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Thymidylate synthase and methylenetetrahy­drofolate reductase gene polymorphisms and gastric cancer susceptibility in a population of Northern Brazil

Published: August 21, 2015
Genet. Mol. Res. 14 (3) : 10001-10006 DOI: https://doi.org/10.4238/2015.August.21.6
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(2015). Thymidylate synthase and methylenetetrahy­drofolate reductase gene polymorphisms and gastric cancer susceptibility in a population of Northern Brazil. Genet. Mol. Res. 14(3): gmr5256. https://doi.org/10.4238/2015.August.21.6
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Abstract

The folate metabolic pathway, which is involved in DNA synthesis and methylation, is associated with individual susceptibility to several diseases, including gastric tumors. In this study, we investigated four polymorphisms [thymidylate synthase enhancer region, single nucleotide polymorphism thymidylate synthase 5' (TS5'), TS3' untranslated region, and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C> T] in 2 genes related to the folate pathway, TS and MTHFR, and their possible association with the risk gastric cancer development in a population from Pará state, Brazil. For the TS enhancer region, TS3' untranslated region, and single nucleotide polymorphism TS5' polymorphisms, no significant results were obtained. For the MTHFR 677C>T polymorphism, TT genotype carriers had a higher risk of developing tumors in the antrum (P = 0.19 vs CC and P = 0.02 vs CT) and intestine (odds ratio = 4.18, 95% confidence interval = 0.66-26.41; P = 0.252 vs CC and odds ratio = 2.25, 95% confidence interval = 0.32-15.75; P = 0.725 vs CT). Those carrying at least 1 T allele had an increased risk of lymph node metastasis (odds ratio = 3.00, 95% confidence interval = 0.88-10.12; P = 0.133). Our results suggest that polymorphisms in MTHFR affect the susceptibility to gastric tumors in the Brazilian population and may be a factor causing poor prognosis in such patients.

The folate metabolic pathway, which is involved in DNA synthesis and methylation, is associated with individual susceptibility to several diseases, including gastric tumors. In this study, we investigated four polymorphisms [thymidylate synthase enhancer region, single nucleotide polymorphism thymidylate synthase 5' (TS5'), TS3' untranslated region, and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C> T] in 2 genes related to the folate pathway, TS and MTHFR, and their possible association with the risk gastric cancer development in a population from Pará state, Brazil. For the TS enhancer region, TS3' untranslated region, and single nucleotide polymorphism TS5' polymorphisms, no significant results were obtained. For the MTHFR 677C>T polymorphism, TT genotype carriers had a higher risk of developing tumors in the antrum (P = 0.19 vs CC and P = 0.02 vs CT) and intestine (odds ratio = 4.18, 95% confidence interval = 0.66-26.41; P = 0.252 vs CC and odds ratio = 2.25, 95% confidence interval = 0.32-15.75; P = 0.725 vs CT). Those carrying at least 1 T allele had an increased risk of lymph node metastasis (odds ratio = 3.00, 95% confidence interval = 0.88-10.12; P = 0.133). Our results suggest that polymorphisms in MTHFR affect the susceptibility to gastric tumors in the Brazilian population and may be a factor causing poor prognosis in such patients.