Kalemi; Alexandros F. Lambropoulos; Maria Gueorguiev; Sofia Chrisafi; Konstantinos T. Papazisis; Alexandros Kotsis

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore a possible association between p53 codon 72, Her 2 codon 655 and MTHFR C677T polymorphisms and breast cancer in Northern Greece. We examined 42 women with breast cancer and 51 controls. A total of 42 women with breast cancer as well as healthy controls were investigated and results showed that p53 codon

  13. Folate intake and MTHFR polymorphism C677T is not associated with ovarian cancer risk: evidence from the meta-analysis.

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    Li, Chenglin; Chen, Peizhan; Hu, Pingting; Li, Mian; Li, Xiaoguang; Guo, He; Li, Jingquan; Chu, Ruiai; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Hui

    2013-12-01

    Folate is essential for DNA synthesis and methylation and implicated in the process of carcinogenesis. Several studies inconclusively suggested increased folate intake may reduce ovarian cancer risk. Studies concerning the association between C677T polymorphism in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), an important enzyme in folate metabolism, and ovarian cancer risk also resulted in no agreement. The meta-analysis was conducted based on current studies to assess the association between folate intake, the MTHFR C667T polymorphism and ovarian cancer risk. 1,158 cases out of 217,309 participants from four cohort studies, 4,519 cases and 6,031 controls from four case-control studies about folate intake along with 5,617 cases and 9,808 controls from 10 publications concerning the polymorphism were pooled, respectively. We detected no significant association between total folate (RR = 1.04, 95 % confidence interval (CI) = 0.87-1.23) or dietary folate (RR = 0.88, 95 % CI = 0.75-1.05) intake and ovarian cancer risk, and also no significant relationship was found between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and ovarian cancer risk (TT vs. CC: odds ratio (OR) = 1.15, 95 % CI = 0.90-1.46; CT vs. CC: OR = 1.04, 95 % CI = 0.94-1.16). Our analysis indicated neither folate intake nor MTHFR C677T polymorphism is related to altered susceptibility of ovarian cancer. PMID:24129496

  14. Association between MTHFR C677T Polymorphism and Risk of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Meta-Analysis Based on 51 Case-Control Studies

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    Li, Su-yi; Ye, Jie-yu; Liang, En-yu; Zhou, Li-xia; Yang, Mo

    2015-01-01

    Background Studies and systematic reviews have reached inconsistent conclusions on the role of 5, 10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphism C677T in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) risk. Material/Methods The present meta-analysis comprising of 51 case-control studies, including 7892 cases and 14 280 controls was performed to reevaluate the association between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and ALL risk. Results Statistical differences were found in the dominant model (TT+CT vs. CC, odd ratio (OR)=0.89, 95% CI, 0.79–1.00, P=0.04) and the CT vs. CC (OR=0.89, 95% CI, 0.80–1.00, P=0.05), but not in the allele contrast model (T vs. C, OR=0.92, 95% CI, 0.84–1.01, P=0.08), additive model (TT vs. CC, OR=0.87, 95% CI, 0.73–1.05, P=0.15), or recessive model (TT vs. CT+CC, OR=0.94, 95% CI, 0.81–1.10, P=0.44) in overall populations. In the subgroup analyses stratified by age (children and adults) and ethnicity (Asian and Caucasian), no significant associations between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and ALL risk were observed. Conclusions The current study found no sufficient evidence of a protective role of MTHFR C677T polymorphism in ALL susceptibility. PMID:25761797

  15. Polymorphisms of folate metabolic genes and susceptibility to bladder cancer: a case-control study.

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    Lin, Jie; Spitz, Margaret R; Wang, Yunfei; Schabath, Matthew B; Gorlov, Ivan P; Hernandez, Ladia M; Pillow, Patricia C; Grossman, H Barton; Wu, Xifeng

    2004-09-01

    Epidemiological studies have shown an association between low folate intake and an increased cancer risk. Major genes involved in folate metabolism include methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase (MS). We investigated joint effects of polymorphisms of the MTHFR (677 C-->T, 1298A-->C) and MS genes (2756 A-->G), dietary folate intake and cigarette smoking on the risk of bladder cancer in a case-control study. The study population consisted of 457 bladder cancer patients and 457 healthy controls, matched to the cases in terms of age, gender and ethnicity. Genotype data were analyzed in a subset of 410 Caucasian cases and 410 controls. Compared with individuals carrying the MTHFR 677 wild-type (CC) and reporting a high folate intake, those carrying the variant genotype (CT or TT) and reporting a low folate intake were at a significantly 3.51-fold increased risk of bladder cancer (95% CI: 1.59-6.52). In contrast, individuals carrying a variant genotype and reporting a high folate intake were at only a 1.39-fold increased risk (95% CI: 0.71-2.70), and those carrying the wild-type and reporting a low folate intake were at only 1.56-fold increased risk (95% CI: 0.82-2.97). The interaction between genetic polymorphisms and folate intake was significant on the multiplicative scale (P = 0.01). When analyzed in the context of smoking status, compared with never smokers with the MTHFR 677 wild-type, the risk increased to 6.56-fold (95% CI: 3.28-13.12) in current smokers carrying the variant genotype. Analyses of the MTHFR 1298, MS 2756 genes revealed similar results. In addition, age at cancer onset in former smokers increased as the proportion of the heteromorphic haplotype in the individual increased (P = 0.005). Our results strongly suggest that polymorphisms of the MTHFR and MS genes act together with low folate intake and smoking to increase bladder cancer risk. These results have important implications for cancer prevention in susceptible populations. PMID:15117811

  16. Meta-analyses of Blood Homocysteine Levels for Gender and Genetic Association Studies of the MTHFR C677T Polymorphism in Schizophrenia

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    Nishi, Akira; Numata, Shusuke; Tajima, Atsushi; Kinoshita, Makoto; Kikuchi, Kumiko; Shimodera, Shinji; Tomotake, Masahito; Ohi, Kazutaka; Hashimoto, Ryota; Imoto, Issei; Takeda, Masatoshi; Ohmori, Tetsuro

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies suggest that elevated blood homocysteine levels and the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism are risk factors for schizophrenia. However, the effects of gender and MTHFR C677T genotypes on blood homocysteine levels in schizophrenia have not been consistent. We first investigated whether plasma total homocysteine levels were higher in patients with schizophrenia than in controls with stratification by gender and by the MTHFR C677T genotypes in a large cohort (N = 1379). Second, we conducted a meta-analysis of association studies between blood homocysteine levels and schizophrenia separately by gender (N = 4714). Third, we performed a case-control association study between the MTHFR C677T polymorphism and schizophrenia (N = 4998) and conducted a meta-analysis of genetic association studies based on Japanese subjects (N = 10 378). Finally, we assessed the effect of plasma total homocysteine levels on schizophrenia by a mendelian randomization approach. The ANCOVA after adjustment for age demonstrated a significant effect of diagnosis on the plasma total homocysteine levels in all strata, and the subsequent meta-analysis for gender demonstrated elevated blood homocysteine levels in both male and female patients with schizophrenia although antipsychotic medication might influence the outcome. The meta-analysis of the Japanese genetic association studies demonstrated a significant association between the MTHFR C677T polymorphism and schizophrenia. The mendelian randomization analysis in the Japanese populations yielded an OR of 1.15 for schizophrenia per 1-SD increase in plasma total homocysteine. Our study suggests that increased plasma total homocysteine levels may be associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia. PMID:24535549

  17. Significance of dietary folate intake, homocysteine levels and MTHFR 677 C>T genotyping in South African patients diagnosed with depression: test development for clinical application.

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    Delport, Darnielle; Schoeman, Renata; van der Merwe, Nicole; van der Merwe, Lize; Fisher, Leslie R; Geiger, Dieter; Kotze, Maritha J

    2014-06-01

    Low folate intake in the presence of the functional MTHFR 677 C > T (rs1801133) polymorphism is an important cause of elevated homocysteine levels previously implicated in major depressive disorder (MDD) and many other chronic diseases. In this study the clinical relevance and inter-relationship of these aspects were evaluated in 86 South African patients diagnosed with MDD and 97 population-matched controls participating in a chronic diseases screening program. A questionnaire-based clinical and nutrition assessment was performed, homocysteine levels determined, and all study participants genotyped for MTHFR 677 C > T (rs1801133) using allele-specific TaqMan technology. The folate score was found to be significantly lower in the patient group compared to controls (p?=?0.003) and correlated with increased body mass index (BMI), particularly in females with MDD (p?=?0.009). BMI was significantly higher in the MDD patients compared with controls after adjustment for age and sex (p?=?0.015), but this association was no longer significant after further adjustment for the level of folate intake in the diet. In MDD patients but not controls, the minor T-allele of MTHFR 677 C > T was associated with increased BMI (p?=?0.032), which in turn correlated significantly with increased homocysteine levels. The significant association between BMI and homocysteine levels was observed in both the MDD patient (p?=?0.049) and control (p?=?0.018) study groups. The significantly higher homocysteine levels observed in MDD patients compared to controls after adjustment for age and sex (p?=?0.030), therefore appears to be mediated by the effects of MTHFR 677 C > T and low folate intake on BMI. Detection of the low-penetrance MTHFR 677 C > T mutation reinforces the importance of folate intake above the recommended daily dose to prevent or restore dysfunction of the methylation pathway. PMID:24532086

  18. Germline loss-of-function mutations in LZTR1 predispose to an inherited disorder of multiple schwannomas

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    Piotrowski, Arkadiusz; Xie, Jing; Liu, Ying F; Poplawski, Andrzej B; Gomes, Alicia R; Madanecki, Piotr; Fu, Chuanhua; Crowley, Michael R; Crossman, David K; Armstrong, Linlea; Babovic-Vuksanovic, Dusica; Bergner, Amanda; Blakeley, Jaishri O; Blumenthal, Andrea L; Daniels, Molly S; Feit, Howard; Gardner, Kathy; Hurst, Stephanie; Kobelka, Christine; Lee, Chung; Nagy, Rebecca; Rauen, Katherine A; Slopis, John M; Suwannarat, Pim; Westman, Judith A; Zanko, Andrea; Korf, Bruce R; Messiaen, Ludwine M

    2015-01-01

    Constitutional SMARCB1 mutations at 22q11.23 have been found in ~50% of familial and <10% of sporadic schwannomatosis cases1. We sequenced highly conserved regions along 22q from eight individuals with schwannomatosis whose schwannomas involved somatic loss of one copy of 22q, encompassing SMARCB1 and NF2, with a different somatic mutation of the other NF2 allele in every schwannoma but no mutation of the remaining SMARCB1 allele in blood and tumor samples. LZTR1 germline mutations were identified in seven of the eight cases. LZTR1 sequencing in 12 further cases with the same molecular signature identified 9 additional germline mutations. Loss of heterozygosity with retention of an LZTR1 mutation was present in all 25 schwannomas studied. Mutations segregated with disease in all available affected first-degree relatives, although four asymptomatic parents also carried an LZTR1 mutation. Our findings identify LZTR1 as a gene predisposing to an autosomal dominant inherited disorder of multiple schwannomas in ~80% of 22q-related schwannomatosis cases lacking mutation in SMARCB1. PMID:24362817

  19. Developmental androgen excess programs sympathetic tone and adipose tissue dysfunction and predisposes to a cardiometabolic syndrome in female mice

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    Nohara, Kazunari; Waraich, Rizwana S.; Liu, Suhuan; Ferron, Mathieu; Waget, Aurélie; Meyers, Matthew S.; Karsenty, Gérard; Burcelin, Rémy

    2013-01-01

    Among women, the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is considered a form of metabolic syndrome with reproductive abnormalities. Women with PCOS show increased sympathetic tone, visceral adiposity with enlarged adipocytes, hypoadiponectinemia, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, increased inactive osteocalcin, and hypertension. Excess fetal exposure to androgens has been hypothesized to play a role in the pathogenesis of PCOS. Previously, we showed that neonatal exposure to the androgen testosterone (NT) programs leptin resistance in adult female mice. Here, we studied the impact of NT on lean and adipose tissues, sympathetic tone in cardiometabolic tissues, and the development of metabolic dysfunction in mice. Neonatally androgenized adult female mice (NTF) displayed masculinization of lean tissues with increased cardiac and skeletal muscle as well as kidney masses. NTF mice showed increased and dysfunctional white adipose tissue with increased sympathetic tone in both visceral and subcutaneous fat as well as increased number of enlarged and insulin-resistant adipocytes that displayed altered expression of developmental genes and hypoadiponectinemia. NTF exhibited dysfunctional brown adipose tissue with increased mass and decreased energy expenditure. They also displayed decreased undercarboxylated and active osteocalcin and were predisposed to obesity during chronic androgen excess. NTF showed increased renal sympathetic tone associated with increased blood pressure, and they developed glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. Thus, developmental exposure to testosterone in female mice programs features of cardiometabolic dysfunction, as can be observed in women with PCOS, including increased sympathetic tone, visceral adiposity, insulin resistance, prediabetes, and hypertension. PMID:23612996

  20. Renal failure predisposes patients to adverse outcome after coronary artery bypass surgery

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    ROBERT J. ANDERSON; MAUREEN O'BRIEN; SAMANTHA MAWHINNEY; CATHERINE B. VILLANUEVA; THOMAS E. MORITZ; GULSHAN K. SETHI; WILLIAM G. HENDERSON; KARL E. HAMMERMEISTER; FREDERICK L. GROVER; A. LAURIE SHROYER

    1999-01-01

    Renal failure predisposes patients to adverse outcome after coronary artery bypass surgery.BackgroundMore than 600,000 coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures are done annually in the United States. Some data indicate that 10 to 20% of patients who are undergoing a CABG procedure have a serum creatinine of more than 1.5 mg\\/dl. There are few data on the impact of a

  1. Peritoneal Perforation of Liver Hydatid Cysts: Clinical Presentation, Predisposing Factors, and Surgical Outcome

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    Alper Akcan; Hizir Akyildiz; Tarik Artis; Ahmet Ozturk; Mehmet Ali Deneme; Engin Ok; Erdogan Sozuer

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical presentation of, predisposing factors in, and early and long-term outcome\\u000a of patients treated surgically for intraperitoneal ruptured liver hydatid cysts. Medical records of 27 patients with traumatic\\u000a rupture of hydatid cysts were evaluated retrospectively, as were records of 347 patients with nonperforated hydatid cysts.\\u000a The ratio of perforation cases to

  2. Cocaine induced intracerebral hemorrhage: analysis of predisposing factors and mechanisms causing hemorrhagic strokes.

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    Kibayashi, K; Mastri, A R; Hirsch, C S

    1995-06-01

    We analyzed 26 autopsy cases of cocaine induced intracerebral hemorrhage and compared those findings with those of 26 autopsy cases of cocaine induced cerebral aneurysm rupture. The incidence of hypertensive cardiovascular disease (HCVD) was significantly higher in persons with intracerebral hemorrhage than in those with aneurysm rupture. Our findings suggest that HCVD predisposes to cocaine induced intracerebral hemorrhage. We propose that the foregoing relationship results from a cocaine induced alteration of cerebral autoregulation in the context of increased cerebral blood flow. PMID:7774897

  3. Predisposing factors for severe mitral regurgitation in idiopathic mitral valve prolapse

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    Nobuo Fukuda; Takashi Oki; Arata Iuchi; Tomotsugu Tabata; Kazuyo Manabe; Yoshimi Kageji; Miwa Sasaki; Hirotsugu Yamada; Susumu Ito

    1995-01-01

    To elucidate predisposing factors for severe mitral regurgitation (MR) in idiopathic mitral valve prolapse (MVP), 124 MVP patients were classified into the following categories: 55 with isolated clicks (click group), 35 with a late-systolic murmur (late-SM group), and 34 with a holosystolic murmur (holo-SM group). Their clinical and echocardiographic findings were compared with those of 26 patients with spontaneous chordal

  4. Polymorphic variants of genes involved in homocysteine metabolism in celiac disease

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    Kamil K. Hozyasz; Adrianna Mostowska; Anna Szaflarska-Poplawska; Margarita Lianeri; Pawel P. Jagodzinski

    Celiac disease (CD) is a polygenic chronic enteropathy conferring an increased risk for various nutrient deficiency states.\\u000a Hyperhomocysteinemia is a frequent finding in CD and may be related to the development of venous thrombosis, cardiovascular\\u000a disease, and stroke in untreated CD patients. Recently, a possible excess in the frequency of the MTHFR c.677C>T (rs1801133) gene variant in CD patients was

  5. MTHFR-1298 A>C (rs1801131) is a predictor of survival in two cohorts of stage II/III colorectal cancer patients treated with adjuvant fluoropyrimidine chemotherapy with or without oxaliplatin.

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    Cecchin, E; Perrone, G; Nobili, S; Polesel, J; De Mattia, E; Zanusso, C; Petreni, P; Lonardi, S; Pella, N; D'Andrea, M; Errante, D; Rizzolio, F; Mazzei, T; Landini, I; Mini, E; Toffoli, G

    2015-06-01

    Adjuvant treatment based on fluoropyrimidines (FL) improves the prognosis of stage II/III colorectal cancer (CRC). Validated predictive/prognostic biomarkers would spare therapy-related morbidity in patients with a good prognosis. We compared the impact of a set of 22 FL-related polymorphisms with the prognosis of two cohorts of CRC patients treated with adjuvant FL with or without OXA, including a total of 262 cases. 5,10-Methylentetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) MTHFR-1298 A>C (rs1801131) polymorphism had a concordant effect: MTHFR-rs1801131-1298CC genotype carriers had a worse disease free survival (DFS) in both the cohorts. In the pooled population MTHFR-rs1801131-1298CC carriers had also a worse overall survival. We computed a clinical score related to DFS including MTHFR-rs1801131, tumor stage, sex and tumor location, where rs1801131 is the most detrimental factor (hazard ratio=5.3, 95% confidence interval=2.2-12.9; P-value=0.0006). MTHFR-rs1801131 is a prognostic factor that could be used as an additional criteria for the choice of the proper adjuvant regimen in stage II/III colorectal cancer patients. PMID:25331073

  6. Adipocyte Hypertrophy, Inflammation and Fibrosis Characterize Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue of Healthy, Non-Obese Subjects Predisposed to Type 2 Diabetes

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    Henninger, A. M. Josefin; Eliasson, Björn; Jenndahl, Lachmi E.; Hammarstedt, Ann

    2014-01-01

    Background The adipose tissue is important for development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes and adipose tissue dysfunction has been proposed as an underlying cause. In the present study we investigated presence of adipocyte hypertrophy, and gene expression pattern of adipose tissue dysfunction in the subcutaneous adipose tissue of healthy, non-obese subjects predisposed to type 2 diabetes compared to matched control subjects with no known genetic predisposition for type 2 diabetes. Method Seventeen healthy and non-obese subjects with known genetic predisposition for type 2 diabetes (first-degree relatives, FDRs) and 17 control subjects were recruited. The groups were matched for gender and BMI and had similar age. Glucose tolerance was determined by an oral glucose tolerance test and insulin sensitivity was calculated using HOMA-index. Blood samples were collected and subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue biopsies obtained for gene expression analysis and adipocyte cell size measurement. Results Our findings show that, in spite of similar age, BMI and percent body fat, FDRs displayed adipocyte hypertrophy, as well as higher waist/hip ratio, fasting insulin levels, HOMA-IR and serum triglycerides. Adipocyte hypertrophy in the FDR group, but not among controls, was associated with measures of impaired insulin sensitivity. The adipocyte hypertrophy was accompanied by increased inflammation and Wnt-signal activation. In addition, signs of tissue remodeling and fibrosis were observed indicating presence of early alterations associated with adipose tissue dysfunction in the FDRs. Conclusion Genetic predisposition for type 2 diabetes is associated with impaired insulin sensitivity, adipocyte hypertrophy and other markers of adipose tissue dysfunction. A dysregulated subcutaneous adipose tissue may be a major susceptibility factor for later development of type 2 diabetes. PMID:25148116

  7. Methylation analysis of multiple genes in blood DNA of Alzheimer's disease and healthy individuals.

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    Tannorella, Pierpaola; Stoccoro, Andrea; Tognoni, Gloria; Petrozzi, Lucia; Salluzzo, Maria Grazia; Ragalmuto, Alda; Siciliano, Gabriele; Haslberger, Alexander; Bosco, Paolo; Bonuccelli, Ubaldo; Migliore, Lucia; Coppedè, Fabio

    2015-07-23

    We collected blood DNA from 120 late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and 115 healthy matched controls and analysed the methylation levels of genes involved in amyloid-beta peptide production (PSEN1 and BACE1), in DNA methylation (DNMT1, DNMT3A and DNMT3B), and in one-carbon metabolism (MTHFR), searching for correlation with age and gender, with biomarkers of one-carbon metabolism (plasma homocysteine, and serum folate and vitamin B12 levels), and with disease status (being healthy or having AD). We also evaluated the contribution of the APOE ?4 allele, the major late-onset AD genetic risk factor, to the studied gene methylation levels. All the genes showed low mean methylation levels (<5%) in both AD and control DNA, no difference between groups, and no correlation with the studied biomarkers, except for MTHFR that showed methylation levels ranging from 5% to 75%, and correlation with circulating biomarkers of one-carbon metabolism. However, mean MTHFR methylation levels were similar between groups (31.1% in AD and 30.7% in controls, P=0.58). Overall, present data suggest that none of the studied regions is differently methylated in blood DNA between AD and control subjects. PMID:26079324

  8. Maternal air pollution exposure induces fetal neuroinflammation and predisposes offspring to obesity in aduthood in a sex-specific manner

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    Emerging evidence suggests environmental chemical exposures during critical windows of development may contribute to the escalating prevalence of obesity. We tested the hypothesis that prenatal air pollution exposure would predispose the offspring to weight gain in adulthood. Pre...

  9. Multi-susceptibility genes associated with the risk of the development stages of esophageal squamous cell cancer in Feicheng County

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    2011-01-01

    Background The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of multi-genotype polymorphisms with the stepwise progression of esophageal squamous cell cancer (ESCC) and the possibility of predicting those at higher risk. Methods A total of 1,004 subjects were recruited from Feicheng County, China, between Jan. 2004 and Dec. 2007 and examined by endoscopy for esophageal lesions. These subjects included 270 patients with basal cell hyperplasia (BCH), 262 patients with esophageal squamous cell dysplasia (ESCD), 226 patients with ESCC, and 246 controls with Lugol-voiding area but diagnosed as having normal esophageal squamous epithelial cells by histopathology. The genotypes for CYP2E1 G1259C, hOGG1 C326G, MTHFR C677T, MPO G463A, and ALDH2 allele genes were identified in blood samples collected from all participants. Results The alleles ALDH2 and MTHFR C677T were critical for determining individual susceptibility to esophageal cancer. Compared to the ALDH 1*1 genotype, the ALDH 2*2 genotype was significantly associated with increased risks of BCH, ESCD, and ESCC. However, the TT genotype of MTHFR C677T only increased the risk of ESCC. Further analysis revealed that the combination of the high-risk genotypes 2*2/1*2 of ALDH 2 and TT/TC of MTHFR C677T increased the risk of BCH by 4.0 fold, of ESCD by 3.7 fold, and ESSC by 8.72 fold. The generalized odds ratio (ORG) of the two combined genotypes was 1.83 (95%CI: 1.55-2.16), indicating a strong genetic association with the risk of carcinogenic progression in the esophagus. Conclusions The study demonstrated that the genotypes ALDH2*2 and MTHFR 677TT conferred elevated risk for developing esophageal carcinoma and that the two susceptibility genotypes combined to synergistically increase the risk. PMID:21672255

  10. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene variants and antipsychotic-induced weight gain and metabolic disturbances.

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    Kao, A C C; Rojnic Kuzman, M; Tiwari, A K; Zivkovic, M V; Chowdhury, N I; Medved, V; Kekin, I; Zai, C C; Lieberman, J A; Meltzer, H Y; Bozina, T; Bozina, N; Kennedy, J L; Sertic, J; Müller, D J

    2014-07-01

    Weight gain and metabolic disturbances represent serious side-effects in antipsychotic (AP) treatment, particularly with clozapine and olanzapine. The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene is a key determinant in the folate metabolism and previous studies reported a significant effect on AP-induced weight gain and related metabolic abnormalities. Thus, we investigated MTHFR gene variants and changes in several important metabolic parameters in AP-treated patients. In this study, two functional MTHFR polymorphisms, rs1801133 (C677T) and rs1801131 (A1298C), were investigated for changes in weight and metabolic parameters. Genotypic associations were evaluated in a large population (n = 347 including 66 first episode psychosis, FEP patients) treated mostly with clozapine and olanzapine. We did not detect any genotypic association with weight changes (p > 0.05) in our total sample and in the sample refined for ancestry and medication. In our allelic analyses, we observed a trend for the 677-C allele to be associated with weight gain in the total sample (p = 0.03). This effect appeared to be driven by the FEP patients where those carrying the C-allele gained, on average, twice as much weight. Exploratory analyses revealed a significant association between the C677T and the A1298C polymorphism with HDL cholesterol serum levels in patients (p = 0.031). Overall we did not detect a major effect of two functional MTHFR gene variants and AP-induced weight gain. However, our findings suggest an effect of the C677T polymorphism in FEP patients and changes in weight and cholesterol levels. Further investigations in a larger sample are required. PMID:24725652

  11. Folate/homocysteine phenotypes and MTHFR 677C>T genotypes are associated with serum levels of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1

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    Hammons, Andrea L.; Summers, Carolyn M.; Woodside, Jayne V.; McNulty, Helene; Strain, J.J.; Young, Ian S.; Murray, Liam; Boreham, Colin A.; Scott, John M.; Mitchell, Laura E.; Whitehead, Alexander S.

    2014-01-01

    Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is a chemokine that recruits monocytes into the subendothelial cell layer in atherosclerotic lesions. Elevated homocysteine (hyper-homocysteinemia), which is usually associated with low-folate status, is a known risk factor for many pathologies with inflammatory etiologies. The present study was undertaken to examine whether there are associations between MCP-1 concentrations and folate/Hcy phenotype or methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C>T genotype in healthy young adults. In females, MCP-1 concentrations were positively correlated with Hcy and negatively correlated with both serum and red blood cell folate; female smokers and MTHFR 677T carriers had particularly elevated MCP-1 concentrations. Similar relationships were not seen in males. These findings may have implications for understanding the female predominance observed for a range of autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. PMID:19625220

  12. Folate/homocysteine phenotypes and MTHFR 677C>T genotypes are associated with serum levels of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1.

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    Hammons, Andrea L; Summers, Carolyn M; Woodside, Jayne V; McNulty, Helene; Strain, J J; Young, Ian S; Murray, Liam; Boreham, Colin A; Scott, John M; Mitchell, Laura E; Whitehead, Alexander S

    2009-10-01

    Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is a chemokine that recruits monocytes into the subendothelial cell layer in atherosclerotic lesions. Elevated homocysteine (hyperhomocysteinemia), which is usually associated with low-folate status, is a known risk factor for many pathologies with inflammatory etiologies. The present study was undertaken to examine whether there are associations between MCP-1 concentrations and folate/Hcy phenotype or methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C>T genotype in healthy young adults. In females, MCP-1 concentrations were positively correlated with Hcy and negatively correlated with both serum and red blood cell folate; female smokers and MTHFR 677T carriers had particularly elevated MCP-1 concentrations. Similar relationships were not seen in males. These findings may have implications for understanding the female predominance observed for a range of autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. PMID:19625220

  13. MTHFR 677T Is a Strong Determinant of the Degree of Hearing Loss Among Polish Males with Postlingual Sensorineural Hearing Impairment

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    Pollak, Agnieszka; Mueller-Malesinska, Malgorzata; Lechowicz, Urszula; Skorka, Agata; Korniszewski, Lech; Sobczyk-Kopciol, Agnieszka; Waskiewicz, Anna; Broda, Grazyna; Iwanicka-Pronicka, Katarzyna; Oldak, Monika; Skarzynski, Henryk

    2012-01-01

    Hearing impairment (HI) is the most common sensory handicap. Congenital HI often has a genetic basis, whereas the etiology of nonsyndromic postlingual HI (npHI) usually remains unidentified. Our purpose was to test whether the MTHFR C677T (rs1801133) polymorphism affecting folate metabolism is associated with the occurrence or severity of npHI. We studied rs1801133 genotypes in 647 npHI patients (age <40, sudden sensorineural loss excluded, HI characterized as mean of better ear hearing thresholds for 0.5–8 kHz) and 3273 adult controls from the background population. Genotype distribution among patients and controls was similar, but among male cases (n=302) we found a dose-dependent correlation of MTHFR 677T with the degree of HI (mean thresholds in dB: 38.8, 44.9, and 53.3, for CC, CT, and TT genotypes, respectively; p=0.0013, pcor.=0.017). Among male patients rs1801133 TT significantly increased the risk of severe/profound HI (odds ratio=4.88, p=0.001). Among controls the known effect of MTHFR 677T on plasma total homocysteine was more pronounced in men than in women (p<0.00004 for genotype-sex interaction) suggesting that in Poland folate deficiency is more prevalent in males. In conclusion, we report a novel strong effect of MTHFR 677T among males with npHI. The functional significance of rs1801133 suggests that these patients may benefit from folate supplementation—an intervention which is simple, cheap, and devoid of side effects. PMID:22424391

  14. Polymorphisms in ERCC1, GSTs, TS and MTHFR predict clinical outcomes of gastric cancer patients treated with platinum/5-Fu-based chemotherapy: a systematic review

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    2012-01-01

    Background Despite genetic polymorphism in response to platinum/5-Fu chemotherapy in gastric cancer (GC) has been studied, data reported so far are conflicting and critical consideration is needed before translation to the treatment of GC. Methods We performed a meta-analysis by using 20 eligible studies to examine polymorphisms of ERCC1, GSTs, TS and MTHFR in predicting clinical outcomes (response rate, overall survival and toxicity) of GC patients treated with platinum/5-Fu-based chemotherapy. The association was measured using random/fixed effect odds ratios (ORs) or hazard ratios (HRs) combined with their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) according to the studies’ heterogeneity. Statistical analysis was performed with the software STATA 9.0 package. Results No significant association was found between response rate and genetic polymorphism in TS, MTHFR, ERCC1, GSTM1 and GSTP1. However, response rate was higher in GSTT1 (+) genotype compared with GSTT1 (?) genotype (T-/T+: OR=0.67, 95% CI: 0.47–0.97). With regard to long term outcomes, we could observe a significant longer overall survival in TS 3R/3R [(2R2R+2R3R)/3R3R: HR=1.29, 95% CI: 1.02–1.64] and GSTP1 GG/GA [(GG+AG)/AA: HR=0.51, 95% CI: (0.39, 0.67)] genotypes. In addition, significant association was demonstrated between toxicity and genetic polymorphism in TS, MTHFR and GSTP1 in included studies. Conclusion Polymorphisms of ERCC1, GSTs, TS and MTHFR were closely associated with clinical outcomes of GC patients treated with platinum/5-Fu-based chemotherapy. Studies with large sample size using the method of multi-variant analyses may help us to give more persuasive data on the putative association in future. PMID:23020798

  15. In utero exposure to benzo(a)pyrene predisposes offspring to cardiovascular dysfunction in later-life

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    G.E., Jules; Pratap, S.; Ramesh, A.; Hood, D.B.

    2013-01-01

    In utero exposure of the fetus to benzo(a)pyrene [B(a)P], a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, is thought to dysregulate cardiovascular development. To investigate the effects of in utero B(a)P exposure on cardiovascular development, timed-pregnant Long Evans Hooded (LEH) rats were exposed to diluent or B(a)P (150, 300, 600 and 1200 ?g/kg/BW) by oral gavage on embryonic (E) days E14 (the metamorphosing embryo stage) through E17 (the 1st fetal stage). There were no significant effects of in utero exposure to B(a)P on the number of pups born per litter or in pre-weaning growth curves. Pre-weaning profiles for B(a)P metabolite generation from cardiovascular tissue were shown to be dose-dependent and elimination of these metabolites was shown to be time-dependent in exposed offspring. Systolic blood pressure on postnatal day P53 in the middle and high exposure groups of offspring were significantly elevated as compared to controls. Microarray and quantitative real-time PCR results were directly relevant to a biological process pathway in animal models for “regulation of blood pressure”. Microarray and quantitative real-time PCR analysis revealed upregulation of mRNA expression for angiotensin (AngII), angiotensinogen (AGT) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) in exposed offspring. Biological network analysis and gene set enrichment analysis subsequently identified potential signaling mechanisms and molecular pathways that might explain the elevated systolic blood pressures observed in B(a)P-exposed offspring. Our findings suggest that in utero exposure to B(a)P predispose offspring to functional deficits in cardiovascular development that may contribute to cardiovascular dysfunction in later life. PMID:22374506

  16. A new predisposing factor for trigemino-cardiac reflex during subdural empyema drainage: a case report

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    2010-01-01

    Introduction The trigemino-cardiac reflex is defined as the sudden onset of parasympathetic dysrhythmia, sympathetic hypotension, apnea, or gastric hypermotility during stimulation of any of the sensory branches of the trigeminal nerve. Clinically, trigemino-cardiac reflex has been reported to occur during neurosurgical skull-base surgery. Apart from the few clinical reports, the physiological function of this brainstem reflex has not yet been fully explored. Little is known regarding any predisposing factors related to the intraoperative occurrence of this reflex. Case presentation We report the case of a 70-year-old Caucasian man who demonstrated a clearly expressed form of trigemino-cardiac reflex with severe bradycardia requiring intervention that was recorded during surgical removal of a large subdural empyema. Conclusion To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of an intracranial infection leading to perioperative trigemino-cardiac reflex. We therefore add a new predisposing factor for trigemino-cardiac reflex to the existing literature. Possible mechanisms are discussed in the light of the relevant literature. PMID:21118536

  17. Post spinal puncture headache, an old problem and new concepts: review of articles about predisposing factors

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    Jabbari, Ali; Alijanpour, Ebrahim; Mir, Mehrafza; Bani hashem, Nadia; Rabiea, Seyed Mozaffar; Rupani, Mohammad Ali

    2013-01-01

    Post spinal puncture headache (PSPH) is a well known complication of spinal anesthesia. It occurs after spinal anesthesia induction due to dural and arachnoid puncture and has a significant effect on the patient’s postoperative well being. This manuscript is based on an observational study that runs on Babol University of Medical Sciences and review of literatures about current concepts about the incidence, risk factors and predisposing factors of post spinal puncture headache. The overall incidence of post-dural puncture headache after intentional dural puncture varies form 0.1-36%, while it is about 3.1% by atraumatic spinal needle 25G Whitacre. 25G Quincke needle with a medium bevel cutting is popular with widespread use and the incidence of PSPH is about 25%, but its incidence obtained 17.3% by spinal needle 25G Quincke in our observation. The association of predisposing factors like female, young age, pregnancy, low body mass index, multiple dural puncture, inexpert operators and past medical history of chronic headache, expose the patient to PSPH. The identification of factors that predict the likelihood of PSPH is important so that measures can be taken to minimize this painful complication resulting from spinal anesthesia. PMID:24009943

  18. Monostotic fibrous dysplasia of the proximal femur: natural history and predisposing factors for disease progression.

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    Han, I; Choi, E S; Kim, H-S

    2014-05-01

    Monostotic fibrous dysplasia of the proximal femur has a variable clinical course, despite its reported limited tendency to progress. We investigated the natural history and predisposing factors for progression of dysplasia in a group of 76 patients with a mean follow-up of 8.5 years (2.0 to 15.2). Of these, 31 (41%) presented with an asymptomatic incidental lesion while 45 (59%) presented with pain or a pathological fracture. A group of 23 patients (30%) underwent early operative treatment for pain (19: 25%) or pathological fracture (4: 5%). Of the 53 patients who were initially treated non-operatively, 45 (85%) remained asymptomatic but eight (15%) needed surgery because of pain or fracture. The progression-free survival of the observation group was 81% (sd 6.4%) at five-years follow-up. An initial presentation of pain (p < 0.001), a limp (p < 0.001), radiological evidence of microfracture (p = 0.001) and younger age (< 17 years) (p = 0.016) were significant predisposing factors for disease progression. The risk of experiencing pain or pathological fracture is considerable in monostotic fibrous dysplasia of the proximal femur. Patients presenting with pain, a limp or radiological evidence of microfracture have a high chance of needing surgical treatment. PMID:24788504

  19. Primary Otomycosis in the Indian Subcontinent: Predisposing Factors, Microbiology, and Classification

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    Kotigadde, Subbannayya; Shekhar, Manisha; Thada, Nikhil Dinaker; Prabhu, Prashanth; D' Souza, Tina; Prasad, Kishore Chandra

    2014-01-01

    Objective. To define otomycosis and determine the predisposing factors and microbiology in primary otomycosis. Study Design. Prospective study of two years and review of the literature. Setting. Academic Department of Otolaryngology in a coastal city in India. Patients. 150 immunocompetent individuals of whom 100 consecutive patients with a clinical diagnosis of otomycosis are considered as the study group and 50 consecutive patients with no otomycosis are considered as the control group. Results and Observations. Instillation of coconut oil (42%), use of topical antibiotic eardrops (20%), and compulsive cleaning of external ear with hard objects (32%) appeared to be the main predisposing factors in otomycosis. Aspergilli were the most common isolates (80%) followed by Penicillium (8%), Candida albicans (4%), Rhizopus (1%), and Chrysosporium (1%), the last being reported for the first time in otomycosis. Among aspergilli, A. niger complex (38%) was the most common followed by A. fumigatus complex (27%) and A. flavus complex (15%). Bacterial isolates associated with fungi in otomycosis were S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, and Proteus spp. In 42% of healthy external ears fungi were isolated. Conclusion. Aspergillus spp. were the most common fungi isolated, followed by Penicillium. Otomycotic ears are often associated with bacterial isolates when compared to normal ears. Fungi are also present in a significant number of healthy external auditory canals and their profiles match those in cases of otomycosis. The use of terms “primary” and “secondary” otomycosis is important to standardize reporting. PMID:24949016

  20. Does the failure to acquire helminthic parasites predispose to Crohn's disease?

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    Elliott, D E; Urban JF, J R; Argo, C K; Weinstock, J V

    2000-09-01

    Two polarized patterns (Th1 and Th2) of cytokines regulate inflammatory responses. Each cytokine pattern inhibits production of the opposing pattern. Lymphocytes from inflamed intestine due to Crohn's disease secrete a Th1 pattern of cytokines. Crohn's disease is most prevalent in highly industrialized countries with temperate climates. It occurs rarely in tropical third world countries with poor sanitation. We propose that exposure to an environmental agent predisposes individuals to Crohn's disease. Parasitic worms (helminths) are common in tropical climates and in populations subject to crowding and poor sanitation. Children are most subject to helminthic colonization. Many helminths live within or migrate through the human gut where they interact with the mucosal immune system. The host mounts a mucosal response that includes Th2 cytokine production limiting helminthic colonization. Helminths and their eggs probably are the most potent stimulators of mucosal Th2 responses. The Th2 response provoked by parasitic worms can modulate immune reactions to unrelated parasitic, bacterial, and viral infections. Many people in developed countries now live in increasingly hygienic environments, avoiding exposure to helminths. Perhaps failure to acquire these parasites and experience mucosal Th2 conditioning predisposes to Crohn's disease, which is an overly active Th1 inflammation. PMID:10973934

  1. Is coracoacromial arch angle a predisposing factor for rotator cuff tears?

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    Çay, Nurdan; Tosun, Özgür; I??k, Çetin; Ünal, Özlem; Kartal, Merve Gülbiz; Bozkurt, Murat

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE The aim of the present study was to investigate whether coracoacromial arch angle is a predisposing factor for rotator cuff tears. METHODS Shoulder magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations of 40 patients having shoulder arthroscopy due to rotator cuff tears and 28 patients with normal MRI findings were evaluated retrospectively. Acromio-humeral distance, coraco-humeral distance, the angle between the longitudinal axis of the coracoacromial ligament and longitudinal axis of the acromion (coracoacromial arch angle), and thickness of the coracoacromial ligament were measured. RESULTS In patients with rotator cuff pathology the mean coraco-humeral distance was 7.88±2.37 mm, the mean acromio-humeral distance was 7.89±2.09 mm, and the mean coracoacromial arch angle was 132.38°±6.52° compared to 11.67±1.86 mm, 11.15±1.84 mm, and 116.95°±7.66° in the control group, respectively (P < 0.001, for all). In regression analysis, all three parameters were found to be significant predictors of rotator cuff tears. The mean thickness of the coracoacromial ligament was not significantly different between the patient and control groups (0.95±0.30 mm vs. 1.00±0.33 mm, P > 0.05). CONCLUSION Acromio-humeral and coraco-humeral distances are narrower than normal limits in patients with rotator cuff tears. In addition, coracoacromial arch angle may be a predisposing factor for rotator cuff tears. PMID:25205023

  2. Contribution of the MTHFR gene to the causal pathway for depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment in later life

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    Osvaldo P. Almeida; Leon Flicker; Nicola T. Lautenschlager; Peter Leedman; Samuel Vasikaran; Frank M. van Bockxmeer

    2005-01-01

    Homocysteine (Hcy) is harmful to neurons and blood vessels, including the cerebral microvasculature. It is possible that such effects contribute to the cascade of events that leads to cognitive decline, dementia, and depression in later life. Hcy is produced during the metabolism of the essential amino-acid methionine, which also involves a methyl group transfer derived from folate and choline metabolism.

