MTHFR C677T Polymorphism (mthfr + c677t_polymorphism)

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MTHFR C677T Polymorphism and Risk of HCC in Patients With Liver Cirrhosis: Role of Male Gender and Alcohol Consumption

ALCOHOLISM, Issue 1 2009
Carlo Fabris
Background:, A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) C677T in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene has been identified. The TT or CT genotypes show a marked reduction of the enzyme activity; this causes higher homocysteine levels and alterations of folate metabolism. Folate metabolism is essential for DNA synthesis and methylation, crucial steps in carcinogenesis. In this paper, we investigated whether the MTHFR C677T SNP could influence the occurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in a cohort of patients transplanted for end stage liver disease of different etiologies. Methods:, Two hundred and twelve consecutive patients who underwent liver transplantation for end stage liver disease due to hepatitis B or C, alcoholic liver disease, and other causes were studied. Two hundred and thirty-six blood donors served as controls. Focal hepatic lesions were searched in the sectioned explanted livers. The presence of the MTHFR C677T SNP was determined via polymerase chain reaction amplification. Results:, Among the 65 patients with HCC, 22 had the CC genotype, 30 the CT, and 13 the TT genotype. Only in patients with alcoholic liver disease was a significant association detected between the TT genotype and the presence of liver cancer (6/17 vs. 5/46, p < 0.05). At stepwise logistic regression analysis the independent selected predictors of HCC were found: age at transplantation >55 years (p < 0.001) and the association among male gender, alcoholic liver disease, and MTHFR TT genotype (p = 0.002). Conclusions:, The present study suggests that male TT carriers with alcoholic cirrhosis bear an increased risk of developing HCC. [source]


Low Dietary Riboflavin but Not Folate Predicts Increased Fracture Risk in Postmenopausal Women Homozygous for the MTHFR 677 T Allele,

JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL RESEARCH, Issue 1 2008
Nahid Yazdanpanah
Abstract The MTHFR C677T polymorphism is associated with mildly elevated homocysteine levels when folate and/or riboflavin status is low. Furthermore, a mildly elevated homocysteine level is a risk factor for osteoporotic fractures. We studied whether dietary intake of riboflavin and folate modifies the effects of the MTHFR C677T variant on fracture risk in 5035 men and women from the Rotterdam Study. We found that the MTHFR C677T variant interacts with dietary riboflavin intake to influence fracture risk in women. Introduction: The MTHFR C677T polymorphism is associated with mildly elevated homocysteine (Hcy) levels in the presence of low folate and/or riboflavin status. A mildly elevated Hcy level was recently identified as a modifiable risk factor for osteoporotic fracture. We studied whether dietary intake of riboflavin and folate modifies the effects of the MTHFR C677T polymorphism on BMD and fracture risk. Materials and Methods: We studied 5035 individuals from the Rotterdam Study, ,55 yr of age, who had data available on MTHFR, nutrient intake, and fracture risk. We performed analysis on Hcy levels in a total of 666 individuals, whereas BMD data were present for 4646 individuals (2692women). Results: In the total population, neither the MTHFR C677T polymorphism nor low riboflavin intake was associated with fracture risk and BMD. However, in the lowest quartile of riboflavin intake, female 677- T homozygotes had a 1.8 (95% CI: 1.1-2.9, p = 0.01) times higher risk for incident osteoporotic fractures and a 2.6 (95% CI: 1.3-5.1, p = 0.01) times higher risk for fragility fractures compared with the 677-CC genotype (interaction, p = 0.0002). This effect was not seen for baseline BMD in both men and women. No significant influence was found for dietary folate intake on the association between the MTHFR C677T genotype and fracture risk or BMD. In the lowest quartile of dietary riboflavin intake, T-homozygous individuals (men and women combined) had higher (22.5%) Hcy levels compared with C-homozygotes (mean difference = 3.44 ,M, p = 0. 01; trend, p = 0.02). Conclusions: In this cohort of elderly whites, the MTHFR C677T variant interacts with dietary riboflavin intake to influence fracture risk in women. [source]


ACE and MTHFR gene polymorphisms in unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss

JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY RESEARCH (ELECTRONIC), Issue 3 2008
Venkatesan Vettriselvi
Abstract Aim:, To assess the association between polymorphisms in angiotensin converting enzyme and methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase genes and recurrent pregnancy loss by a case-control study in South Indian women. Methods:, DNA was extracted from peripheral blood leukocytes of 104 women with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL) and 120 controls. Genotyping of ACE Insertion Deletion and MTHFR C677T polymorphism were carried out by PCR and PCR-RFLP, respectively. Results:, No statistically significant difference was observed in the distribution of genotypes between cases and controls for ACE and MTHFR polymorphisms. Further, the combination of MTHFR and ACE genotypes failed to reveal an association. Conclusion:, In conclusion, the present study reveals lack of association of MTHFR C677T and ACE I/D polymorphisms in RPL in South Indian women. However, we cannot exclude the possibility that other polymorphisms of ACE and MTHFR genes could be associated with the disease and might be clinically useful as a marker to assess risk for RPL. [source]


