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Helene McNulty, J J Strain, Catherine F Hughes, Mary Ward
Hypertension is the leading risk factor contributing to mortality worldwide, primarily from cardiovascular disease (CVD), while effective treatment of hypertension is proven to reduce CVD events. Along with the well recognized nutrition and lifestyle determinants, genetic factors are implicated in the development and progression of hypertension. In recent years genome-wide association studies have identified a region near the gene encoding the folate-metabolizing enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) among eight loci associated with blood pressure...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
Clare B O'Donovan, Marianne C Walsh, Hannah Forster, Clara Woolhead, Carlos Celis-Morales, Rosalind Fallaize, Anna L Macready, Cyril F M Marsaux, Santiago Navas-Carretero, Rodrigo San-Cristobal, Silvia Kolossa, Christina Mavrogianni, Christina P Lambrinou, George Moschonis, Magdalena Godlewska, Agnieszka Surwillo, Jildau Bouwman, Keith Grimaldi, Iwona Traczyk, Christian A Drevon, Hannelore Daniel, Yannis Manios, J Alfredo Martinez, Wim H M Saris, Julie A Lovegrove, John C Mathers, Michael J Gibney, Lorraine Brennan, Eileen R Gibney
BACKGROUND: It is hypothesised that individuals with knowledge of their genetic risk are more likely to make health-promoting dietary and lifestyle changes. The present study aims to test this hypothesis using data from the Food4Me study. This was a 6-month Internet-based randomised controlled trial conducted across seven centres in Europe where individuals received either general healthy eating advice or varying levels of personalised nutrition advice. Participants who received genotype-based personalised advice were informed whether they had the risk (CT/TT) (n = 178) or non-risk (CC) (n = 141) alleles of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene in relation to cardiovascular health and the importance of a sufficient intake of folate...
2016: Genes & Nutrition
Maryam Alinejad Dizaj, Seyed Alireza Mahdaviani, Payam Tabarsi, Hamed Ahari, Ahmad Ebrahimi, Seyed Alireza Nadji, Habib Emami, Esmaeil Mortaz
Hypercoagulable state in Mendelian Susceptibility to Mycobacterium Disease (MSMD) patients who are prone to mycobacterium infection has been established in a few studies and thrombosis considered as a rare. In a case-control study, the prevalence of factor V Leiden (FVL), Prothrombin (PTH) G20210A and Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) C677T, A1298C mutations, were investigated among mycobacterium infected patients. The study were compromised 30 patients with mycobacterium infections (Invasive, disseminated and/ or recurrent infections with Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) or non Tuberculosis Mycobacterium (NTM) and Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (MTB), with positive result for Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB), and Tuberculin skin test (TST)) and 30 normal healthy controls...
September 30, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
Christopher Konialis, Konstantinos Spengos, Panagiotis Iliopoulos, Sophia Karapanou, Elias Gialafos, Birgitta Hagnefelt, Konstantinos Vemmos, Nikolaos Zakopoulos, Constantinos Pangalos
BACKGROUND: Although several studies in various countries have indicated that the presence of the E4 allele of the apolipoprotein-E (APOE) gene is a risk factor for ischemic cerebrovascular disease, the strength of this association still remains a matter of debate. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to determine the frequency of the APOE E4 allele and various other gene polymorphisms in in a well-characterized sample of Greek patients and to evaluate the potential associations with the risk of ischemic stroke (IS) and coronary heart disease (CHD)...
May 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Charmaine Zahra, Christine Tabone, Graziella Camilleri, Alex E Felice, Rosienne Farrugia, Stephanie Bezzina Wettinger
BACKGROUND: Mutations in Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 NM_198578 (LRRK2 c.6055G > A (p.G2019S), LRRK2 c.4321C > G (p.R1441G)) and alpha-synuclein NM_000345 (SNCA c.209G > A (p.A53T)) genes causing Parkinson's disease (PD) are common in Mediterranean populations. Variants in the Quinoid Dihydropteridine Reductase NM_000320 (QDPR c.68G > A (p.G23D)), Sepiapterin Reductase NM_003124 (SPR c.596-2A > G) and Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase NM_005957 (MTHFR c...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Youngsok Choi, Jung Oh Kim, Sung Han Shim, Yubin Lee, Ji Hyang Kim, Young Joo Jeon, Jung Jae Ko, Woo Sik Lee, Nam Keun Kim
The one-carbon metabolism pathway disorder was important role in successful pregnancy. The MTHFR and TS protein were crucial factor in one-carbon metabolism. To investigate the association between recurrent implantation failure (RIF) and enzymes in the one-carbon metabolism pathway. A total of 120 women diagnosed with RIF and 125 control subjects were genotyped for MTHFR 677C>T, 1298A>C, TSER 2R/3R and TS 1494del/ins by a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism assay. According to the gene-gene combination analysis, the MTHFR 677/MTHFR 1298 (TT/AA) and MTHFR 677/TS 1494 (TT/6bp6bp) genetic combinations were associated with relatively higher risks [adjusted odds ratio (AOR), 2...