  3. Evidence for homosexuality gene

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    Pool, R.

    1993-07-16

    A genetic analysis of 40 pairs of homosexual brothers has uncovered a region on the X chromosome that appears to contain a gene or genes for homosexuality. When analyzing the pedigrees of homosexual males, the researcheres found evidence that the trait has a higher likelihood of being passed through maternal genes. This led them to search the X chromosome for genes predisposing to homosexuality. The researchers examined the X chromosomes of pairs of homosexual brothers for regions of DNA that most or all had in common. Of the 40 sets of brothers, 33 shared a set of five markers in the q28 region of the long arm of the X chromosome. The linkage has a LOD score of 4.0, which translates into a 99.5% certainty that there is a gene or genes in this area that predispose males to homosexuality. The chief researcher warns, however, that this one site cannot explain all instances of homosexuality, since there were some cases where the trait seemed to be passed paternally. And even among those brothers where there was no evidence that the trait was passed paternally, seven sets of brothers did not share the Xq28 markers. It seems likely that homosexuality arises from a variety of causes.

  4. Genome-wide survey reveals predisposing diabetes type 2-related DNA methylation variations in human peripheral blood

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    Toperoff, Gidon; Aran, Dvir; Kark, Jeremy D.; Rosenberg, Michael; Dubnikov, Tatyana; Nissan, Batel; Wainstein, Julio; Friedlander, Yechiel; Levy-Lahad, Ephrat; Glaser, Benjamin; Hellman, Asaf

    2012-01-01

    Inter-individual DNA methylation variations were frequently hypothesized to alter individual susceptibility to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). Sequence-influenced methylations were described in T2DM-associated genomic regions, but evidence for direct, sequence-independent association with disease risk is missing. Here, we explore disease-contributing DNA methylation through a stepwise study design: first, a pool-based, genome-scale screen among 1169 case and control individuals revealed an excess of differentially methylated sites in genomic regions that were previously associated with T2DM through genetic studies. Next, in-depth analyses were performed at selected top-ranking regions. A CpG site in the first intron of the FTO gene showed small (3.35%) but significant (P = 0.000021) hypomethylation of cases relative to controls. The effect was independent of the sequence polymorphism in the region and persists among individuals carrying the sequence-risk alleles. The odds of belonging to the T2DM group increased by 6.1% for every 1% decrease in methylation (OR = 1.061, 95% CI: 1.032–1.090), the odds ratio for decrease of 1 standard deviation of methylation (adjusted to gender) was 1.5856 (95% CI: 1.2824–1.9606) and the sensitivity (area under the curve = 0.638, 95% CI: 0.586–0.690; males = 0.675, females = 0.609) was better than that of the strongest known sequence variant. Furthermore, a prospective study in an independent population cohort revealed significant hypomethylation of young individuals that later progressed to T2DM, relative to the individuals who stayed healthy. Further genomic analysis revealed co-localization with gene enhancers and with binding sites for methylation-sensitive transcriptional regulators. The data showed that low methylation level at the analyzed sites is an early marker of T2DM and suggests a novel mechanism by which early-onset, inter-individual methylation variation at isolated non-promoter genomic sites predisposes to T2DM. PMID:21994764

  5. Genes and primary headaches: discovering new potential therapeutic targets

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    2013-01-01

    Genetic studies have clearly shown that primary headaches (migraine, tension-type headache and cluster headache) are multifactorial disorders characterized by a complex interaction between different genes and environmental factors. Genetic association studies have highlighted a potential role in the etiopathogenesis of these disorders for several genes related to vascular, neuronal and neuroendocrine functions. A potential role as a therapeutic target is now emerging for some of these genes. The main purpose of this review is to describe new advances in our knowledge regarding the role of MTHFR, KCNK18, TRPV1, TRPV3 and HCRTR genes in primary headache disorders. Involvement of these genes in primary headaches, as well as their potential role in the therapy of these disorders, will be discussed. PMID:23848401

  6. Genes and primary headaches: discovering new potential therapeutic targets.

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    Rainero, Innocenzo; Rubino, Elisa; Paemeleire, Koen; Gai, Annalisa; Vacca, Alessandro; De Martino, Paola; Gentile, Salvatore; Sarchielli, Paola; Pinessi, Lorenzo

    2013-01-01

    Genetic studies have clearly shown that primary headaches (migraine, tension-type headache and cluster headache) are multifactorial disorders characterized by a complex interaction between different genes and environmental factors. Genetic association studies have highlighted a potential role in the etiopathogenesis of these disorders for several genes related to vascular, neuronal and neuroendocrine functions. A potential role as a therapeutic target is now emerging for some of these genes. The main purpose of this review is to describe new advances in our knowledge regarding the role of MTHFR, KCNK18, TRPV1, TRPV3 and HCRTR genes in primary headache disorders. Involvement of these genes in primary headaches, as well as their potential role in the therapy of these disorders, will be discussed. PMID:23848401

  7. D'oh! Genes and Environment Cause Crohn's Disease

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    Todd, John A.

    2010-01-01

    Information obtained from genome-wide association studies has cracked open the biology of common chronic diseases by identifying genes that predispose individuals to these disorders. Cadwell et al. (2010) now demonstrate that a viral infection, a toxic insult to the gut, commensal bacteria, and a Crohn's disease susceptibility gene collude to cause inflammatory disease in the mouse gut. PMID:20602995

  8. Renal transplantation experience in a patient with factor V Leiden homozygous, MTHFR C677T heterozygous, and PAI heterozygous mutation.

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    Gülhan, Bora; Tavil, Betül; Gümrük, Fatma; Aki, Tuncay F; Topaloglu, Rezan

    2015-08-01

    Vascular complications are important causes of allograft loss in renal transplantation. A two and a half-month-old boy was diagnosed with posterior urethral valve and progressed to end-stage renal disease at eight yr of age. During the HD period, a central venous catheter was replaced three times for repeated thrombosis. The boy was found to be homozygous for FVL and heterozygous for both MTHFR (C677T) and PAI. At the age of 12, renal transplantation was performed from a deceased donor. Postoperative anticoagulation therapy was initiated with continuous intravenous administration of heparin at the dose of 10 IU/kg/h. HD was performed for the first three days. By the fourth day of transplantation, his urine output had increased gradually. Heparin infusion was continued for 18 days during hospitalization at the same dosage. Thereafter, he was discharged with LMWH. On the third month after transplantation, his serum creatinine level was 1.1 mg/dL and eGFR was 75.7 mL/min/1.73 m(2) . He has still been using LMWH, and his eGFR was 78.7 mL/min/1.73 m(2) eight months after transplantation. Postoperative low-dose heparin treatment is a safe strategy for managing a patient with multiple thrombotic risk factors. PMID:25996881

  9. Primary immunodeficiencies predisposed to Epstein-Barr virus-driven haematological diseases.

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    Parvaneh, Nima; Filipovich, Alexandra H; Borkhardt, Arndt

    2013-09-01

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a ubiquitous human herpesvirus, maintains lifelong subclinical persistent infections in humans. In the circulation, EBV primarily infects the B cells, and protective immunity is mediated by EBV-specific cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) and natural killer (NK) cells. However, EBV has been linked to several devastating diseases, such as haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and lymphoproliferative diseases in the immunocompromised host. Some types of primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) are characterized by the development of EBV-associated complications as their predominant clinical feature. The study of such genetic diseases presents an ideal opportunity for a better understanding of the biology of the immune responses against EBV. Here, we summarize the range of PIDs that are predisposed to EBV-associated haematological diseases, describing their clinical picture and pathogenetic mechanisms. PMID:23758097

  10. Congenital anomaly of the inferior vena cava and factor V Leiden mutation predisposing to deep vein thrombosis

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    Lamparello, Brooke M; Erickson, Cameron R; Kulthia, Arun; Virparia, Vasudev; Thet, Zeyar

    2014-01-01

    A previously healthy 21-year-old man presented with back pain, bilateral extremity pain, and right lower extremity weakness, paresthesias, and swelling. Sonographic examination revealed diffuse deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the femoral and popliteal venous system. CT imaging revealed hypoplasia of the hepatic inferior vena cava (IVC) segment with formation of multiple varices and collateral veins around the kidneys. Hematologic workup also discovered a factor V Leiden mutation, further predisposing the patient to DVT. The rare, often overlooked occurrence of attenuated IVC, especially in the setting of hypercoagulable state, can predispose patients to significant thrombosis. PMID:25395858

  11. Predisposing factors for involuntary culling in Holstein-Friesian dairy cows.

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    Chiumia, Daniel; Chagunda, Mizeck G G; Macrae, Alastair I; Roberts, David J

    2013-02-01

    The objective was to identify predisposing factors for increased risk of involuntary culling in adult Holstein-Friesian dairy cows. Data were sourced from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) Dairy Research Centre. Between September 2003 and August 2010 175 cows were culled, a herd culling rate of 33.7%. The major reasons for involuntary culling were fertility (27.4%) and udder problems (26.9%). In the analysis, the culled cows were matched with their cohorts that survived to a later lactation. To identify predisposing factors, a binary logistic model was applied. Cows with higher than average body condition score (BCS) at last service were five times [Odds Ratio (OR) = 4.8] more likely to be culled due to infertility. Cows with low protein yield on day 60 ± 5 in lactation were ten times less likely (OR = 0.1) to be culled. In first lactation heifers, only BCS at last service increased the risk of involuntary culling due to infertility (OR = 13.0). A high milk yield acceleration was a significant (P = 0.04) factor in increasing the risk, five times (OR = 5.2) more, of culling cows due to udder problems. In conclusion, a high BCS at last service, high milk protein yield at around day 60 in lactation and acceleration of milk yield after calving exposed cows to a risk of being culled involuntarily. In practice, monitoring of traits that indicate metabolic imbalance could assist identifying cows at high risk of being culled and contribute to reducing the associated risk through a more effective timely decision. PMID:23164053

  12. Arachnoid cysts of the middle fossa predispose to subdural haematoma formation fact or fiction?

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    Page, A C; Mohan, D; Paxton, R M

    1988-01-01

    An association between arachnoid cysts of the middle fossa (ACMF) and complicating subdural haematoma (SDH) has been previously noted. More recently it has been hypothesized that ACMF may predispose to SDH formation. The Plymouth Neurosurgical Unit has treated twenty patients with ACMF between 1976-1985, seven of these being complicated by SDH. There was an age range of 11-56 years in those with SDH. Six of the seven patients with ACMF and SDH gave no significant trauma history. Four of these were males aged 11 to 20 years. The presenting histories, clinical findings and subsequent management of these patients were compared with the age-matched males with SDH alone (twelve patients). In the SDH alone group 100% suffered major skull trauma and 80% had demonstrable skull fractures. In addition the patients with ACMF were compared with patients presenting with other supratentorial arachnoid cysts in Plymouth. Only ACMF were associated with the development of SDH in our study. Three patients demonstrated total masking of the ACMF by isodense intracystic haematoma on computed tomography. In two of these patients the presence of an ACMF was suspected due to plain radiographic and CT enlargement of the middle fossa. It is advocated that with special reference to young males, in the absence of major skull trauma an ACMF should be suspected as a predisposing factor to SDH. Postoperative CT scans for at least one year are advisable in young patients with SDH as demonstration of the presence of an ACMF and SDH affects future management. PMID:3189011

  13. Predisposing factors of sleep-disordered breathing in Japanese male workers.

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    Niijima, Kuniyuki; Mizoue, Tetsuya; Kawashima, Masatoshi; Enta, Kazuhiko; Sashihara, Shunsuke; Morimoto, Yasuo

    2007-11-01

    The aim of this study was to elucidate the usable predisposing factors of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in the workplace. A total of 353 male workers who complained of SDB related symptoms such as witnessed snoring, recurrent awakening from sleep, urination during the night, morning headache, and excessive daytime sleepiness were included in the analysis. We examined hyoid-mental distance (HMD), modified Mallampati score (MMS), and the narrowness of the pharynx with tonsillar hypertrophy as the predisposing physical findings of SDB. We used the number of 3% or more oxygen desaturation events per hour (ODI3) as the indicator of SDB. The mean values (S.D.) of all subjects were 44.3 (8.9) yr (19-66 yr) of age, and 25.9 (3.8) Kg/m(2) body mass index (BMI). A significant difference in ODI3 was found between the HMD classes, and also between the subjects with and without tonsillar hypertrophy. Mean ODI3 adjusted for age, BMI, and alcohol consumption on the day of monitoring was high in the group of short HMD and the group of tonsillar hypertrophy (+). For MMS, though ODI3 did not appear to be significantly different, mean ODI3 was high in the MMS-IV. In conclusion, short HMD and tonsillar hypertrophy are the important findings predicting SDB identified by pulse oximetry. These findings would be beneficial in the workplace for selection of subjects who should be encouraged to undergo pulse oximetry for detection of SDB. PMID:18075206

  14. Peritoneal perforation of liver hydatid cysts: clinical presentation, predisposing factors, and surgical outcome.

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    Akcan, Alper; Akyildiz, Hizir; Artis, Tarik; Ozturk, Ahmet; Deneme, Mehmet Ali; Ok, Engin; Sozuer, Erdogan

    2007-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical presentation of, predisposing factors in, and early and long-term outcome of patients treated surgically for intraperitoneal ruptured liver hydatid cysts. Medical records of 27 patients with traumatic rupture of hydatid cysts were evaluated retrospectively, as were records of 347 patients with nonperforated hydatid cysts. The ratio of perforation cases to nonperforation cases was 7.8%. Traffic accidents were the most common cause of perforation (n = 16). All patients had abdominal findings, and two patients (7%) had anaphylactic findings. The sensitivities of computed tomography and ultrasonography were 100% and 93%, respectively. Conservative surgical procedures were used for 80.5% of cysts and radical procedures for 19.5%. Associated organ injuries were determined in 10 patients. No significant difference was found between patients with peritoneal perforation and those without perforation in terms of sex (p = 0.403), previous hydatid disease surgery (p = 0.565), localization (p = 0.241), number of cysts (p = 0.537), presence of cystic content infection (p = 0.65), or presence of bile duct communication (p = 0.37). However, there were significant differences in age (p = 0.004), cyst diameter ( > 10 cm) (p = 0.03), and presence of superficially localized cysts (p = 0.011). Three patients developed recurrence. In the group of patients with perforation, the complication and recurrence rates were not statistically different in a comparison of surgical techniques (p = 0.37). No postoperative deaths occurred. The main predisposing factors for cyst perforation are young age and superficial localization. Peritoneal rupture increases the rates of postoperative morbidity and recurrence; in contrast, there was no significant relation between the operative procedure and the morbidity and recurrence rates. PMID:17464537

  15. Osteological features in pure-bred dogs predisposing to cervical spinal cord compression

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    BREIT, S.; KÜNZEL, W.

    2001-01-01

    Relative to body size, midsagittal and interpedicular diameters of the cranial and caudal aspects of cervical vertebral foramina (C3–C7) were found to be significantly (P < 0·05) larger in small breeds than in large breeds and Dachshunds, and also larger in Dachshunds (P < 0·05) than in large breeds. This condition increases the risk for spinal cord compression resulting from relative stenosis of the cervical vertebral foramina, especially in large dogs, and this is also exacerbated by the typical shape of the vertebral foramina (i.e. dorsoventrally flattened cranially and bilaterally narrowed caudally). Within large dogs those breeds highly predisposed to cervical spinal cord compression were Great Danes (the breed with the smallest midsagittal vertebral foramen diameters from cranial C6 to cranial T1) and Doberman Pinschers, because of the most strikingly cranially dorsoventrally narrowed cone-shaped vertebral foramina at C6 and C7. The existence of a small midsagittal diameter in the cranial cervical spine was a high risk factor predisposing to spinal cord compression in small breeds and Dachshunds. Remarkable consistency was noted between the spinal level of the maximum enlargement of the spinal cord which previously was reported to be at C6, and the site of maximum enlargement of the vertebral canal currently stated in Dachshunds and small breeds. In large breeds the maximum enlargement of the vertebral canal tended to be located more caudally at the caudal limit of C7. The average age at which large dogs were most susceptible to noxious factors causing abnormal growth of the pedicles was determined to be 16 wk. PMID:11760884

  16. Reduced breast cancer risk with increasing serum folate in a case–control study of the C677T genotype of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene

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    J Beilby; D Ingram; R Hähnel; E Rossi

    2004-01-01

    Breast cancer risk may be associated with folate status or the C677T genotype of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene. We compared serum folate concentrations and C677T genotype in 141 breast cancer patients and 109 age-matched controls. Serum folate was significantly lower in cases compared to controls (geometric means, 5.7 versus 6.6 ?g\\/l; P=0.005). Breast cancer risk was not associated with

  17. Exploring the Effects of Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene Variants C677T and A1298C on the Risk of Orofacial Clefts in 261 Norwegian Case-Parent Triads

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    Astanand Jugessur; Allen J. Wilcox; Rolv T. Lie; Jeffrey C. Murray; Jack A. Taylor

    2003-01-01

    Folic acid and the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene have both been implicated in the etiology of orofacial clefts. The authors selected 261 case-parent triads (173 cases with cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL\\/P) and 88 cases with cleft palate only (CPO)) from a Norwegian population-based study of orofacial clefts (May 1996-1998). A case-parent triad design was used to

  18. Thrombophilic genetic factors PAI-1 4G-4G and MTHFR 677TT as risk factors of alcohol, cryptogenic liver cirrhosis and portal vein thrombosis, in a Caucasian population.

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    D'Amico, Mario; Pasta, Francesca; Pasta, Linda

    2015-08-15

    The thrombophilic genetic factors (THRGFs), PAI-1 4G-4G, MTHFR 677TT, V Leiden 506Q and Prothrombin 20210A, were studied as risk factors in 865 Caucasian patients with liver cirrhosis, consecutively enrolled from June 2008 to January 2014. A total of 582 HCV, 80 HBV, 94 alcohol, (82 with more than one etiologic factor) and 191 cryptogenic patients with liver cirrhosis had been consecutively enrolled; 243 patients showed portal vein thrombosis (PVT). At least one of the above THRGFs was present in 339/865 patients (39.2%). PAI-1 4G-4G and MTHFR 677TT were the most frequent THRGFs, statistically significant in patients with alcohol, cryptogenic liver cirrhosis, and PVT: respectively 24 and 28, 50 and 73, and 65 and 83 (all chi-square tests>3.84, and p values<0.05). Two logistic regression analysis, using PAI-1 4G-4G and MTHFR 677TT, as dependent variable, confirmed the independent significant relationship of these THRGFs with alcohol, cryptogenic liver cirrhosis and PVT. PAI 1 and MTHFR 677 genotypes, deviated from those expected in populations in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (all p values<0.05), in the subgroups of patients with alcohol, cryptogenic liver cirrhosis and presence of PVT. Our study shows the pivotal role of PAI-1 4G-4G and MTHFR 677TT in patients with alcohol, cryptogenic liver cirrhosis, and PVT, in a Caucasian population. In conclusion, thrombo and fibro-genetic mechanisms of PAI-1 4G-4G and MTHFR 677TT, could have a role in the development of liver cirrhosis, mainly in patients without HCV and HBV, and PVT. PMID:25987440

  19. Joint effects between urinary selenium and polymorphisms in methylation related genes on breast cancer risk.

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    Lin, W; Cen, Y L; Lin, Y; Su, F X; Wu, B H; Tang, L Y; Ren, Z F

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the associations of urinary selenium and polymorphisms in methylation related genes with breast cancer risk and the interactions on the risk. The present study involved in 240 female patients with incident breast cancer and 246 age-matched controls in two affiliated hospitals of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, from October 2009 to July 2010. DNMT1 rs2228611, MTHFR rs1801133, and MTR rs1805087 were genotyped using a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry platform. Urinary concentration of selenium was measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Women with urinary selenium in the second tertile had a significant reduced breast cancer risk compared to those with urinary selenium in the lowest tertile [OR (95%CI): 0.50 (0.30, 0.81)]. DNMT1 rs2228611, MTHFR rs1801133, and MTR rs1805087 were not associated with breast cancer risk. Women with the third tertile of urinary selenium had a significant reduced breast cancer risk compared to those with the lowest tertile among women only with CC genotype [OR (95%CI): 0.55 (0.30, 1.00)] but not CT/TT genotypes [OR (95%CI): 1.58 (0.73, 3.42)] of MTHFR rs1801133 (P for interaction=0.044). Our results suggested that selenium was associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer and this beneficial effect was limited to women with CC genotype of MTHFR rs1801133. PMID:25869796

  20. Bilateral patellar tendon rupture without predisposing systemic disease or steroid use: a case report and review of the literature

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    Richard Kellersmann; Thomas R. Blattert; Arnulf Weckbach

    2005-01-01

    Simultaneous bilateral patella tendon ruptures are very rare injuries of the knee extensor complex often associated with systemic disorders such as lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis. We describe the case of a 34-year-old man without concomitant systemic disease or steroid use and provide the most comprehensive review of the German and English literature. Furthermore, we discuss the predisposing factors and

  1. Interacting elevated CO2 and tropospheric O3 predisposes aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) to infection by rust

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    Noormets, Asko

    Interacting elevated CO2 and tropospheric O3 predisposes aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx (Populus tremuloides Michx.). Furthermore, we examined the role of changes in leaf surface properties. Elevated CO2 and O3 affect trees through different mechanisms. With trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides

  2. Association between Maternal MTHFR Polymorphisms and Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip with or without Cleft Palate in Offspring, A Meta-Analysis Based on 15 Case-Control Studies

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    Pan, Xinjuan; Wang, Ping; Yin, Xinjuan; Liu, Xiaozhuan; Li, Di; Li, Xing; Wang, Yongchao; Li, Hongle; Yu, Zengli

    2015-01-01

    Background The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is thought to be involved in the development of nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCL/P). However, conflicting results have been obtained when evaluating the association between maternal MTHFR C677T and A1298C polymorphisms and the risk of NSCL/P. In light of this gap, a meta-analysis of all eligible case-control studies was conducted in the present study. Materials and Methods A total of 15 case-control studies were ultimately identified after a comprehensive literature search and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) examination. Cochrane’s Q test and index of heterogeneity (I2) indicated no obvious heterogeneity among studies. Results Fixed or random-effects models were used to calculate the pooled odds ratios (ORs). The results showed that the TT genotype in mothers increased the likelihood of having NSCL/P offspring 1.25 times (95% CI: 1.047-1.494) more than the CC homozygotes. Meanwhile, maternal TT genotype increased the risk of producing NSCL/P offspring in recessive model (OR=1.325, 95% CI: 1.124-1.562). However, the CT heterozygote and the CT+TT dominant models had no association with NSCL/P offspring compared with the CC wild-type homozygote model. Subgroup analyses based on ethnicity indicated that maternal TT genotype increased the likelihood of having NSCL/P offspring in Whites (OR=1.308, 95% CI: 1.059-1.617) and Asians (OR=1.726, 95% CI: 1.090-2.733) in recessive model. Also, subgroup analyses based on source of control showed that mothers with the 677TT genotype had a significantly increased susceptibility of having NSCL/P children in hospital based population (HB) when compared with CC homozygotes (OR=1.248, 95% CI: 1.024-1.520) and un- der the recessive model (OR=1.324, 95% CI: 1.104-1.588). Furthermore, maternal A1298C polymorphism had no significant association with producing NSCL/P offspring (dominant model OR=0.952, 95% CI: 0.816-1.111, recessive model OR=0.766, 95% CI: 0.567-1.036). Conclusion MTHFR C677T polymorphism is associated with the risk of generating NSCL/P offspring, and being a 677TT homozygote is a risk factor. MTHFR A1298C polymorphism was not associated with generating NSCL/P offspring. However, further work should be performed to confirm these findings. PMID:25780529

  3. Correlation of Homocysteine Metabolic Enzymes Gene Polymorphism and Mild Cognitive Impairment in the Xinjiang Uygur Population

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    Luo, Mei; Ji, Huihui; Zhou, Xiaohui; Liang, Jie; Zou, Ting

    2015-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to investigate the genetic polymorphisms in the homocysteine (HCY) metabolic enzymes in the Xinjiang Uygur population who have mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Material/Methods Based on the epidemiological investigation, 129 cases of diagnosed Uygur MCI patients and a matched control group with 131 cases were enrolled for analyzing the association between the polymorphisms in the HCY metabolism related genes (C677T, A1298C, and G1968A polymorphisms in MTHFR, as well as the A2756G polymorphism in MS) and MCI by using the SNaPshot method. We then determined the homocysteine level in patients. Results In Xinjiang Uygur subjects, the A1298C polymorphisms in MTHFR and the A2756G polymorphisms in the MS gene in the MCI group were different from those in the control group. However, the C677T and G1968A polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene in MCI patients were not different from those in the control group. Multivariate logistic regression showed that, in addition to the well-known risk factors, such as low education level, high cholesterol level, high level of low-density lipoprotein, and high homocysteine levels, the A>G mutation in the MS gene at the rs1805087 locus was another independent risk factor for MCI in the Uyghur MCI population. The risk of MCI in G allele carriers was 2.265 times higher than that in matched control individuals (95% CI: 1.205~4.256, P<0.05). Conclusions The genetic polymorphism of HCY metabolizing enzymes is correlated to the occurrence of MCI in the Xinjiang Uygur population. The A2756G polymorphism in the MS gene could be an independent risk factor for MCI in the Xinjiang Uygur population. PMID:25625218

  4. Population Testing for Cancer Predisposing BRCA1/BRCA2 Mutations in the Ashkenazi-Jewish Community: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Manchanda, Ranjit; Loggenberg, Kelly; Sanderson, Saskia; Burnell, Matthew; Wardle, Jane; Gessler, Sue; Side, Lucy; Balogun, Nyala; Desai, Rakshit; Kumar, Ajith; Dorkins, Huw; Wallis, Yvonne; Chapman, Cyril; Taylor, Rohan; Jacobs, Chris; Tomlinson, Ian; McGuire, Alistair; Beller, Uziel; Menon, Usha

    2015-01-01

    Background: Technological advances raise the possibility of systematic population-based genetic testing for cancer-predisposing mutations, but it is uncertain whether benefits outweigh disadvantages. We directly compared the psychological/quality-of-life consequences of such an approach to family history (FH)–based testing. Methods: In a randomized controlled trial of BRCA1/2 gene-mutation testing in the Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) population, we compared testing all participants in the population screening (PS) arm with testing those fulfilling standard FH-based clinical criteria (FH arm). Following a targeted community campaign, AJ participants older than 18 years were recruited by self-referral after pretest genetic counseling. The effects of BRCA1/2 genetic testing on acceptability, psychological impact, and quality-of-life measures were assessed by random effects regression analysis. All statistical tests were two-sided. Results: One thousand, one hundred sixty-eight AJ individuals were counseled, 1042 consented, 1034 were randomly assigned (691 women, 343 men), and 1017 were eligible for analysis. Mean age was 54.3 (SD = 14.66) years. Thirteen BRCA1/2 carriers were identified in the PS arm, nine in the FH arm. Five more carriers were detected among FH-negative FH-arm participants following study completion. There were no statistically significant differences between the FH and PS arms at seven days or three months on measures of anxiety, depression, health anxiety, distress, uncertainty, and quality-of-life. Contrast tests indicated that overall anxiety (P = .0001) and uncertainty (P = .005) associated with genetic testing decreased; positive experience scores increased (P = .0001); quality-of-life and health anxiety did not change with time. Overall, 56% of carriers did not fulfill clinical criteria for genetic testing, and the BRCA1/2 prevalence was 2.45%. Conclusion: Compared with FH-based testing, population-based genetic testing in Ashkenazi Jews doesn’t adversely affect short-term psychological/quality-of-life outcomes and may detect 56% additional BRCA carriers. PMID:25435541

  5. High-Novelty-Preference Rats are Predisposed to Compulsive Cocaine Self-administration

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    Belin, David; Berson, Nadège; Balado, Eric; Piazza, Pier Vincenzo; Deroche-Gamonet, Véronique

    2011-01-01

    Sensation/novelty-seeking is amongst the best markers of cocaine addiction in humans. However, its implication in the vulnerability to cocaine addiction is still a matter of debate, as it is unclear whether this trait precedes or follows the development of addiction. Sensation/novelty-seeking trait has been identified in rats on the basis of either novelty-induced locomotor activity (high-responder (HR) trait) or novelty-induced place preference (high-novelty-preference trait (HNP)). HR and HNP traits have been associated with differential sensitivity to psychostimulants. However, it has recently been demonstrated that HR rats do not develop compulsive cocaine self-administration (SA) after protracted exposure to the drug, thereby suggesting that at least one dimension of sensation/novelty seeking in the rat is dissociable from the vulnerability to switch from controlled to compulsive cocaine SA. We therefore investigated whether HNP, as measured as the propensity to choose a new environment in a free choice procedure, as opposed to novelty-induced locomotor activity, predicts the vulnerability to, and the severity of, addiction-like behavior for cocaine. For this, we identified HR/LR rats and HNP/LNP rats before any exposure to cocaine. After 60 days of cocaine SA, each rat was given an addiction score based on three addiction-like behaviors (persistence of responding when the drug is signaled as not available, high breakpoint under progressive ratio schedule and resistance to punishment) that resemble the clinical features of drug addiction, namely inability to refrain from drug seeking, high motivation for the drug and compulsive drug use despite adverse consequences. We show that, as opposed to HR rats, HNP rats represent a sub-population predisposed to compulsive cocaine intake, displaying higher addiction scores than LNP rats. This study thereby provides new insights into the factors predisposing to cocaine addiction, supporting the hypothesis that addiction is sustained by two vulnerable phenotypes: a ‘drug use prone' phenotype such as HR which brings an individual to develop drug use and an ‘addiction prone' phenotype, such as HNP, which facilitates the shift from sustained to compulsive drug intake and addiction. PMID:20980989

  6. CERVICAL SPINE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: PERPETUATING RATHER THAN PREDISPOSING FACTORS FOR TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS IN WOMEN

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    Bevilaqua-Grossi, Débora; Chaves, Thaís Cristina; de Oliveira, Anamaria Siriani

    2007-01-01

    Aim: The purpose of this study was to assess in a sample of female community cases the relationship between the increase of percentage of cervical signs and symptoms and the severity of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and vice-versa. Material and Methods: One hundred women (aged 18-26 years) clinically diagnosed with TMD signs and symptoms and cervical spine disorders were randomly selected from a sample of college students. Results: 43% of the volunteers demonstrated the same severity for TMD and cervical spine disorders (CSD). The increase in TMD signs and symptoms was accompanied by increase in CSD severity, except for pain during palpation of posterior temporal muscle, more frequently observed in the severe CSD group. However, increase in pain during cervical extension, sounds during cervical lateral flexion, and tenderness to palpation of upper fibers of trapezius and suboccipital muscles were observed in association with the progression of TMD severity. Conclusion: The increase in cervical symptomatology seems to accompany TMD severity; nonetheless, the inverse was not verified. Such results suggest that cervical spine signs and symptoms could be better recognized as perpetuating rather than predisposing factors for TMD. PMID:19089141

  7. Pulmonary Stenosis as a Predisposing Factor for Infective Endocarditis in a Patient with Noonan Syndrome

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    Hatemi, Ali Can; Gursoy, Mete; Tongut, Aybala; Bicakhan, Burcu; Guzeltas, Alper; Cetin, Gurkan; Kansiz, Erhan

    2010-01-01

    Noonan syndrome is an autosomal dominant dysmorphic syndrome. Pulmonary stenosis is the most common cardiac anomaly in Noonan patients, with an incidence of 60%. A 9-year-old girl was referred to our institution with pericardial effusion. Transthoracic echocardiography indeed confirmed massive pericardial effusion and revealed, further, valvular and arterial pulmonary vegetations that accompanied a dysplastic tricuspid pulmonary valve. We decided to perform emergency pericardial tube drainage and to continue the anti-biotic regimen for 2 more weeks before undertaking open-heart surgery. After 2 weeks, the patient underwent an operation wherein the valvular vegetations were excised and a pulmonary valve commissurotomy was performed, yielding a competent pulmonary valve with 3 distinct but moderately dysplastic cusps. In addition to the pulmonary valve, the main, left, and right pulmonary arteries were filled with mobile vegetations, which were removed during the procedure. In this patient, a dysplastic and stenotic pulmonary valve may have contributed to the progression of endocarditis and to the growth of vegetations that occupied the pulmonary arteries. In conclusion, we hypothesize that although pulmonary stenosis is not considered a common predisposing factor for infective endocarditis, it can contribute to the progression of infective endocarditis in Noonan patients. PMID:20200638

  8. Correlation of pressure measurements with angiographic characteristics predisposing to hemorrhage and steal in cerebral arteriovenous malformations

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    Norbash, A.M.; Marks, M.P.; Lane, B. [Stanford Univ. Medical Center, CA (United States)

    1994-05-01

    To determine whether there is a physiologic explanation for the predisposition of patients with certain angiographic characteristics to symptoms of hemorrhage and steal. Superselective transcatheter feeding arterial pressure and mean arterial pressure measurements were obtained before embolotherapy in 32 patients with cerebral arteriovenous malformations. Pressures were correlated with previously described angioarchitectural characteristics predisposing to hemorrhage and steal. These included size of the arteriovenous malformation, feeding artery length, venous drainage pattern, and angiomatous change. The feeding arterial pressure and feeding arterial pressure/mean arterial pressure ratios were significantly decreased in patients with angiomatous change. Feeding arterial pressure and feeding arterial pressure/mean arterial pressure ratios progressively decreased as lesions went from peripheral, to mixed, to central venous drainage. A trend for lower feeding arterial pressure was also demonstrated with greater feeding pedicle length. A statistically significant correlation could not be demonstrated between feeding arterial pressure or feeding arterial pressure/mean arterial pressure ratios and size of the arteriovenous malformation, hemorrhage, or symptoms of steal. Feeding arterial pressure measurements help provide a physiologic basis for the relationship between certain angiographic characteristics and hemorrhage and steal symptoms in patients with arteriovenous malformation. 27 refs., 1 fig.

  9. Incisional Hernia in Women: Predisposing Factors and Management Where Mesh is not Readily Available

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    Agbakwuru, EA; Olabanji, JK; Alatise, OI; Okwerekwu, RO; Esimai, OA

    2009-01-01

    Background / Aim: Incisional hernia is still relatively common in our practice. The aim of the study was to identify risk factors associated with incisional hernia in our region. The setting is the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Nigeria during a period when prosthetic mesh was not readily available. Patients and Methods: All the women who presented with incisional hernia between 1996 and 2005 were prospectively studied using a standard form to obtain information on pre-hernia (index) operations and possible predisposing factors. They all had open surgical repair and were followed up for 18–60 months. Results: Forty-four women were treated during study period. The index surgeries leading to the hernias were emergency caesarian section 26/44 (59.1%), emergency exploratory laparotomy 6/44 (13.6%), and elective surgeries 12/44 (27.3%). Major associated risk factors were the use of wrong suture materials for fascia repair, midline incisions, wound sepsis, and overweight. Conclusion: For elective surgeries, reduction of weight should be encouraged when appropriate, and transverse incisions are preferred. Absorbable sutures, especially chromic catgut, should be avoided in fascia closure. Antibiotics should be used for complicated obstetric cases. PMID:21483511

  10. Perceptions of predisposing and protective factors for perinatal depression in same-sex parents.

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    Ross, Lori E; Steele, Leah; Sapiro, Beth

    2005-01-01

    Increasing numbers of women are choosing to have children in the context of same-sex relationships or as "out" lesbian or bisexual individuals. This study used qualitative methods to assess perceived predisposing and protective factors for perinatal depression in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) women. Two focus groups with LGBQ women were conducted: 1) biological parents of young children and 2) nonbiological parents of young children or whose partners were currently pregnant. Three major themes emerged. Issues related to social support were primary, particularly related to disappointment with the lack of support provided by members of the family of origin. Participants also described issues related to the couple relationship, such as challenges in negotiating parenting roles. Finally, legal and policy barriers (e.g., second parent adoption) were identified as a significant source of stress during the transition to parenthood. Both lack of social support and relationship problems have previously been identified as risk factors for perinatal depression in heterosexual women, and legal and policy barriers may represent a unique risk factor for this population. Therefore, additional study of perinatal mental health among LGBQ women is warranted. PMID:16260356

  11. Helminth infections predispose mice to pneumococcal pneumonia but not to other pneumonic pathogens.

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    Apiwattanakul, Nopporn; Thomas, Paul G; Kuhn, Raymond E; Herbert, De'Broski R; McCullers, Jonathan A

    2014-10-01

    Pneumonia is the leading killer of children worldwide. Here, we report that helminth-infected mice develop fatal pneumonia when challenged with Streptococcus pneumoniae. Mice were chronically infected with either the flatworm Taenia crassiceps or the roundworm Heligmosomoides polygyrus. Upon challenge with a pneumonic type 3 strain of S. pneumoniae (A66.1), the worm-infected mice developed pneumonia at a rate and to a degree higher than age-matched control mice as measured by bioluminescent imaging and lung titers. This predisposition to pneumonia appears to be specific to S. pneumoniae, as worm-infected mice did not show evidence of increased morbidity when challenged with a lethal dose of influenza virus or sublethal doses of Staphylococcus aureus or Listeria monocytogenes. The defect was also present when worm-infected mice were challenged with a type 2 sepsis-causing strain (D39); an increased rate of pneumonia, decreased survival, and increased lung and blood titers were found. Pneumococcal colonization and immunity against acute otitis media were unaffected. Anti-helminthic treatment in the H. polygyrus model reversed this susceptibility. We conclude that helminth coinfection predisposes mice to fatal pneumococcal pneumonia by promoting increased outgrowth of bacteria in the lungs and blood. These data have broad implications for the prevention and treatment for pneumonia in the developing world, where helminth infections are endemic and pneumococcal pneumonia is common. PMID:24952091

  12. Predisposing factors for dural tear in patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery.

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    Smorgick, Yossi; Baker, Kevin C; Herkowitz, Harry; Montgomery, David; Badve, Siddharth A; Bachison, Casey; Ericksen, Steven; Fischgrund, Jeffrey S

    2015-05-01

    OBJECT The purpose of this prospective cohort study was to identify risk factors for incidental durotomies in lumbar spine surgery. The authors hypothesized that the incidence of durotomy would be higher in cases involving multiple operations. METHODS The authors prospectively evaluated 523 patients who underwent lumbar and thoracolumbar spine surgery. They compared data on patients in whom a dural tear occurred and those in whom a dural tear did not occur. Data from patients in whom a dural tear occurred were compared with data from patients who did not experience durotomy. The data included basic demographic information, intraoperative data, and clinical information from a medical record review. RESULTS One hundred thirty-one patients underwent discectomy and 392 patients underwent laminectomy. Among the 131 patients who underwent discectomy 6 patients had a dural tear. Among the 392 patients who underwent discectomy 49 patients had dural tear. Patients with incidental durotomy were older (mean 65 ± 13 vs 60 ± 14 years of age; p = 0.044, t-test), and had longer surgery (146 ± 59 vs 110 ± 54 minutes; p = 0.025, t-test), compared with the patients without dural tear. The incidence of dural tear was more common in patients with a history of previous spine surgery (p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS In patients who underwent lumbar and thoracolumbar spine surgery for degenerative problems, previous surgery and older age were found to be predisposing factors for dural tear. PMID:25700240

  13. Are effects of MTHFR (C677T) genotype on BMD confined to women with low folate and riboflavin intake? Analysis of food records from the Danish osteoporosis prevention study

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    Bo Abrahamsen; Jonna Skov Madsen; Charlotte Landbo Tofteng; Lis Stilgren; Else Marie Bladbjerg; Søren Risom Kristensen; Kim Brixen; Leif Mosekilde

    2005-01-01

    We have previously found BMD and fracture risk to be significantly associated with the MTHFR (C677T) polymorphism in healthy postmenopausal women in the first years after menopause. Since then, other cohort studies have suggested that sufficient intake of riboflavin and\\/or folate may have the potential to prevent development of low BMD in women with the TT genotype. This could to

  14. CTCF Haploinsufficiency Predisposes to Cancer by Destabilizing DNA Methylation | Office of Cancer Genomics

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    Humans are diploid organisms, meaning they inherit one set of chromosomes from each parent. One copy of the gene that encodes the DNA binding protein, CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF), is commonly deleted or mutated in some human cancers. CTCF alters chromatin structure, and thus gene expression, by regulating a DNA chemical modification process called methylation.