Association of the C677T polymorphism in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene with sudden sensorineural hearing loss,,

THE LARYNGOSCOPE, Issue 4 2010
Yasue Uchida MD
Abstract Objectives/Hypothesis: To investigate the recently reported association of the C677T polymorphism in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL), we analyzed data from a community-based Japanese population. Study Design: Nested case-control study. Methods: Among 2,174 adults (1,096 males and 1,078 females) aged 40 to 79 years old who participated in the National Institute for Longevity Sciences,Longitudinal Study of Aging, we compared 33 cases of prevalent SSNHL, defined as a self-reported otolaryngologist diagnosis, with the other cases. Multiple logistic regression was used to obtain odds ratios (ORs) for SSNHL in subjects with the MTHFR C677T polymorphism, with adjustment for other possibly influential factors under additive, dominant, and recessive genetic models. Results: The per-allele ORs for SSNHL risk were 1.687 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.023,2.780) in model 1, with adjustment for age and sex, and 1.654 (CI, 1.003,2.728) in model 2, with adjustment for smoking status, body mass index, histories of heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes, in addition to the factors in model 1. In model 3, a significant association between SSNHL and the C677T polymorphism was observed under all genetic models independent of factors including folic acid and homocysteine, although there were only 25 cases and 1,677 controls due to the addition of moderating factors. Conclusions: Our results suggest that the T allele of MTHFR C677T could be associated with susceptibility to SSNHL, and even imply that this mutation could be a risk factor that is independent of blood folic acid and homocysteine. Laryngoscope, 2010 [source]


MTHFR C677T polymorphism in chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic adenocarcinoma

CELL BIOCHEMISTRY AND FUNCTION, Issue 6 2008
Ivan Nisevic
Abstract Chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic adenocarcinoma are extensively studied as common and potentially lethal disorders. However, their causes and genetic background in most cases remain unclear. The C677T polymorphism in 5,,10,-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene may modulate the risk of pancreatic disorders. In this study, we tested whether MTHFR C677T polymorphism is associated with chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic adenocarcinoma in the Serbian population. DNA was extracted from blood samples of 51 chronic pancreatitis patients, 21 pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients, and a control group consisting of 50 healthy smokers. The MTHFR C677T polymorphism was analyzed by polymerase chain reaction,restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR,RFLP) technique. Although, no statistically significant differences were observed in the distribution of MTHFR genotype or allele frequencies between patients and control groups, the results showed an increased frequency of homozygotes for MTHFR C677T polymorphism in chronic pancreatitis patients (14%) and a decreased frequency in pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients (5%) in comparison to the control group (8%). We speculate that the MTHFR C677T polymorphism could act as a possible risk factor for chronic pancreatitis and a possible protective factor in pancreatic adenocarcinoma. This observation needs further investigation in prospective studies on a larger number of patients, in which the effect of other genetic and environmental factors should also be taken into consideration. Copyright 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [source]


Correlation of polymorphism of MTHFRs and RFC-1 genes with neural tube defects in China

BIRTH DEFECTS RESEARCH, Issue 1 2008
Yali Shang
Abstract BACKGROUND: Maternal periconceptional supplementation of folate reduces the incidence of neonatal Neural Tube Defects, indicating that changes in folate metabolism play a role in formation of NTDs. The mutations on two genes involved in folate metabolism, the C677 of the MTHFR gene and the RFC-1(A80G) gene are potential risk factors of NTDs. METHODS: In this study, we analyzed the genotypic distributions and allele frequencies of MTHFR C677T and RFC-1 A80G polymorphisms in DNA samples from mothers with at least one previous child with NTDs (the NTD group) and controls. RESULTS: Our results indicated that there was a significant difference in the genotype and allele frequencies of RFC-1 80A,G between the NTD group and controls (p = .008 and p = .017, respectively). There was, however, no significant difference in the genotype and allele frequencies of the MTHFR 677C,T polymorphism between the NTD group and controls. The NTD group was further separated into the upper and lower types by location of abnormalities. The frequency of RFC-1 80A/G and 80G/G was significantly higher in the upper group than the control (p = .009 and p = .005, respectively). The frequency of G-alleles was also significantly higher in the upper group than the control (OR 2.42; p = .006; 95% CI: 1.28,4.58). For the MTHFR C677 gene, the frequency of T-alleles was significantly lower in the lower defect type than the control group (OR 0.32; p = .027; 95% CI: 0.11,0.9). CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that in the Shanxi population RFC-1 polymorphisms may play a role in NTD risk, whereas the impact of MTHFR C677T polymorphisms requires further clarification. Birth Defects Research (Part A) 2008. 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [source]