2016: PloS One
Shasha Luo, Furu Wang, Chao Shi, Zhifeng Wu
AIMS: To shed light on the conflicting findings of the association between the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) 677C/T polymorphism and the risk of diabetic retinopathy (DR), a meta-analysis was conducted. METHODS: A predefined search was performed on 1747 DR cases and 3146 controls from 18 published studies by searching electronic databases and reference lists of relevant articles. A random-effects or fixed-effects model was used to estimate the sizes of overall and stratification effects of the MTHFR 677C/T polymorphism on the risk of DR, as appropriate...
2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Hatip Aydin, Resul Arisoy, Ali Karaman, Emre Erdoğdu, Arda Çetinkaya, Bilge B Geçkinli, Hasan Şimşek, Oya Demirci
BACKGROUND/AIM: Neural tube defects (NTDs) are common congenital malformations that develop as a result of interactions between several genes and environmental factors. Many factors have been investigated in order to understand the etiology of NTDs, and many studies have identified folate intake as a common contributing factor. The exact etiology of the disease is still unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we compared serum folate, vitamin B12, and homocysteine levels, along with common thrombophilia-related genetic variations, including factor V Leiden, factor II g...
2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
Nataša Karas-Kuželički, Simona Mencej-Bedrač, Janez Jazbec, Janja Marc, Irena Mlinarič-Raščan
Treatment induced non-traumatic osteonecrosis (ON) has been reported increasingly in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Several risk factors for ON have been identified in childhood cancer patients; however, their diagnostic and prognostic power is limited and the etiology of the disease remains unclear. Therefore, a continuous effort is focused on the identification of additional ON risk factors. We performed a retrospective study of 313 childhood ALL patients to test the association between the ON occurrence in children receiving ALL therapy and common polymorphisms in potential target genes: Thiopurine S-methyltransferase (TPMT; 460G>A, 719A>G), 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR; 677C>T, 1298A>C), estrogen receptor alpha 1 (ESR1; XbaI) and collagen type I, α1 (COL1A1; Sp1)...
August 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
A Sobczyńska-Malefora, J Cutler, Y Rahman
A 21 year old male presented with a history of intermittent, transient neurological events. A brain MRI showed an area of restricted diffusion in keeping with an infarct, and an angiogram demonstrated an intracranial stenosis in the internal carotid artery, consistent with atherosclerosis. Laboratory investigations revealed a highly elevated plasma homocysteine, with low plasma folate and 5-methyltetrahydrofolate and methionine at the lower end of the normal ranges. The homocysteine normalized following treatment with folic acid...
October 2016: Metabolic Brain Disease
Dawid Szpecht, Dagmara Frydryszak, Norbert Miszczyk, Marta Szymankiewicz, Janusz Gadzinowski
INTRODUCTION: Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) is mostly documented in premature infants, and the younger the gestational age, the more often it occurs. IVH is very rarely reported in full-term neonates. CASE REPORT: Retrospective analysis was performed in 35939 full-term neonates, who were born in the Clinical Hospital of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Medical Sciences in Poznań. Clinical data were retrieved from their medical records. We report a case series of 2 term newborns, who developed severe IVH grade 3 and 4 with no evidence of asphyxia, neuroinfection, TORCH infections, coagulation disorders and trombocytopenia, metabolic disorders, arteriovenous malformations, and selected genetic abnormalities (factor V Leiden 1601G > A polymorphism and MTHFR 677C > T; 1298A > C polymorphisms)...
July 8, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
C Ramírez-Chau, R Blanco, A Colombo, R Pardo, J Suazo
OBJECTIVE: The functional variant within the 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene c.677C>T, producing alterations in folate metabolism, has been associated with the risk of non-syndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCL/P). We assessed this association in a Chilean population using a combined analysis of case-control and case-parent trio samples. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Samples of 165 cases and 291 controls and 121 case-parent trios (sharing the cases) were genotyped...