  15. Copy number polymorphism in Fcgr3 predisposes to glomerulonephritis in rats and humans

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    Timothy J. Aitman; Rong Dong; Timothy J. Vyse; Penny J. Norsworthy; Michelle D. Johnson; Jennifer Smith; Jonathan Mangion; Cheri Roberton-Lowe; Amy J. Marshall; Enrico Petretto; Matthew D. Hodges; Gurjeet Bhangal; Sheetal G. Patel; Kelly Sheehan-Rooney; Mark Duda; Paul R. Cook; David J. Evans; Jan Domin; Jonathan Flint; Joseph J. Boyle; Charles D. Pusey; H. Terence Cook

    2006-01-01

    Identification of the genes underlying complex phenotypes and the definition of the evolutionary forces that have shaped eukaryotic genomes are among the current challenges in molecular genetics. Variation in gene copy number is increasingly recognized as a source of inter-individual differences in genome sequence and has been proposed as a driving force for genome evolution and phenotypic variation. Here we

  16. Single nucleotide polymorphisms predisposing to asthma in children of Mauritian Indian and Chinese Han ethnicity

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    Ramphul, K.; Lv, J.; Hua, L.; Liu, Q.H.; Fang, D.Z.; Ji, R.X.; Bao, Y.X.

    2014-01-01

    Our objective was to investigate the distributions of six single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) MS4A2 E237G, MS4A2 C-109T, ADRB2 R16G, IL4RA I75V, IL4 C-590T, and IL13 C1923T in Mauritian Indian and Chinese Han children with asthma. This case-control association study enrolled 382 unrelated Mauritian Indian children, 193 with asthma and 189 healthy controls, and 384 unrelated Chinese Han children, 192 with asthma and 192 healthy controls. The SNP loci were genotyped using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism for the Chinese Han samples and TaqMan real-time quantitative PCR for the Mauritian Indian samples. In the Mauritian Indian children, there was a significant difference in the distribution of IL13 C1923T between the asthma and control groups (P=0.033). The frequency of IL13 C1923T T/T in the Mauritian Indian asthma group was significantly higher than in the control group [odds ratio (OR)=2.119, 95% confidence interval=1.048-4.285]. The Chinese Han children with asthma had significantly higher frequencies of MS4A2 C-109T T/T (OR=1.961, P=0.001) and ADRB2 R16G A/A (OR=2.575, P=0.000) than the control group. The IL13 C1923T locus predisposed to asthma in Mauritian Indian children, which represents an ethnic difference from the Chinese Han population. The MS4A2 C-109T T/T and ADRB2 R16G A/A genotypes were associated with asthma in the Chinese Han children. PMID:24838642

  17. Previous Burn Injury Predisposes Mice to Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) Induced Changes in Glucose Metabolism

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    Carter, Edward A.; Paul, Kasie; Barrow, Sandra A.; Fischman, Alan J.; Tompkins, Ronald G.

    2012-01-01

    In mice, it has been demonstrated that at 7 days after burn injury, injection of LPS is more lethal than the same dose at one day after injury. In the present study, we examined the effect of LPS injection to mice burned seven days previously on glucose metabolism (18FDG uptake) in vivo. CD-1 male mice (25-28 grams, Charles River breeding laboratories) were anesthetized, backs shaven, and subjected to dorsal full thickness burn on 25% total body surface area. Sham treated animals were used as controls. Six days after burn injury all mice were fasted overnight. One half of the burned and sham controls were subsequently injected i.p. with LPS (10 mg/kg, E. Coli). The remaining animals were injected with saline i.p. Two hours later all mice were injected i.v. with 50 ?Ci of 18F FDG. One hour later the animals were euthanized and biodistribution was measured. Tissues were weighed and radioactivity was measured with a well-type gamma counter. Results were expressed as %dose/gram tissue, mean ± SEM. The combination of burn 7 days previously and LPS significantly increased mortality compared animals with burn alone, LPS alone or sham controls. Burn injury seven days previously caused a significant reduction in 18FDG uptake by the brain compared to sham controls. The combination of LPS and burn injury seven days previously produced a significant increase in 18FDG uptake by brown adipose tissue (BAT) and heart compared with either treatment separately. LPS produced a significant increase in 18FDG uptake by lung, spleen and GI tract of the sham animals, changes that were different in mice burned 7 days previously and injected with LPS. The present results suggest that burn injury seven days previously predisposes mice to alterations in 18FDG uptake produced by LPS. These changes may relate in part, to the increased lethality of LPS injection in previously burned mice. PMID:22961012

  18. Pre-exposure to ozone predisposes oak leaves to attacks by Diplodia corticola and Biscogniauxia mediterranea.

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    Paoletti, Elena; Anselmi, Naldo; Franceschini, Antonio

    2007-01-01

    One-year-old cork oak (Quercus suber) and turkey oak (Q. cerris) seedlings were exposed to ozone (110 ppb, 5 h day(-1), for 30 days) and were inoculated with Diplodia corticola and Biscogniauxia mediterranea, respectively, by spraying a suspension of spores on the leaves. Both fungi are endophytic and may act as weak parasites, contributing to oak decline. Ozone exposure stimulated leaf attacks after inoculation, although the physiological, visible, and structural responses of both oaks to O3 exposure were weak. In fact, steady-state gas exchange, leaf waxes, and wettability were not significantly affected by O3. In Q. cerris, O3 altered the structure of stomata, as observed by scanning microscopy, and reduced the leaf relative water content. No hyphal entry through stomata or growth towards stomata was, however, observed. Inoculations were performed in a humid chamber at low light; stomata were likely to be closed. When Q. cerris was inoculated in natural conditions, i.e., in a forest infected by B. mediterranea, seedlings pre-exposed to the enhanced O3 regime had a higher number of B. mediterranea isolates than the controls. This suggests that pre-exposure to O3 predisposed Q. cerris leaves to attacks by B. mediterranea independent of stomata. The hyphae of both fungi were able to enter the leaf through the cuticle, either by gradual in-growth into the cuticle or erosion of a hollow in the cuticle at the point of contact. The primary cause of increased leaf injury in O3-exposed seedlings appeared to be higher germination of spores than on control leaves. PMID:17450300

  19. Rnd3 haploinsufficient mice are predisposed to hemodynamic stress and develop apoptotic cardiomyopathy with heart failure.

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    Yue, X; Yang, X; Lin, X; Yang, T; Yi, X; Dai, Y; Guo, J; Li, T; Shi, J; Wei, L; Fan, G-C; Chen, C; Chang, J

    2014-01-01

    Rho family guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) 3 (Rnd3), a member of the small Rho GTPase family, has been suggested to regulate cell actin cytoskeleton dynamics, cell migration, and apoptosis through the Rho kinase-dependent signaling pathway. The biological function of Rnd3 in the heart is unknown. The downregulation of small GTPase Rnd3 transcripts was found in patients with end-stage heart failure. The pathological significance of Rnd3 loss in the transition to heart failure remains unexplored. To investigate the functional consequence of Rnd3 downregulation and the associated molecular mechanism, we generated Rnd3(+/-) haploinsufficient mice to mimic the downregulation of Rnd3 observed in the failing human heart. Rnd3(+/-) mice were viable; however, the mice developed heart failure after pressure overload by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). Remarkable apoptosis, increased caspase-3 activity, and elevated Rho kinase activity were detected in the Rnd3(+/-) haploinsufficient animal hearts. Pharmacological inhibition of Rho kinase by fasudil treatment partially improved Rnd3(+/-) mouse cardiac functions and attenuated myocardial apoptosis. To determine if Rho-associated coiled-coil kinase 1 (ROCK1) was responsible for Rnd3 deficiency-mediated apoptotic cardiomyopathy, we established a double-knockout mouse line, the Rnd3 haploinsufficient mice with ROCK1-null background (Rnd3(+/-/ROCK1-/-)). Again, genetic deletion of ROCK1 partially but not completely rescued Rnd3 deficiency-mediated heart failure phenotype. These data suggest that downregulation of Rnd3 correlates with cardiac loss of function as in heart failure patients. Animals with Rnd3 haploinsufficiency are predisposed to hemodynamic stress. Hyperactivation of Rho kinase activity is responsible in part for the apoptotic cardiomyopathy development. Further investigation of ROCK1-independent mechanisms in Rnd3-mediated cardiac remodeling should be the focus for future study. PMID:24901055

  20. Obesity accentuates circadian variability in breathing during sleep in mice but does not predispose to apnea

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    Locke, Landon W.; McDowell, Angela L.; Strollo, Patrick J.; O'Donnell, Christopher P.

    2013-01-01

    Obesity is a primary risk factor for the development of obstructive sleep apnea in humans, but the impact of obesity on central sleep apnea is less clear. Given the comorbidities associated with obesity in humans, we developed techniques for long-term recording of diaphragmatic EMG activity and polysomnography in obese mice to assess breathing patterns during sleep and to determine the effect of obesity on apnea generation. We hypothesized that genetically obese ob/ob mice would exhibit less variability in breathing across the 24-h circadian cycle, be more prone to central apneas, and be more likely to exhibit patterns of increased diaphragm muscle activity consistent with obstructive apneas compared with lean mice. Unexpectedly, we found that obese mice exhibited a greater circadian impact on respiratory rate and diaphragmatic burst amplitude than lean mice, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Central apneas were more common in REM sleep (42 ± 17 h?1) than non-REM (NREM) sleep (14 ± 5 h?1) in obese mice (P < 0.05), but rates were not different between lean and obese mice in either sleep state. Even after experimentally enhancing central apnea generation by acute withdrawal of hypoxic chemoreceptor activation during sleep, central apnea rates remained comparable between lean and obese mice. Last, we were unable to detect patterns of diaphragmatic burst activity suggestive of obstructive apnea events in obese mice. In summary, obesity does not predispose mice to increased occurrence of central or obstructive apneas during sleep, but does lead to a more pronounced circadian variability in respiration. PMID:23722707

  1. A Novel Unstable Duplication Upstream of HAS2 Predisposes to a Breed-Defining Skin Phenotype and a Periodic Fever Syndrome in Chinese Shar-Pei Dogs

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    Olsson, Mia; Mauceli, Evan; Quilez, Javier; Tonomura, Noriko; Zanna, Giordana; Docampo, Maria José; Bassols, Anna; Avery, Anne C.; Karlsson, Elinor K.; Thomas, Anne; Kastner, Daniel L.; Bongcam-Rudloff, Erik; Webster, Matthew T.; Sanchez, Armand; Hedhammar, Åke; Remmers, Elaine F.; Andersson, Leif; Ferrer, Lluis; Tintle, Linda; Lindblad-Toh, Kerstin

    2011-01-01

    Hereditary periodic fever syndromes are characterized by recurrent episodes of fever and inflammation with no known pathogenic or autoimmune cause. In humans, several genes have been implicated in this group of diseases, but the majority of cases remain unexplained. A similar periodic fever syndrome is relatively frequent in the Chinese Shar-Pei breed of dogs. In the western world, Shar-Pei have been strongly selected for a distinctive thick and heavily folded skin. In this study, a mutation affecting both these traits was identified. Using genome-wide SNP analysis of Shar-Pei and other breeds, the strongest signal of a breed-specific selective sweep was located on chromosome 13. The same region also harbored the strongest genome-wide association (GWA) signal for susceptibility to the periodic fever syndrome (praw?=?2.3×10?6, pgenome?=?0.01). Dense targeted resequencing revealed two partially overlapping duplications, 14.3 Kb and 16.1 Kb in size, unique to Shar-Pei and upstream of the Hyaluronic Acid Synthase 2 (HAS2) gene. HAS2 encodes the rate-limiting enzyme synthesizing hyaluronan (HA), a major component of the skin. HA is up-regulated and accumulates in the thickened skin of Shar-Pei. A high copy number of the 16.1 Kb duplication was associated with an increased expression of HAS2 as well as the periodic fever syndrome (p<0.0001). When fragmented, HA can act as a trigger of the innate immune system and stimulate sterile fever and inflammation. The strong selection for the skin phenotype therefore appears to enrich for a pleiotropic mutation predisposing these dogs to a periodic fever syndrome. The identification of HA as a major risk factor for this canine disease raises the potential of this glycosaminoglycan as a risk factor for human periodic fevers and as an important driver of chronic inflammation. PMID:21437276

  2. Testicular germ cell tumours: predisposition genes and the male germ cell niche

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    Duncan Gilbert; Elizabeth Rapley; Janet Shipley

    2011-01-01

    Testicular germ cell tumours (TGCTs) of adults and adolescents are putatively derived from primordial germ cells or gonocytes. Recently reported genome-wide association studies implicate six gene loci that predispose to TGCT development. Remarkably, the functions of proteins encoded by genes within these regions bridge our understanding between the pathways involved in primordial germ cell physiology, male germ cell development and

  3. C4 deficiency is a predisposing factor for Streptococcus pneumoniae-induced autoantibody production

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    Yammani, Rama D.; Leyva, Marcela A.; Jennings, Ryan N.; Haas, Karen M.

    2015-01-01

    Reductions in C4 levels may predispose individuals to infection with encapsulated bacteria as well as autoimmunity. In this study, we examined the role C4 has in protection against Streptococcus pneumoniae-induced autoimmunity. Mild respiratory infection with serotype 19F pneumococci selectively induced systemic anti-dsDNA IgA production in naïve C4-/- mice, but not C3-/- or wild type mice. Systemic challenge with virulent serotype 3 pneumococci also induced anti-dsDNA IgA production in immune C4-/- mice. Remarkably, pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPS) vaccination alone induced C4-/- mice to produce increased anti-dsDNA IgA levels that were maintained in some mice for months. These effects were most pronounced in female C4-/- mice. Importantly, immunization-induced increases in anti-dsDNA IgA levels were strongly associated with increased IgA deposition in kidneys. Cross-reactivity between pneumococcal antigens and dsDNA played a partial role in the induction of anti-dsDNA IgA, but a major role for PPS-associated TLR2 agonists was also revealed. Administration of the TLR2/4 antagonist, OxPAPC, at the time of PPS immunization completely blocked the production of anti-dsDNA IgA in C4-/- mice without suppressing PPS-specific Ab production. The TLR2 agonist, Pam3Csk4, similarly induced anti-dsDNA IgA production in C4-/- mice, which OxPAPC also prevented. LPS, a TLR4 agonist, had no effect. Pam3Csk4, but not LPS, also induced dsDNA-specific IgA production by C4-/- splenic IgA+ B cells in vitro, indicating TLR2 agonists can stimulate autoAb production via B cell-intrinsic mechanisms. Collectively, our results show an important role for C4 in suppressing autoAb production elicited by cross-reactive antigens and TLR2 agonists associated with S. pneumoniae. PMID:25339671

  4. Impact of Methionine Synthase Gene and Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene Polymorphisms on the Risk of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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    Menachem Gross; Gideon Friedman; Ron Eliashar; Nira Koren-Morag; Neta Goldschmidt; Iman Abou Atta; Arie Ben-Yehuda

    2006-01-01

    Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) represents a frequently encountered otological disease of unknown etiology. In recent years, several inherited risk factors have been found in the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. In the present study, we determined whether specific polymorphism or the combination of polymorphisms in folate-dependent homocysteine metabolism genes can act as predisposing inherited vascular risk factors in the

  5. Effect modification by population dietary folate on the association between MTHFR genotype, homocysteine, and stroke risk: a meta-analysis of genetic studies and randomised trials

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    Holmes, Michael V; Newcombe, Paul; Hubacek, Jaroslav A; Sofat, Reecha; Ricketts, Sally L; Cooper, Jackie; Breteler, Monique MB; Bautista, Leonelo E; Sharma, Pankaj; Whittaker, John C; Smeeth, Liam; Fowkes, F Gerald R; Algra, Ale; Shmeleva, Veronika; Szolnoki, Zoltan; Roest, Mark; Linnebank, Michael; Zacho, Jeppe; Nalls, Michael A; Singleton, Andrew B; Ferrucci, Luigi; Hardy, John; Worrall, Bradford B; Rich, Stephen S; Matarin, Mar; Norman, Paul E; Flicker, Leon; Almeida, Osvaldo P; van Bockxmeer, Frank M; Shimokata, Hiroshi; Khaw, Kay-Tee; Wareham, Nicholas J; Bobak, Martin; Sterne, Jonathan AC; Smith, George Davey; Talmud, Philippa J; van Duijn, Cornelia; Humphries, Steve E; Price, Jackie F; Ebrahim, Shah; Lawlor, Debbie A; Hankey, Graeme J; Meschia, James F; Sandhu, Manjinder S; Hingorani, Aroon D; Casas, Juan P

    2011-01-01

    Summary Background The MTHFR 677C?T polymorphism has been associated with raised homocysteine concentration and increased risk of stroke. A previous overview showed that the effects were greatest in regions with low dietary folate consumption, but differentiation between the effect of folate and small-study bias was difficult. A meta-analysis of randomised trials of homocysteine-lowering interventions showed no reduction in coronary heart disease events or stroke, but the trials were generally set in populations with high folate consumption. We aimed to reduce the effect of small-study bias and investigate whether folate status modifies the association between MTHFR 677C?T and stroke in a genetic analysis and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Methods We established a collaboration of genetic studies consisting of 237 datasets including 59?995 individuals with data for homocysteine and 20?885 stroke events. We compared the genetic findings with a meta-analysis of 13 randomised trials of homocysteine-lowering treatments and stroke risk (45?549 individuals, 2314 stroke events, 269 transient ischaemic attacks). Findings The effect of the MTHFR 677C?T variant on homocysteine concentration was larger in low folate regions (Asia; difference between individuals with TT versus CC genotype, 3·12 ?mol/L, 95% CI 2·23 to 4·01) than in areas with folate fortification (America, Australia, and New Zealand, high; 0·13 ?mol/L, ?0·85 to 1·11). The odds ratio (OR) for stroke was also higher in Asia (1·68, 95% CI 1·44 to 1·97) than in America, Australia, and New Zealand, high (1·03, 0·84 to 1·25). Most randomised trials took place in regions with high or increasing population folate concentrations. The summary relative risk (RR) of stroke in trials of homocysteine-lowering interventions (0·94, 95% CI 0·85 to 1·04) was similar to that predicted for the same extent of homocysteine reduction in large genetic studies in populations with similar folate status (predicted RR 1·00, 95% CI 0·90 to 1·11). Although the predicted effect of homocysteine reduction from large genetic studies in low folate regions (Asia) was larger (RR 0·78, 95% CI 0·68 to 0·90), no trial has evaluated the effect of lowering of homocysteine on stroke risk exclusively in a low folate region. Interpretation In regions with increasing levels or established policies of population folate supplementation, evidence from genetic studies and randomised trials is concordant in suggesting an absence of benefit from lowering of homocysteine for prevention of stroke. Further large-scale genetic studies of the association between MTHFR 677C?T and stroke in low folate settings are needed to distinguish effect modification by folate from small-study bias. If future randomised trials of homocysteine-lowering interventions for stroke prevention are undertaken, they should take place in regions with low folate consumption. Funding Full funding sources listed at end of paper (see Acknowledgments). PMID:21803414

  6. A Lower Degree of PBMC L1 Methylation in Women with Lower Folate Status May Explain the MTHFR C677T Polymorphism Associated Higher Risk of CIN in the US Post Folic Acid Fortification Era

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    Badiga, Suguna; Johanning, Gary L.; Macaluso, Maurizio; Azuero, Andres; Chambers, Michelle M.; Siddiqui, Nuzhat R.; Piyathilake, Chandrika J.

    2014-01-01

    Background Studies in populations unexposed to folic acid (FA) fortification have demonstrated that MTHFR C677T polymorphism is associated with increased risk of higher grades of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN 2+). However, it is unknown whether exposure to higher folate as a result of the FA fortification program has altered the association between MTHFR C677T and risk of CIN, or the mechanisms involved with such alterations. The current study investigated the following in a FA fortified population: 1) The association between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and risk of CIN 2+; 2) The modifying effects of plasma folate concentrations on this association; and 3) The modifying effects of plasma folate on the association between the polymorphism and degree of methylation of long interspersed nucleotide elements (L1s), in peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) DNA, a documented biomarker of CIN risk. Methods The study included 457 US women diagnosed with either CIN 2+ (cases) or ? CIN 1 (non-cases). Unconditional logistic regression models were used to test the associations after adjusting for relevant risk factors for CIN. Results The 677CT/TT MTHFR genotypes were not associated with the risk of CIN 2+. Women with CT/TT genotype with lower folate, however, were more likely to be diagnosed with CIN 2+ compared to women with CT/TT genotype with higher folate (OR?=?2.41, P?=?0.030). Women with CT/TT genotype with lower folate were less likely to have a higher degree of PBMC L1 methylation compared to women with CT/TT genotype with higher folate (OR?=?0.28, P?=?0.017). Conclusions This study provides the first evidence that the MTHFR 677CT/TT genotype-associated lower degree of PBMC L1 methylation increases the risk of CIN 2+ in women in the US post-FA fortification era. Thus, even in the post-FA fortification era, not all women have adequate folate status to overcome MTHFR 677CT/TT genotype-associated lower degree of L1 methylation. PMID:25302494

  7. Epigenetic Genes and Emotional Reactivity to Daily Life Events: A Multi-Step Gene-Environment Interaction Study

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    Pishva, Ehsan; Drukker, Marjan; Viechtbauer, Wolfgang; Decoster, Jeroen; Collip, Dina; van Winkel, Ruud; Wichers, Marieke; Jacobs, Nele; Thiery, Evert; Derom, Catherine; Geschwind, Nicole; van den Hove, Daniel; Lataster, Tineke; Myin-Germeys, Inez; van Os, Jim

    2014-01-01

    Recent human and animal studies suggest that epigenetic mechanisms mediate the impact of environment on development of mental disorders. Therefore, we hypothesized that polymorphisms in epigenetic-regulatory genes impact stress-induced emotional changes. A multi-step, multi-sample gene-environment interaction analysis was conducted to test whether 31 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in epigenetic-regulatory genes, i.e. three DNA methyltransferase genes DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B, and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), moderate emotional responses to stressful and pleasant stimuli in daily life as measured by Experience Sampling Methodology (ESM). In the first step, main and interactive effects were tested in a sample of 112 healthy individuals. Significant associations in this discovery sample were then investigated in a population-based sample of 434 individuals for replication. SNPs showing significant effects in both the discovery and replication samples were subsequently tested in three other samples of: (i) 85 unaffected siblings of patients with psychosis, (ii) 110 patients with psychotic disorders, and iii) 126 patients with a history of major depressive disorder. Multilevel linear regression analyses showed no significant association between SNPs and negative affect or positive affect. No SNPs moderated the effect of pleasant stimuli on positive affect. Three SNPs of DNMT3A (rs11683424, rs1465764, rs1465825) and 1 SNP of MTHFR (rs1801131) moderated the effect of stressful events on negative affect. Only rs11683424 of DNMT3A showed consistent directions of effect in the majority of the 5 samples. These data provide the first evidence that emotional responses to daily life stressors may be moderated by genetic variation in the genes involved in the epigenetic machinery. PMID:24967710

  8. Elevated total plasma homocysteine and 667C{r_arrow}T mutation of the 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene in thrombotic vascular disease

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    De Franchis, R.; Sebastio, G.; Andria, G. [Universita Federico II, Naples (Italy)] [and others

    1996-07-01

    Moderate elevation of total plasma homocysteine (tHcy) has been reported as an independent risk factor for thrombotic vascular disease, a well-known multifactorial disorder. Possible genetic causes of elevated tHcy include defects of the sulfur-containing amino acids metabolism due to deficiencies of cystathionine {Beta}-synthase, of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), and of the enzymes of cobalamin metabolism. An impaired activity of MTHFR due to a thermolabile form of the enzyme has been observed in {le}28% of hyperhomocysteinemic patients with premature vascular disease. More recently, the molecular basis of such enzymatic thermolability has been related to a common mutation of the MTHFR gene, causing a C-to-T substitution at nt 677 (677C{r_arrow}T). This mutation was found in 38% of unselected chromosomes from 57 French Canadian individuals. The homozygous state for the mutation was present in 12% of these subjects and correlated with significantly elevated tHcy. Preliminary evidence indicates that the frequency of homozygotes for the 677C{r_arrow}T mutation may vary significantly in populations from different geographic areas. 5 refs., 2 tabs.

  9. Significance of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene variants in acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Indian population: an experimental, computational and meta-analysis.

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    Bellampalli, Ravishankara; Phani, Nagaraja M; Bhat, Kamalakshi G; Prasad, Krishna; Bhaskaranand, Nalini; Guruprasad, Kanive P; Rai, Padmalatha S; Satyamoorthy, Kapaettu

    2015-05-01

    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) arises due to several genetic alterations in progenitor cells, and methotrexate is frequently used as part of the treatment regimen. Although there is evidence for an effect of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) C677T and A1298C variations on drug response in ALL, its risk association for ALL is still unresolved. In a case-control study of 203 patients with ALL and 246 controls and meta-analysis in the Indian population, we showed an insignificant association of MTHFR C677T and A1298C genotypes with childhood and adult ALL. Comprehensive in silico characterization of non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) and SNPs of the 3' untranslated region (UTR) revealed nine nsSNPs as deleterious, and three SNPs in the 3'UTR could possibly alter the binding of miRNAs. The study revealed that several overlooked SNPs may contribute to the risk of ALL susceptibility and further studies of these SNPs with functional characterization in a large sample size are required to understand the significant role of MTHFR in ALL development. PMID:25115513

  10. PAGES: Clinical study for families with multiple cases of pancreatic cancer The PAncreatic Cancer GEnes Study (PAGES) is an ongoing study at Dana-Farber created

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    Liu, Xiaole Shirley

    PAGES: Clinical study for families with multiple cases of pancreatic cancer The PAncreatic Cancer GEnes Study (PAGES) is an ongoing study at Dana-Farber created to advance pancreatic cancer research of this study will be the identification of the gene(s) that predispose to pancreatic cancer, which will lead

  11. Matching Genes and Vitamins: A Personalized Plan May Be in Your Future

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    ... that contains the code for an enzyme called MTHFR. Among other things, this enzyme plays an important ... and found that several mutations affected how well MTHFR did its work. Even slight variations in the ...

  12. Mutations of HNRNPA0 and WIF1 predispose members of a large family to multiple cancers.

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    Wei, Chongjuan; Peng, Bo; Han, Younghun; Chen, Wei V; Rother, Joshua; Tomlinson, Gail E; Boland, C Richard; Chaussabel, Marc; Frazier, Marsha L; Amos, Christopher I

    2015-06-01

    We studied a large family that presented a strong familial susceptibility to multiple early onset cancers including prostate, breast, colon, and several other uncommon cancers. Through targeted gene, linkage, and whole genome sequencing analyses, we show that the presence of a variant in the regulatory region of HNRNPA0 associated with elevated cancer incidence in this family (Hazard ratio = 7.20, p = 0.0004). Whole genome sequencing identified a second rare protein changing mutation of WIF1 that interacted with the HNRNPA0 variant resulting in extremely high risk for cancer in carriers of mutations in both genes (p = 1.98 × 10(-13)). Analysis of downstream targets of the mutations in these two genes showed that the HNRNPA0 mutation affected expression patterns in the PI3 kinase and ERK/MAPK signaling pathways, while the WIF1 variant influenced expression of genes that play a role in NAD biosynthesis. This is a first report of variation in HNRNPA0 influencing common cancers or of a striking interaction between rare variants coexisting in an extended pedigree and jointly affecting cancer risk. PMID:25716654

  13. Polymorphisms in folate pathway genes are not associated with somatic nondisjunction in turner syndrome.

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    Bispo, Adriana Valéria Sales; Dos Santos, Luana Oliveira; de Barros, Juliana Vieira; Duarte, Andrea Rezende; Araújo, Jacqueline; Muniz, Maria Tereza Cartaxo; Santos, Neide

    2015-07-01

    Folate metabolism dysfunction can lead to DNA hypomethylation and abnormal chromosomal segregation. Previous investigations of this association have produced controversial results. Here we performed a case-control study in patients with Turner syndrome (TS) to determine the effects of genetic polymorphisms of folate pathway genes as potential risk factors for somatic chromosomal nondisjunction. TS is a useful model for this investigation because patients with TS show a high frequency of chromosome mosaicism. Here we investigated the possible association of polymorphisms of the MTHFR gene with TS risk, which has been previously investigated with controversial results. We also examined the effects of MTR, RFC1, and TYMS gene polymorphisms in TS for the first time. The risk was evaluated according to allelic and genotype (independent and combined) frequencies among 70 patients with TS and 144 age-matched healthy control subjects. Polymorphism genotyping was performed by PCR, PCR-RFLP, and PCR-ASA. The polymorphisms MTHFR 677C>T and 1298A>C, MTR 2756A>G, RFC1 80G>A, and TYMS 2R/3R-alone or in combinations-were not associated with the risk of chromosomal aneuploidy in TS. In conclusion, our present findings did not support a link between impaired folate metabolism and abnormal chromosome segregation leading to somatic nondisjunction in TS patients. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:25858821

  14. Gene-environment interactions of selected pharmacogenes in arterial hypertension.

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    Bochud, Murielle; Guessous, Idris

    2012-11-01

    Hypertension affects approximately 1 billion people worldwide. Owing to population aging, hypertension-related cardiovascular burden is expected to rise in the near future. In addition to genetic variants influencing the blood pressure response to antihypertensive drugs, several genes encoding for drug-metabolizing or -transporting enzymes have been associated with blood pressure and/or hypertension in humans (e.g., ACE, CYP1A2, CYP3A5, ABCB1 and MTHFR) regardless of drug treatment. These genes are also involved in the metabolism and transport of endogenous substances and their effects may be modified by selected environmental factors, such as diet or lifestyle. However, little is currently known on the complex interplay between environmental factors, endogenous factors, genetic variants and drugs on blood pressure control. This review will discuss the respective role of population-based primary prevention and personalized medicine for arterial hypertension, taking a pharmacogenomics' perspective focusing on selected pharmacogenes. PMID:23234325

  15. Absence of the predisposing factors and signs and symptoms usually associated with overreaching and overtraining in physical fitness centers

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    Ackel?D'Elia, Carolina; Vancini, Rodrigo Luiz; Castelo, Adauto; Nouailhetas, Viviane Louise Andrée; da Silva, Antonio Carlos

    2010-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the occurrence of the well?known predisposing factors and signs and symptoms usually associated with either overreaching or overtraining syndrome in physical fitness centers in São Paulo City, Brazil. METHOD: A questionnaire consisting of 13 question groups pertaining to either predisposing factors (1?7) or signs and symptoms (8?13) was given to 413 subjects. The general training schedule of the volunteers was characterized by workout sessions of 2.18 ± 0.04 h for a total of 11.0 ± 0.3 h/week for 33 ± 2 months independent of the type of exercise performed (walking, running, spinning, bodybuilding and stretching). A mean score was calculated ranging from 1 (completely absent) to 5 (severe) for each question group. A low occurrence was considered to be a question group score lower than 4, which was observed in all 13 question groups. RESULTS: The psychological evaluation by POMS Mood State Questionnaire indicated a normal non?inverted iceberg. The hematological parameters, creatine kinase activity, cortisol, total testosterone and free testosterone concentrations were within the normal ranges for the majority of the volunteers selected for this analysis (n ?=? 60). CONCLUSION: According to the questionnaire score analysis, no predisposing factors or signs and symptoms usually associated with either overreaching or overtraining were detected among the members of physical fitness centers in São Paulo City, Brazil. This observation was corroborated by the absence of any significant hematological or stress hormone level alterations in blood analyses of the majority of the selected volunteers (n ?=? 60). PMID:21243291

  16. Cervical Klippel-Feil syndrome predisposing an elderly African man to central cord myelopathy following minor trauma.

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    Adeleye, A Olufemi; Akinyemi, R Olusola

    2010-09-01

    An otherwise-healthy, active 83-year-old Nigerian man developed reversible central cord myelopathy from a mild fall on a level surface. Cervical spine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed C5, 6, and 7 block vertebrae and marked disc extrusions only at the immediately adjoining upper and lower non-fused segments of the cervical spine. There was no spinal canal stenosis otherwise. We think that the unique presentation of this case of Klippel-Feil syndrome further supports the impression that following fusion (congenital or acquired) of one segment of the spinal column, hypermobility of the non-fused adjoining segments may strongly predispose to more disc extrusions. PMID:21327144

  17. Rare missense variants in POT1 predispose to familial cutaneous malignant melanoma.

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    Shi, Jianxin; Yang, Xiaohong R; Ballew, Bari; Rotunno, Melissa; Calista, Donato; Fargnoli, Maria Concetta; Ghiorzo, Paola; Bressac-de Paillerets, Brigitte; Nagore, Eduardo; Avril, Marie Francoise; Caporaso, Neil E; McMaster, Mary L; Cullen, Michael; Wang, Zhaoming; Zhang, Xijun; Bruno, William; Pastorino, Lorenza; Queirolo, Paola; Banuls-Roca, Jose; Garcia-Casado, Zaida; Vaysse, Amaury; Mohamdi, Hamida; Riazalhosseini, Yasser; Foglio, Mario; Jouenne, Fanélie; Hua, Xing; Hyland, Paula L; Yin, Jinhu; Vallabhaneni, Haritha; Chai, Weihang; Minghetti, Paola; Pellegrini, Cristina; Ravichandran, Sarangan; Eggermont, Alexander; Lathrop, Mark; Peris, Ketty; Scarra, Giovanna Bianchi; Landi, Giorgio; Savage, Sharon A; Sampson, Joshua N; He, Ji; Yeager, Meredith; Goldin, Lynn R; Demenais, Florence; Chanock, Stephen J; Tucker, Margaret A; Goldstein, Alisa M; Liu, Yie; Landi, Maria Teresa

    2014-05-01

    Although CDKN2A is the most frequent high-risk melanoma susceptibility gene, the underlying genetic factors for most melanoma-prone families remain unknown. Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified a rare variant that arose as a founder mutation in the telomere shelterin gene POT1 (chromosome 7, g.124493086C>T; p.Ser270Asn) in five unrelated melanoma-prone families from Romagna, Italy. Carriers of this variant had increased telomere lengths and numbers of fragile telomeres, suggesting that this variant perturbs telomere maintenance. Two additional rare POT1 variants were identified in all cases sequenced in two separate Italian families, one variant per family, yielding a frequency for POT1 variants comparable to that for CDKN2A mutations in this population. These variants were not found in public databases or in 2,038 genotyped Italian controls. We also identified two rare recurrent POT1 variants in US and French familial melanoma cases. Our findings suggest that POT1 is a major susceptibility gene for familial melanoma in several populations. PMID:24686846

  18. Loss of hippocampal serine protease BSP1/neuropsin predisposes to global seizure activity.

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    Davies, B; Kearns, I R; Ure, J; Davies, C H; Lathe, R

    2001-09-15

    Serine proteases in the adult CNS contribute both to activity-dependent structural changes accompanying learning and to the regulation of excitotoxic cell death. Brain serine protease 1 (BSP1)/neuropsin is a trypsin-like serine protease exclusively expressed, within the CNS, in the hippocampus and associated limbic structures. To explore the role of this enzyme, we have used gene targeting to disrupt this gene in mice. Mutant mice were viable and overtly normal; they displayed normal hippocampal long-term synaptic potentiation (LTP) and exhibited no deficits in spatial navigation (water maze). Nevertheless, electrophysiological studies revealed that the hippocampus of mice lacking this specifically expressed protease possessed an increased susceptibility for hyperexcitability (polyspiking) in response to repetitive afferent stimulation. Furthermore, seizure activity on kainic acid administration was markedly increased in mutant mice and was accompanied by heightened immediate early gene (c-fos) expression throughout the brain. In view of the regional selectivity of BSP1/neuropsin brain expression, the observed phenotype may selectively reflect limbic function, further implicating the hippocampus and amygdala in controlling cortical activation. Within the hippocampus, our data suggest that BSP1/neuropsin, unlike other serine proteases, has little effect on physiological synaptic remodeling and instead plays a role in limiting neuronal hyperexcitability induced by epileptogenic insult. PMID:11549709

  19. Rare missense variants in POT1 predispose to familial cutaneous malignant melanoma

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    Shi, Jianxin; Yang, Xiaohong R.; Ballew, Bari; Rotunno, Melissa; Calista, Donato; Fargnoli, Maria Concetta; Ghiorzo, Paola; Paillerets, Brigitte Bressac-de; Nagore, Eduardo; Avril, Marie Francoise; Caporaso, Neil E.; McMaster, Mary L.; Cullen, Michael; Wang, Zhaoming; Zhang, Xijun; Bruno, William; Pastorino, Lorenza; Queirolo, Paola; Banuls-Roca, Jose; Garcia-Casado, Zaida; Vaysse, Amaury; Mohamdi, Hamida; Riazalhosseini, Yasser; Foglio, Mario; Jouenne, Fanélie; Hua, Xing; Hyland, Paula L.; Yin, Jinhu; Vallabhaneni, Haritha; Chai, Weihang; Minghetti, Paola; Pellegrini, Cristina; Ravichandran, Sarangan; Eggermont, Alexander; Lathrop, Mark; Peris, Ketty; Scarra, Giovanna Bianchi; Landi, Giorgio; Savage, Sharon A.; Sampson, Joshua N.; He, Ji; Yeager, Meredith; Goldin, Lynn R.; Demenais, Florence; Chanock, Stephen J.; Tucker, Margaret A.; Goldstein, Alisa M.; Liu, Yie; Landi, Maria Teresa

    2014-01-01

    Although CDKN2A is the most frequent high-risk melanoma susceptibility gene, the underlying genetic factors for most melanoma-prone families remain unknown. Using whole exome sequencing, we identified a rare variant that arose as a founder mutation in the telomere shelterin POT1 gene (g.7:124493086 C>T, Ser270Asn) in five unrelated melanoma-prone families from Romagna, Italy. Carriers of this variant had increased telomere length and elevated fragile telomeres suggesting that this variant perturbs telomere maintenance. Two additional rare POT1 variants were identified in all cases sequenced in two other Italian families, yielding a frequency of POT1 variants comparable to that of CDKN2A mutations in this population. These variants were not found in public databases or in 2,038 genotyped Italian controls. We also identified two rare recurrent POT1 variants in American and French familial melanoma cases. Our findings suggest that POT1 is a major susceptibility gene for familial melanoma in several populations. PMID:24686846

  20. A Novel Quantitative Hemolytic Assay Coupled with Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms Analysis Enabled Early Diagnosis of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and Identified Unique Predisposing Mutations in Japan

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    Yoshida, Yoko; Miyata, Toshiyuki; Matsumoto, Masanori; Shirotani-Ikejima, Hiroko; Uchida, Yumiko; Ohyama, Yoshifumi; Kokubo, Tetsuro; Fujimura, Yoshihiro

    2015-01-01

    For thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs), the diagnosis of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is made by ruling out Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC)-associated HUS and ADAMTS13 activity-deficient thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), often using the exclusion criteria for secondary TMAs. Nowadays, assays for ADAMTS13 activity and evaluation for STEC infection can be performed within a few hours. However, a confident diagnosis of aHUS often requires comprehensive gene analysis of the alternative complement activation pathway, which usually takes at least several weeks. However, predisposing genetic abnormalities are only identified in approximately 70% of aHUS. To facilitate the diagnosis of complement-mediated aHUS, we describe a quantitative hemolytic assay using sheep red blood cells (RBCs) and human citrated plasma, spiked with or without a novel inhibitory anti-complement factor H (CFH) monoclonal antibody. Among 45 aHUS patients in Japan, 24% (11/45) had moderate-to-severe (?50%) hemolysis, whereas the remaining 76% (34/45) patients had mild or no hemolysis (<50%). The former group is largely attributed to CFH-related abnormalities, and the latter group has C3-p.I1157T mutations (16/34), which were identified by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis. Thus, a quantitative hemolytic assay coupled with RFLP analysis enabled the early diagnosis of complement-mediated aHUS in 60% (27/45) of patients in Japan within a week of presentation. We hypothesize that this novel quantitative hemolytic assay would be more useful in a Caucasian population, who may have a higher proportion of CFH mutations than Japanese patients. PMID:25951460

  1. A Mutation in TNNC1-encoded Cardiac Troponin C, TNNC1-A31S, Predisposes to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Ventricular Fibrillation*

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    Parvatiyar, Michelle S.; Landstrom, Andrew P.; Figueiredo-Freitas, Cicero; Potter, James D.; Ackerman, Michael J.; Pinto, Jose Renato

    2012-01-01

    Defined as clinically unexplained hypertrophy of the left ventricle, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is traditionally understood as a disease of the cardiac sarcomere. Mutations in TNNC1-encoded cardiac troponin C (cTnC) are a relatively rare cause of HCM. Here, we report clinical and functional characterization of a novel TNNC1 mutation, A31S, identified in a pediatric HCM proband with multiple episodes of ventricular fibrillation and aborted sudden cardiac death. Diagnosed at age 5, the proband is family history-negative for HCM or sudden cardiac death, suggesting a de novo mutation. TnC-extracted cardiac skinned fibers were reconstituted with the cTnC-A31S mutant, which increased Ca2+ sensitivity with no effect on the maximal contractile force generation. Reconstituted actomyosin ATPase assays with 50% cTnC-A31S:50% cTnC-WT demonstrated Ca2+ sensitivity that was intermediate between 100% cTnC-A31S and 100% cTnC-WT, whereas the mutant increased the activation of the actomyosin ATPase without affecting the inhibitory qualities of the ATPase. The secondary structure of the cTnC mutant was evaluated by circular dichroism, which did not indicate global changes in structure. Fluorescence studies demonstrated increased Ca2+ affinity in isolated cTnC, the troponin complex, thin filament, and to a lesser degree, thin filament with myosin subfragment 1. These results suggest that this mutation has a direct effect on the Ca2+ sensitivity of the myofilament, which may alter Ca2+ handling and contribute to the arrhythmogenesis observed in the proband. In summary, we report a novel mutation in the TNNC1 gene that is associated with HCM pathogenesis and may predispose to the pathogenesis of a fatal arrhythmogenic subtype of HCM. PMID:22815480

  2. Highly prevalent TP53 mutation predisposing to many cancers in the Brazilian population: a case for newborn screening?

