Thiopurine methyltransferase genotyping in Palestinian childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients.

Ayesh, Basim and Harb, Wael Mohammad and Abed, Abdalla Assaf (2013) Thiopurine methyltransferase genotyping in Palestinian childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients. BMC hematology, 13 (1). p. 3. ISSN 2052-1839

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BACKGROUND The genetic polymorphism of thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) is well characterized in most populations. Four common polymorphic alleles are associated with impaired activity of the enzyme. These are TPMT*2 (238G>C), TPMT*3B (c.460G>A), TPMT*3A (c.460G>A and c.719A>G) and TPMT*3C (c.719A>G). The aim of the present study was to determine the frequency of TPMT polymorphisms and their association with the occurrence of adverse events, during 6-mercaptopurine therapy in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemic (ALL) patients in Gaza Strip. METHODS A total of 56 DNA samples from all pediatric ALL patients admitted to the pediatric hematology departments of Gaza strip hospitals were analyzed. Genomic DNA from peripheral blood leukocytes was isolated and the TPMT*2, TPMT*3B TPMT*3A and TPMT*3C allelic polymorphism was determined by PCR-RFLP and allele specific PCR technique. RESULTS No TPMT*2, *3B or *3C alleles were detected. Only one, out of 56 patients, was found heterozygous for the TPMT*3A allele. Thus, the frequency of TPMT*3A allele was calculated to be 0.89%. Fourteen patients of ALL were suffering from myelotoxicity during 6-MP therapy. From our results, no significant association could be established between clinical and laboratory data and/or the presence of the mutation in TPMT gene. CONCLUSION TPMT*3A was the only deficiency allele detected in our population with an allelic frequency of 0.89%. Other polymorphic alleles in TPMT gene, or factors other than TPMT polymorphisms may be responsible for the development of myelosuppression in cases that don't carry the investigated TPMT alleles (*2, *3A, *3B and *3C). Therefore, more studies are recommended to study such factors.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: د. باسم محمد حسين عايش
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2018 16:36
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2018 16:36

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