October 2016: Oral Diseases
Mehmet Serdar Kutuk, Aslı Subasioglu, Semih Uludag, Nazife Tascioglu, Mahmut Tuncay Ozgun, Munis Dundar
OBJECT: The aim of this study was to assess the effect of parental 5, 10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTFHR) gene polymorphisms (677C/T, and 1298A/C) on response to single dose methotrexate (MTX) treatment in tubal ectopic pregnancy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, cases with unruptured tubal ectopic pregnancies (TEP) were grouped into two according to their response to single dose methotrexate treatment (Group1, responsive, n: 88; Group 2, unresponsive, n: 21)...
July 5, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Ji Sook Park, Jae Sung Ko, Jeong Kee Seo, Jin Soo Moon, Sung Sup Park
AIM: To investigate clinical profiles and mutations of ABCB11 in Koreans with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis 2 and review the differences between Koreans and others. METHODS: Of 47 patients with neonatal cholestasis, five infants had chronic intrahepatic cholestasis with normal γ-glutamyl transpeptidase. Direct sequencing analyses of ABCB11, including exons and introns, were performed from peripheral blood. RESULTS: Living donor-liver transplantation was performed in four patients because of rapidly progressive hepatic failure and hepatocellular carcinoma...
May 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Małgorzata Bednarska-Makaruk, Ałła Graban, Agata Sobczyńska-Malefora, Dominic J Harrington, Michael Mitchell, Kieran Voong, Letian Dai, Wanda Łojkowska, Anna Bochyńska, Danuta Ryglewicz, Anna Wiśniewska, Hanna Wehr
Epigenetics (particularly DNA methylation) together with environmental and genetic factors, are key to understanding the pathogenesis of many diseases including dementia. Disturbances in DNA methylation have already been implicated in dementia. Homocysteine metabolism, with folate and vitamin B12 as essential cofactors, is integral to methylation processes. We evaluated in a case-control study the association of global DNA methylation, homocysteine, folate and vitamin B12 status with dementia. Selected polymorphisms of genes previously associated with dementia development and the influence of various factors on DNA methylation were also investigated...
August 2016: Experimental Gerontology
Jeong A Park, Hee Young Shin
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX), one of the main drugs used to treat osteosarcoma, is a representative folic acid antagonist. Polymorphisms of various enzymes involved in the metabolism of MTX could contribute to differences in response to MTX in pediatric osteosarcoma patients. METHODS: Blood and tissue samples were obtained from 37 pediatric osteosarcoma patients who were treated with high-dose MTX therapy. The following 4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were analyzed: ATIC 347C>G, MTHFR 677C>T, MTHFR 1298A>C and SLC19A1 80G>A...
March 2016: Blood Research
Yuhei Kanaya, Shuichiro Neshige, Makoto Takemaru, Yuji Shiga, Shinichi Takeshima, Masaru Kuriyama
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May 31, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Motomi Arai
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May 31, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Burcu Yazıcıoğlu, Zühre Kaya, Sezen Güntekin Ergün, Ferda Perçin, Ülker Koçak, İdil Yenicesu, Türkiz Gürsel
OBJECTIVE: High-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX) is widely used in the consolidation phase of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), but the roles that polymorphisms in folate-related genes (FRG) play in HD-MTX toxicity and prognosis in children with ALL are not well known. The aims of this study were to i) investigate the frequencies of polymorphisms in the genes for thymidilate synthase (TS), methionine synthase reductase (MTRR), and methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) in Turkish children with ALL, and ii) assess for associations between these polymorphisms and HD-MTX-related toxicity and leukemia prognosis in this patient group...
April 18, 2016: Turkish Journal of Haematology: Official Journal of Turkish Society of Haematology
Minxue Shen, Shazia Hira Chaudhry, Amanda J MacFarlane, Laura Gaudet, Graeme N Smith, Marc Rodger, Ruth Rennicks White, Mark C Walker, Shi Wu Wen
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between BMI and folate concentrations in serum and red blood cells (RBC) in pregnant women. DESIGN: A cross-sectional comparison of folate concentrations in serum and RBC sampled simultaneously from the same individual. SETTING: The Ottawa Hospital and Kingston General Hospital, Ontario, Canada. SUBJECTS: Pregnant women recruited between 12 and 20 weeks of gestation. RESULTS: A total of 869 pregnant women recruited from April 2008 to April 2009 were included in the final analysis...
October 2016: Public Health Nutrition
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