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    Achatz, Maria Isabel Waddington; Hainaut, Pierre; Ashton-Prolla, Patricia

    2009-09-01

    The unusually high population frequency of a germline TP53 mutation (R337H) predisposing to early cancer has led to mass newborn testing for this mutation in the State of Paraná, southern Brazil. Newborn screening for inherited cancer risk is complex and controversial. In this paper, we discuss the justifications for this screening by considering the medical and scientific evidence for this mutation. R337H has been identified in Brazilian families with Li-Fraumeni or related syndromes predisposing to cancers in childhood (ie, brain, renal, and adrenocortical carcinomas), adolescence (ie, soft tissue and bone sarcomas), and young adulthood (ie, breast cancer). R337H has also been detected in children with adrenocortical carcinoma without a documented family history of cancer. The mutation is estimated to occur in about 0.3% of the population in southern Brazil and is associated with increased cancer risk throughout life. Cancer patterns in families positive for R337H suggest strong genetic modifying effects, making it difficult to predict individual risk. Because protocols for cancer-risk management in Li-Fraumeni or related syndromes are debatable, extreme care should prevail in predictive testing of children for R337H. A detailed assessment of the risks, benefits, and costs is needed to ensure that medical, social, and ethical justifications for newborn screening are met. PMID:19717094

  3. An Overview of IAEA Activities to Support Pre-disposal Management of Radioactive Wastes in Member States - 12334

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    Kumar Samanta, Susanta; Drace, Zoran; Ojovan, Michael [Waste Technology Section, International Atomic Energy Agency, P.O. Box 100, Wagramerstasse, 1400 Vienna (Austria)

    2012-07-01

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) promotes safe and effective management of radioactive waste and has suitable programmes in place to serve the needs of Member States in this area. These programmes cover the development and use of safety standards, planning, technologies and approaches needed for the management of different types of radioactive waste, resulting both from the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear applications. In the pre-disposal area, the assistance to Members States covers a wide range of topics, including policy and strategy, inventory assessment, technologies and approaches for waste minimization, selection of technical options for waste processing and storage, improvement in operating practices at nuclear facilities, optimization of waste management capacity, etc. and is delivered through the publication of technical guidance documents, coordinated research projects, networks, technical cooperation projects and organization of training and technical review services. This report presents an overview of recent IAEA accomplishments aiming to support activities in pre-disposal management of radioactive waste with focus on technological aspects. (authors)

  4. Need, Enabling, Predisposing, and Behavioral Determinants of Access to Preventative Care in Argentina: Analysis of the National Survey of Risk Factors

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    Jahangir, Eiman; Irazola, Vilma; Rubinstein, Adolfo

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Health care utilization is an important step to disease management, providing opportunities for prevention and treatment. Anderson’s Health Behavior Model has defined utilization by need, predisposing, and enabling determinants. We hypothesize that need, predisposing, and enabling, highlighting behavioral factors are associated with utilization in Argentina. Methods We performed a logistic regression analysis of the 2005 and 2009 Argentinean Survey of Risk Factors, a cohort of 41,392 and 34,732 individuals, to explore the association between need, enabling, predisposing, and behavioral factors to blood pressure measurement in the last year. Results In the 2005 cohort, blood pressure measurement was associated with perception of health, insurance coverage, basic needs met, and income. Additionally, female sex, civil state, household type, older age groups, education, and alcohol use were associated with utilization. The 2009 cohort showed similar associations with only minor differences between the models. Conclusions We explored the association between utilization of clinical preventive services with need, enabling, predisposing, and behavioral factors. While predisposing and need determinants are associated with utilization, enabling factors such as insurance coverage provides an area for public intervention. These are important findings where policies should be focused to improve utilization of preventive services in Argentina. PMID:22984608

  5. Gene-environment interactions in severe intraventricular hemorrhage of preterm neonates

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    Ment, Laura R.; Ådén, Ulrika; Lin, Aiping; Kwon, Soo Hyun; Choi, Murim; Hallman, Mikko; Lifton, Richard P.; Zhang, Heping; Bauer, Charles R.

    2014-01-01

    Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) of the preterm neonate is a complex developmental disorder, with contributions from both the environment and the genome. IVH, or hemorrhage into the germinal matrix of the developing brain with secondary periventricular infarction, occurs in that critical period of time before the 32nd – 33rd week post-conception and has been attributed to changes in cerebral blood flow to the immature germinal matrix microvasculature. Emerging data suggest that genes subserving coagulation, inflammatory and vascular pathways, and their interactions with environmental triggers may influence both the incidence and severity of cerebral injury and are the subject of this review. Polymorphisms in the Factor V Leiden gene are associated with the atypical timing of IVH suggesting an as yet unknown environmental trigger. The methylenetetra-hydrofolate reeducates (MTHFR) variants render neonates more vulnerable to cerebral injury in the presence of perinatal hypoxia. The present study demonstrates that the MTHFR 677C>T polymorphism and low 5 minute Apgar score additively increase the risk of IVH. Finally, review of published preclinical data suggests the stressors of delivery result in hemorrhage in the presence of mutations in collagen 4A1 (COL4A1), a major structural protein of the developing cerebral vasculature. Maternal genetics and fetal environment may also play a role. PMID:24192699

  6. The Effect of Multiple Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Folic Acid Pathway Genes on Homocysteine Metabolism

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    Liang, Shuang; Zhou, Yuanpeng; Wang, Huijun; Qian, Yanyan; Ma, Duan; Tian, Weidong; Persaud-Sharma, Vishwani; Yu, Chen; Ren, Yunyun; Zhou, Shufeng; Li, Xiaotian

    2014-01-01

    Objective. To investigate the joint effects of the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of genes in the folic acid pathway on homocysteine (Hcy) metabolism. Methods. Four hundred women with normal pregnancies were enrolled in this study. SNPs were identified by MassARRAY. Serum folic acid and Hcy concentration were measured. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and support vector machine (SVM) regressions were used to analyze the joint effects of SNPs on the Hcy level. Results. SNPs of MTHFR (rs1801133 and rs3733965) were significantly associated with maternal serum Hcy level. In the different genotypes of MTHFR (rs1801133), SNPs of RFC1 (rs1051266), TCN2 (rs9606756), BHMT (rs3733890), and CBS (rs234713 and rs2851391) were linked with the Hcy level adjusted for folic acid concentration. The integrated SNPs scores were significantly associated with the residual Hcy concentration (RHC) (r = 0.247). The Hcy level was significantly higher in the group with high SNP scores than that in other groups with SNP scores of less than 0.2 (P = 0.000). Moreover, this difference was even more significant in moderate and high levels of folic acid. Conclusion. SNPs of genes in the folic acid pathway possibly affect the Hcy metabolism in the presence of moderate and high levels of folic acid. PMID:24524080

  7. Association Between Gene Expression of Metabolizing Enzymes and Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinomas in China

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    Yin, Lihong; Pu, Yuepu

    2012-01-01

    Epidemiological studies have indicated that the incidence of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is associated with environmental exposure to mutagens and carcinogens. To determine whether the basal expression level of genes involved in metabolism of carcinogens is associated with the risk of ESCC, a case–control study of 100 patients with newly diagnosed, untreated ESCC and 117 healthy controls was performed, and the relative expression levels of four metabolism genes (CYP2E1, GSTP1, MTHFR, and NQO1) were determined with quantitative real-time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Analyzed with the mean of relative expression level in the controls as the cut-off point, the result exhibited that the increased risk for ESCC was significantly associated with reduced expression of GSTP1 (odds ratio [OR]=3.644, 95% confidence interval [CI: 1.947–6.823) and NQO1 (OR=1.870, 95% CI: 1.046–3.345). When adjusted for age, sex, smoking status, and alcohol use, the increased risk for ESCC was significantly associated with reduced expression of GSTP1, MTHFR, and NQO1, and GSTP1 mRNA showed a steady association with the risk for ESCC (OR=2.640) in the model of stepwise regression analysis. Reduced expression of GSTP1 in PBMCs was significantly associated with the risk for ESCC, suggesting an important etiology clue to the early progression of ESCC in the Huaian population of China. PMID:22853296

  8. 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene variants and congenital anomalies: a HuGE review.

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    Botto, L D; Yang, Q

    2000-05-01

    The enzyme 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is involved in folate metabolism. The MTHFR gene is located on chromosome 1 (1p36.3), and two common alleles, the C677T (thermolabile) allele and the A1298C allele, have been described. The population frequency of C677T homozygosity ranges from 1% or less among Blacks from Africa and the United States to 20% or more among Italians and US Hispanics. C677T homozygosity in infants is associated with a moderately increased risk for spina bifida (pooled odds ratio = 1.8; 95% confidence interval: 1.4, 2.2). Maternal C677T homozygosity also appears to be a moderate risk factor (pooled odds ratio = 2.0; 95% confidence interval: 1.5, 2.8). The A 1298C allele combined with the C677T allele also could be associated with an increased risk for spina bifida. Some data suggest that the risk for spina bifida associated with C677T homozygosity may depend on nutritional status (e.g., blood folate levels, intake of vitamins) or on the genotype of other folate-related genes (e.g., cystathionine-beta-synthase and methionine synthase reductase). Studies of the C677T allele in relation to oral clefts, Down syndrome, and fetal anticonvulsant syndrome either have yielded conflicting results or have not been yet replicated. PMID:10791559

  9. The Mycotoxin Deoxynivalenol Predisposes for the Development of Clostridium perfringens-Induced Necrotic Enteritis in Broiler Chickens

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    Antonissen, Gunther; Ducatelle, Richard; Haesebrouck, Freddy; Timbermont, Leen; Verlinden, Marc; Janssens, Geert Paul Jules; Eeckhaut, Venessa; Eeckhout, Mia; De Saeger, Sarah; Hessenberger, Sabine; Martel, An; Croubels, Siska

    2014-01-01

    Both mycotoxin contamination of feed and Clostridium perfringens-induced necrotic enteritis have an increasing global economic impact on poultry production. Especially the Fusarium mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) is a common feed contaminant. This study aimed at examining the predisposing effect of DON on the development of necrotic enteritis in broiler chickens. An experimental Clostridium perfringens infection study revealed that DON, at a contamination level of 3,000 to 4,000 µg/kg feed, increased the percentage of birds with subclinical necrotic enteritis from 20±2.6% to 47±3.0% (P<0.001). DON significantly reduced the transepithelial electrical resistance in duodenal segments (P<0.001) and decreased duodenal villus height (P?=?0.014) indicating intestinal barrier disruption and intestinal epithelial damage, respectively. This may lead to an increased permeability of the intestinal epithelium and decreased absorption of dietary proteins. Protein analysis of duodenal content indeed showed that DON contamination resulted in a significant increase in total protein concentration (P?=?0.023). Furthermore, DON had no effect on in vitro growth, alpha toxin production and netB toxin transcription of Clostridium perfringens. In conclusion, feed contamination with DON at concentrations below the European maximum guidance level of 5,000 µg/kg feed, is a predisposing factor for the development of necrotic enteritis in broilers. These results are associated with a negative effect of DON on the intestinal barrier function and increased intestinal protein availability, which may stimulate growth and toxin production of Clostridium perfringens. PMID:25268498

  10. Mutations in AXIN2 cause familial tooth agenesis and predispose to colorectal cancer.

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    Lammi, Laura; Arte, Sirpa; Somer, Mirja; Jarvinen, Heikki; Lahermo, Paivi; Thesleff, Irma; Pirinen, Sinikka; Nieminen, Pekka

    2004-05-01

    Wnt signaling regulates embryonic pattern formation and morphogenesis of most organs. Aberrations of regulation of Wnt signaling may lead to cancer. Here, we have used positional cloning to identify the causative mutation in a Finnish family in which severe permanent tooth agenesis (oligodontia) and colorectal neoplasia segregate with dominant inheritance. Eleven members of the family lacked at least eight permanent teeth, two of whom developed only three permanent teeth. Colorectal cancer or precancerous lesions of variable types were found in eight of the patients with oligodontia. We show that oligodontia and predisposition to cancer are caused by a nonsense mutation, Arg656Stop, in the Wnt-signaling regulator AXIN2. In addition, we identified a de novo frameshift mutation 1994-1995insG in AXIN2 in an unrelated young patient with severe tooth agenesis. Both mutations are expected to activate Wnt signaling. The results provide the first evidence of the importance of Wnt signaling for the development of dentition in humans and suggest that an intricate control of Wnt-signal activity is necessary for normal tooth development, since both inhibition and stimulation of Wnt signaling may lead to tooth agenesis. Our findings introduce a new gene for hereditary colorectal cancer and suggest that tooth agenesis may be an indicator of cancer susceptibility. PMID:15042511

  11. The vitamin D receptor genotype predisposes to the development of calcific aortic valve stenosis

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    Ortlepp, J; Hoffmann, R; Ohme, F; Lauscher, J; Bleckmann, F; Hanrath, P

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—To test the hypothesis that vitamin D receptor polymorphism is associated with calcific aortic valve stenosis.?DESIGN—The distribution of one polymorphism of the vitamin D receptor (BsmI B/b) was examined in 100 consecutive patients with calcific valvar aortic stenosis and compared with a control group of 100 patients (paired match for age, sex, and the presence of coronary artery disease from a total of 630 patients without calcified aortic valves). Polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism were used to determine genotypes.?RESULTS—There was a significant difference in vitamin D receptor allele and genotype frequencies between the two groups. The allele B had a higher prevalence in patients with calcific aortic stenosis (B = 0.56, b = 0.44) than in the control cohort (B = 0.40, b = 0.60) (p = 0.001).?CONCLUSIONS—There is a significant association of vitamin D receptor polymorphism with calcific aortic valve stenosis. The B allele of the vitamin D receptor is more common in patients with calcific aortic valve stenosis. It now needs to be evaluated whether other genes that control calcium homeostasis are involved in the pathogenesis of this disorder.???Keywords: vitamin D receptor; calcific aortic stenosis; aortic valve; genetic polymorphism PMID:11359741

  12. The plasma levels of coglutinin are heritable in cattle and low levels predispose to infection.

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    Holmskov, U; Jensenius, J C; Tornøe, I; Løvendahl, P

    1998-01-01

    Conglutinin, like mannan-binding lectin (MBL) and CL-43, is a serum collection involved in the innate immune defence system. In man, low serum MBL concentrations, resulting from mutations in the collagen region, are associated with a common opsonic defect. Plasma levels of conglutinin in cattle were assayed by rocket immunoelectrophoresis to examine whether they were genetically determined. Samples were collected from calves (309 bull-calves and 260 heifers with complex pedigree relationships). The number of respiratory infections from the 42nd to 336th day of life was recorded. The number of infections was found to be genetically determined (heritability: h2 = 0.31 +/- 0.07). A wide concentration range of conglutinin was found in plasma (< 1.25-35 micrograms/ml for females, geometric mean 8.1 micrograms/ml, and < 1.25-47 micrograms/ml for males, geometric mean 15.5 micrograms/ml), and the concentrations was found to be genetically determined (heritability, h2 = 0.52 +/- 0.07). The analysis revealed a negative association between disease frequency and the conglutinin levels (-0.56 +/- 0.18 for female; -0.50 +/- 0.18 for male). Levels of conglutinin below the detection limit of the assay (1.25 micrograms/ml) were found in 2% of the animals. If these animals are assumed to be homozygous for a single recessive allele causing low concentrations a gene frequency of 0.15 could be calculated. These findings suggests that selection for resistance against infectious disease is possible in cattle and that the level of plasma conglutinin may be a helpful trait in such a breeding scheme. Images Figure 1 PMID:9640256

  13. Factor V Leiden mutation is not a predisposing factor for acute coronary syndromes

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    Himabindu, G.; Rajasekhar, D.; Latheef, K.; Sarma, P.V.G.K.; Vanajakshamma, V.; Chaudhury, Abhijit; Bitla, Aparna R.

    2012-01-01

    Background The prevalence of Coronary artery disease (CAD) in India has increased considerably over the past few years and could become the number one killer disease if interventions are not done. Factor V Leiden (FVL) mutation and FII G20210A polymorphism are two recently described genetic factors with a propensity towards venous thrombosis. This warrants the investigations for thrombophilia in myocardial infarction patients in India. Methods The study cohort consisted of 51 patients aged below 50 years presenting with acute coronary syndromes. In both patient group and normal individuals the major risk factors Protein C deficiency, Protein S deficiency, anticardiolipin antibodies, Fibrinogen and Lipoprotein [a] were studied. Factor V Leiden (FVL) G1691A mutation in both control and patient group was looked by using Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by sequencing of the PCR products. Results Our results indicated significantly higher levels of anticardiolipin antibodies and fibrinogen in the patients and absence of FVL (G1691A) mutation in our study cohort. One of the patients (H5) showed insertion of an extra A nucleotide in exon 10 of the Factor V gene resulting in frame shift mutation in this patient. Conclusion The results of present study showed absence of FVL mutation in our population. However, there is a need to confirm the above findings on patients from different populations from different parts of the country. The insertion of an extra A in exon 10 in the patient needs to be ascertained to confirm that it is one of its kinds or is prevalent in the population. PMID:23253409

  14. Systematic resequencing of X-chromosome synaptic genes in autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia

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    A Piton; J Gauthier; F F Hamdan; R G Lafrenière; Y Yang; E Henrion; S Laurent; A Noreau; P Thibodeau; L Karemera; D Spiegelman; F Kuku; J Duguay; L Destroismaisons; P Jolivet; M Côté; K Lachapelle; O Diallo; A Raymond; C Marineau; N Champagne; L Xiong; C Gaspar; J-B Rivière; J Tarabeux; P Cossette; M-O Krebs; J L Rapoport; A Addington; L E DeLisi; L Mottron; R Joober; E Fombonne; P Drapeau; G A Rouleau; GA Rouleau

    2011-01-01

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia (SCZ) are two common neurodevelopmental syndromes that result from the combined effects of environmental and genetic factors. We set out to test the hypothesis that rare variants in many different genes, including de novo variants, could predispose to these conditions in a fraction of cases. In addition, for both disorders, males are either more

  15. Predisposing and Enabling Factors Associated with Mammography Use among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Women Living in a Rural Area

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    Tejeda, Silvia; Thompson, Beti; Coronado, Gloria D.; Martin, Diane P.; Heagerty, Patrick J.

    2009-01-01

    Context: Women who do not receive regular mammograms are more likely than others to have breast cancer diagnosed at an advanced stage. Purpose: To examine predisposing and enabling factors associated with mammography use among Hispanic and non-Hispanic White women. Methods: Baseline data were used from a larger study on cancer prevention in rural…

  16. Folate and one-carbon metabolism gene polymorphisms and their associations with oral facial clefts.

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    Boyles, Abee L; Wilcox, Allen J; Taylor, Jack A; Meyer, Klaus; Fredriksen, Ase; Ueland, Per Magne; Drevon, Christian A; Vollset, Stein Emil; Lie, Rolv Terje

    2008-02-15

    Folate metabolism plays a critical role in embryonic development. Prenatal folate supplementation reduces the risk of neural tube defects and probably oral facial clefts. Previous studies of related metabolic genes have associated polymorphisms in cystathionine-beta-synthase (CBS) and 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) with cleft risk. We explored associations between genes related to one-carbon metabolism and clefts in a Norwegian population-based study that included 362 families with cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P) and 191 families with cleft palate only (CPO). We previously showed a 39% reduction in risk of CL/P with folic acid supplementation in this population. In the present study we genotyped 12 polymorphisms in nine genes related to one-carbon metabolism and looked for associations of clefting risk with fetal polymorphisms, maternal polymorphisms, as well as parent-of-origin effects, using combined likelihood-ratio tests (LRT). We also stratified by maternal periconceptional intake of folic acid (>400 microg) to explore gene-exposure interactions. We found a reduced risk of CL/P with mothers who carried the CBS C699T variant (rs234706); relative risk was 0.94 with one copy of the T allele (95% CI 0.63-1.4) and 0.50 (95% CI 0.26-0.96) with two copies (P = 0.008). We found no evidence of interaction of this variant with folate status. We saw no evidence of risk from the MTHFR C677T variant (rs1801133) either overall or after stratifying by maternal folate intake. No associations were found between any of the polymorphisms and CPO. Genetic variations in the nine metabolic genes examined here do not confer a substantial degree of risk for clefts. PMID:18203168

  17. Maternal gene polymorphisms involved in folate metabolism and the risk of having a Down syndrome offspring: a meta-analysis.

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    Yang, Mei; Gong, Tian; Lin, Xiaofang; Qi, Ling; Guo, Yiyang; Cao, Zhongqiang; Shen, Min; Du, Yukai

    2013-11-01

    Down syndrome (DS) is the most common chromosomal abnormality. Many studies have assessed the association between maternal gene polymorphisms involved in folate metabolism and the risk of having a DS offspring, but data are conflicting. Our study aimed to arrive at a more accurate estimation. Therefore, we carried out a meta-analysis of 26, 17, 9, 15, 9 and 6 case-control studies on the relationship between maternal methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T and A1298C, methionine synthase (MTR) A2756G, methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) A66G, reduced folate carrier 1 A80G and cystathionine ?-synthase 844ins68 polymorphisms and the risk of having a DS offspring. The allele contrast and model-free approach were used. Results showed marginal significant associations for MTHFR C677T, overall [odds ratio (OR) = 1.28 (1.22, 1.46) and generalised odds ratio (ORG) = 1.35 (1.16, 1.57)] and in Caucasian [OR = 1.15 (1.03, 1.29) and ORG = 1.20 (1.04, 1.38)], Asian [OR = 1.68 (1.08, 2.63) and ORG = 1.74 (1.08, 2.80)] and Brazilian [OR = 1.22 (1.04, 1.43) and ORG = 1.28 (1.06, 1.55)] populations; for MTRR A66G, overall [OR = 1.22 (1.02, 1.46) and ORG = 1.31 (1.06, 1.62)]; and for RFC1 A80G, overall [OR = 1.16 (1.02, 1.31) and ORG = 1.18 (1.01, 1.37)]. MTHFR A1298C, MTR 12756G and CBS 844ins68 polymorphisms produced non-significant results. Since potential confounders could not be ruled out completely in this meta-analysis, further studies are needed to confirm these results. PMID:24068460

  18. Genetic variation at MECOM, TERT, JAK2 and HBS1L-MYB predisposes to myeloproliferative neoplasms

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    Tapper, William; Jones, Amy V.; Kralovics, Robert; Harutyunyan, Ashot S.; Zoi, Katerina; Leung, William; Godfrey, Anna L.; Guglielmelli, Paola; Callaway, Alison; Ward, Daniel; Aranaz, Paula; White, Helen E.; Waghorn, Katherine; Lin, Feng; Chase, Andrew; Joanna Baxter, E.; Maclean, Cathy; Nangalia, Jyoti; Chen, Edwin; Evans, Paul; Short, Michael; Jack, Andrew; Wallis, Louise; Oscier, David; Duncombe, Andrew S.; Schuh, Anna; Mead, Adam J.; Griffiths, Michael; Ewing, Joanne; Gale, Rosemary E.; Schnittger, Susanne; Haferlach, Torsten; Stegelmann, Frank; Döhner, Konstanze; Grallert, Harald; Strauch, Konstantin; Tanaka, Toshiko; Bandinelli, Stefania; Giannopoulos, Andreas; Pieri, Lisa; Mannarelli, Carmela; Gisslinger, Heinz; Barosi, Giovanni; Cazzola, Mario; Reiter, Andreas; Harrison, Claire; Campbell, Peter; Green, Anthony R.; Vannucchi, Alessandro; Cross, Nicholas C.P.

    2015-01-01

    Clonal proliferation in myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) is driven by somatic mutations in JAK2, CALR or MPL, but the contribution of inherited factors is poorly characterized. Using a three-stage genome-wide association study of 3,437 MPN cases and 10,083 controls, we identify two SNPs with genome-wide significance in JAK2V617F-negative MPN: rs12339666 (JAK2; meta-analysis P=1.27 × 10?10) and rs2201862 (MECOM; meta-analysis P=1.96 × 10?9). Two additional SNPs, rs2736100 (TERT) and rs9376092 (HBS1L/MYB), achieve genome-wide significance when including JAK2V617F-positive cases. rs9376092 has a stronger effect in JAK2V617F-negative cases with CALR and/or MPL mutations (Breslow–Day P=4.5 × 10?7), whereas in JAK2V617F-positive cases rs9376092 associates with essential thrombocythemia (ET) rather than polycythemia vera (allelic ?2 P=7.3 × 10?7). Reduced MYB expression, previously linked to development of an ET-like disease in model systems, associates with rs9376092 in normal myeloid cells. These findings demonstrate that multiple germline variants predispose to MPN and link constitutional differences in MYB expression to disease phenotype. PMID:25849990

  19. Quantification of key red blood cell folates from subjects with defined MTHFR 677C>T genotypes using stable isotope dilution liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry

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    Huang, Yuehua; Khartulyari, Stefanie; Morales, Megan E.; Stanislawska-Sachadyn, Anna; Von Feldt, Joan M.; Whitehead, Alexander S.; Blair, Ian A.

    2014-01-01

    Red blood cell (RBC) folate levels are established at the time of erythropoiesis and therefore provide a surrogate biomarker for the average folate status of an individual over the preceding four months. Folates are present as folylpolyglutamates, highly polar molecules that cannot be secreted from the RBCs, and must be converted into their monoglutamate forms prior to analysis. This was accomplished using an individual’s plasma pteroylpolyglutamate hydrolase by lysing the RBCs in whole blood at pH 5 in the presence of ascorbic acid. Quantitative conversion of formylated tetrahydrofolate derivatives into the stable 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate (5,10-MTHF) form was conducted at pH 1.5 in the presence of [13C5]-5-formyltetrahydrofolate. The resulting [13C5]-5,10-MTHF was then used as an internal standard for the formylated forms of tetrahydrofolate that had been converted into 5,10-MTHF as well any 5,10-MTHF that had been present in the original sample. A stable isotope dilution liquid chromatography-multiple reaction monitoring/mass spectrometry method was validated and then used for the accurate and precise quantification of RBC folic acid, 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF), tetrahydrofolate (THF), and 5,10-MTHF. The method was sensitive and robust and was used to assess the relationship between different methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C>T genotypes and RBC folate phenotypes. Four distinct RBC folate phenotypes could be identified. These were classified according to the relative amounts of individual RBC folates as type I (5-MTHF >95%; THF <5%; 5,10-MTHF <5%), type II (5-MTHF <95%; THF 5% to 20%; 5,10-MTHF <5%), type III (5-MTHF >55%; THF >20%; 5,10-MTHF >5%), and type IV (5-MTHF <55%; THF >20%; 5,10-MTHF >5%). PMID:18634122

  20. Gene Expression Profiling in Rodent Models for Schizophrenia

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    Schijndel, Jessica E. Van; Martens, Gerard J.M

    2010-01-01

    The complex neurodevelopmental disorder schizophrenia is thought to be induced by an interaction between predisposing genes and environmental stressors. In order to get a better insight into the aetiology of this complex disorder, animal models have been developed. In this review, we summarize mRNA expression profiling studies on neurodevelopmental, pharmacological and genetic animal models for schizophrenia. We discuss parallels and contradictions among these studies, and propose strategies for future research. PMID:21629445

  1. Three novel types of splicing aberrations in the tuberous sclerosis TSC2 gene caused by mutations apart from splice consensus sequences 1 1 Accession numbers and URLs for data in this article are as follows: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man: http:\\/\\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\\/omim. For TSC1 (MIM 191100) and TSC2 (MIM 191092). The Human Gene Mutation Data Base, Cardiff (HGMD): http:\\/\\/www.uwcm.acuk\\/uwcm\\/mg. For TSC1 120735 and for TSC2 120466. TSC Variation Database: http:\\/\\/www.expmed.bwh.harvard.edu\\/projects\\/tsc_database. GenBank: http:\\/\\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\\/Genbank. For TSC2 cDNA X75621 and TSC2 complete genomic sequence AC005600

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    Karin Mayer; Wolfgang Ballhausen; Werner Leistner; Hans-Dieter Rott

    2000-01-01

    Disease causing aberrations in both tuberous sclerosis predisposing genes, TSC1 and TSC2, comprise nearly every type of alteration with a predominance of small truncating mutations distributed over both genes. We performed an RNA based screening of the entire coding regions of both TSC genes applying the protein truncation test (PTT) and identified a high proportion of unusual splicing abnormalities affecting

  2. SMAD genes in juvenile polyposis.

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    Roth, S; Sistonen, P; Salovaara, R; Hemminki, A; Loukola, A; Johansson, M; Avizienyte, E; Cleary, K A; Lynch, P; Amos, C I; Kristo, P; Mecklin, J P; Kellokumpu, I; Järvinen, H; Aaltonen, L A

    1999-09-01

    Juvenile polyposis (JP) is a dominantly inherited condition characterized by the development of multiple hamartomatous tumors, juvenile polyps, in the gastrointestinal tract. The aim of this study was to clarify the role of SMAD4 in JP. DNA from four unrelated JP kindreds and three sporadic JP cases was available for mutation screening. Two truncating defects (one in a familial and one in a sporadic case) and one missense change (in a familial case) that was absent in 55 control samples were detected. To study the possibility that germline mutations in other genes encoding different components of the TGF-beta signaling pathway may be present in these JP patients, mutation analyses of the SMAD2, SMAD3, and SMAD7 genes were also performed. No mutations of these genes were detected in any of the patients. Our results confirm that SMAD4 is a gene predisposing to JP and suggest the existence of further JP loci other than the SMAD2, SMAD3, or SMAD7 genes. Genes Chromosomes Cancer 26:54-61, 1999. PMID:10441006

  3. Cancer-testis gene expression is associated with the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase 677 C>T polymorphism in non-small cell lung carcinoma

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    2013-01-01

    Background Tumor-specific, coordinate expression of cancer-testis (CT) genes, mapping to the X chromosome, is observed in more than 60% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Although CT gene expression has been unequivocally related to DNA demethylation of promoter regions, the underlying mechanism leading to loss of promoter methylation remains elusive. Polymorphisms of enzymes within the 1-carbon pathway have been shown to affect S-adenosyl methionine (SAM) production, which is the sole methyl donor in the cell. Allelic variants of several enzymes within this pathway have been associated with altered SAM levels either directly, or indirectly as reflected by altered levels of SAH and Homocysteine levels, and altered levels of DNA methylation. We, therefore, asked whether the five most commonly occurring polymorphisms in four of the enzymes in the 1-carbon pathway associated with CT gene expression status in patients with NSCLC. Methods Fifty patients among a cohort of 763 with NSCLC were selected based on CT gene expression status and typed for five polymorphisms in four genes known to affect SAM generation by allele specific q-PCR and RFLP. Results We identified a significant association between CT gene expression and the MTHFR 677 CC genotype, as well as the C allele of the SNP, in this cohort of patients. Multivariate analysis revealed that the genotype and allele strongly associate with CT gene expression, independent of potential confounders. Conclusions Although CT gene expression is associated with DNA demethylation, in NSCLC, our data suggests this is unlikely to be the result of decreased MTHFR function. PMID:24063603

  4. Relations between molecular and biological abnormalities in 11 families from siblings affected with methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase deficiency

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    Carole Tonetti; Jean-Marie Saudubray; Bernard Echenne; Pierre Landrieu; Stéphane Giraudier; Jacqueline Zittoun

    2003-01-01

    Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder resulting in elevated homocysteine levels in plasma and urine. MTHFR catalyses the reduction of methylenetetrahydrofolate to methyltetrahydrofolate, a cofactor for homocysteine remethylation to methionine. MTHFR deficiency may be diagnosed from infancy to adulthood with a broad spectrum of clinical symptoms. A molecular analysis of the MTHFR gene combined with an assessment

  5. Are MTHFR C677T and MTRR A66G Polymorphisms Associated with Overweight/Obesity Risk? From a Case-Control to a Meta-Analysis of 30,327 Subjects.

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    Fan, Shu-Jun; Yang, Bo-Yi; Zhi, Xue-Yuan; He, Miao; Wang, Da; Wang, Yan-Xun; Wang, Yi-Nuo; Wei, Jian; Zheng, Quan-Mei; Sun, Gui-Fan

    2015-01-01

    Several studies have examined the associations of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) A66G polymorphisms with being overweight/obesity. However, the results are still controversial. We therefore conducted a case-control study (517 cases and 741 controls) in a Chinese Han population and then performed a meta-analysis by combining previous studies (5431 cases and 24,896 controls). In our case-control study, the MTHFR C677T polymorphism was not significantly associated with being overweight/obesity when examining homozygous codominant, heterozygous codominant, dominant, recessive and allelic genetic models. The following meta-analysis confirmed our case-control results. Heterogeneity was minimal in the overall analysis, and sensitivity analyses and publication bias tests indicated that the meta-analytic results were reliable. Similarly, both the case-control study and meta-analysis found no significant association between the MTRR A66G polymorphism and being overweight/obesity. However, sensitivity analyses showed that the associations between the MTRR A66G polymorphism and being overweight/obesity became significant in the dominant, heterozygous codominant and allelic models after excluding our case-control study. The results from our case-control study and meta-analysis suggest that both of the two polymorphisms are not associated with being overweight/obesity. Further large-scale population-based studies, especially for the MTRR A66G polymorphism, are still needed to confirm or refute our findings. PMID:26016497

  6. Are MTHFR C677T and MTRR A66G Polymorphisms Associated with Overweight/Obesity Risk? From a Case-Control to a Meta-Analysis of 30,327 Subjects

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    Fan, Shu-Jun; Yang, Bo-Yi; Zhi, Xue-Yuan; He, Miao; Wang, Da; Wang, Yan-Xun; Wang, Yi-Nuo; Wei, Jian; Zheng, Quan-Mei; Sun, Gui-Fan

    2015-01-01

    Several studies have examined the associations of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) A66G polymorphisms with being overweight/obesity. However, the results are still controversial. We therefore conducted a case-control study (517 cases and 741 controls) in a Chinese Han population and then performed a meta-analysis by combining previous studies (5431 cases and 24,896 controls). In our case-control study, the MTHFR C677T polymorphism was not significantly associated with being overweight/obesity when examining homozygous codominant, heterozygous codominant, dominant, recessive and allelic genetic models. The following meta-analysis confirmed our case-control results. Heterogeneity was minimal in the overall analysis, and sensitivity analyses and publication bias tests indicated that the meta-analytic results were reliable. Similarly, both the case-control study and meta-analysis found no significant association between the MTRR A66G polymorphism and being overweight/obesity. However, sensitivity analyses showed that the associations between the MTRR A66G polymorphism and being overweight/obesity became significant in the dominant, heterozygous codominant and allelic models after excluding our case-control study. The results from our case-control study and meta-analysis suggest that both of the two polymorphisms are not associated with being overweight/obesity. Further large-scale population-based studies, especially for the MTRR A66G polymorphism, are still needed to confirm or refute our findings. PMID:26016497

  7. Molecular analysis of a family with three cases of first cousins with free trisomy 21 excludes the existence of a familial predisposing factor for nondisjunction

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    Girginoudis, P.; Avramopoulos, D. [Diagnostic Genetic Center, Athens (Greece); Robert, E. [Institut Europeen des Genomutations, Lyon (France)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    We have studied a French family with three individuals, paternally related first cousins, that presented free and complete trisomy 21. Using short sequence repeat polymorphisms from chromosome 21, we analyzed the DNA of two of the three affected individuals that were available. We determined the parental origin of the supernumerary chromosome in both cases. The trisomy in these cases was found to be due to maternal meiotic errors. Since the individuals were related through their paternal grandparents (their fathers were siblings) we conclude that the recurrence of trisomy 21 in this family is a result of chance and is not due to any possible genetic predisposing factors. This is in accordance with previous results on recurrent trisomy 21 families, where predisposing factors were also often excluded through the same kind of analysis.

  8. Predisposing trees to die during drought: How physiology and climate history influence mortality in southwestern U.S. piñon pine

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    Macalady, A. K.; English, N. B.; McDowell, N. G.; Swetnam, T. W.

    2011-12-01

    Detailed physical and chemical studies of trees that die and survive during drought provide insight into the historic conditions and physiological mechanisms that underpin episodes of tree mortality. We seek to deduce key physiological parameters that influenced the mortality and survival of piñon pine (Pinus edulis) during relatively warmer (2000's) and cooler (1950's) droughts in the southwestern U.S. Using recently sampled and archived tree-ring specimens of trees that died and survived during the 2000's and 1950's droughts, we constructed time series from two measurements that serve as integrated parameters of whole-tree physiological function: radial growth and stable carbon isotope ratios (?13C) in tree-ring cellulose. We focused our efforts on addressing two hypotheses: 1) piñon trees that died had hydraulic characteristics that predisposed them to succumb to drought and associated bark beetle outbreaks through either hydraulic failure or carbon starvation; 2) dead tree growth and ?13C should be more responsive to climate than surviving trees if drought and temperature driven stress are the ultimate drivers of tree death. We further hypothesize that if dying trees respond to drought by closing their stomata to avoid hydraulic failure, they limit their ability to photosynthesize and should exhibit lower growth and more positive ?13C than trees that survive. Conversely, if trees that died maintained relatively open stomata and succumbed to drought via hydraulic failure, they should exhibit more negative ?13C than trees that survive. Leading up to the 2000's drought, growth in trees that died was lower than in surviving trees, consistent with our expectation. ?13C in trees that died was more negative than in surviving trees but both growth and ?13C of trees that died were less responsive to climate than surviving trees, counter to our initial hypotheses. Our ?13C results are consistent with the hypothesis that the trees that died maintained higher stomatal conductance during drought and hence ran a greater risk of hydraulic failure than trees that survived. An alternative hypothesis is that trees that died had lower leaf area per unit root area, which could also explain higher growth in surviving trees. However, this explanation is inconsistent with previous published results on leaf area of piñon pines that died and survived during the 2000's drought. Notably, tree growth data extending back further in time reveals that growth of live and dead trees was similar until the 1950's drought, when growth trajectories diverged. The mechanism underlying this growth divergence is not yet clear, but this result suggests an important role of previous droughts in predisposing trees to die during subsequent droughts. This raises the possibility of increased future mortality if drought frequency increases even in the absence of changes in drought severity. We are currently expanding our analyses to trees that died and survived across multiple sites covering both the 2000's and the 1950's drought, which will allow us to compare mortality mechanisms across landscapes and between droughts of different magnitudes and temperature profiles.

  9. 5?-Reductase type 1 deficiency or inhibition predisposes to insulin resistance, hepatic steatosis, and liver fibrosis in rodents.

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    Livingstone, Dawn E W; Barat, Pascal; Di Rollo, Emma M; Rees, Georgina A; Weldin, Benjamin A; Rog-Zielinska, Eva A; MacFarlane, David P; Walker, Brian R; Andrew, Ruth

    2015-02-01

    5?-Reductase type 1 (5?R1) catalyses A-ring reduction of androgens and glucocorticoids in liver, potentially influencing hepatic manifestations of the metabolic syndrome. Male mice, homozygous for a disrupted 5?R1 allele (5?R1 knockout [KO] mice), were studied after metabolic (high-fat diet) and fibrotic (carbon tetrachloride [CCl4]) challenge. The effect of the 5?-reductase inhibitor finasteride on metabolism was investigated in male obese Zucker rats. While eating a high-fat diet, male 5?R1-KO mice demonstrated greater mean weight gain (21.6 ± 1.4 vs 16.2 ± 2.4 g), hyperinsulinemia (insulin area under the curve during glucose tolerance test 609 ± 103 vs. 313 ± 66 ng ? mL(-1) ? min), and hepatic steatosis (liver triglycerides 136.1 ± 17.0 vs. 89.3 ± 12.1 ?mol ? g(-1)). mRNA transcript profiles in liver were consistent with decreased fatty acid ?-oxidation and increased triglyceride storage. 5?R1-KO male mice were more susceptible to fibrosis after CCl4 administration (37% increase in collagen staining). The nonselective 5?-reductase inhibitor finasteride induced hyperinsulinemia and hepatic steatosis (10.6 ± 1.2 vs. 7.0 ± 1.0 ?mol ? g(-1)) in obese male Zucker rats, both intact and castrated. 5?R1 deficiency induces insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis, consistent with the intrahepatic accumulation of glucocorticoids, and predisposes to hepatic fibrosis. Hepatic steatosis is independent of androgens in rats. Variations in 5?R1 activity in obesity and with nonselective 5?-reductase inhibition in men with prostate disease may have important consequences for the onset and progression of metabolic liver disease. PMID:25239636

  10. Characterization of Proteinuria in Dogue de Bordeaux Dogs, a Breed Predisposed to a Familial Glomerulonephropathy: A Retrospective Study

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    Lavoué, Rachel; Trumel, Catherine; Smets, Pascale M. Y.; Braun, Jean-Pierre; Aresu, Luca; Daminet, Sylvie; Concordet, Didier; Palanché, Florence; Peeters, Dominique

    2015-01-01

    Dogue de Bordeaux dog has been reported to be predisposed to a familial glomerulonephropathy that displays some morphological modifications reported in focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis. Prevalence of quantitatively abnormal renal proteinuria was recently reported to be 33% in this breed. The nature of the proteinuria was assessed by sodium dodecyl sulfate-agarose gel electrophoresis and determinations of urinary markers (urinary retinol-binding protein, urinary N-acetyl-?-glucosaminidase, urinary albumin and urinary immunoglobulin G) on stored specimens. Diagnostic performances of sodium dodecyl sulfate-agarose gel electrophoresis to identify dogs with elevated urinary biomarkers were assessed. Samples from 102 adult Dogue de Bordeaux dogs (47 non-proteinuric [urine protein-to-creatinine ratio?0.2], 20 borderline-proteinuric [0.2< urine protein-to-creatinine ratio ?0.5] and 35 proteinuric dogs [urine protein-to-creatinine ratio >0.5]) were used, of which 2 were suffering from familial glomerulonephropathy. The electrophoretic protein patterns, for all but one proteinuric dog, were indicative of a glomerular origin and, in all dogs, the urinary albumin concentration related to creatinine concentration and the urinary immunoglobulin G concentration related to creatinine concentration were above the upper limit of the reference interval established for the breed. Sensitivity and specificity of sodium dodecyl sulfate-agarose gel electrophoresis identifying dogs with elevated urinary albumin concentration were 94% and 92%, respectively, while diagnostic performance of sodium dodecyl sulfate-agarose gel electrophoresis in detecting dogs with elevated urinary immunoglobulin G concentration yielded sensitivity and specificity of 90% and 74%, respectively. These results suggest that all proteinuric and some borderline-proteinuric Dogue de Bordeaux dogs likely have underlying glomerular lesions and that sodium dodecyl sulfate-agarose gel electrophoresis and urinary markers might be useful to screen dogs with borderline-proteinuria. Additional investigations are warranted to assess if these findings are related to the familial glomerulonephropathy. PMID:26181659

  11. Chronic ethanol ingestion impairs alveolar type II cell glutathione homeostasis and function and predisposes to endotoxin-mediated acute edematous lung injury in rats.

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    Holguin, F; Moss, I; Brown, L A; Guidot, D M

    1998-01-01

    Chronic alcohol abuse increases the incidence and mortality of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in septic patients. To examine a potential mechanism, we hypothesized that ethanol ingestion predisposes to sepsis-mediated acute lung injury by decreasing alveolar type II cell glutathione homeostasis and function. Lungs isolated from rats fed ethanol (20% in water for >/= 3 wk), compared with lungs from control-fed rats, had greater (P < 0. 05) edematous injury (reflected by nonhydrostatic weight gain) after endotoxin (2 mg/kg intraperitoneally) and subsequent perfusion ex vivo with n-formylmethionylleucylphenylalanine (fMLP, 10(-7) M). Ethanol ingestion decreased (P < 0.05) glutathione levels in the plasma, lung tissue, and lung lavage fluid, and increased (P < 0.05) oxidized glutathione levels in the lung lavage fluid. Furthermore, ethanol ingestion decreased type II cell glutathione content by 95% (P < 0.05), decreased (P < 0.05) type II cell surfactant synthesis and secretion, and decreased (P < 0.05) type II cell viability, in vitro. Finally, treatment with the glutathione precursors S-adenosyl-L-methionine and N-acetylcysteine in the final week of ethanol ingestion significantly reduced lung edema during perfusion ex vivo. We conclude that ethanol ingestion in rats alters alveolar type II cell glutathione levels and function, thereby predisposing the lung to acute edematous injury after endotoxemia. We speculate that chronic alcohol abuse in humans predisposes to ARDS through similar mechanisms. PMID:9466970

  12. Polymorphisms and haplotypes in folate-metabolizing genes and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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    (MTHFR 677C>T and 1298A>C); serine hy- droxymethyltransferase (SHMT1 C1420T); reduced folate carrier (RFC.10-0.82). Further, the MTR 2756AG/GG and the MTHFR 677TT geno- types were associated with increased risk for NHL (OR the cases and controls. The associations of DLCL and FL with TYMS 1494del6 and MTHFR 677TT genotypes

  13. [Association of several polymorphic loci of serotoninergic genes with unipolar depression].

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    Noskova, T G; Kazantseva, A V; Gareeva, A E; Ga?sina, D A; Tuktarova, S U; Khusnutdinova, E K

    2009-06-01

    Serotoninergic system is one of the major brain neurotransmitter systems that is involved in the development of depression disorders. Regulatory genes of this system are the principle candidate genes predisposing to unipolar depression. Using PCR-RFLP analysis, we have conducted a study of polymorphic loci of several genes of this system: C1019G of serotonin receptor 1A gene, (HTR1A); A438G of serotonin receptor 2A gene, (HTR2A); G861C of serotonin receptor 1B gene, (HTR1B); Stin2VNTR and 5-HTTLPR of serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) in patients with unipolar depression among ethnic Tatars and Russians. The results of the study suggest that genotype 10/10 of the SLC6A4 gene as well as genotype G/G and allele G of the HTR2A gene can predispose for increased risk of unipolar depression development in ethnic Russians. In contrast, genotype 12/10 of the SLC6A4 gene is a marker of low risk of the disease development in both ethnic groups. PMID:19639876

  14. Genetics Home Reference: Spina bifida

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    ... defect. The best-studied of these genes is MTHFR , which provides instructions for making a protein that ... risk of spina bifida. Read more about the MTHFR gene. How do people inherit spina bifida? Most ...

  15. Genetics Home Reference: Anencephaly

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    ... defect. The best-studied of these genes is MTHFR , which provides instructions for making a protein that ... the risk of anencephaly. Read more about the MTHFR gene. How do people inherit anencephaly? Most cases ...

  16. Evaluation of Factor V G1691A, prothrombin G20210A, Factor XIII V34L, MTHFR A1298C, MTHFR C677T and PAI-1 4G/5G genotype frequencies of patients subjected to cardiovascular disease (CVD) panel in south-east region of Turkey.

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    Oztuzcu, Serdar; Ergun, Sercan; Ula?l?, Mustafa; Nacarkahya, Gülper; I?ci, Yusuf Ziya; I?ci, Mehri; Bayraktar, Recep; Tamer, Ali; Çakmak, Ecir Ali; Arslan, Ahmet

    2014-06-01

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, such as arterial hypertension, obesity, dyslipidemia or diabetes mellitus, as well as CVDs, including myocardial infarction, coronary artery disease or stroke, are the most prevalent diseases and account for the major causes of death worldwide. In the present study, 4,709 unrelated patients subjected to CVD panel in south-east part of Turkey between the years 2010 and 2013 were enrolled and DNA was isolated from the blood samples of these patients. Mutation analyses were conducted using the real-time polymerase chain reaction method to screen six common mutations (Factor V G1691A, PT G20210A, Factor XIII V34L, MTHFR A1298C and C677T and PAI-1 -675 4G/5G) found in CVD panel. The prevalence of these mutations were 0.57, 0.25, 2.61, 13.78, 9.34 and 24.27 % in homozygous form, respectively. Similarly, the mutation percent of them in heterozygous form were 7.43, 3.44, 24.91, 44.94, 41.09 and 45.66%, respectively. No mutation was detected in 92 (1.95%) patients in total. Because of the fact that this is the first study to screen six common mutations in CVD panel in south-east region of Turkey, it has a considerable value on the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. Upon the results of the present and previous studied a careful examination for these genetic variants should be carried out in thrombophilia screening programs, particularly in Turkish population. PMID:24532105

  17. From The Cover: A common haplotype in the complement regulatory gene factor H (HF1\\/CFH) predisposes individuals to age-related macular degeneration

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    Gregory S. Hageman; Don H. Anderson; Lincoln V. Johnson; Lisa S. Hancox; Andrew J. Taiber; Lisa I. Hardisty; Jill L. Hageman; Heather A. Stockman; James D. Borchardt; Karen M. Gehrs; Richard J. H. Smith; Giuliana Silvestri; Stephen R. Russell; Caroline C. W. Klaver; Irene Barbazetto; Stanley Chang; Lawrence A. Yannuzzi; Gaetano R. Barile; John C. Merriam; R. Theodore Smith; Adam K. Olsh; Julie Bergeron; Jana Zernant; Joanna E. Merriam; Bert Gold; Michael Dean; Rando Allikmets

    2005-01-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of irreversible blindness in the elderly in developed countries. Our previous studies implicated activation of complement in the formation of drusen, the hallmark lesion of AMD. Here, we show that factor H (HF1), the major inhibitor of the alternative complement pathway, accumulates within drusen and is synthesized by the retinal pigmented

  18. Polymorphisms in prothrombotic genes in young stroke patients in Greece: a case-controlled study.

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    Ranellou, Kyriaki; Paraskeva, Anteia; Kyriazopoulos, Panagiotis; Batistatou, Anna; Evangelou, Aggelos; El-Aly, Mahmoud; Zis, Panagiotis; Tavernarakis, Antonios; Charalabopoulos, Konstantinos

    2015-06-01

    Mechanisms of ischemic stroke in young adults are poorly understood. The aim of the study was to investigate and compare the frequency of common variations in prothrombotic genes between young patients with ischemic stroke and controls. Fifty-one cases of first-ever ischemic stroke and 70 community-based controls aged below 50 years were studied. In both groups, the insertion/deletion 4G/5G variation (-675 4G/5G PAI-1) as well as the single-nucleotide polymorphism-844 G/A of the PAI-1 (-844 G/A PAI-1) gene promoter, factor V Leiden (FVL) G1691?, the prothrombin variant (allele 20210A, FIIG20210A), factor XIII-A Val34Leu polymorphism (FXIII-AVal34Leu) and C677T methylenotetrahydrofolate reductase (C677T MTHFR) polymorphism have been assessed. The -675 4G/5G PAI-1 allele distribution differed significantly between patients and controls (P?=?0.020), but no difference was found regarding the distribution of -844 G/A PAI-1 (P?=?0.493), FVL (P?=?0.199), FIIG20210A (P?=?0.410), FXIII-AVal34leu (P?=?0.160) and C677T MTHFR (P?=?0.788). A lower frequency of 5G/5G genotype and a higher frequency of the 4G/5G genotype of the PAI -675 4G/5G polymorphism was found in young ischemic stroke patients compared to healthy controls. Further epidemiological studies are needed to investigate the differences between different geographic areas, and prospective cohort studies are needed to investigate the possible protective role of 5G/5G polymorphism. PMID:25699610

  19. Recurrent microdeletions at 15q11.2 and 16p13.11 predispose to idiopathic generalized epilepsies.

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    de Kovel, Carolien G F; Trucks, Holger; Helbig, Ingo; Mefford, Heather C; Baker, Carl; Leu, Costin; Kluck, Christian; Muhle, Hiltrud; von Spiczak, Sarah; Ostertag, Philipp; Obermeier, Tanja; Kleefuss-Lie, Ailing A; Hallmann, Kerstin; Steffens, Michael; Gaus, Verena; Klein, Karl M; Hamer, Hajo M; Rosenow, Felix; Brilstra, Eva H; Trenité, Dorothée Kasteleijn-Nolst; Swinkels, Marielle E M; Weber, Yvonne G; Unterberger, Iris; Zimprich, Fritz; Urak, Lydia; Feucht, Martha; Fuchs, Karoline; Møller, Rikke S; Hjalgrim, Helle; De Jonghe, Peter; Suls, Arvid; Rückert, Ina-Maria; Wichmann, Heinz-Erich; Franke, Andre; Schreiber, Stefan; Nürnberg, Peter; Elger, Christian E; Lerche, Holger; Stephani, Ulrich; Koeleman, Bobby P C; Lindhout, Dick; Eichler, Evan E; Sander, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Idiopathic generalized epilepsies account for 30% of all epilepsies. Despite a predominant genetic aetiology, the genetic factors predisposing to idiopathic generalized epilepsies remain elusive. Studies of structural genomic variations have revealed a significant excess of recurrent microdeletions at 1q21.1, 15q11.2, 15q13.3, 16p11.2, 16p13.11 and 22q11.2 in various neuropsychiatric disorders including autism, intellectual disability and schizophrenia. Microdeletions at 15q13.3 have recently been shown to constitute a strong genetic risk factor for common idiopathic generalized epilepsy syndromes, implicating that other recurrent microdeletions may also be involved in epileptogenesis. This study aimed to investigate the impact of five microdeletions at the genomic hotspot regions 1q21.1, 15q11.2, 16p11.2, 16p13.11 and 22q11.2 on the genetic risk to common idiopathic generalized epilepsy syndromes. The candidate microdeletions were assessed by high-density single nucleotide polymorphism arrays in 1234 patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy from North-western Europe and 3022 controls from the German population. Microdeletions were validated by quantitative polymerase chain reaction and their breakpoints refined by array comparative genomic hybridization. In total, 22 patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy (1.8%) carried one of the five novel microdeletions compared with nine controls (0.3%) (odds ratio = 6.1; 95% confidence interval 2.8-13.2; chi(2) = 26.7; 1 degree of freedom; P = 2.4 x 10(-7)). Microdeletions were observed at 1q21.1 [Idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE)/control: 1/1], 15q11.2 (IGE/control: 12/6), 16p11.2 IGE/control: 1/0, 16p13.11 (IGE/control: 6/2) and 22q11.2 (IGE/control: 2/0). Significant associations with IGEs were found for the microdeletions at 15q11.2 (odds ratio = 4.9; 95% confidence interval 1.8-13.2; P = 4.2 x 10(-4)) and 16p13.11 (odds ratio = 7.4; 95% confidence interval 1.3-74.7; P = 0.009). Including nine patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy in this cohort with known 15q13.3 microdeletions (IGE/control: 9/0), parental transmission could be examined in 14 families. While 10 microdeletions were inherited (seven maternal and three paternal transmissions), four microdeletions occurred de novo at 15q13.3 (n = 1), 16p13.11 (n = 2) and 22q11.2 (n = 1). Eight of the transmitting parents were clinically unaffected, suggesting that the microdeletion itself is not sufficient to cause the epilepsy phenotype. Although the microdeletions investigated are individually rare (<1%) in patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy, they collectively seem to account for a significant fraction of the genetic variance in common idiopathic generalized epilepsy syndromes. The present results indicate an involvement of microdeletions at 15q11.2 and 16p13.11 in epileptogenesis and strengthen the evidence that recurrent microdeletions at 15q11.2, 15q13.3 and 16p13.11 confer a pleiotropic susceptibility effect to a broad range of neuropsychiatric disorders. PMID:19843651

  20. Recurrent microdeletions at 15q11.2 and 16p13.11 predispose to idiopathic generalized epilepsies

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    de Kovel, Carolien G. F.; Trucks, Holger; Helbig, Ingo; Mefford, Heather C.; Baker, Carl; Leu, Costin; Kluck, Christian; Muhle, Hiltrud; von Spiczak, Sarah; Ostertag, Philipp; Obermeier, Tanja; Kleefuß-Lie, Ailing A.; Hallmann, Kerstin; Steffens, Michael; Gaus, Verena; Klein, Karl M.; Hamer, Hajo M.; Rosenow, Felix; Brilstra, Eva H.; Kasteleijn-Nolst Trenité, Dorothée; Swinkels, Marielle E. M.; Weber, Yvonne G.; Unterberger, Iris; Zimprich, Fritz; Urak, Lydia; Feucht, Martha; Fuchs, Karoline; Møller, Rikke S.; Hjalgrim, Helle; De Jonghe, Peter; Suls, Arvid; Rückert, Ina-Maria; Wichmann, Heinz-Erich; Franke, Andre; Schreiber, Stefan; Nürnberg, Peter; Elger, Christian E.; Lerche, Holger; Stephani, Ulrich; Koeleman, Bobby P. C.; Lindhout, Dick; Eichler, Evan E.

    2010-01-01

    Idiopathic generalized epilepsies account for 30% of all epilepsies. Despite a predominant genetic aetiology, the genetic factors predisposing to idiopathic generalized epilepsies remain elusive. Studies of structural genomic variations have revealed a significant excess of recurrent microdeletions at 1q21.1, 15q11.2, 15q13.3, 16p11.2, 16p13.11 and 22q11.2 in various neuropsychiatric disorders including autism, intellectual disability and schizophrenia. Microdeletions at 15q13.3 have recently been shown to constitute a strong genetic risk factor for common idiopathic generalized epilepsy syndromes, implicating that other recurrent microdeletions may also be involved in epileptogenesis. This study aimed to investigate the impact of five microdeletions at the genomic hotspot regions 1q21.1, 15q11.2, 16p11.2, 16p13.11 and 22q11.2 on the genetic risk to common idiopathic generalized epilepsy syndromes. The candidate microdeletions were assessed by high-density single nucleotide polymorphism arrays in 1234 patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy from North-western Europe and 3022 controls from the German population. Microdeletions were validated by quantitative polymerase chain reaction and their breakpoints refined by array comparative genomic hybridization. In total, 22 patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy (1.8%) carried one of the five novel microdeletions compared with nine controls (0.3%) (odds ratio = 6.1; 95% confidence interval 2.8–13.2; ?2 = 26.7; 1 degree of freedom; P = 2.4 × 10?7). Microdeletions were observed at 1q21.1 [Idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE)/control: 1/1], 15q11.2 (IGE/control: 12/6), 16p11.2 IGE/control: 1/0, 16p13.11 (IGE/control: 6/2) and 22q11.2 (IGE/control: 2/0). Significant associations with IGEs were found for the microdeletions at 15q11.2 (odds ratio = 4.9; 95% confidence interval 1.8–13.2; P = 4.2 × 10?4) and 16p13.11 (odds ratio = 7.4; 95% confidence interval 1.3–74.7; P = 0.009). Including nine patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy in this cohort with known 15q13.3 microdeletions (IGE/control: 9/0), parental transmission could be examined in 14 families. While 10 microdeletions were inherited (seven maternal and three paternal transmissions), four microdeletions occurred de novo at 15q13.3 (n = 1), 16p13.11 (n = 2) and 22q11.2 (n = 1). Eight of the transmitting parents were clinically unaffected, suggesting that the microdeletion itself is not sufficient to cause the epilepsy phenotype. Although the microdeletions investigated are individually rare (<1%) in patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsy, they collectively seem to account for a significant fraction of the genetic variance in common idiopathic generalized epilepsy syndromes. The present results indicate an involvement of microdeletions at 15q11.2 and 16p13.11 in epileptogenesis and strengthen the evidence that recurrent microdeletions at 15q11.2, 15q13.3 and 16p13.11 confer a pleiotropic susceptibility effect to a broad range of neuropsychiatric disorders. PMID:19843651

  1. Long-Term Expression of Human Coagulation Factor VIII and Correction of Hemophilia A after in vivo Retroviral Gene Transfer in Factor VIII-Deficient Mice

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    Thierry Vandendriessche; Veerle Vanslembrouck; Inge Goovaerts; Hans Zwinnen; Marie-Line Vanderhaeghen; Desire Collen; Marinee K. L. Chuah

    1999-01-01

    Hemophilia A is caused by a deficiency in coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) and predisposes to spontaneous bleeding that can be life-threatening or lead to chronic disabilities. It is well suited for gene therapy because a moderate increase in plasma FVIII concentration has therapeutic effects. Improved retroviral vectors expressing high levels of human FVIII were pseudotyped with the vesicular stomatitis virus

  2. T27863C Mutation in the 5*-Flanking Region of the Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase Gene Is Associated With Coronary Spasm

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    Masafumi Nakayama; Hirofumi Yasue; Michihiro Yoshimura; Yukio Shimasaki; Kiyotaka Kugiyama; Hisao Ogawa; Takeshi Motoyama; Yoshihiko Saito; Yoshihiro Ogawa; Yoshihiro Miyamoto; Kazuwa Nakao

    Conclusions—Taken together, these findings strongly suggest that the T 27863 C mutation in the eNOS gene reduces the endothelial NO synthesis and predisposes the patients with the mutation to coronary spasm. (Circulation. 1999;99:2864-2870.)

  3. A frameshift mutation in the gene for PAX3 in a girl with spina bifida and mild signs of Waardenburg syndrome

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    F. A. Hol; B. C. J. Hamel; M. P. A. Geurds; R. A. Mullaart; F. G. Barr; R. A. Macina; E. C. M. Mariman

    1995-01-01

    Neural tube defects (NTD) are among the most prevalent congenital malformations in man. Based on the molecular defect of Splotch, an established mouse model for NTD, and on the clinical association between NTD and Waardenburg syndrome (WS), mutations in the PAX3 gene can be expected to act as factors predisposing to human NTD. To test this hypothesis, 39 patients with

  4. How often does an incomplete circle of Willis predispose to cerebral ischemia during closure of carotid artery? Postmortem and clinical imaging studies

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    Hannu Manninen; Kimmo Mäkinen; Ritva Vanninen; Antti Ronkainen; Harri Tulla

    2009-01-01

    Purpose  To evaluate the prevalence of anatomical variations in the circle of Willis predisposing to cerebral ischemia during intraoperative\\u000a closure of a carotid artery.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Materials  Anatomy of the cerebral arteries of 92 deceased was assessed by angiography and permanent silicone casts. Cerebral ischemia\\u000a during closure of a carotid artery with patent contralateral internal carotid artery (ICA) was considered possible in cases\\u000a of

  5. Bayesian variable selection for hierarchical gene-environment and gene-gene interactions.

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    Liu, Changlu; Ma, Jianzhong; Amos, Christopher I

    2015-01-01

    We propose a Bayesian hierarchical mixture model framework that allows us to investigate the genetic and environmental effects, gene by gene interactions and gene by environment interactions in the same model. Our approach incorporates the natural hierarchical structure between the main effects and interaction effects into a mixture model, such that our methods tend to remove the irrelevant interaction effects more effectively, resulting in more robust and parsimonious models. We consider both strong and weak hierarchical models. For a strong hierarchical model, both the main effects between interacting factors must be present for the interactions to be considered in the model development, while for a weak hierarchical model, only one of the two main effects is required to be present for the interaction to be evaluated. Our simulation results show that the proposed strong and weak hierarchical mixture models work well in controlling false-positive rates and provide a powerful approach for identifying the predisposing effects and interactions in gene-environment interaction studies, in comparison with the naive model that does not impose this hierarchical constraint in most of the scenarios simulated. We illustrate our approach using data for lung cancer and cutaneous melanoma. PMID:25154630

  6. Variation in Folate Pathway Genes Contributes to Risk of Congenital Heart Defects Among Individuals With Down Syndrome

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    Locke, Adam E.; Dooley, Kenneth J.; Tinker, Stuart W.; Cheong, Soo Yeon; Feingold, Eleanor; Allen, Emily G.; Freeman, Sallie B.; Torfs, Claudine P.; Cua, Clifford L.; Epstein, Michael P.; Wu, Michael C.; Lin, Xihong; Capone, George; Sherman, Stephanie L.; Bean, Lora J. H.

    2011-01-01

    Cardiac abnormalities are one of the most common congenital defects observed in individuals with Down syndrome. Considerable research has implicated both folate deficiency and genetic variation in folate pathway genes with birth defects, including both congenital heart defects (CHD) and Down syndrome (DS). Here, we test variation in folate pathway genes for a role in the major DS-associated CHD atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD). In a group of 121 case families (mother, father, and proband with DS and AVSD) and 122 control families (mother, father, and proband with DS and no CHD), tag SNPs were genotyped in and around five folate pathway genes: 5,10-methylenetetrahyrdofolate reductase (MTHFR), methionine synthase (MTR), methionine synthase reductase (MTRR), cystathionine ?-synthase (CBS), and the reduced folate carrier (SLC19A1, RFC1). SLC19A1 was found to be associated with AVSD using a multilocus allele-sharing test. Individual SNP tests also showed nominally significant associations with odds ratios of between 1.34 and 3.78, depending on the SNP and genetic model. Interestingly, all marginally significant SNPs in SLC19A1 are in strong linkage disequilibrium (r2?0.8) with the nonsynonymous coding SNP rs1051266 (c.80A>G), which has previously been associated with nonsyndromic cases of CHD. In addition to SLC19A1, the known functional polymorphism MTHFR c.1298A was over-transmitted to cases with AVSD (P = 0.05) and under-transmitted to controls (P = 0.02). We conclude, therefore, that disruption of the folate pathway contributes to the incidence of AVSD among individuals with DS. PMID:20718043

  7. [The effect of polymorphism of genes of xenobiotics detoxication on the frequencies of spontaneous and induced chromosome aberrations in human lymphocytes].

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    Sal'nikova, L E; Akaeva, E A; Elisova, T V; Kuznetsova, G I; Kuz'mina, N S; Vesnina, I N; Lapteva, N Sh; Chumachenko, A G; Romanchuk, V A; Rubanovich, A V

    2009-01-01

    Here presented the data on the frequencies of chromosome aberrations in lymphocytes of peripheral blood of 97 volunteers depending on genotypes by genes of xenobiotics detoxication before and after gamma-irradiation with dose of 1 Gy in vitro. The frequencies of aberrations were estimated by analyzing not less than 500-1000 metaphases per person. The data of cytogenetic analysis were compared with the results of PCR-genotyping of loci GSTM1, GSTT1, GSTP1, CYP1A1, CYP2D6, NAT2, and MTHFR. The significant differences by the frequencies of aberrations between "single-locus" genotypes were not found except for GSTM1 locus, for which the enhanced frequency of spontaneous aberrations of chromosome type in "positive" genotypes compared to "zero" ones, i.e., homozygotes by deletion (p = 0.04) was observed. The minimum frequency of spontaneous aberrations of chromosome type was recorded for carriers of double homozygotes by deletion of GSTM1-GSTT1: 0.0006 +/- 0.0003 against 0.0027 +/- 0.0003 for the rest of genotypes (p = 0.016 by the Mann-Witney test). The frequency of gamma-induced chromosome aberrations was correlated with the total amount of minor alleles in loci GSTP1, NAT2, and MTHFR (r = 0.25 at p = 0.0065). PMID:19947517

  8. Detection of R337H, a germline TP53 mutation predisposing to multiple cancers, in asymptomatic women participating in a breast cancer screening program in Southern Brazil.

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    Palmero, Edenir Inêz; Schüler-Faccini, Lavínia; Caleffi, Maira; Achatz, Maria Isabel Waddington; Olivier, Magali; Martel-Planche, Ghyslaine; Marcel, Virginie; Aguiar, Ernestina; Giacomazzi, Juliana; Ewald, Ingrid Petroni; Giugliani, Roberto; Hainaut, Pierre; Ashton-Prolla, Patricia

    2008-03-01

    Germline TP53 mutations predispose to a rare familial cancer syndrome, the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS), characterized by the early onset of multiple cancers including childhood adrenocortical carcinomas, sarcomas and brain tumors, and breast and colon cancer in young adults. An identical germline mutation at codon 337 in TP53 (R337H) has been shown to be causally related to an increased risk of multiple cancers in unrelated subjects with familial cancer risk in Southern Brazil. Here we have assessed the prevalence of R337H in 750 healthy women participating in a community-based breast cancer screening program in the area of Porto Alegre. The mutant was detected in two participants (0.3%) who were fourth-degree relatives and reported a familial history of cancer at multiple sites that did not match classical criteria for LFS and its variants. Testing in additional family members detected the mutation in three subjects, one of whom developed breast cancer at the age of 36. These findings indicate that R337H may be a low penetrance mutant which predisposes to multiple cancers and occurs in the population of Southern Brazil at a frequency 10-20 times higher than other TP53 mutants commonly associated with LFS. PMID:18248785

  9. MTHFR POLYMORPHISMS AND COLORECTAL NEOPLASIA

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    Folate is essential for the synthesis, repair and methylation of DNA. Aberrations in folate metabolism can modify our risk for cancer. Folate depletion alters DNA methylation patterns and increases DNA uracil-content and the frequency of DNA breaks. These DNA aberrations are involved in the etiology...

  10. FLT1 Genetic Variation Predisposes to Neovascular AMD in Ethnically Diverse Populations and Alters Systemic FLT1 Expression

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    Owen, Leah A.; Morrison, Margaux A.; Ahn, Jeeyun; Woo, Se Joon; Sato, Hajime; Robinson, Rosann; Morgan, Denise J.; Zacharaki, Fani; Simeonova, Marina; Uehara, Hironori; Chakravarthy, Usha; Hogg, Ruth E.; Ambati, Balamurali K.; Kotoula, Maria; Baehr, Wolfgang; Haider, Neena B.; Silvestri, Giuliana; Miller, Joan W.; Tsironi, Evangelia E.; Farrer, Lindsay A.; Kim, Ivana K.; Park, Kyu Hyung; DeAngelis, Margaret M.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. Current understanding of the genetic risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is not sufficiently predictive of the clinical course. The VEGF pathway is a key therapeutic target for treatment of neovascular AMD; however, risk attributable to genetic variation within pathway genes is unclear. We sought to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with AMD within the VEGF pathway. Methods. Using a tagSNP, direct sequencing and meta-analysis approach within four ethnically diverse cohorts, we identified genetic risk present in FLT1, though not within other VEGF pathway genes KDR, VEGFA, or VASH1. We used ChIP and ELISA in functional analysis. Results. The FLT1 SNPs rs9943922, rs9508034, rs2281827, rs7324510, and rs9513115 were significantly associated with increased risk of neovascular AMD. Each association was more significant after meta-analysis than in any one of the four cohorts. All associations were novel, within noncoding regions of FLT1 that do not tag for coding variants in linkage disequilibrium. Analysis of soluble FLT1 demonstrated higher expression in unaffected individuals homozygous for the FLT1 risk alleles rs9943922 (P = 0.0086) and rs7324510 (P = 0.0057). In silico analysis suggests that these variants change predicted splice sites and RNA secondary structure, and have been identified in other neovascular pathologies. These data were supported further by murine chromatin immunoprecipitation demonstrating that FLT1 is a target of Nr2e3, a nuclear receptor gene implicated in regulating an AMD pathway. Conclusions. Although exact variant functions are not known, these data demonstrate relevancy across ethnically diverse genetic backgrounds within our study and, therefore, hold potential for global efficacy. PMID:24812550

  11. A recurrent truncating germline mutation in the BRIP1\\/FANCJ gene and susceptibility to prostate cancer

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    Z Kote-Jarai; S Jugurnauth; S Mulholland; D A Leongamornlert; M Guy; S Edwards; M Tymrakiewitcz; L O'Brien; A Hall; R Wilkinson; A A Al Olama; J Morrison; K Muir; D Neal; J Donovan; F Hamdy; D F Easton; R Eeles

    2009-01-01

    Although prostate cancer (PrCa) is one of the most common cancers in men in Western countries, little is known about the inherited factors that influence PrCa risk. On the basis of the fact that BRIP1\\/FANCJ interacts with BRCA1 and functions as a regulator of DNA double-strand break repair pathways, and that germline mutations within the BRIP1\\/FANCJ gene predispose to breast

  12. A promoter SNP (–1323T>C) in G-substrate gene (GSBS) correlates with hypercholesterolemia

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    Shuji Ono; Yoichi Ezura; Mitsuru Emi; Yuko Fujita; Daisuke Takada; Keiko Sato; Tomoaki Ishigami; Satoshi Umemura; Kaneo Takahashi; Kouhei Kamimura; Hideaki Bujo; Yasushi Saito

    2003-01-01

    Factors predisposing to the phenotypic features of higher total cholesterol (TC) have not been clearly defined. Here we report an association between a promoter SNP (-1323T>C) in G-substrate gene ( GSBS) and TC levels in 368 adult individuals from an east-central area of Japan. Age and gender-adjusted levels of LDL-cholesterol, TG, TC, and HDL-cholesterol were analyzed. When we separate the

  13. Hypertriglyceridemia associated with amino acid variation Asn985Tyr of the RP1 gene

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    Yuko Fujita; Yoichi Ezura; Mitsuru Emi; Shuji Ono; Daisuke Takada; Kaneo Takahashi; Kouhei Uemura; Yasuhiko Iino; Yasuo Katayama; Hideaki Bujo; Yasushi Saito

    2003-01-01

    Factors predisposing to the phenotypic features of hypertriglyceridemia have not been clearly defined. Here we report an association\\u000a between a missense coding region polymorphism Asn985Tyr in the retinitis pigmentosa 1 gene (RP1) and plasma triglyceride (TG) levels in 332 adult individuals from an east-central area of Japan. Age and gender-adjusted\\u000a levels of LDL-cholesterol, TG, and HDL-cholesterol were analyzed. When we separate

  14. Allelic variants of IL1R1 gene associate with severe hand osteoarthritis

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    Annu Näkki; Sanna T Kouhia; Janna Saarela; Arsi Harilainen; Kaj Tallroth; Tapio Videman; Michele C Battié; Jaakko Kaprio; Leena Peltonen; Urho M Kujala

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In search for genes predisposing to osteoarthritis (OA), several genome wide scans have provided evidence for linkage on 2q. In this study we targeted a 470 kb region on 2q11.2 presenting the locus with most evidence for linkage to severe OA of distal interphalangeal joints (DIP) in our genome wide scan families. METHODS: We genotyped 32 single nucleotide polymorphisms

  15. N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2) gene polymorphisms in colon and lung cancer patients

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    Juergen Borlak; Stella Marie Reamon-Buettner

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2) metabolizes arylamines and hydrazines moeities found in many therapeutic drugs, chemicals and carcinogens. The gene encoding NAT2 is polymorphic, thus resulting in rapid or slow acetylator phenotypes. The acetylator status may, therefore, predispose drug-induced toxicities and cancer risks, such as bladder, colon and lung cancer. Indeed, some studies demonstrate a positive association between NAT2 rapid acetylator

  16. Two new CHEK2 germ-line variants detected in breast cancer\\/sarcoma families negative for BRCA1 , BRCA2 , and TP53 gene mutations

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    Siranoush Manoukian; Bernard Peissel; Simona Frigerio; Daniele Lecis; Jirina Bartkova; Gaia Roversi; Paolo Radice; Jiri Bartek; Domenico Delia

    CHEK2 gene mutations occur in a subset of patients with familial breast cancer, acting as moderate\\/low penetrance cancer susceptibility\\u000a alleles. Although CHEK2 is no longer recognized as a major determinant of the Li-Fraumeni syndrome, a hereditary condition predisposing to cancer\\u000a at multiple sites, it cannot be ruled out that mutations of this gene play a role in malignancies arising in

  17. Aberrant HDAC2-Mediated Histone Modifications and Synaptic Plasticity in the Amygdala Predisposes to Anxiety and Alcoholism

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    Moonat, Sachin; Sakharkar, Amul J.; Zhang, Huaibo; Tang, Lei; Pandey, Subhash C.

    2013-01-01

    Background Epigenetic mechanisms have been implicated in psychiatric disorders, including alcohol dependence. However, the epigenetic basis and role of specific histone deacetylase (HDAC) isoforms in the genetic predisposition to anxiety and alcoholism is unknown. Methods We measured amygdaloid HDAC activity, levels of HDAC isoforms and histone H3 acetylation in selectively-bred alcohol-preferring (P) and -nonpreferring (NP) rats. We employed HDAC2 siRNA infusion into the central nucleus of amygdala (CeA) of P rats to determine the causal role of HDAC2 in anxiety-like and alcohol-drinking behaviors. Chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis was performed to examine the histone acetylation status of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and activity-regulated cytoskeleton associated protein (Arc) genes. Golgi-Cox staining was performed to measure dendritic spine density. Results We found that P rats innately display higher nuclear HDAC activity and HDAC2, but not HDAC 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 protein levels, and lower acetylation of H3-K9, but not H3-K14, in the CeA and medial nucleus of amygdala (MeA) compared with NP rats. Acute ethanol exposure decreased amygdaloid HDAC activity and HDAC2 protein levels, increased global and gene (BDNF and Arc)-specific histone acetylation and attenuated anxiety-like behaviors in P rats, but had no effects in NP rats. HDAC2 knockdown in the CeA attenuated anxiety-like behaviors and voluntary alcohol, but not sucrose, consumption in P rats and increased histone acetylation of BDNF and Arc with a resultant increase in protein levels that correlated with increased dendritic spine density. Conclusions These novel data demonstrate the role of HDAC2-mediated epigenetic mechanisms in anxiety and alcoholism. PMID:23485013

  18. Longevity is independent of common variations in genes associated with cardiovascular risk.

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    Bladbjerg, E M; Andersen-Ranberg, K; de Maat, M P; Kristensen, S R; Jeune, B; Gram, J; Jespersen, J

    1999-09-01

    Do extremely old persons have a genetically favourable profile which has protected them from cardiovascular death? We have tried to answer this question by measuring DNA polymorphisms of selected cardiovascular risk indicators [factor VII, FVII (R/Q353, intron 7 (37bp)n, and -323ins10), beta fibrinogen (-455G/A), plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1, PAI-1 (-675(4G/5G)), tissue plasminogen activator, t-PA (intron 8 ins311), platelet receptor glycoprotein IIb/IIIa, GPIIb/IIIa (L/P33), prothrombin (20210G/A), methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase, MTHFR (A/V114), angiotensin converting enzyme, ACE (intron 16 ins287), and angiotensinogen (M/T235)]. Blood was collected from 187 unselected Danish centenarians, and 201 healthy Danish blood donors, aged 20-64 years (mean age 42 years). Genomic DNA was amplified using PCR and the genotype was determined by RFLP methods or allele-specific amplification followed by agarose gel electrophoresis. The frequencies of the high-risk alleles in centenarians were: for FVII R/Q353 0.91; for FVII intron 7 (37bp)n 0.67; for FVII-323 ins10 0.90; for fibrinogen 0.16; for PAI-1 0.52; for t-PA 0.59; for GPIIb/IIIa 0.16; for prothrombin 0.008; for MTHFR 0.33; for ACE 0.52; and for angiotensinogen 0.36. Comparable frequencies were observed in the blood donors. Subgroup analysis of men and women separately gave similar results. The genotype frequencies in the centenarians and the blood donors were similar for all polymorphisms, and this study suggests that common variations in genes associated with cardiovascular risk do not contribute significantly to longevity. PMID:10494771

  19. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene polymorphisms and the risk of anencephaly in Mexico.

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    Muñoz, Julia Blanco; Lacasaña, Marina; Cavazos, Ricardo García; Borja-Aburto, Victor Hugo; Galavíz-Hernández, Carlos; Garduño, Clemente Aguilar

    2007-06-01

    The precise etiology of neural tube defects (NTDs) is not known. There is some evidence that mutations in MTHFR gene provide susceptibility to NTDs in some populations; however, other studies have not found this association. One of the problems with previous studies is that they treat NTDs as a homogeneous group, when specific defects could have different etiologies. We conducted a case-control study specifically for anencephaly, based on the Mexican Epidemiological Surveillance System of Neural Tube Defects to evaluate its association with maternal MTHFR 677C > T and 1298A > C polymorphisms, in three states with high frequencies of NTDs: Puebla, Estado de México and Guerrero. We interviewed and collected blood samples from 118 case mothers and 112 control mothers. The questionnaire included information on their reproductive history, socioeconomic characteristics, prenatal care, tobacco and alcohol use, presence of chronic diseases, acute illnesses and fever, consumption of multivitamins and drugs during the periconceptional period. After adjusting for potential confounders, the risk from the mutated homozygous mothers (677TT genotype) was significantly higher than that from mothers with 677CC genotype (OR 3.16, 95% CI 1.29-7.73); in the case of the heterozygous mothers, an increased risk of anencephaly was observed, even though this was not statistically significant (OR 1.81 95% CI 0.78-4.25). The association found between maternal 677TT genotype and anencephaly and the elevated presence of the 677T allele among Mexican women of fertile age urges intensifying folic acid supplementation which has proved to modify this genetic risk in other populations. PMID:17439956

  20. The influence of genetic RFC1, MS and MTHFR polymorphisms on the risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia relapse in children and the adverse effects of methotrexate.

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    Niedzielska, Ewa; W?c?awek-Tompol, Jadwiga; Matkowska-Kocjan, Agnieszka; Chybicka, Alicja

    2013-01-01

    Polymorphism in genes coding drug-metabolizing enzymes may cause individual differences in the effectiveness and toxicity of many medications, including cytostatics. Although in recent years intensive treatment has positively influenced the prognosis in leukemias, many adverse effects resulting from nonspecific actions and the narrow therapeutic index of anti-cancer drugs are still observed during therapy. Determining selected gene polymorphisms may increase both the safety and the efficacy of treatment, and might help in developing individual therapies. PMID:23986219

  1. http://www.thecanadianpress.com/...online/OnlineFullStory.aspx?filename=6040125AU&newsitemid=119495347&languageid=1[5/7/2010 1:28:54 PM] Working-Memory Gene Linked to Schizophrenia

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    &newsitemid=119495347&languageid=1[5/7/2010 1:28:54 PM] Working-Memory Gene Linked to Schizophrenia (HealthDay News) - Schizophrenia may be caused by a genetic mutation that disrupts communication between the hippocampus11 - will go on to develop schizophrenia. "We know that this genetic deficit predisposes 1/8people 3

  2. 3D Beta-coefficient maps displayed over the mean template show areas where brain volume deficits relative to the MDT of up to 0.75% deficit per T allele in the C677T SNP (pink, FDR critical P-value 0.0033) and Homocysteine (blue, FDR critical P-value

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    Thompson, Paul

    of a common single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) C677T in the MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) gene discovered that the MTHFR variant, possibly mediating its effects through Hcy, influences volume deficits

  3. INTRODUCTION Carriers of a common folate pathway genetic

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    Thompson, Paul

    impairment. Whitematter hyperintenisties, MTHFR gene and Brain volumes in 509 Cognitively impaired ADNI subjects CONCLUSION We discovered that the MTHFR gene variant and white matter hyperintensities influence atrophy in similar brain regions. This is the first study to map the MTHFR effect on brain structure which

  4. Genome-wide Association Study of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folate,

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    Abecasis, Goncalo

    ) with vitamin B12 serum levels. The association of MTHFR, a gene consistently associated with homocysteine is the 677T)C (rs1801133) in exon 5 of the 5,10-methylenete- trahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR [MIM 607093 to MTHFR, genetic variations in other genes have been linked to B vitamin and homocys- teine concentrations

  5. A rare mutation in UNC5C predisposes to late-onset Alzheimer's disease and increases neuronal cell death.

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    Wetzel-Smith, Monica K; Hunkapiller, Julie; Bhangale, Tushar R; Srinivasan, Karpagam; Maloney, Janice A; Atwal, Jasvinder K; Sa, Susan M; Yaylaoglu, Murat B; Foreman, Oded; Ortmann, Ward; Rathore, Nisha; Hansen, David V; Tessier-Lavigne, Marc; Mayeux, Richard; Pericak-Vance, Margaret; Haines, Jonathan; Farrer, Lindsay A; Schellenberg, Gerard D; Goate, Alison; Behrens, Timothy W; Cruchaga, Carlos; Watts, Ryan J; Graham, Robert R

    2014-12-01

    We have identified a rare coding mutation, T835M (rs137875858), in the UNC5C netrin receptor gene that segregated with disease in an autosomal dominant pattern in two families enriched for late-onset Alzheimer's disease and that was associated with disease across four large case-control cohorts (odds ratio = 2.15, Pmeta = 0.0095). T835M alters a conserved residue in the hinge region of UNC5C, and in vitro studies demonstrate that this mutation leads to increased cell death in human HEK293T cells and in rodent neurons. Furthermore, neurons expressing T835M UNC5C are more susceptible to cell death from multiple neurotoxic stimuli, including ?-amyloid (A?), glutamate and staurosporine. On the basis of these data and the enriched hippocampal expression of UNC5C in the adult nervous system, we propose that one possible mechanism in which T835M UNC5C contributes to the risk of Alzheimer's disease is by increasing susceptibility to neuronal cell death, particularly in vulnerable regions of the Alzheimer's disease brain. PMID:25419706

  6. ETS2 overexpression in transgenic models and in Down syndrome predisposes to apoptosis via the p53 pathway.

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    Wolvetang, E J; Wilson, T J; Sanij, E; Busciglio, J; Hatzistavrou, T; Seth, A; Hertzog, P J; Kola, I

    2003-02-01

    ETS2 is a transcription factor encoded by a gene on human chromosome 21 and alterations in its expression have been implicated in the pathophysiological features of Down syndrome (DS). This study demonstrates that overexpression of ETS2 results in apoptosis. This is shown in a number of circumstances, including ETS2-overexpressing transgenic mice and cell lines and in cells from subjects with DS. Indeed we report for the first time that the ETS2 overexpression transgenic mouse develops a smaller thymus and lymphocyte abnormalities similar to that observed in DS. In all circumstances of ETS2 overexpression, the increased apoptosis correlated with increased p53 and alterations in downstream factors in the p53 pathway. In the human HeLa cancer cell line, transfection with functional p53 enables ETS2 overexpression to induce apoptosis. Furthermore, crossing the ETS2 transgenic mice with p53(-/-) mice genetically rescued the thymic apoptosis phenotype. Therefore, we conclude that overexpression of human chromosome 21-encoded ETS2 induces apoptosis that is dependent on p53. These results have important consequences for understanding DS and oncogenesis and may provide new insights into therapeutic interventions. PMID:12554679

  7. Induced pluripotency with endogenous and inducible genes

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    Duinsbergen, Dirk [Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program, Leiden University Medical Center, PO Box 9600, 2300 RC, Leiden (Netherlands); Eriksson, Malin [Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institute, Box 285, S171 77, Stockholm (Sweden); Hoen, Peter A.C. 't [Center for Human and Clinical Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center, PO Box 9600, 2300 RC, Leiden (Netherlands); Frisen, Jonas [Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institute, Box 285, S171 77, Stockholm (Sweden); Mikkers, Harald [Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Program, Leiden University Medical Center, PO Box 9600, 2300 RC, Leiden (Netherlands)], E-mail: h.mikkers@lumc.nl

    2008-10-15

    The recent discovery that two partly overlapping sets of four genes induce nuclear reprogramming of mouse and even human cells has opened up new possibilities for cell replacement therapies. Although the combination of genes that induce pluripotency differs to some extent, Oct4 and Sox2 appear to be a prerequisite. The introduction of four genes, several of which been linked with cancer, using retroviral approaches is however unlikely to be suitable for future clinical applications. Towards developing a safer reprogramming protocol, we investigated whether cell types that express one of the most critical reprogramming genes endogenously are predisposed to reprogramming. We show here that three of the original four pluripotency transcription factors (Oct4, Klf4 and c-Myc or MYCER{sup TAM}) induced reprogramming of mouse neural stem (NS) cells exploiting endogenous SoxB1 protein levels in these cells. The reprogrammed neural stem cells differentiated into cells of each germ layer in vitro and in vivo, and contributed to mouse development in vivo. Thus a combinatorial approach taking advantage of endogenously expressed genes and inducible transgenes may contribute to the development of improved reprogramming protocols.

  8. MDSCs Mediate Angiogenesis and Predispose Canine Mammary Tumor Cells for Metastasis via IL-28/IL-28RA (IFN-?) Signaling

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    Mucha, Joanna; Majchrzak, Kinga; Taciak, Bart?omiej; Hellmén, Eva; Król, Magdalena

    2014-01-01

    Background Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) function in immunosuppression and tumor development by induction of angiogenesis in a STAT3-dependent manner. Knowledge of MDSC biology is mainly limited to mice studies, and more clinical investigations using spontaneous tumor models are required. Here we performed in vitro experiments and clinical data analysis obtained from canine patients. Methods Using microarrays we examined changes in gene expression in canine mammary cancer cells due to their co-culture with MDSCs. Further, using Real-time rt-PCR, Western blot, IHC, siRNA, angiogenesis assay and migration/invasion tests we examined a role of the most important signaling pathway. Results In dogs with mammary cancer, the number of circulating MDSCs increases with tumor clinical stage. Microarray analysis revealed that MDSCs had significantly altered molecular pathways in tumor cells in vitro. Particularly important was the detected increased activation of IL-28/IL-28RA (IFN-?) signaling. The highest expression of IL-28 was observed in stage III/IV mammary tumor-bearing dogs. IL-28 secreted by MDSCs stimulates STAT3 in tumor cells, which results in increased expression of angiogenic factors and subsequent induction of angiogenesis by endothelial cells, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and increased migration of tumor cells in vitro. Knockdown of IL-28RA decreased angiogenesis, tumor cell invasion and migration. Conclusions We showed for the first time that MDSCs secrete IL-28 (IFN-?), which promotes angiogenesis, EMT, invasion and migration of tumor cells. Thus, IL-28 may constitute an interesting target for further therapies. Moreover, the similarity in circulating MDSC levels at various tumor clinical stages between canine and human patients indicates canines as a good model for clinical trials of drugs targeting MDSCs. PMID:25075523

  9. Polymorphisms of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase and methionine synthase genes and bladder cancer risk: a case–control study with meta-analysis

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    Meilin Wang; Haixia Zhu; Guangbo Fu; Miaomiao Wang; Zhizhong Zhang; Qiang Lu; Shizhi Wang; Zhengdong Zhang

    2009-01-01

    Folate deficiency due to the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase (MS) variants leads to carcinogenesis\\u000a by affecting DNA synthesis, repair, and methylation. We hypothesized that the MTHFR C677T, A1298C, and MS A2756G polymorphisms are associated with risk of bladder cancer. In a case–control study of 239 bladder cancer cases and\\u000a 250 cancer-free controls, we found that the MTHFR 677TT

  10. Prevalence of factor V Leiden, FII G20210A, FXIII Val34Leu and MTHFR C677T polymorphisms in cancer patients with and without venous thrombosis

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    Eduardo Ramacciotti; Nelson Wolosker; Pedro Puech-Leao; Eduardo Antônio Zeratti; Paula Regina Gusson; Auro del Giglio; Rendrik F. Franco

    2003-01-01

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common complication in patients with malignant disease. In addition to well-established acquired risk factors for VTE, several genetic risk factors, mainly related to the haemostatic system, are known to influence thrombotic risk. However, the contribution of gene abnormalities to thrombotic tendency in cancer patients remains poorly explored. We performed a prospective study to evaluate the

  11. Evaluation of variants in the CHEK2, BRIP1 and PALB2 genes in an Irish breast cancer cohort

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    N. M. McInerney; N. Miller; A. Rowan; G. Colleran; E. Barclay; C. Curran; M. J. Kerin; I. P. Tomlinson; E. Sawyer

    2010-01-01

    It has been proposed that rare variants within the double strand break repair genes CHEK2, BRIP1 and PALB2 predispose to breast cancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of these variants in an Irish breast cancer\\u000a cohort and determine their contribution to the development of breast cancer in the west of Ireland. We evaluated the presence

  12. Hypercholesterolemia associated with splice-junction variation of inter-a-trypsin inhibitor heavy chain 4 (ITIH4) gene

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    Yuko Fujita; Yoichi Ezura; Mitsuru Emi; Keiko Sato; Daisuke Takada; Yasuhiko Iino; Yasuo Katayama; Kaneo Takahashi; Kouhei Kamimura; Hideaki Bujo; Yasushi Saito

    2004-01-01

    Factors predisposing to the phenotypic features of higher total cholesterol (T-Cho) have not been clearly defined. Here we report an association between a C\\/T single nucleotide polymorphism at IVS17+8 in the inter-alpha-trypsin inhibitor heavy chain 4 gene ( ITIH4) and plasma total cholesterol levels in 351 adult individuals from an east-central area of Japan. Age and gender-adjusted levels of plasma

  13. Large scale association analysis for identification of genes underlying premature coronary heart disease: cumulative perspective from analysis of 111 candidate genes

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    McCarthy, J; Parker, A; Salem, R; Moliterno, D; Wang, Q; Plow, E; Rao, S; Shen, G; Rogers, W; Newby, L; Cannata, R; Glatt, K; Topol, E

    2004-01-01

    Background: to date, only three groups have reported data from large scale genetic association studies of coronary heart disease using a case control design. Methods and results: to extend our initial report of 62 genes, we present data for 210 polymorphisms in 111 candidate genes genotyped in 352 white subjects with familial, premature coronary heart disease (onset age for men, 45; for women, 50) and a random sample of 418 population based whites. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to compare the distributions of genotypes between cases and the comparison group while controlling for age, sex, body mass, diabetes, and hypertension. Significant associations were found with polymorphisms in thrombospondin-4 (THBS4), thrombospondin-2 (THBS2) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-2 (PAI2), the strongest being with the A387P variant in THBS4 (p = 0.002). The THBS2 and THBS4 associations have since been replicated. We evaluated polymorphisms in 40 genes previously associated with coronary heart disease and found significant (p<0.05) associations with 10: ACE, APOE, F7, FGB, GP1BA, IL1RN, LRP1, MTHFR, SELP, and THPO. For five of these genes, the polymorphism associated in our study was different from that previously reported, suggesting linkage disequilibrium as an explanation for failure to replicate associations consistently across studies. We found strong linkage disequilibrium between polymorphisms within and between genes, especially on chromosome 1q22-q25, a region containing several candidate genes. Conclusions: despite known caveats of genetic association studies, they can be an effective means of hypothesis generation and complement classic linkage studies for understanding the genetic basis of coronary heart disease. PMID:15121769

  14. Patients Hospitalized in General Wards via the Emergency Department: Early Identification of Predisposing Factors for Death or Unexpected Intensive Care Unit Admission—A Historical Prospective

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    Boulain, Thierry; Runge, Isabelle; Delorme, Nathalie; Bouju, Angèle; Valéry, Antoine

    2014-01-01

    Background. To identify, upon emergency department (ED) admission, predictors of unexpected death or unplanned intensive care/high dependency units (ICU/HDU) admission during the first 15 days of hospitalization on regular wards. Methods. Prospective cohort study in a medical-surgical adult ED in a teaching hospital, including consecutive patients hospitalized on regular wards after ED visit, and identification of predictors by logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards model. Results. Among 4,619 included patients, 77 (1.67%) target events were observed: 32 unexpected deaths and 45 unplanned transfers to an ICU/HDU. We identified 9 predictors of the target event including the oxygen administration on the ED, unknown current medications, and use of psychoactive drug(s). All predictors put the patients at risk during the first 15 days of hospitalization. A logistic model for hospital mortality prediction (death of all causes) still comprised oxygen administration on the ED, unknown current medications, and the use of psychoactive drug(s) as risk factors. Conclusion. The “use of oxygen therapy on the ED,” the “current use of psychoactive drug(s)”, and the “lack of knowledge of current medications taken by the patients” were important predisposing factors to severe adverse events during the 15 days of hospitalization on regular wards following the ED visit. PMID:24624300

  15. Patients Hospitalized in General Wards via the Emergency Department: Early Identification of Predisposing Factors for Death or Unexpected Intensive Care Unit Admission-A Historical Prospective.

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    Boulain, Thierry; Runge, Isabelle; Delorme, Nathalie; Bouju, Angèle; Valéry, Antoine

    2014-01-01

    Background. To identify, upon emergency department (ED) admission, predictors of unexpected death or unplanned intensive care/high dependency units (ICU/HDU) admission during the first 15 days of hospitalization on regular wards. Methods. Prospective cohort study in a medical-surgical adult ED in a teaching hospital, including consecutive patients hospitalized on regular wards after ED visit, and identification of predictors by logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards model. Results. Among 4,619 included patients, 77 (1.67%) target events were observed: 32 unexpected deaths and 45 unplanned transfers to an ICU/HDU. We identified 9 predictors of the target event including the oxygen administration on the ED, unknown current medications, and use of psychoactive drug(s). All predictors put the patients at risk during the first 15 days of hospitalization. A logistic model for hospital mortality prediction (death of all causes) still comprised oxygen administration on the ED, unknown current medications, and the use of psychoactive drug(s) as risk factors. Conclusion. The "use of oxygen therapy on the ED," the "current use of psychoactive drug(s)", and the "lack of knowledge of current medications taken by the patients" were important predisposing factors to severe adverse events during the 15 days of hospitalization on regular wards following the ED visit. PMID:24624300

  16. Folate metabolism-related gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to primary liver cancer in North China.

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    Cui, Lian-Hua; Song, Yang; Si, Hongzong; Shen, Fangzhen; Shin, Min-Ho; Kim, Hee Nam; Choi, Jin-Su

    2012-09-01

    Genetic factors may contribute to individual differences in cancer susceptibility. This study was designed to investigate the effects of the polymorphisms of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase 677 C ? T (MTHFR 677 C ? T), methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase 1298 A ? C (MTHFR 1298A ? C), thymidylate synthase (TYMS 3R ? 2R), and methionine synthase 2756 A ? G (MTR 2756 A ? G) on the risk of primary liver cancer (PLC). We conducted a case-control study involving 356 PLC cases and 641 healthy controls in North China. Compared with the MTHFR 677CC genotype, the MTHFR 677TT genotype showed an increased risk for PLC (TT vs. CC: adjusted odds ratio (OR) = 1.56; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.02-2.40; P = 0.043) after adjusting for gender and age, whereas the MTHFR 1298CC genotype showed a significantly decreased risk for PLC (CC vs. AA: adjusted OR = 0.23; 95% CI: 0.08-0.70; P = 0.010). However, no significant association was found between the TYMS 3R ? 2R or the MTR 2756 A ? G polymorphism and the risk of PLC. Our results suggest that the MTHFR 677 C ? T and the MTHFR 1298A ? C genetic polymorphisms might play important role in hepatic carcinogenesis. Further studies with larger sample sizes are required to validate this association. PMID:21956592

  17. Association of Thymidylate Synthase Gene Polymorphisms with Stavudine Triphosphate Intracellular Levels and Lipodystrophy?

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    Domingo, Pere; Cabeza, M. Carmen; Pruvost, Alain; Torres, Ferran; Salazar, Juliana; del Mar Gutierrez, M.; Mateo, M. Gracia; Fontanet, Angels; Fernandez, Irene; Domingo, Joan C.; Villarroya, Francesc; Vidal, Francesc; Baiget, Montserrat

    2011-01-01

    The antiviral activity and toxicity of stavudine (d4T) depend on its triphosphate metabolite, stavudine triphosphate (d4T-TP). Therefore, modifications in intracellular levels of d4T-TP may change the toxicity profile of stavudine. d4T-TP intracellular levels in peripheral blood mononuclear cells were determined with a prominence liquid chromatograph connected to a triple-quadruple mass spectrometer. Polymorphisms in the thymidylate synthase (TS), methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), reduced folate carrier 1 (RFC1; SLC19A1), and cyclin D1 (CCND1) genes were determined by direct sequencing using an ABI Prism 3100 genetic analyzer or Fluidigm's Biomark system. The Mann-Whitney test, rank analysis of variance (with Bonferroni's adjusted post hoc comparisons), and logistic regression were used for the inferential analyses. Thirty-three stavudine-treated patients were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. d4T-TP intracellular levels were 11.50 fmol/106 cells (interquartile range [IQR] = 8.12 to 13.87 fmol/106 cells) in patients with a high-expression TS genotype (2/3G, 3C/3G, and 3G/3G), whereas in those with a low-expression TS genotype (2/2, 2/3C, and 3C/3C), they were 21.40 fmol/106 cells (IQR = 18.90 to 27.0 fmol/106 cells) (P < 0.0001). Polymorphisms in the MTHFR, DHFR, RFC1, and CCND1 genes did not influence the intracellular concentration of d4T-TP. d4T-TP levels were independently associated with the TS genotype (low versus high expression; odds ratio [OR] = 86.22; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 8.48 to nonestimable; P = 0.0023). The low-expression TS genotype was associated with the development of HIV/highly active antiretroviral therapy-associated lypodystrophy syndrome (HALS) (OR = 14.0; 95% CI = 2.09 to 108.0; P = 0.0032). Our preliminary data show that polymorphisms in the thymidylate synthase gene are strongly associated with d4T-TP intracellular levels and with development of HALS. PMID:21282454

  18. Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Polymorphisms Increase Risk of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in a Chinese Population1

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    Chunying Song; Deyin Xing; Wen Tan; Qingyi Wei; Dongxin Lin

    2001-01-01

    Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) plays a central role in folate metabolism that affects DNA methylation and synthesis. Because germ-line mutations at nucleotides 677 (C3 T) and 1298 (A3 C) in the MTHFR gene cause diminished enzyme activity, and aberrant DNA meth- ylation is oncogenic, we examined the relationship between these two MTHFR polymorphisms and susceptibility to esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC)

  19. Methylation of Migraine-Related Genes in Different Tissues of the Rat

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    Labruijere, Sieneke; Stolk, Lisette; Verbiest, Michael; de Vries, René; Garrelds, Ingrid M.; Eilers, Paul H. C.; Danser, A. H. Jan; Uitterlinden, André G.; MaassenVanDenBrink, Antoinette

    2014-01-01

    17ß-Estradiol, an epigenetic modulator, is involved in the increased prevalence of migraine in women. Together with the prophylactic efficacy of valproate, which influences DNA methylation and histone modification, this points to the involvement of epigenetic mechanisms. Epigenetic studies are often performed on leukocytes, but it is unclear to what extent methylation is similar in other tissues. Therefore, we investigated methylation of migraine-related genes that might be epigenetically regulated (CGRP-ergic pathway, estrogen receptors, endothelial NOS, as well as MTHFR) in different migraine-related tissues and compared this to methylation in rat as well as human leukocytes. Further, we studied whether 17ß-estradiol has a prominent role in methylation of these genes. Female rats (n?=?35) were ovariectomized or sham-operated and treated with 17?-estradiol or placebo. DNA was isolated and methylation was assessed through bisulphite treatment and mass spectrometry. Human methylation data were obtained using the Illumina 450k genome-wide methylation array in 395 female subjects from a population-based cohort study. We showed that methylation of the Crcp, Calcrl, Esr1 and Nos3 genes is tissue-specific and that methylation in leukocytes was not correlated to that in other tissues. Interestingly, the interindividual variation in methylation differed considerably between genes and tissues. Furthermore we showed that methylation in human leukocytes was similar to that in rat leukocytes in our genes of interest, suggesting that rat may be a good model to study human DNA methylation in tissues that are difficult to obtain. In none of the genes a significant effect of estradiol treatment was observed. PMID:24609082

  20. Genes to Diseases (G2D) Computational Method to Identify Asthma Candidate Genes

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    Tremblay, Karine; Lemire, Mathieu; Potvin, Camille; Tremblay, Alexandre; Hunninghake, Gary M.; Raby, Benjamin A.; Hudson, Thomas J.; Perez-Iratxeta, Carolina; Andrade-Navarro, Miguel A.; Laprise, Catherine

    2008-01-01

    Asthma is a complex trait for which different strategies have been used to identify its environmental and genetic predisposing factors. Here, we describe a novel methodological approach to select candidate genes for asthma genetic association studies. In this regard, the Genes to Diseases (G2D) computational tool has been used in combination with a genome-wide scan performed in a sub-sample of the Saguenay?Lac-St-Jean (SLSJ) asthmatic familial collection (n?=?609) to identify candidate genes located in two suggestive loci shown to be linked with asthma (6q26) and atopy (10q26.3), and presenting differential parent-of-origin effects. This approach combined gene selection based on the G2D data mining analysis of the bibliographic and protein public databases, or according to the genes already known to be associated with the same or a similar phenotype. Ten genes (LPA, NOX3, SNX9, VIL2, VIP, ADAM8, DOCK1, FANK1, GPR123 and PTPRE) were selected for a subsequent association study performed in a large SLSJ sample (n?=?1167) of individuals tested for asthma and atopy related phenotypes. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (n?=?91) within the candidate genes were genotyped and analysed using a family-based association test. The results suggest a protective association to allergic asthma for PTPRE rs7081735 in the SLSJ sample (p?=?0.000463; corrected p?=?0.0478). This association has not been replicated in the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) cohort. Sequencing of the regions around rs7081735 revealed additional polymorphisms, but additional genotyping did not yield new associations. These results demonstrate that the G2D tool can be useful in the selection of candidate genes located in chromosomal regions linked to a complex trait. PMID:18682798

  1. Association of folate-pathway gene polymorphisms with the risk of prostate cancer: a population-based nested case-control study, systematic review, and meta-analysis.

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    Collin, Simon M; Metcalfe, Chris; Zuccolo, Luisa; Lewis, Sarah J; Chen, Lina; Cox, Angela; Davis, Michael; Lane, J Athene; Donovan, Jenny; Smith, George Davey; Neal, David E; Hamdy, Freddie C; Gudmundsson, Julius; Sulem, Patrick; Rafnar, Thorunn; Benediktsdottir, Kristrun R; Eeles, Rosalind A; Guy, Michelle; Kote-Jarai, Zsofia; Morrison, Jonathan; Al Olama, Ali Amin; Stefansson, Kari; Easton, Douglas F; Martin, Richard M

    2009-09-01

    Folate-pathway gene polymorphisms have been implicated in several cancers and investigated inconclusively in relation to prostate cancer. We conducted a systematic review, which identified nine case-control studies (eight included, one excluded). We also included data from four genome-wide association studies and from a case-control study nested within the UK population-based Prostate Testing for Cancer and Treatment study. We investigated by meta-analysis the effects of eight polymorphisms: MTHFR C677T (rs1801133; 12 studies; 10,745 cases; 40,158 controls), MTHFR A1298C (rs1801131; 5 studies; 3,176 cases; 4,829 controls), MTR A2756G (rs1805087; 8 studies; 7,810 cases; 37,543 controls), MTRR A66G (rs1801394; 4 studies; 3,032 cases; 4,515 controls), MTHFD1 G1958A (rs2236225; 6 studies; 7,493 cases; 36,941 controls), SLC19A1/RFC1 G80A (rs1051266; 4 studies; 6,222 cases; 35,821 controls), SHMT1 C1420T (rs1979277; 2 studies; 2,689 cases; 4,110 controls), and FOLH1 T1561C (rs202676; 5 studies; 6,314 cases; 35,190 controls). The majority (10 of 13) of eligible studies had 100% Caucasian subjects; only one study had <90% Caucasian subjects. We found weak evidence of dominant effects of two alleles: MTR 2756A>G [random effects pooled odds ratio, 1.06 (1.00-1.12); P = 0.06 (P = 0.59 for heterogeneity across studies)] and SHMT1 1420C>T [random effects pooled odds ratio, 1.11 (1.00-1.22); P = 0.05 (P = 0.38 for heterogeneity across studies)]. We found no effect of MTHFR 677C>T or any of the other alleles in dominant, recessive or additive models, or in comparing a/a versus A/A homozygous. Neither did we find any difference in effects on advanced or localized cancers. Our meta-analysis suggests that known common folate-pathway single nucleotide polymorphisms do not have significant effects on susceptibility to prostate cancer. PMID:19706844

  2. Excess of rare variants in genes that are key epigenetic regulators of spermatogenesis in the patients with non-obstructive azoospermia.

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    Li, Zesong; Huang, Yi; Li, Honggang; Hu, Jingchu; Liu, Xiao; Jiang, Tao; Sun, Guangqing; Tang, Aifa; Sun, Xiaojuan; Qian, Weiping; Zeng, Yong; Xie, Jun; Zhao, Wei; Xu, Yu; He, Tingting; Dong, Chengliang; Liu, Qunlong; Mou, Lisha; Lu, Jingxiao; Lin, Zheguang; Wu, Song; Gao, Shengjie; Guo, Guangwu; Feng, Qiang; Li, Yingrui; Zhang, Xiuqing; Wang, Jun; Yang, Huanming; Wang, Jian; Xiong, Chengliang; Cai, Zhiming; Gui, Yaoting

    2015-01-01

    Non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA), a severe form of male infertility, is often suspected to be linked to currently undefined genetic abnormalities. To explore the genetic basis of this condition, we successfully sequenced ~650 infertility-related genes in 757 NOA patients and 709 fertile males. We evaluated the contributions of rare variants to the etiology of NOA by identifying individual genes showing nominal associations and testing the genetic burden of a given biological process as a whole. We found a significant excess of rare, non-silent variants in genes that are key epigenetic regulators of spermatogenesis, such as BRWD1, DNMT1, DNMT3B, RNF17, UBR2, USP1 and USP26, in NOA patients (P = 5.5 × 10(-7)), corresponding to a carrier frequency of 22.5% of patients and 13.7% of controls (P = 1.4 × 10(-5)). An accumulation of low-frequency variants was also identified in additional epigenetic genes (BRDT and MTHFR). Our study suggested the potential associations of genetic defects in genes that are epigenetic regulators with spermatogenic failure in human. PMID:25739334

  3. Excess of Rare Variants in Genes that are Key Epigenetic Regulators of Spermatogenesis in the Patients with Non-Obstructive Azoospermia

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    Li, Zesong; Huang, Yi; Li, Honggang; Hu, Jingchu; Liu, Xiao; Jiang, Tao; Sun, Guangqing; Tang, Aifa; Sun, Xiaojuan; Qian, Weiping; Zeng, Yong; Xie, Jun; Zhao, Wei; Xu, Yu; He, Tingting; Dong, Chengliang; Liu, Qunlong; Mou, Lisha; Lu, Jingxiao; Lin, Zheguang; Wu, Song; Gao, Shengjie; Guo, Guangwu; Feng, Qiang; Li, Yingrui; Zhang, Xiuqing; Wang, Jun; Yang, Huanming; Wang, Jian; Xiong, Chengliang; Cai, Zhiming; Gui, Yaoting

    2015-01-01

    Non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA), a severe form of male infertility, is often suspected to be linked to currently undefined genetic abnormalities. To explore the genetic basis of this condition, we successfully sequenced ~650 infertility-related genes in 757 NOA patients and 709 fertile males. We evaluated the contributions of rare variants to the etiology of NOA by identifying individual genes showing nominal associations and testing the genetic burden of a given biological process as a whole. We found a significant excess of rare, non-silent variants in genes that are key epigenetic regulators of spermatogenesis, such as BRWD1, DNMT1, DNMT3B, RNF17, UBR2, USP1 and USP26, in NOA patients (P = 5.5 × 10?7), corresponding to a carrier frequency of 22.5% of patients and 13.7% of controls (P = 1.4 × 10?5). An accumulation of low-frequency variants was also identified in additional epigenetic genes (BRDT and MTHFR). Our study suggested the potential associations of genetic defects in genes that are epigenetic regulators with spermatogenic failure in human. PMID:25739334

  4. Identifying Clients Predisposed To Failure

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    Carnes, G. D.

    1973-01-01

    Studies are reviewed that report the prediction of rehabilitation failure from personality measures. Related research is discussed that suggest the dynamics underlying a key concept, the "hypochondriacally organized personality" which is identifiable from the Rorschach anatomy response percentage. (Author)

  5. A maternal high-protein diet predisposes female offspring to increased fat mass in adulthood whereas a prebiotic fibre diet decreases fat mass in rats.

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    Hallam, Megan C; Reimer, Raylene A

    2013-11-14

    The negative effects of malnourishment in utero have been widely explored; the effects of increased maternal macronutrient intake are not known in relation to high fibre, and have been inconclusive with regard to high protein. In the present study, virgin Wistar dams were fed either a control (C), high-protein (40 %, w/w; HP) or high-prebiotic fibre (21·6 %, w/w; HF) diet throughout pregnancy and lactation. Pups consumed the C diet from 3 to 14·5 weeks of age, and then switched to a high-fat/sucrose diet for 8 weeks. A dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan and an oral glucose tolerance test were performed and plasma satiety hormones measured. The final body weight and the percentage of body fat were significantly affected by the interaction between maternal diet and offspring sex: weight and fat mass were higher in the female offspring of the HP v. HF dams. No differences in body weight or fat mass were seen in the male offspring. There was a significant sex effect for fasting and total AUC for ghrelin and fasting GIP, with females having higher levels than males. Liver TAG content and plasma NEFA were lower in the offspring of high-prebiotic fibre dams (HF1) than in those of high-protein dams (HP1) and control dams (C1). Intestinal expression of GLUT2 was decreased in HF1 and HP1 v. C1. The maternal HP and HF diets had lasting effects on body fat and hepatic TAG accumulation in the offspring, particularly in females. Whereas the HP diet predisposes to an obese phenotype, the maternal HF diet appears to reduce the susceptibility to obesity following a high-energy diet challenge in adulthood. PMID:23561448

  6. Elevation of Fatty Acid-Binding Protein 4 Is Predisposed by Family History of Hypertension and Contributes to Blood Pressure Elevation

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    Ota, Hideki; Furuhashi, Masato; Ishimura, Shutaro; Koyama, Masayuki; Okazaki, Yusuke; Mita, Tomohiro; Fuseya, Takahiro; Yamashita, Tomohisa; Tanaka, Marenao; Yoshida, Hideaki; Shimamoto, Kazuaki; Miura, Tetsuji

    2012-01-01

    Background Fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4/A-FABP/aP2), a lipid chaperone, is expressed in both adipocytes and macrophages. Recent studies have shown secretion of FABP4 from adipocytes and association of elevated serum FABP4 level with obesity, insulin resistance, and atherosclerosis. However, little is known about the role of FABP4 in essential hypertension. Methods We first examined serum FABP4 concentrations in 18 normotensives (NT) and 30 nontreated essential hypertensives (EHT). The EHT were divided into 18 insulin-sensitive EHT (EHT-S) and 12 insulin-resistant EHT (EHT-R) based on their insulin-sensitivity index, the M value, determined by the hyperinsulinemic–euglycemic clamp technique. In the second study, we determined FABP4 levels in 30 young NT men with or without a family history of hypertension (FH+ and FH–, respectively; n = 15 each). Results Serum FABP4 level was significantly higher in the EHT-R than in the NT, whereas elevation of FABP4 level in the EHT-S was not statistically significant. FABP4 level was positively correlated with age, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and triglycerides and negatively correlated with the M value. FABP4 level was an independent predictor of mean arterial pressure after adjustment of age, gender, and adiposity. The FH+ group had a significantly lower level of M value and higher level of FABP4 than did the FH– group, and FABP4 concentration was an independent determinant of the M value. Conclusions FABP4 contributes to blood pressure elevation and atherogenic metabolic phenotype in hypertensives, and the elevation of FABP4 is predisposed by a family history of hypertension. PMID:22717543

  7. Mutations in the filaggrin gene and food allergy

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    Markiewicz, Lidia; Wróblewska, Barbara

    2014-01-01

    The results of long-term epidemiological studies show that the number of people suffering from allergic diseases, especially from food allergies and atopic dermatitis (AD), is still increasing. Although the research thus far has been conducted mainly in Europe, North America, and Asia, there are also data appearing from the first studies in that field among the African population. This may indicate the importance of the problem of allergic diseases. The discovery that loss-of-function mutations in the gene coding filaggrin (FLG) are the cause of ichthyosis vulgaris marked a significant breakthrough in understanding the pathogenesis of allergic diseases. The presence of mutations in the filaggrin gene is also an important factor that predisposes to such allergic diseases as: allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, atopic asthma, and food allergy. So far, over 40 loss-of-function mutations and numerous silent mutations in filaggrin have been discovered. PMID:25276250

  8. Drinking Water Contaminants, Gene Polymorphisms, and Fetal Growth

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    Infante-Rivard, Claire

    2004-01-01

    There are still many uncertainties regarding the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with exposure to drinking water disinfection by-products. In Montréal, Québec, Canada, we carried out a hospital-based case–control study including 493 cases of intrauterine growth restriction defined as birth weight below the 10th percentile for gestational age and sex, according to Canadian standards. Controls were babies (n = 472) delivered at the same hospital whose birth weight was at or above the 10th percentile, matched for gestational age, race, and sex. Exposure to total and specific trihalomethanes was measured using regulatory data collected by municipalities and the provincial Ministry of Environment. Residential history, water drinking, and shower habits during pregnancy, as well as known risk factors for intrauterine growth restriction, were measured with a face-to-face interview with all mothers. Mothers and newborns were characterized for two genetic polymorphisms, one in the CYP2E1 gene (G1259C), and another in the 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene (C677T). Exposure to specific and total trihalomethanes from drinking water, determined for 458 cases and 426 controls, did not result in an increased risk of intrauterine growth restriction. However, significant effect modification was observed between newborns with and without the CYP2E1 variant; among newborns with the variant, the adjusted odds ratio for intrauterine growth restriction associated with exposure to average total trihalomethanes above the 90th percentile (corresponding to 29.4 ?g/L) was 13.20 (95% confidence interval, 1.19–146.72). These findings suggest that exposure to trihalomethanes at the highest levels can affect fetal growth but only in genetically susceptible newborns. PMID:15289170

  9. IDDM2 - VNTR -encoded Susceptibility to Type 1 Diabetes: Dominant Protection and Parental Transmission of Alleles of the Insulin Gene-linked Minisatellite Locus

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    Simon T. Bennett; Amanda J. Wilson; Francesco Cucca; Jørn Nerup; Flemming Pociot; Patricia A. McKinney; Anthony H. Barnett; Stephen C. Bain; John A. Todd

    1996-01-01

    IDDM2-encoded predisposition to type 1 diabetes has recently been mapped to the minisatellite or variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) locus upstream of the insulin and insulin-like growth factor II genes on human chromosome 11p15.5. In a UK case-control study (n=228 sporadic diabetics;n=441 healthy controls), we show here that the genotype homozygous for VNTR class I alleles is predisposing to

  10. Linkage analysis of schizophrenia with five dopamine receptor genes in nine pedigrees

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    Coon, H.; Byerley, W.; Holik, J.; Hoff, M.; Myles-Worsley, M.; Plaetke, R. (Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City (United States)); Lannfelt, L. (Karolinska Inst., Stockholm (Sweden)); Sokoloff, P.; Schwartz, J.C. (Unite de Neurobiologie et de Pharmacologie de l'INSERM, Paris (France)); Waldo, M.; Freedman, R. (Univ. of Colorado, Denver (United States))

    1993-02-01

    Alterations in dopamine neurotransmission have been strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia for nearly 2 decades. Recently, the genes for five dopamine receptors have been cloned and characterized, and genetic and physical map information has become available. Using these five loci as candidate genes, the authors have tested for genetic linkage to schizophrenia in nine multigenerational families which include multiple affected individuals. In addition to testing conservative disease models, the have used a neurophysiological indicator variable, the P50 auditory evoked response. Deficits in gating of the P50 response have been shown to segregate with schizophrenia in this sample and may identify carriers of gene(s) predisposing for schizophrenia. Linkage results were consistently negative, indicating that a defect at any of the actual receptor sites is unlikely to be a major contributor to schizophrenia in the nine families studied. 47 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs.

  11. Gene Therapy

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    Scheller, E.L.; Krebsbach, P.H.

    2009-01-01

    Gene therapy is defined as the treatment of disease by transfer of genetic material into cells. This review will explore methods available for gene transfer as well as current and potential applications for craniofacial regeneration, with emphasis on future development and design. Though non-viral gene delivery methods are limited by low gene transfer efficiency, they benefit from relative safety, low immunogenicity, ease of manufacture, and lack of DNA insert size limitation. In contrast, viral vectors are nature’s gene delivery machines that can be optimized to allow for tissue-specific targeting, site-specific chromosomal integration, and efficient long-term infection of dividing and non-dividing cells. In contrast to traditional replacement gene therapy, craniofacial regeneration seeks to use genetic vectors as supplemental building blocks for tissue growth and repair. Synergistic combination of viral gene therapy with craniofacial tissue engineering will significantly enhance our ability to repair and replace tissues in vivo. PMID:19641145

  12. Gene Concepts, Gene Talk, and Gene Patents

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    Torrance, Andrew W.

    2010-01-01

    Since the existence of a discrete unit of heredity was first proposed by Gregor Mendel, scientific concepts of the “gene” have undergone rapid evolution. Beyond obvious epistemic and operational importance to the scientific ...

  13. Differential Proinflammatory and Oxidative Stress Response and Vulnerability to Metabolic Syndrome in Habitual High-Fat Young Male Consumers Putatively Predisposed by Their Genetic Background

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    González-Muniesa, Pedro; Marrades, María Pilar; Martínez, José Alfredo; Moreno-Aliaga, María Jesús

    2013-01-01

    The current nutritional habits and lifestyles of modern societies favor energy overloads and a diminished physical activity, which may produce serious clinical disturbances and excessive weight gain. In order to investigate the mechanisms by which the environmental factors interact with molecular mechanisms in obesity, a pathway analysis was performed to identify genes differentially expressed in subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue (SCAAT) from obese compared to lean male (21–35 year-old) subjects living in similar obesogenic conditions: habitual high fat dietary intake and moderate physical activity. Genes involved in inflammation (ALCAM, CTSB, C1S, YKL-40, MIF, SAA2), extracellular matrix remodeling (MMP9, PALLD), angiogenesis (EGFL6, leptin) and oxidative stress (AKR1C3, UCHL1, HSPB7 and NQO1) were upregulated; whereas apoptosis, signal transcription (CITED 2 and NR3C1), cell control and cell cycle-related genes were downregulated. Interestingly, the expression of some of these genes (C1S, SAA2, ALCAM, CTSB, YKL-40 and tenomodulin) was found to be associated with some relevant metabolic syndrome features. The obese group showed a general upregulation in the expression of inflammatory, oxidative stress, extracellular remodeling and angiogenic genes compared to lean subjects, suggesting that a given genetic background in an obesogenic environment could underlie the resistance to gaining weight and obesity-associated manifestations. PMID:23975165

  14. Are submicroscopic chromosomal inversions predisposing factors for the t(9;22)(q34;q11.2) translocation in chronic myeloid leukemia?

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    González García, Juan Ramón; Cruz, Martín Daniel Domínguez; Gutiérrez, César Borjas

    2015-01-01

    A complex chromosomal rearrangement observed in a patient with chronic myeloid leukemia was explained as the consequence of a multistep process. The explanation involved an initial t(9;22) translocation with breakpoints distant from the BCR and ABL1 genes followed by genomic deletions that produced the BCR-ABL1 hybrid gene. We present an alternative model that fits the origin of the patient's rearrangement better. The present model links submicroscopic inversions with the occurrence of the t(9;22) translocation and opens a new approach on the research on the disease. PMID:25741382

  15. Folate Intake and Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Gene Polymorphisms as Predictive and Prognostic Biomarkers for Ovarian Cancer Risk

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    Zhang, Li; Liu, Wenxin; Hao, Quan; Bao, Lewen; Wang, Ke

    2012-01-01

    Folic acid and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) may affect the development of human cancer. However, few studies have evaluated folate intake and MTHFR in susceptibility to and prognosis of patients with ovarian cancer. We conducted a prospective case-control study in 215 ovarian cancer patients and 218 controls (all Chinese) between Jan. 2004 and Jan. 2007. MTHFR C677T genotyping was done by PCR-RFLP. All patients were followed up until Dec. 2010. We found a 2.43-fold increased risk of ovarian cancer among MTHFR 677TT carriers, and a decreased risk of ovarian cancer in individuals with high folate intake (OR = 0.54, 95% CI = 0.32–0.94). Cox regression survival analysis showed that among the ovarian cancer patients, those carrying the 677TT genotype had a higher risk of death (HR = 2.17, 95% CI = 1.20–4.79), while high folate intake was associated with a lower risk of death (HR = 0.43, 95% CI = 0.33–0.88). Moreover, MTHFR 677CC carriers with higher folate intake showed a lower risk of death from ovarian cancer (HR = 0.32, 95% CI = 0.27–0.82). In summary, high folate intake may lessen susceptibility and improve the prognosis of ovarian cancer patients, while the MTHFR 677TT genotype appears to increase ovarian cancer risk and worsen its prognosis in a Chinese population. PMID:22605962

  16. [Implications of genetic risk factors in breast cancer: culprit genes and associated malignancies].

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    Stoppa-Lyonnet, Dominique; Buecher, Bruno; Houdayer, Claude; de Pauw, Antoie; Gauthier-Villars, Marion; de la Rochefordière, Anne; This, Pascale; Asselain, Bernard; Andrieu, Nadine

    2009-12-01

    Our understanding of hereditary forms of breast cancer has made enormous advances over the past 15 years, based on epidemiological and molecular genetic studies, and the development of a vast number of informative genetic markers. These studies have involved women with both familial and sporadic forms of breast cancer. Genetic susceptibility to breast cancer can involve several modes of inheritance: Mendelian inheritance, mostly involving autosomal dominant mutations with high penetrance and a high risk of malignancy (the BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PTEN and STK11 genes); dominant mutations associated with a lower risk (ATM, BRIP1, PALB2, etc), and multigenic patterns involving common susceptibility variants, i.e., polymorphisms located within predisposing gene loci (FGFR2, TNRC9, MAP3K1, LSP1, etc.) or intergenic regions. Other predisposing factors remain to be discovered, as genetic factors associated with a high breast cancer risk (BRCA1, BRCA2, TP53, PTEN STK11, etc) are only found in about 20% of genetically screened breast cancer families. So far, only the first class of genes have found clinical applications, guiding the choice of medical or surgical treatment. More refined individual risk profiles will benefit from genome-wide polymorphic DNA variant studies anda better understanding of the impact of non genetic factors, such as the obstetrical and gynaecological history, and mutagen exposure. PMID:20690207

  17. Gene Therapy

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    Baum, Bruce J

    2014-01-01

    Applications of gene therapy have been evaluated in virtually every oral tissue, and many of these have proved successful at least in animal models. While gene therapy will not be used routinely in the next decade, practitioners of oral medicine should be aware of the potential of this novel type of treatment that doubtless will benefit many patients with oral diseases. PMID:24372817

  18. Trichoderma genes

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    Foreman, Pamela (Los Altos, CA); Goedegebuur, Frits (Vlaardingen, NL); Van Solingen, Pieter (Naaldwijk, NL); Ward, Michael (San Francisco, CA)

    2012-06-19

    Described herein are novel gene sequences isolated from Trichoderma reesei. Two genes encoding proteins comprising a cellulose binding domain, one encoding an arabionfuranosidase and one encoding an acetylxylanesterase are described. The sequences, CIP1 and CIP2, contain a cellulose binding domain. These proteins are especially useful in the textile and detergent industry and in pulp and paper industry.

  19. Gene Identification

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    Chuck Daniels

    This module will examine the "Language" of genes and illustrate how basic statistical methods can be applied to the problem of gene prediction. The merger of computational sciences with biology, and the challenges facing BioinFormatics, will also be explored through the use of analysis tools available at the National Center for Biotechnology InFormation (NCBI).

  20. Gene Control

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    WGBH Educational Foundation

    2003-09-26

    The development of creatures that appear to have nothing in common is directed by a surprisingly small number of genes. In this video segment, learn about the power of master control genes. Footage from The Secret of Life: Birth, Sex & Death.

  1. Cancer-related genes in the transcription signature of facioscapulohumeral dystrophy myoblasts and myotubes

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    Dmitriev, Petr; Kairov, Ulykbek; Robert, Thomas; Barat, Ana; Lazar, Vladimir; Carnac, Gilles; Laoudj-Chenivesse, Dalila; Vassetzky, Yegor S

    2014-01-01

    Muscular dystrophy is a condition potentially predisposing for cancer; however, currently, only Myotonic dystrophy patients are known to have a higher risk of cancer. Here, we have searched for a link between facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD) and cancer by comparing published transcriptome signatures of FSHD and various malignant tumours and have found a significant enrichment of cancer-related genes among the genes differentially expressed in FSHD. The analysis has shown that gene expression profiles of FSHD myoblasts and myotubes resemble that of Ewing's sarcoma more than that of other cancer types tested. This is the first study demonstrating a similarity between FSHD and cancer cell expression profiles, a finding that might indicate the existence of a common step in the pathogenesis of these two diseases. PMID:24341522

  2. A RASopathy gene commonly mutated in cancer: the neurofibromatosis type 1 tumour suppressor.

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    Ratner, Nancy; Miller, Shyra J

    2015-05-01

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a common genetic disorder that predisposes affected individuals to tumours. The NF1 gene encodes a RAS GTPase-activating protein called neurofibromin and is one of several genes that (when mutant) affect RAS-MAPK signalling, causing related diseases collectively known as RASopathies. Several RASopathies, beyond NF1, are cancer predisposition syndromes. Somatic NF1 mutations also occur in 5-10% of human sporadic cancers and may contribute to resistance to therapy. To highlight areas for investigation in RASopathies and sporadic tumours with NF1 mutations, we summarize current knowledge of NF1 disease, the NF1 gene and neurofibromin, neurofibromin signalling pathways and recent developments in NF1 therapeutics. PMID:25877329

  3. Genetic associations with schizophrenia: Meta-analyses of 12 candidate genes

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    Shi, Jiajun; Gershon, Elliot S.; Liu, Chunyu

    2008-01-01

    Genetic association studies on schizophrenia (SZ) have been repeatedly performed over the last two decades, resulting in a consensus that results are generally inconsistent. This consensus has begun to change as a result of meta-analyses (e.g., (Glatt and Jonsson, 2006)). The SchizophreniaGene database (http://www.schizophreniaforum.org/res/sczgene/default.asp) has been a leader in meta-analyses of SZ association data, by dynamically and comprehensively cataloging all public genetic association studies, and preparing meta-analyses of case-control data. There are 19 “top” candidate genes from these analyses (access on December 20, 2007), showing the highest effect sizes and nominally significant associations of at least one variant in the meta-analyses of all ethnic samples or of samples of Caucasian ancestry. We selected 40 polymorphisms in 12 selected “top” genes for additional meta-analyses, which had at least one familial association data. We found gene-wide (correction for the number of meta-analyses for each gene) significant allelic association evidence for seven genes in the combined samples. The odds ratios (ORs) of the associated minor risk alleles range from 1.072 to 1.121, for DRD4, MTHFR, PPP3CC and TP53. For protective allele associations, the ORs are between 0.842 and 0.886, for DAO, IL1B, and SLC6A4. In population based sub-analyses, we found significant results in four genes in Asians (ORs between 1.084 and 1.309 for DRD4, GABRB2, PPP3CC, and TP53), and one gene in European (OR of 0.888 for SLC6A4). However, none of these associations survive experiment-wide correction for multiple testing. No significant heterogeneity between case-control and family-based study designs was detected in 35 out of 40 polymorphisms. Our results suggest eight potential SZ candidate genes and suggest that family data can reasonably be included in the meta-analysis of genetic associations. PMID:18715757

  4. Gene Cloning

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    WGBH Educational Foundation

    2009-12-07

    This interactive activity adapted from the University of Nebraska's Library of Crop Technologies details the steps involved in producing clones of genes that can then be used to transform the characteristics of an organism.

  5. Mutations in 12 genes for inherited ovarian, fallopian tube, and peritoneal carcinoma identified by massively parallel sequencing.

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    Walsh, Tom; Casadei, Silvia; Lee, Ming K; Pennil, Christopher C; Nord, Alex S; Thornton, Anne M; Roeb, Wendy; Agnew, Kathy J; Stray, Sunday M; Wickramanayake, Anneka; Norquist, Barbara; Pennington, Kathryn P; Garcia, Rochelle L; King, Mary-Claire; Swisher, Elizabeth M

    2011-11-01

    Inherited loss-of-function mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 and other tumor suppressor genes predispose to ovarian carcinomas, but the overall burden of disease due to inherited mutations is not known. Using targeted capture and massively parallel genomic sequencing, we screened for germ-line mutations in 21 tumor suppressor genes in genomic DNA from women with primary ovarian, peritoneal, or fallopian tube carcinoma. Subjects were consecutively enrolled at diagnosis and not selected for age or family history. All classes of mutations, including point mutations and large genomic deletions and insertions, were detected. Of 360 subjects, 24% carried germ-line loss-of-function mutations: 18% in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and 6% in BARD1, BRIP1, CHEK2, MRE11A, MSH6, NBN, PALB2, RAD50, RAD51C, or TP53. Six of these genes were not previously implicated in inherited ovarian carcinoma. Primary carcinomas were generally characterized by genomic loss of normal alleles of the mutant genes. Of women with inherited mutations, >30% had no family history of breast or ovarian carcinoma, and >35% were 60 y or older at diagnosis. More patients with ovarian carcinoma carry cancer-predisposing mutations and in more genes than previously appreciated. Comprehensive genetic testing for inherited carcinoma is warranted for all women with ovarian, peritoneal, or fallopian tube carcinoma, regardless of age or family history. Clinical genetic testing is currently done gene by gene, with each test costing thousands of dollars. In contrast, massively parallel sequencing allows such testing for many genes simultaneously at low cost. PMID:22006311

  6. Gene expression profiling within the developing neural tube.

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    Finnell, Richard H; Junker, Wade M; Wadman, Lisa Kvist; Cabrera, Robert M

    2002-10-01

    The developing mammalian nervous system is subject to devastating congenital malformations with clinical significance that extends into the billions of health care dollars annually worldwide. Neural tube defects (NTDs) are among the most common of all human congenital defects, yet their etiology remains poorly understood. This is largely due to the complexity of the genetic factors regulating the intricate events involved in neurulation. Using mouse model systems and the application of modern molecular biological technologies, we have recently gained a greater appreciation for the factors that not only regulate normal neural tube closure (NTC), but those genetic factors that predispose an embryo to significant birth defects such as anencephaly or spina bifida. We have selected prominent murine mutants, both spontaneous and genetically modified, as well as the use of teratogenic agents, to examine the impact of altering the normal pattern of gene expression in the developing neural tube. PMID:12462415

  7. Obstructive heart defects associated with candidate genes, maternal obesity, and folic acid supplementation.

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    Tang, Xinyu; Cleves, Mario A; Nick, Todd G; Li, Ming; MacLeod, Stewart L; Erickson, Stephen W; Li, Jingyun; Shaw, Gary M; Mosley, Bridget S; Hobbs, Charlotte A

    2015-06-01

    Right-sided and left-sided obstructive heart defects (OHDs) are subtypes of congenital heart defects, in which the heart valves, arteries, or veins are abnormally narrow or blocked. Previous studies have suggested that the development of OHDs involved a complex interplay between genetic variants and maternal factors. Using the data from 569 OHD case families and 1,644 control families enrolled in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) between 1997 and 2008, we conducted an analysis to investigate the genetic effects of 877 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 60 candidate genes for association with the risk of OHDs, and their interactions with maternal use of folic acid supplements, and pre-pregnancy obesity. Applying log-linear models based on the hybrid design, we identified a SNP in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene (C677T polymorphism) with a main genetic effect on the occurrence of OHDs. In addition, multiple SNPs in betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT and BHMT2) were also identified to be associated with the occurrence of OHDs through significant main infant genetic effects and interaction effects with maternal use of folic acid supplements. We also identified multiple SNPs in glutamate-cysteine ligase, catalytic subunit (GCLC) and DNA (cytosine-5-)-methyltransferase 3 beta (DNMT3B) that were associated with elevated risk of OHDs among obese women. Our findings suggested that the risk of OHDs was closely related to a combined effect of variations in genes in the folate, homocysteine, or glutathione/transsulfuration pathways, maternal use of folic acid supplements and pre-pregnancy obesity. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:25846410

  8. Candidate tumor suppressor genes at FRA7G are coamplified with MET and do not suppress malignancy in a gastric cancer.

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    Han, Shuang-Yin; Druck, Teresa; Huebner, Kay

    2003-02-01

    Common fragile sites predispose to specific chromosomal breakage associated with deletion, amplification, and/or translocation in certain forms of cancer. Chromosomal fragile sites not only are susceptible to DNA instability in cancer cells, but may also be associated with genes that contribute to the neoplastic process. FRA7G is a common fragile site containing the candidate tumor suppressor genes CAV1, CAV2, and TESTIN (TES). The human gastric cancer cell line GTL-16 has an amplification of this genomic region and was used to seek evidence for the suppressor candidacy of one of these genes. Our results demonstrate that CAV1, CAV2, and TESTIN are coamplified with the MET oncogene and overexpressed in GTL-16. Somatic mutation was not detected in the coding regions of these genes, although they were each overexpressed. The results show that CAV1, CAV2, and TESTIN are not tumor suppressor genes in this gastric cancer. PMID:12620387

  9. Mapping eQTLs in the Norfolk Island Genetic Isolate Identifies Candidate Genes for CVD Risk Traits

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    Benton, Miles C.; Lea, Rod A.; Macartney-Coxson, Donia; Carless, Melanie A.; Göring, Harald H.; Bellis, Claire; Hanna, Michelle; Eccles, David; Chambers, Geoffrey K.; Curran, Joanne E.; Harper, Jacquie L.; Blangero, John; Griffiths, Lyn R.

    2013-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects millions of people worldwide and is influenced by numerous factors, including lifestyle and genetics. Expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) influence gene expression and are good candidates for CVD risk. Founder-effect pedigrees can provide additional power to map genes associated with disease risk. Therefore, we identified eQTLs in the genetic isolate of Norfolk Island (NI) and tested for associations between these and CVD risk factors. We measured genome-wide transcript levels of blood lymphocytes in 330 individuals and used pedigree-based heritability analysis to identify heritable transcripts. eQTLs were identified by genome-wide association testing of these transcripts. Testing for association between CVD risk factors (i.e., blood lipids, blood pressure, and body fat indices) and eQTLs revealed 1,712 heritable transcripts (p < 0.05) with heritability values ranging from 0.18 to 0.84. From these, we identified 200 cis-acting and 70 trans-acting eQTLs (p < 1.84 × 10?7) An eQTL-centric analysis of CVD risk traits revealed multiple associations, including 12 previously associated with CVD-related traits. Trait versus eQTL regression modeling identified four CVD risk candidates (NAAA, PAPSS1, NME1, and PRDX1), all of which have known biological roles in disease. In addition, we implicated several genes previously associated with CVD risk traits, including MTHFR and FN3KRP. We have successfully identified a panel of eQTLs in the NI pedigree and used this to implicate several genes in CVD risk. Future studies are required for further assessing the functional importance of these eQTLs and whether the findings here also relate to outbred populations. PMID:24314549

  10. The impact of folate pathway polymorphisms combined to nutritional deficiency as a maternal predisposition factor for Down syndrome.

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    Santos-Rebouças, C B; Corrêa, J C; Bonomo, A; Fintelman-Rodrigues, N; Moura, K C V; Rodrigues, C S C; Santos, J M; Pimentel, M M G

    2008-01-01

    Polymorphisms in genes encoding folate metabolizing enzymes have been linked to an increased risk of maternal chromosomal nondisjunction in several populations. With the purpose of evaluating this relationship, we compared the frequencies of 677C>T and 1298A>C polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) and 66A>G in the methionine synthase reductase gene (MTRR) between 103 young mothers of Down syndrome (DS) individuals and 108 control mothers, whose offspring was karyotypically normal, correlating it with an estimative of folate and - related micronutrients levels intake. Maternal and paternal transmission frequencies of MTHFR 677T allele were also examined to access potential parent-of-origin effects. PCR-RFLP for genomic DNA was accomplished and allele/genotype frequencies differences were determined using the x(2) test, whereas pattern of transmission of the MTHFR 677 allele was analyzed by transmission disequilibrium test. None of the polymorphisms seemed to be more frequent in case mothers than in controls, either individually or combined. The estimative of nutritional intake revealed that folate consumption median was inadequate in both groups, whereas methionine and zinc consumption medians were significantly greater in control mothers. It suggests that such interaction between genetic profile and environment could predispose this sub group of women to have a DS child. Additional studies focusing the interaction between nutritional intakes, biochemical data and folate pathway polymorphisms are needed to confirm the present results. The possibility of neutralize the biochemical negative effects of folate-related polymorphisms through oral supplementation could provide new targets for DS prevention. PMID:19096127

  11. Discovery of non-ETS gene fusions in human prostate cancer using next-generation RNA sequencing

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    Pflueger, Dorothee; Terry, Stéphane; Sboner, Andrea; Habegger, Lukas; Esgueva, Raquel; Lin, Pei-Chun; Svensson, Maria A.; Kitabayashi, Naoki; Moss, Benjamin J.; MacDonald, Theresa Y.; Cao, Xuhong; Barrette, Terrence; Tewari, Ashutosh K.; Chee, Mark S.; Chinnaiyan, Arul M.; Rickman, David S.; Demichelis, Francesca; Gerstein, Mark B.; Rubin, Mark A.

    2011-01-01

    Half of prostate cancers harbor gene fusions between TMPRSS2 and members of the ETS transcription factor family. To date, little is known about the presence of non-ETS fusion events in prostate cancer. We used next-generation transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq) in order to explore the whole transcriptome of 25 human prostate cancer samples for the presence of chimeric fusion transcripts. We generated more than 1 billion sequence reads and used a novel computational approach (FusionSeq) in order to identify novel gene fusion candidates with high confidence. In total, we discovered and characterized seven new cancer-specific gene fusions, two involving the ETS genes ETV1 and ERG, and four involving non-ETS genes such as CDKN1A (p21), CD9, and IKBKB (IKK-beta), genes known to exhibit key biological roles in cellular homeostasis or assumed to be critical in tumorigenesis of other tumor entities, as well as the oncogene PIGU and the tumor suppressor gene RSRC2. The novel gene fusions are found to be of low frequency, but, interestingly, the non-ETS fusions were all present in prostate cancer harboring the TMPRSS2–ERG gene fusion. Future work will focus on determining if the ETS rearrangements in prostate cancer are associated or directly predispose to a rearrangement-prone phenotype. PMID:21036922

  12. Targeted sequencing of the Paget's disease associated 14q32 locus identifies several missense coding variants in RIN3 that predispose to Paget's disease of bone

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    Vallet, Mahéva; Soares, Dinesh C.; Wani, Sachin; Sophocleous, Antonia; Warner, Jon; Salter, Donald M.; Ralston, Stuart H.; Albagha, Omar M.E.

    2015-01-01

    Paget's disease of bone (PDB) is a common disorder with a strong genetic component characterized by increased but disorganized bone remodelling. Previous genome-wide association studies identified a locus on chromosome 14q32 tagged by rs10498635 which was significantly associated with susceptibility to PDB in several European populations. Here we conducted fine-mapping and targeted sequencing of the candidate locus to identify possible functional variants. Imputation in 741 PDB patients and 2699 controls confirmed that the association was confined to a 60 kb region in the RIN3 gene and conditional analysis adjusting for rs10498635 identified no new independent signals. Sequencing of the RIN3 gene identified a common missense variant (p.R279C) that was strongly associated with the disease (OR = 0.64; P = 1.4 × 10?9), and was in strong linkage disequilibrium with rs10498635. A further 13 rare missense variants were identified, seven of which were novel and detected only in PDB cases. When combined, these rare variants were over-represented in cases compared with controls (OR = 3.72; P = 8.9 × 10?10). Most rare variants were located in a region that encodes a proline-rich, intrinsically disordered domain of the protein and many were predicted to be pathogenic. RIN3 was expressed in bone tissue and its expression level was ?10-fold higher in osteoclasts compared with osteoblasts. We conclude that susceptibility to PDB at the 14q32 locus is mediated by a combination of common and rare coding variants in RIN3 and suggest that RIN3 may contribute to PDB susceptibility by affecting osteoclast function. PMID:25701875

  13. Vulnerability genes or plasticity genes?

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    Belsky, J; Jonassaint, C; Pluess, M; Stanton, M; Brummett, B; Williams, R

    2009-01-01

    The classic diathesis–stress framework, which views some individuals as particularly vulnerable to adversity, informs virtually all psychiatric research on behavior–gene–environment (G × E) interaction. An alternative framework of ‘differential susceptibility' is proposed, one which regards those most susceptible to adversity because of their genetic make up as simultaneously most likely to benefit from supportive or enriching experiences—or even just the absence of adversity. Recent G × E findings consistent with this perspective and involving monoamine oxidase-A, 5-HTTLPR (5-hydroxytryptamine-linked polymorphic region polymorphism) and dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) are reviewed for illustrative purposes. Results considered suggest that putative ‘vulnerability genes' or ‘risk alleles' might, at times, be more appropriately conceptualized as ‘plasticity genes', because they seem to make individuals more susceptible to environmental influences—for better and for worse. PMID:19455150

  14. Identification of a germ-line mutation in the p53 gene in a patient with an intracranial ependymoma

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    Metzger, A.K.; Duyk, G.; Daneshvar, L.; Edwards, M.S.B.; Cogen, P.H. (Univ. of California, San Francisco (United States)); Sheffield, V.C. (Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City (United States))

    1991-09-01

    The authors detected a germ-line mutation of the p53 gene in a patient with a malignant ependymoma of the posterior fossa. This mutation, which was found at codon 242, resulted in an amino acid substitution in a highly conserved site of exon 7 of the p53 gene; the same mutation was found in both the germ-line and tumor tissue. This is the most common region of previously described somatic p53 mutations in tumor specimens and of the germ-line p53 mutations in patients with the Li-Fraumeni cancer syndrome. Evaluation of the patient's family revealed several direct maternal and paternal relatives who had died at a young age from different types of cancer. The association of a germ-line p53 mutation with an intracranial malignancy and a strong family history of cancer suggests that p53 gene mutations predispose a person to malignancy and, like retinoblastoma mutations, may be inherited.

  15. The gene encoding 5-lipoxygenase activating protein confers risk of myocardial infarction and stroke.

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    Helgadottir, Anna; Manolescu, Andrei; Thorleifsson, Gudmar; Gretarsdottir, Solveig; Jonsdottir, Helga; Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur; Samani, Nilesh J; Gudmundsson, Gudmundur; Grant, Struan F A; Thorgeirsson, Gudmundur; Sveinbjornsdottir, Sigurlaug; Valdimarsson, Einar M; Matthiasson, Stefan E; Johannsson, Halldor; Gudmundsdottir, Olof; Gurney, Mark E; Sainz, Jesus; Thorhallsdottir, Margret; Andresdottir, Margret; Frigge, Michael L; Topol, Eric J; Kong, Augustine; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Hakonarson, Hakon; Gulcher, Jeffrey R; Stefansson, Kari

    2004-03-01

    We mapped a gene predisposing to myocardial infarction to a locus on chromosome 13q12-13. A four-marker single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) haplotype in this locus spanning the gene ALOX5AP encoding 5-lipoxygenase activating protein (FLAP) is associated with a two times greater risk of myocardial infarction in Iceland. This haplotype also confers almost two times greater risk of stroke. Another ALOX5AP haplotype is associated with myocardial infarction in individuals from the UK. Stimulated neutrophils from individuals with myocardial infarction produce more leukotriene B4, a key product in the 5-lipoxygenase pathway, than do neutrophils from controls, and this difference is largely attributed to cells from males who carry the at-risk haplotype. We conclude that variants of ALOX5AP are involved in the pathogenesis of both myocardial infarction and stroke by increasing leukotriene production and inflammation in the arterial wall. PMID:14770184

  16. Folate Metabolism Genes, Dietary Folate and Response to Antidepressant Medications in Late-Life Depression

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    Jamerson, Brenda D.; Payne, Martha E.; Garrett, Melanie E.; Ashley-Koch, Allison E.; Speer, Marcy C.; Steffens, David C.

    2013-01-01

    Objective The primary aims of this study were to 1) determine whether folate metabolism genetic polymorphisms predict age of onset and occurrence of late life depression and 2) determine whether folate metabolism genetic polymorphisms predict response to antidepressant medications in late-life depression. Methods This study used the Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Depression, and the Neurocognitive Outcomes of Depression in the Elderly Study database which includes individuals age ? 60. The folate nutrition assessment was determined by the Block Food Frequency Questionnaire. Genotype was evaluated for 15 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 10 folate metabolism genes. Logistic regression models were used to examine genetic polymorphisms and folate estimates with association with depression age of onset and remission status. Results There were 304 Caucasians in the database, 106 of these who were not depressed and 198 who had a diagnosis of depression. There were no significant differences between remitters and nonremitters in age, sex or estimated folate intakes. There were no folate estimates or folate metabolism gene SNPs that significantly predicted age of onset of depression or occurrence of depression. MTRR A66G (rs1801394) was significantly associated with remission status (p=0.0077) such that those with the AA genotype were 3.2 times as likely as those with the GG genotype to be in remission (p=0.0020). MTHFR A1298C (rs1801131) achieved a borderline significance for association with remission status (p=0.0313). Conclusion The major finding from this study is that the MTRR A66G genotype predicts response to SSRI antidepressants in late life depression. PMID:23280573

  17. [Development of the high-throughput fluorescence assay detecting SNPs in hemostasis and folate metabolism genes for clinical use].

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    Prasolova, M A; Shchepotina, E G; Dymshits, G M

    2013-01-01

    Genetic predisposition of an individual patient should be taken in account to choose the proper treatment. Implementation to clinical practice requires the development of rapid, high-throughput, and easy assays intended to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms. A detection kit intended to identify the hemostasis and folate cycle gene mutations G20210A FII, G1691A FV, G10976A FVII, G103T FXIII, C807T ITGA2, T1565C ITGB3, 5G(-675)4G PAI, G(-455)A FGB, C677T and A1298C MTHFR, A2756G MTR, A66G MTRR was suggested in this work. The method is based on the polymerase chain reaction and subsequent melt curve analysis of the complexes of amplicons with specific probe. Three single nucleotide polymorphisms can be identified in one tube using our detection kit that increases the productivity of the analysis in the clinical use. Different types of biological samples (buccal epithelium, saliva, plasma, serum, and urogenital swabs) can be used as the initial material for DNA isolation and further analysis by the method developed in this work. PMID:23785789

  18. Does impairment of the ubiquitin-proteasome system or the autophagy-lysosome pathway predispose individuals to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease?

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    Matsuda, Noriyuki; Tanaka, Keiji

    2010-01-01

    About twenty years ago, an abnormal enrichment of ubiquitin in the inclusion bodies of various neurodegenerative disorders was reported. To date, this phenotype has been a diagnostic feature of many neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases (PD). Because ubiquitin tags proteins that must be eliminated from cells, thereby targeting them for proteasomal degradation, many scientists believed that the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) was inactivated in these neurodegenerative disorders. This inactivation would lead to an accumulation of ubiquitylated proteins with their concomitant aggregation into inclusion bodies and subsequent neuronal death. This hypothesis was further fuelled by the discovery that parkin, the causal gene of autosomal recessive juvenile Parkinsonism, functions as a ubiquitin ligase. However, recent findings by several groups demonstrated that ubiquitylation is also relevant to the autophagy system, with parkin promoting autophagy of dysfunctional mitochondria following the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential. These novel topics do not necessarily mean that the proteasome is involved in neurodegeneration of PD. In this review, we describe current evidence and controversies regarding the relationship between UPS and neurodegenerative disorders such as PD, and discuss several scientific discrepancies that await further clarification. PMID:20061621

  19. Study design: Evaluating gene–environment interactions in the etiology of breast cancer – the WECARE study

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    Bernstein, Jonine L; Langholz, Bryan; Haile, Robert W; Bernstein, Leslie; Thomas, Duncan C; Stovall, Marilyn; Malone, Kathleen E; Lynch, Charles F; Olsen, Jørgen H; Anton-Culver, Hoda; Shore, Roy E; Boice, John D; Berkowitz, Gertrud S; Gatti, Richard A; Teitelbaum, Susan L; Smith, Susan A; Rosenstein, Barry S; Børresen-Dale, Anne-Lise; Concannon, Patrick; Thompson, W Douglas

    2004-01-01

    Introduction Deficiencies in cellular responses to DNA damage can predispose to cancer. Ionizing radiation can cause cluster damage and double-strand breaks (DSBs) that pose problems for cellular repair processes. Three genes (ATM, BRCA1, and BRCA2) encode products that are essential for the normal cellular response to DSBs, but predispose to breast cancer when mutated. Design To examine the joint roles of radiation exposure and genetic susceptibility in the etiology of breast cancer, we designed a case-control study nested within five population-based cancer registries. We hypothesized that a woman carrying a mutant allele in one of these genes is more susceptible to radiation-induced breast cancer than is a non-carrier. In our study, 700 women with asynchronous bilateral breast cancer were individually matched to 1400 controls with unilateral breast cancer on date and age at diagnosis of the first breast cancer, race, and registry region, and counter-matched on radiation therapy. Each triplet comprised two women who received radiation therapy and one woman who did not. Radiation absorbed dose to the contralateral breast after initial treatment was estimated with a comprehensive dose reconstruction approach that included experimental measurements in anthropomorphic and water phantoms applying patient treatment parameters. Blood samples were collected from all participants for genetic analyses. Conclusions Our study design improves the potential for detecting gene–environment interactions for diseases when both gene mutations and the environmental exposures of interest are rare in the general population. This is particularly applicable to the study of bilateral breast cancer because both radiation dose and genetic susceptibility have important etiologic roles, possibly by interactive mechanisms. By using counter-matching, we optimized the informativeness of the collected dosimetry data by increasing the variability of radiation dose within the case–control sets and enhanced our ability to detect radiation–genotype interactions. PMID:15084244

  20. Resilience to orthostasis and haemorrhage: A pilot study of common genetic and conditioning mechanisms.

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    Davydov, Dmitry M; Zhdanov, Renad I; Dvoenosov, Vladimir G; Kravtsova, Olga A; Voronina, Elena N; Filipenko, Maxim L

    2015-01-01

    A major challenge presently is not only to identify the genetic polymorphisms increasing risk to diseases, but to also find out factors and mechanisms, which can counteract a risk genotype by developing a resilient phenotype. The objective of this study was to examine acquired and innate vagal mechanisms that protect against physical challenges and haemorrhages in 19 athletes and 61 non-athletes. These include examining change in heart rate variability (HF-HRV; an indicator of vagus activity) in response to orthostatic challenge, platelet count (PLT), mean platelet volume (MPV), and single-nucleotide polymorphisms in genes that encode several coagulation factors, PAI-1, and MTHFR. Individual differences in PLT and MPV were significant predictors, with opposite effects, of the profiles of the HF-HRV changes in response to orthostasis. Regular physical training of athletes indirectly (through MPV) modifies the genetic predisposing effects of some haemostatic factors (PAI-1 and MTHFR) on vagal tone and reactivity. Individual differences in vagal tone were also associated with relationships between Factor 12 C46T and Factor 11 C22771T genes polymorphisms. This study showed that genetic predispositions for coagulation are modifiable. Its potential significance is promoting advanced protection against haemorrhages in a variety of traumas and injuries, especially in individuals with coagulation deficits. PMID:26024428

  1. Evidence found for a possible [open quote]aggression gene[close quote

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    Morell, V.

    1993-06-18

    Researchers in the Netherlands are on the track of a genetic mutation in a large Dutch family that may cause periodic outbursts of aggression in its possessors. Han G. Brunner and his colleagues at Univ. Hospital in Nijmegen report evidence suggesting that a mutation in the gene for monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) may underlie the aggressive and sometimes violent behavior displayed by certain males in this family. A linkage between MAOA gene defect and behavioral problems would make biological sense because the enzyme encoded by the gene helps break down several neurotransmitters that might, if their concentrations build up abnormally, cause a person to respond excessively-and at times even violently-to stress. If this original report is borne out by further work, it would be the first time that a specific gene defect has been found to predispose its bearers to aggressive behavior. Using markers for the X chromosome, Brunner and his colleagues identified the MAO gene region as the likely site for the diseased gene.

  2. Gene Ontology Driven Classification of Gene

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    Spang, Rainer

    expression patterns Gene Ontology · Structure knowledge about genes · Directed acyclic graph · Represents · No biological knowledge #12;Introduction 23-Jul-02 5 / 17Claudio Lottaz: GO driven classification of gene knowledge on · Molecular function · Bilogical process · Cellular component · Genes are annotated to nodes

  3. Gene Expression Mural: Visualizing Gene Expression Databases

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    Gene Expression Mural: Visualizing Gene Expression Databases Mathew Clement, Margaret Ellis, Josh@cs.vt.edu Abstract The Gene Expression Mural is a tool designed for managing the vast amount of information produced quantifying the expression level of gene sequences in a number of conditions [1]. Software tools integrating

  4. Gene Switches

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    2013-07-30

    In this activity, learners explore how genetic switches function and the role of genetic switches in the process of evolution. To make these concepts less abstract and more understandable, learners first view a series of video clips and animations from the HHMI DVD (or online) "Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads." Then, learners construct a model of a gene switch using craft materials or FridgiGears (magnetic gears). This activity can be done as a demonstration, a student inquiry activity, or a combination of the two.

  5. Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis with MUNC13-4 Gene Mutation or Reduced Natural Killer Cell Function Prior to Onset of Childhood Leukemia

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    Chang, Tamara Y.; Jaffray, Julie; Woda, Bruce; Newburger, Peter E.; Usmani, G. Naheed

    2010-01-01

    Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare histiocytic reactive process due to mutations in the perforin, MUNC13-4 or syntaxin 11 genes, or secondary to malignancy, infection or autoimmune disorder. HLH as a preceding diagnosis to leukemia is rare. We report two cases with progression to acute leukemia, one heterozygous for MUNC13-4 and the other with reduced NK cell function and perforin expression. These defects may predispose to a secondary HLH-like presentation of pre-clinical leukemia or confer increased susceptibility to malignancy. HLH patients with genetic mutations or NK cell function abnormalities need monitoring for future malignancy even if the HLH resolves. PMID:21370424

  6. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis with MUNC13-4 gene mutation or reduced natural killer cell function prior to onset of childhood leukemia.

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    Chang, Tamara Y; Jaffray, Julie; Woda, Bruce; Newburger, Peter E; Usmani, G Naheed

    2011-05-01

    Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare histiocytic reactive process due to mutations in the perforin, MUNC13-4 or syntaxin 11 genes, or secondary to malignancy, infection or autoimmune disorder. HLH as a preceding diagnosis to leukemia is rare. We report two cases with progression to acute leukemia, one heterozygous for MUNC13-4 and the other with reduced natural killer (NK) cell function and perforin expression. These defects may predispose to a secondary HLH-like presentation of pre-clinical leukemia or confer increased susceptibility to malignancy. HLH patients with genetic mutations or NK cell function abnormalities need monitoring for future malignancy even if the HLH resolves. PMID:21370424

  7. Essential Bacillus subtilis genes

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    K. Kobayashi; S. D. Ehrlichb; A. Albertini; G. Amati; K. Asaig Arnaudf; M. Arnaud; K. Asai; S. Ashikaga; S. Aymerich; P. Bessieres; F. Boland; S. C. Brignell; S. Bron; K. Bunai; J. Chapuis; L. C. Christiansen; A. Danchin; M. Débarbouillé; E. Dervyn; E. Deuerling; K. Devine; S. K. Devine; O. Dreesen; J. Errington; S. Fillinger; S. J. Foster; Y. Fujita; A. Galizzi; R. Gardan; C. Eschevins; T. Fukushima; K. Haga; C. R. Harwood; M. Hecker; D. Hosoya; M. F. Hullo; H. Kakeshita; D. Karamata; Y. Kasahara; F. Kawamura; K. Koga; P. Koski; R. Kuwana; D. Imamura; M. Ishimaru; S. Ishikawa; I. Ishio; D. Le Coq; A. Masson; C. Mauël; R. Meima; R. P. Mellado; A. Moir; S. Moriya; E. Nagakawa; H. Nanamiya; S. Nakai; P. Nygaard; M. Ogura; T. Ohanan; M. O'Reilly; M. O'Rourke; Z. Pragai; H. M. Pooley; G. Rapoport; J. P. Rawlins; L. A. Rivas; C. Rivolta; A. Sadaie; Y. Sadaie; M. Sarvas; T. Sato; H. H. Saxild; E. Scanlan; W. Schumann; J. F. Seegers; J. Sekiguchi; A. Sekowska; S. J. Seror; M. Simon; P. Stragier; R. Studer; H. Takamatsu; T. Tanaka; M. Takeuchi; H. B. Thomaides; V. Vagner; J. M. van Dijl; K. Watabe; A. Wipat; H. Yamamoto; M. Yamamoto; Y. Yamamoto; K. Yamane; K. Yata; K. Yoshida; H. Yoshikawa; U. Zuber; N. Ogasawara

    2003-01-01

    To estimate the minimal gene set required to sustain bacterial life in nutritious conditions, we carried out a systematic inactivation of Bacillus subtilis genes. Among 4,100 genes of the organism, only 192 were shown to be indispensable by this or previous work. Another 79 genes were predicted to be essential. The vast majority of essential genes were categorized in relatively

  8. A systems approach identifies networks and genes linking sleep and stress: implications for neuropsychiatric disorders.

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    Jiang, Peng; Scarpa, Joseph R; Fitzpatrick, Karrie; Losic, Bojan; Gao, Vance D; Hao, Ke; Summa, Keith C; Yang, He S; Zhang, Bin; Allada, Ravi; Vitaterna, Martha H; Turek, Fred W; Kasarskis, Andrew

    2015-05-01

    Sleep dysfunction and stress susceptibility are comorbid complex traits that often precede and predispose patients to a variety of neuropsychiatric diseases. Here, we demonstrate multilevel organizations of genetic landscape, candidate genes, and molecular networks associated with 328 stress and sleep traits in a chronically stressed population of 338 (C57BL/6J × A/J) F2 mice. We constructed striatal gene co-expression networks, revealing functionally and cell-type-specific gene co-regulations important for stress and sleep. Using a composite ranking system, we identified network modules most relevant for 15 independent phenotypic categories, highlighting a mitochondria/synaptic module that links sleep and stress. The key network regulators of this module are overrepresented with genes implicated in neuropsychiatric diseases. Our work suggests that the interplay among sleep, stress, and neuropathology emerges from genetic influences on gene expression and their collective organization through complex molecular networks, providing a framework for interrogating the mechanisms underlying sleep, stress susceptibility, and related neuropsychiatric disorders. PMID:25921536

  9. Analysis of the NF2 tumor-suppressor gene and of chromosome 22 deletions in gliomas.

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    Hoang-Xuan, K; Merel, P; Vega, F; Hugot, J P; Cornu, P; Delattre, J Y; Poisson, M; Thomas, G; Delattre, O

    1995-02-01

    Recurrent deletions of chromosome fragments observed in neoplasms are thought to participate in tumor development through the inactivation of tumor-suppressor genes. In gliomas, the most frequent deletions involve chromosome arms 9p, 10q, 17p, 19q and 22q. We have analysed deletions of chromosome 22 in gliomas by studying loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at 8 microsatellite loci. LOH for this chromosome fragment was observed in 17/70 (24%) cases, most of them encompassing the region which encodes the gene altered in neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2), an inherited disease which predisposes to tumors of the nervous system. To investigate the possible involvement of the NF2 tumor-suppressor gene in the tumorigenesis of gliomas, we searched for alterations in its genomic structure and in its mature transcript. Northern-blot and reverse transcriptase-PCR experiments showed that the NF2 transcript is expressed and does not demonstrate obvious structural alterations. Moreover, analysis, at the genomic level, of the 16 coding exons of the NF2 gene by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis failed to detect any somatically acquired point mutations. Altogether, these data strongly suggest that, although gliomas demonstrate recurrent chromosome 22 deletions most frequently encompassing the NF2 region, the NF2 gene is not altered in these tumors. PMID:7829260

  10. Mice heterozygous for the ATM gene are more sensitive to both X-ray and heavy ion exposure than are wildtypes

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    Worgul, B. V.; Smilenov, L.; Brenner, D. J.; Vazquez, M.; Hall, E. J.

    Previous studies have shown that the eyes of ATM heterozygous mice exposed to low-LET radiation (X-rays) are significantly more susceptible to the development of cataracts than are those of wildtype mice. The findings, as well as others, run counter to the assumption underpinning current radiation safety guidelines, that individuals are all equally sensitive to the biological effects of radiation. A question, highly relevant to human space activities is whether or not, in similar fashion there may exist a genetic predisposition to high-LET radiation damage. Mice haplodeficient for the ATM gene and wildtypes were exposed to 325 mGy of 1 GeV/amu 56Fe ions at the AGS facility of Brookhaven National Laboratory. The fluence was equivalent to 1 ion per lens epithelial cell nuclear area. Controls consisted of irradiated wildtype as well as unirradiated wildtype and heterozygous mice. Prevalence analyses for stage 0.5-3.0 cataracts indicated that not only cataract onset but also progression were accelerated in the mice haplo-deficient for the ATM gene. The data show that heterozygosity for the ATM gene predisposes the eye to the cataractogenic influence of heavy ions and suggest that ATM heterozygotes in the human population may also be radiosensitive. This may have to be considered in the selection of individuals who will be exposed to both HZE particles and low-LET radiation as they may be predisposed to increased late normal tissue damage.

  11. GENES 2000

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Benjamin Lewin provides this detailed educational site as the online (and continuously updated) version of the printed resource, GENES. Designed as a pilot project "for building an online site that will develop into a general resource for the life sciences, including molecular biology, cell biology, development, immunology, and neurobiology, at levels varying from introductory to advanced," this impressive site is intended to be useful to students at the undergraduate level (or above). First-time users must register (access is free, "at least temporarily") to gain access to chapters; registered users may conduct searches, build references, write notes, highlight specified information, or browse the full resource. Future plans include "better (and faster) searches on the text, searches on figures, identification of new material and recently added references, printing by chapter or by section, more animations, on line tests and problem sets." Content is detailed, well illustrated, and thorough; this looks to be an exceptional resource.

  12. Folate receptor gene variants and neural tube defect occurrence

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    Finnell, R.; Greer, K. [Texas A& M Univ., College Station, TX (United States); Lammer, E. [Stanford Univ., Palo Alto, CA (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Recent epidemiological evidence shows that periconceptional use of folic acid supplements may prevent 40-50% of neural tube defects (NTDs). The FDA has subsequently recommended folic acid supplementation of all women of childbearing potential, even though the mechanism by which folic acid prevents NTDs is unknown. We investigated genetic variation of a candidate gene, the 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MeTHF) receptor, that may mediate this preventive effect. The receptor concentrates folate within cells and we have localized its mRNA to neuroepithelial cells during neurulation. Our hypothesis is that dysfunctional 5-MeTHF receptors inadequately concentrate folate intracellularly, predisposing infants to NTDs. We have completed SSCP analysis on 3 of the 4 coding exons of the 5-MeTHF receptor gene of 474 infants participating in a large population-based epidemiological case-control study of NTDs in California; genotyping of another 500 infants is ongoing. Genomic DNA was extracted from residual blood spots from newborn screening samples of cases and controls. Genotyping was done blinded to case status. Polymorphisms have been detected for exons 4 and 5; fourteen percent of the infants have exon 5 polymorphisms. Data will be presented on the prevalence of 5-MeTHF receptor polymorphisms among cases and controls. Relationships among the polymorphisms and NTD occurrence may shed light on how folic acid supplementation prevents NTDs.

  13. Aberrant Gene Expression in Dogs with Portosystemic Shunts

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    Grinwis, Guy C. M.; Kummeling, Anne; van Gils, Ingrid H. M.; Koerkamp, Marian J. A. Groot.; van Leenen, Dik; Holstege, Frank C. P.; Penning, Louis C.; Rothuizen, Jan; Leegwater, Peter A. J.; Spee, Bart

    2013-01-01

    Congenital portosystemic shunts are developmental anomalies of the splanchnic vascular system that cause portal blood to bypass the liver. Large-breed dogs are predisposed for intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (IHPSS) and small-breed dogs for extrahepatic portosystemic shunts (EHPSS). While the phenotype resulting from portal bypass of the liver of the two types of shunt is identical, the genotype and molecular pathways involved are probably different. The aim of this study was to gain insight into the pathways involved in the different types of portosystemic shunting. Microarray analysis of mRNA expression in liver tissue from dogs with EHPSS and IHPSS revealed that the expression of 26 genes was altered in either IHPSS or EHPSS samples compared with that in liver samples from control dogs. Quantitative real-time PCR of these genes in 14 IHPSS, 17 EHPSS, and 8 control liver samples revealed a significant differential expression of ACBP, CCBL1, GPC3, HAMP, PALLD, VCAM1, and WEE1. Immunohistochemistry and Western blotting confirmed an increased expression of VCAM1 in IHPSS but its absence in EHPSS, an increased WEE1 expression in IHPSS but not in EHPSS, and a decreased expression of CCBL1 in both shunt types. Regarding their physiologic functions, these findings may indicate a causative role for VCAM1 in IHPSS and WEE1 for IHPSS. CCBL1 could be an interesting candidate to study not yet elucidated aspects in the pathophysiology of hepatic encephalopathy. PMID:23451256

  14. Assessment of PALB2 as a Candidate Melanoma Susceptibility Gene

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    Aoude, Lauren G.; Xu, Mai; Zhao, Zhen Zhen; Kovacs, Michael; Palmer, Jane M.; Johansson, Peter; Symmons, Judith; Trent, Jeffrey M.; Martin, Nicholas G.; Montgomery, Grant W.; Brown, Kevin M.; Hayward, Nicholas K.

    2014-01-01

    Partner and localizer of BRCA2 (PALB2) interacts with BRCA2 to enable double strand break repair through homologous recombination. Similar to BRCA2, germline mutations in PALB2 have been shown to predispose to Fanconi anaemia as well as pancreatic and breast cancer. The PALB2/BRCA2 protein interaction, as well as the increased melanoma risk observed in families harbouring BRCA2 mutations, makes PALB2 a candidate for melanoma susceptibility. In order to assess PALB2 as a melanoma predisposition gene, we sequenced the entire protein-coding sequence of PALB2 in probands from 182 melanoma families lacking pathogenic mutations in known high penetrance melanoma susceptibility genes: CDKN2A, CDK4, and BAP1. In addition, we interrogated whole-genome and exome data from another 19 kindreds with a strong family history of melanoma for deleterious mutations in PALB2. Here we report a rare known deleterious PALB2 mutation (rs118203998) causing a premature truncation of the protein (p.Y1183X) in an individual who had developed four different cancer types, including melanoma. Three other family members affected with melanoma did not carry the variant. Overall our data do not support a case for PALB2 being associated with melanoma predisposition. PMID:24949998

  15. Genes and Psoriasis

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    ... Your Patients Corrona Psoriasis Registry Donate Genes and Psoriasis Genes hold the key to understanding how the ... Are some genes linked to specific kinds of psoriasis? At the University of Utah, Drs. Gerald Krueger ...

  16. Maternal and infant gene-folate interactions and the risk of neural tube defects.

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    Etheredge, Analee J; Finnell, Richard H; Carmichael, Suzan L; Lammer, Edward J; Zhu, Huiping; Mitchell, Laura E; Shaw, Gary M

    2012-10-01

    Neural tube defects (NTDs) are common, serious malformations with a complex etiology that suggests involvement of both genetic and environmental factors. The authors evaluated maternal or offspring folate-related gene variants and interactions between the gene variants and maternal intake of folates on the risk of NTDs in their offspring. A case-control study was conducted on mothers and/or their fetuses and infants who were born in California from 1999 to 2003 with an NTD (cases n = 222, including 24 mother-infant pairs) or without a major malformation (controls n = 454, including 186 mother-infant pairs). Maternal intake of folates was assessed by food frequency questionnaire and genotyping was performed on samples from mothers and infants. For mothers in the lowest folate-intake group, risk of NTDs in offspring was significantly decreased for maternal MTHFR SNPs rs1476413, rs1801131, and rs1801133 (odds ratio [OR] = 0.55, 80% confidence interval [CI]: 0.20, 1.48; OR = 0.58, 80% CI: 0.24, 1.43; OR = 0.69, 80% CI: 0.41, 1.17, respectively), and TYMS SNPs rs502396 and rs699517 (OR = 0.91, 80% CI: 0.53, 1.56; OR = 0.70, 80% CI: 0.38, 1.29). A gene-only effect was observed for maternal SHMT1 SNP rs669340 (OR?=?0.69, 95% CI: 0.49, 0.96). When there was low maternal folate intake, risk of NTDs was significantly increased for infant MTHFD1 SNPs rs2236224, rs2236225, and rs11627387 (OR = 1.58, 80% CI: 0.99, 2.51; OR = 1.53, 80% CI: 0.95, 2.47; OR = 4.25, 80% CI: 2.33, 7.75, respectively) and SHMT1 SNP rs12939757 (OR = 2.01, 80% CI: 1.20, 3.37), but decreased for TYMS SNP rs2847153 (OR = 0.73, 80% CI: 0.37, 1.45). Although power to detect interaction effects was low for this birth defects association study, the gene-folate interactions observed in this study represent preliminary findings that will be useful for informing future studies on the complex etiology of NTDs. PMID:22903727

  17. Homozygous inactivation of the LGI1 gene results in hypomyelination in the peripheral and central nervous systems.

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    Silva, Jeane; Sharma, Suash; Hughes, Bernard; Yu, Y Eugene; Cowell, John K

    2010-11-15

    Mutations in the LGI1 gene in humans predispose to the development of autosomal dominant partial epilepsy with auditory features (ADPEAF). Homozygous inactivation of the Lgi1 gene in mice results in an epilepsy phenotype characterized by clonic seizures within 2-3 weeks after birth. Before onset of seizures, the 2-3-week-old null mutant mice show poor locomotor activity and neuromuscular strength. EM analysis of the sciatic nerve demonstrates impaired myelination of axons in the peripheral nervous system. Although heterozygous mutant mice do not show any locomotor phenotypes, they also demonstrate an intermediate level of hypomyelination compared with the wild-type mice. Hypomyelination was also observed in the central nervous system, which, although relatively mild, was still significantly different from that of the wild-type mice. These data suggest a role for LGI1 in the myelination functions of Schwann cells and oligodendrocytes. PMID:20857514

  18. Homozygous inactivation of the Lgi1 gene results in hypomyelination in the peripheral and central nervous system

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    Silva, Jeane; Sharma, Suash; Hughes, Bernard; Yu, Y. Eugene; Cowell, John K

    2013-01-01

    Mutations in the LGI1 gene in humans predispose to the development of Autosomal Dominant Partial Epilepsy with Auditory Features (ADPEAF). Homozygous inactivation of the Lgi1 gene in mice results in an epilepsy phenotype characterized by clonic seizures within 2–3 weeks after birth. Before onset of seizures the 2–3 week-old null mutant mice show poor locomotor activity and neuromuscular strength. EM analysis of the sciatic nerve demonstrates impaired myelination of axons in the peripheral nervous system. Although heterozygous mutant mice do not show any locomotor phenotypes, they also demonstrate an intermediate level of hypomyelination compared with the wild type mice. Hypomyelination was also observed in the central nervous system which, although relatively mild, was still significantly different to the wild type mice. These data suggest a role for LGI1 in the myelination functions of Schwann cells and oligodendrocytes. PMID:20857514

  19. The VHL gene is epigenetically inactivated in pheochromocytomas and abdominal paragangliomas.

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    Andreasson, Adam; Kiss, Nimrod B; Caramuta, Stefano; Sulaiman, Luqman; Svahn, Fredrika; Bäckdahl, Martin; Höög, Anders; Juhlin, C Christofer; Larsson, Catharina

    2013-12-01

    Pheochromocytoma (PCC) and abdominal paraganglioma (PGL) are neuroendocrine tumors that present with clinical symptoms related to increased catecholamine levels. About a third of the cases are associated with constitutional mutations in pre-disposing genes, of which some may also be somatically mutated in sporadic cases. However, little is known about inactivating epigenetic events through promoter methylation in these very genes. Using bisulphite pyrosequencing we assessed the methylation density of 11 PCC/PGL disease genes in 96 tumors (83 PCCs and 13 PGLs) and 34 normal adrenal references. Gene expression levels were determined by quantitative RT-PCR. Both tumors and normal adrenal samples exhibited low methylation index (MetI) in the EGLN1 (PDH2), MAX, MEN1, NF1, SDHB, SDHC, SDHD, SDHAF2 (SDH5), and TMEM127 promoters, not exceeding 10% in any of the samples investigated. Aberrant RET promoter methylation was observed in two cases only. For the VHL gene we found increased MetI in tumors as compared with normal adrenals (57% vs. 27%; P<0.001), in malignant vs. benign tumors (63% vs. 55%; P<0.05), and in PGL vs. PCC (66% vs. 55%; P<0.0005). Decreased expression of the VHL gene was observed in all tumors compared with normal adrenals (P<0.001). VHL MetI and gene expressions were inversely correlated (R = -0.359, P<0.0001). Our results show that the VHL gene promoter has increased methylation compared with normal adrenals (MetI>50%) in approximately 75% of PCCs and PGLs investigated, highlighting the role of VHL in the development of these tumors. PMID:24149047

  20. Gene function, gene networks and the fate of duplicated genes.

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    Shimeld, S M

    1999-10-01

    For both copies of a duplicated gene to become fixed in a population and subsequently maintained, selection must favour individuals with both genes over individuals with one. Here I review and assess some of the proposed ways that gene structure and function might affect the likelihood of both copies acquiring distinct functions and therefore positive selection. In particular I focus on the interacting pathways of genes that make up gene networks, and how these may affect genes duplicated both singly and en masse. Using the Wnt and hedgehog pathways as examples and data from developmental and genome analyses, I show that, while some of these theories may genuinely reflect what has occurred in animal evolution, there are still insufficient data to rigorously assess their relative importance. This, however, is likely to change in the near future. PMID:10597639

  1. Polymorphisms in DNA repair and metabolic genes in bladder cancer

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    Somali Sanyal; Fabiola Festa; Shigeru Sakano; Zhengzhong Zhang; Gunnar Steineck; Ulf Norming; Hans Wijkstrom; Per Larsson; Rajiv Kumar; Kari Hemminki

    2004-01-01

    We investigated the association of urinary bladder cancer with genetic polymorphisms in the xeroderma pigmento- sum complementation group C (XPC), group D (XPD) and group G (XPG), X-ray repair cross-complementing group 1 (XRCC1) and group 3 (XRCC3), Nijmegen breakage syn- drome 1 (NBS1), cyclin D1, methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), NAD(P)H dehydrogenase quinone 1 (NQO1), H-ras and glutathione S-transferase theta 1 (GSTT1)

  2. Multicentric origin of hemochromatosis gene (HFE) mutations.

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    Rochette, J; Pointon, J J; Fisher, C A; Perera, G; Arambepola, M; Arichchi, D S; De Silva, S; Vandwalle, J L; Monti, J P; Old, J M; Merryweather-Clarke, A T; Weatherall, D J; Robson, K J

    1999-01-01

    Genetic hemochromatosis (GH) is believed to be a disease restricted to those of European ancestry. In northwestern Europe, >80% of GH patients are homozygous for one mutation, the substitution of tyrosine for cysteine at position 282 (C282Y) in the unprocessed protein. In a proportion of GH patients, two mutations are present, C282Y and H63D. The clinical significance of this second mutation is such that it appears to predispose 1%-2% of compound heterozygotes to expression of the disease. The distribution of the two mutations differ, C282Y being limited to those of northwestern European ancestry and H63D being found at allele frequencies>5%, in Europe, in countries bordering the Mediterranean, in the Middle East, and in the Indian subcontinent. The C282Y mutation occurs on a haplotype that extends gene has been the subject of selection pressure. These selection pressures could be due to infectious diseases, environmental conditions, or other genetic disorders such as anemia. PMID:10090890

  3. Influences of Gestational Obesity on Associations between Genotypes and Gene Expression Levels in Offspring following Maternal Gastrointestinal Bypass Surgery for Obesity

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    Guénard, Frédéric; Lamontagne, Maxime; Bossé, Yohan; Deshaies, Yves; Cianflone, Katherine; Kral, John G.; Marceau, Picard; Vohl, Marie-Claude

    2015-01-01

    Maternal obesity and excess gestational weight gain with compromised metabolic fitness predispose offspring to lifelong obesity and its comorbidities. We demonstrated that compared to offspring born before maternal gastrointestinal bypass surgery (BMS) those born after (AMS) were less obese, with less cardiometabolic risk reflected in the expression and methylation of diabetes, immune and inflammatory pathway genes. Here we examine relationships between gestational obesity and offspring gene variations on expression levels. Methods Whole-genome genotyping and gene expression analyses in blood of 22 BMS and 23 AMS offspring from 19 mothers were conducted using Illumina HumanOmni-5-Quad and HumanHT-12 v4 Expression BeadChips, respectively. Using PLINK we analyzed interactions between offspring gene variations and maternal surgical status on offspring gene expression levels. Altered biological functions and pathways were identified and visualized using DAVID and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis. Results Significant interactions (p ? 1.22x10-12) were found for 525 among the 16,060 expressed transcripts: 1.9% of tested SNPs were involved. Gene function and pathway analysis demonstrated enrichment of transcription and of cellular metabolism functions and overrepresentation of cellular stress and signaling, immune response, inflammation, growth, proliferation and development pathways. Conclusion We suggest that impaired maternal gestational metabolic fitness interacts with offspring gene variations modulating gene expression levels, providing potential mechanisms explaining improved cardiometabolic risk profiles of AMS offspring related to ameliorated maternal lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. PMID:25603303

  4. Clustering gene expression patterns

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Amir Ben-Dor; Zohar Yakhinit; Zohar Yakhini

    1999-01-01

    Recent advances in biotechnology allow researchers to measure expression levels for thousands of genes simultaneously, across different conditions and over time. Analysis of data produced by such experiments offers potential insight into gene function and regulatory mechanisms. A key step in the analysis of gene expression data is the detection of groups of genes that manifest similar expression patterns. The

  5. Autism and Genes

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    National Institutes of Health, 2005

    2005-01-01

    This document defines and discusses autism and how genes play a role in the condition. Answers to the following questions are covered: (1) What are genes? (2) What is autism? (3) What causes autism? (4) Why study genes to learn about autism? (5) How do researchers look for the genes involved in autism? (screen the whole genome; conduct cytogenetic…

  6. Gene–environment interdependence

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Michael Rutter

    2012-01-01

    The modern understanding of genetic influences, of environmental effects, of mental disorder, and of heritabilities is noted. The practical utility of finding susceptibility genes with a very small effect is questioned. The empirical findings and implications of developmental perturbations, epigenetics, gene–environment correlations and interactions are then discussed. It is noted that the genes involved in gene–environment interactions may be concerned

  7. Clustering gene expression data

    E-print Network

    Shamir, Ron

    CG 1 Clustering gene expression data #12;CG 2 How Gene Expression Data Looks Expression levels-expression co-regulation). · Identifying disease profiles · Drug development ·... Analysis requires clustering of genes/conditions. #12;CG 5 Clustering: Objective Group elements (genes) to clusters satisfying

  8. Association study between the dopamine D4 receptor gene and schizophrenia

    SciTech Connect

    Petronis, A.; Macciardi, F.; Athanassiades, A.; Paterson, A.D. [Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto (Canada)] [and others

    1995-10-09

    The dopamine D4 receptor is of major interest in schizophrenia research due to its high affinity for the atypical neuroleptic clozapine and a high degree of variability in the receptor gene (DRD4). Although several genetic linkage analyses performed on schizophrenia multiplex families from different regions of the world have either excluded or failed to prove that DRD4 is a major genetic factor for the development of schizophrenia, analyses for moderate predisposing effects are still of significant interest. We performed a study examining differences in allele frequencies of 4 different DRD4 polymorphisms in schizophrenia patients and age, sex, and ethnic origin matched controls. None of these 4 polymorphisms showed evidence for genetic association with schizophrenia, although a trend towards excess of the allele with 7 repeats in the (48){sub n} bp exon III polymorphism was observed. Complexities in the DRD4 genetic investigation and further analytic approaches are discussed. 18 refs., 2 tabs.

  9. Therapeutic gene targeting.

    PubMed

    Yáñez, R J; Porter, A C

    1998-02-01

    Gene targeting is the use of homologous recombination to make defined alterations to the genome. One of the possible outcomes of gene targeting is the accurate correction of genetic defects, and this would make it the ideal method of gene therapy for single gene disorder. While gene targeting has been achieved both in human cell lines and in nontransformed, primary human cells, its low efficiency has been a major limitation to its therapeutic potential. Gene therapy in vivo gene targeting is there for impractical without dramatic improvements in targeting efficiency. Ex vivo approaches might more realistically be considered, but would benefit from progress in the isolation and growth of somatic stem cells and improvements in targeting efficiency. We provide here a brief review of the challenges of gene therapy by gene targeting. This is followed by a critical overview of recent developments in gene targeting techniques, and in our understanding of the underlying processes of homologous and nonhomologous recombination. PMID:9578833

  10. GeneCards

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    The Weizmann Institute of Science provides GeneCards, a database of "human genes, their products and their involvement in diseases." GeneCards contains concise information on the functions of "all human genes with an approved symbol" (e.g., genes named according to the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee), in addition to "selected others" -- collectively representing over 9,600 genes. The database is searchable, and its most current version (Version 2.14) features a new navigation support system (the "Guidance System") that facilitates information retrieval. Typical information on each Gene Card includes Synonyms, Chromosomal location, Proteins, Sequences, Similar genes in other organisms, Disorders & Mutations, Medical News, Research Articles, and Additional Sources of Information on the WWW. The GeneCards database is of particular use in the context of functional genomics and proteomics.

  11. Systematic resequencing of X-chromosome synaptic genes in autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia

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    Piton, A; Gauthier, J; Hamdan, FF; Lafrenière, RG; Yang, Y; Henrion, E; Laurent, S; Noreau, A; Thibodeau, P; Karemera, L; Spiegelman, D; Kuku, F; Duguay, J; Destroismaisons, L; Jolivet, P; Côté, M; Lachapelle, K; Diallo, O; Raymond, A; Marineau, C; Champagne, N; Xiong, L; Gaspar, C; Rivière, J-B; Tarabeux, J; Cossette, P; Krebs, M-O; Rapoport, JL; Addington, A; DeLisi, LE; Mottron, L; Joober, R; Fombonne, E; Drapeau, P; Rouleau, GA

    2012-01-01

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia (SCZ) are two common neurodevelopmental syndromes that result from the combined effects of environmental and genetic factors. We set out to test the hypothesis that rare variants in many different genes, including de novo variants, could predispose to these conditions in a fraction of cases. In addition, for both disorders, males are either more significantly or more severely affected than females, which may be explained in part by X-linked genetic factors. Therefore, we directly sequenced 111 X-linked synaptic genes in individuals with ASD (n = 142; 122 males and 20 females) or SCZ (n = 143; 95 males and 48 females). We identified > 200 non-synonymous variants, with an excess of rare damaging variants, which suggest the presence of disease-causing mutations. Truncating mutations in genes encoding the calcium-related protein IL1RAPL1 (already described in Piton et al. Hum Mol Genet 2008) and the monoamine degradation enzyme monoamine oxidase B were found in ASD and SCZ, respectively. Moreover, several promising non-synonymous rare variants were identified in genes encoding proteins involved in regulation of neurite outgrowth and other various synaptic functions (MECP2, TM4SF2/TSPAN7, PPP1R3F, PSMD10, MCF2, SLITRK2, GPRASP2, and OPHN1). PMID:20479760

  12. Genetic Background Modulates Gene Expression Profile Induced by Skin Irradiation in Ptch1 Mice

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    Galvan, Antonella; Noci, Sara [Department of Experimental Oncology and Laboratories, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan (Italy); Mancuso, Mariateresa; Pazzaglia, Simonetta; Saran, Anna [ENEA Laboratories, Rome (Italy); Dragani, Tommaso A. [Department of Experimental Oncology and Laboratories, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan (Italy)], E-mail: tommaso.dragani@istitutotumori.mi.it

    2008-12-01

    Purpose: Ptch1 germ-line mutations in mice predispose to radiation-induced basal cell carcinoma of the skin, with tumor incidence modulated by the genetic background. Here, we examined the possible mechanisms underlying skin response to radiation in F1 progeny of Ptch1{sup neo67/+} mice crossed with either skin tumor-susceptible (Car-S) or -resistant (Car-R) mice and X-irradiated (3 Gy) at 2 days of age or left untreated. Methods and Materials: We conducted a gene expression profile analysis in mRNA samples extracted from the skin of irradiated or control mice, using Affymetrix whole mouse genome expression array. Confirmation of the results was done using real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Results: Analysis of the gene expression profile of normal skin of F1 mice at 4 weeks of age revealed a similar basal profile in the nonirradiated mice, but alterations in levels of 71 transcripts in irradiated Ptch1{sup neo67/+} mice of the Car-R cross and modulation of only eight genes in irradiated Ptch1{sup neo67/+} mice of the Car-S cross. Conclusions: These results indicate that neonatal irradiation causes a persistent change in the gene expression profile of the skin. The tendency of mice genetically resistant to skin tumorigenesis to show a more complex pattern of transcriptional response to radiation than do genetically susceptible mice suggests a role for this response in genetic resistance to basal cell tumorigenesis.

  13. Association of mutations in mannose binding protein gene with childhood infection in consecutive hospital series.

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    Summerfield, J. A.; Sumiya, M.; Levin, M.; Turner, M. W.

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To determine the extent to which mutations in the mannose binding protein gene predispose to childhood infection. DESIGN: Clinical details and genotype of mannose binding protein determined in consecutive children attending a paediatric department. SETTING: Inner city hospital paediatric service in London. SUBJECTS: 617 children attending hospital between October 1993 and August 1995. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Infection as the cause for attendance or admission in relation to mutations in the mannose binding protein gene. RESULTS: The prevalence of mutations in the mannose binding protein gene in children with infection (146/345) was about twice that in children without infection (64/272) (P < 0.0001). Increased susceptibility to infection was found in both heterozygotic and homozygotic children. 13 out of 17 children homozygotic for variant alleles presented with strikingly severe infections, including 6 with septicaemia. CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that mutations in the mannose binding protein gene are an important risk factor for infections in children. Screening for such mutations should be included in the investigation of severe or frequent infections. PMID:9154025

  14. Chromatin looping defines expression of TAL1, its flanking genes, and regulation in T-ALL.

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    Zhou, Yan; Kurukuti, Sreenivasulu; Saffrey, Peter; Vukovic, Milica; Michie, Alison M; Strogantsev, Ruslan; West, Adam G; Vetrie, David

    2013-12-19

    TAL1 is an important regulator of hematopoiesis and its expression is tightly controlled despite complexities in its genomic organization. It is frequently misregulated in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), often due to deletions between TAL1 and the neighboring STIL gene. To better understand the events that lead to TAL1 expression in hematopoiesis and in T-ALL, we studied looping interactions at the TAL1 locus. In TAL1-expressing erythroid cells, the locus adopts a looping "hub" which brings into close physical proximity all known TAL1 cis-regulatory elements including CTCF-bound insulators. Loss of GATA1 results in disassembly of the hub and loss of CTCF/RAD21 from one of its insulators. Genes flanking TAL1 are partly dependent on hub integrity for their transcriptional regulation. We identified looping patterns unique to TAL1-expressing T-ALL cells, and, intriguingly, loops occurring between the TAL1 and STIL genes at the common TAL1/STIL breakpoints found in T-ALL. These findings redefine how TAL1 and neighboring genes communicate within the nucleus, and indicate that looping facilitates both normal and aberrant TAL1 expression and may predispose to structural rearrangements in T-ALL. We also propose that GATA1-dependent looping mechanisms may facilitate the conservation of TAL1 regulation despite cis-regulatory remodeling during vertebrate evolution. PMID:24200685

  15. Analysis of the novel fanconi anemia gene SLX4/FANCP in familial breast cancer cases.

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    Bakker, Janine L; van Mil, Saskia E; Crossan, Gerry; Sabbaghian, Nelly; De Leeneer, Kim; Poppe, Bruce; Adank, Muriel; Gille, Hans; Verheul, Henk; Meijers-Heijboer, Hanne; de Winter, Johan P; Claes, Kathleen; Tischkowitz, Marc; Waisfisz, Quinten

    2013-01-01

    SLX4/FANCP is a recently discovered novel disease gene for Fanconi anemia (FA), a rare recessive disorder characterized by chromosomal instability and increased cancer susceptibility. Three of the 15 FA genes are breast cancer susceptibility genes in heterozygous mutation carriers--BRCA2, PALB2, and BRIP1. To investigate if defects in SLX4 also predispose to breast cancer, the gene was sequenced in a cohort of 729 BRCA1/BRCA2-negative familial breast cancer cases. We identified a single splice site mutation (c.2013+2T>A), which causes a frameshift by skipping of exon 8. We also identified 39 missense variants, four of which were selected for functional testing in a Mitomycin C-induced growth inhibition assay, and appeared indistinguishable from wild type. Although this is the first study that describes a truncating SLX4 mutation in breast cancer patients, our data indicate that germline mutations in SLX4 are very rare and are unlikely to make a significant contribution to familial breast cancer. PMID:22911665

  16. Gene-environment interaction in major depression: focus on experience-dependent biological systems.

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    Lopizzo, Nicola; Bocchio Chiavetto, Luisella; Cattane, Nadia; Plazzotta, Giona; Tarazi, Frank I; Pariante, Carmine M; Riva, Marco A; Cattaneo, Annamaria

    2015-01-01

    Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a multifactorial and polygenic disorder, where multiple and partially overlapping sets of susceptibility genes interact each other and with the environment, predisposing individuals to the development of the illness. Thus, MDD results from a complex interplay of vulnerability genes and environmental factors that act cumulatively throughout individual's lifetime. Among these environmental factors, stressful life experiences, especially those occurring early in life, have been suggested to exert a crucial impact on brain development, leading to permanent functional changes that may contribute to lifelong risk for mental health outcomes. In this review, we will discuss how genetic variants (polymorphisms, SNPs) within genes operating in neurobiological systems that mediate stress response and synaptic plasticity, can impact, by themselves, the vulnerability risk for MDD; we will also consider how this MDD risk can be further modulated when gene?×?environment interaction is taken into account. Finally, we will discuss the role of epigenetic mechanisms, and in particular of DNA methylation and miRNAs expression changes, in mediating the effect of the stress on the vulnerability risk to develop MDD. Taken together, we aim to underlie the role of genetic and epigenetic processes involved in stress- and neuroplasticity-related biological systems on the development of MDD after exposure to early life stress, thereby building the basis for future research and clinical interventions. PMID:26005424

  17. CANCER OF THE RESPIRATORY TRACT: PREDISPOSING FACTORS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This volume documents the proceedings of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored symposium 'Tumor Promotion and Enhancement in the Etiology of Human and Experimental Respiratory Tract Carcinogenesis,' held in Williamsburg, VA in June 1984. In order to determine the nec...

  18. Factors predisposing to bacterial invasion and infection

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Michael Heinzelmann; Melanie Scott; Tina Lam

    2002-01-01

    Background: Bacterial infections remain important causes of morbidity and mortality in surgical patients. Our understanding of the effects of bacteria on the host, and also the defense mechanisms available to the host, is improving all the time. Modern tools in biochemistry, immunology, and molecular biology have provided powerful methods to further our understanding of the complex interactions that contribute to

  19. Aging: gene silencing or gene activation?

    PubMed

    Burzynski, Stanislaw R

    2005-01-01

    According to the author's theory of gene silencing, the key process in aging involves reduced expression of a number of genes. Silencing of genes has a complex mechanism, which involves methylation of DNA, histone modification and chromatin remodeling. In addition to deacetylation of the histones and methylation of DNA, recently described RNAi mechanism could initiate formation of silenced chromatin. Hypermethylation of the promoter will silence the gene. Genome-wide hypomethylation will induce genomic instability, amplification of oncogenes and also silencing of the genes through RNAi mechanism. Studies by different groups, conducted in yeast, worms, flies and mice, confirmed substantial changes in gene expression in aging. Among them, the most important was silencing of tumor suppressors and other genes involved in the control of cell cycle, apoptosis, detoxification, and cholesterol metabolism. There was also increased expression of the smaller group of oncogenes and other genes which are associated with typical diseases of old age. Caloric restriction normalizes expression of a substantial percentage of these genes. Animal studies confirmed importance of caloric restriction, which decreases signaling through the IGF-1/AKT pathway and expression of gene p53. These studies, however, cannot be directly applied to human aging. It is proposed that age management therapy should attempt to normalize gene expression in the older population to the level typical for young adults. This would require activation of silenced genes and normalization of overexpressed genes. Caloric restriction and exercise are helpful in decreasing the activity of important oncogenes and activation of silenced tumor suppressors, and may have a positive impact, not only on aging, but also on prevention of cancer. Dietary supplements containing phytochemicals should normalize increased expression of oncogenes. Examples are: genistein and EGCG, which effect signaling through the IGF-1/AKT pathway and resveratrol and limonen, which do so through the RAS pathway. A group of amino acid derivatives and organic acids of animal and human origin should activate silenced tumor suppressor genes (Aminocare A10, Aminocare Extra). Among them 3-phenylacetylamino-2, 6-piperidinedione intercalates specifically with DNA and protects sequences of tumor suppressor genes, which are vulnerable to the effects of carcinogens. Phenylacetate activates p53 and p21 through inhibition of methyltransferase and farnesylation of the RAS protein. Phenylbutyrate activates tumor suppressor genes through inhibition of histone deacetylation. Phenylacetylglutamine decreases genomic instability and expression of oncogenes and promotes apoptosis. The application of DNA microarray techniques to human studies should provide more information about differences in gene expression in different age groups and help design more effective age management regimens. PMID:15533642

  20. Airway Mucin Genes and Gene Products

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mary Callaghan Rose; Sandra J. Gendler

    \\u000a \\u000a MUC genes and their MUC gene products have been the subject of several reviews in the last few years [1-4] as expected in a field where the molec­ular tools to address fundamental and disease-related questions are becom­ing available.\\u000a A description and analysis of human mucin genes MUC\\/through MUC7 and of porcine canine murine rat and bovine mucin geneswere published in