Analysis of two mutations in the MTHFR gene associated with mild hyperhomocysteinaemia - heterogeneous distribution in the South African population
Scholtz, Charlotte L.
Odendaal, Hein J.
Hayward Vermaak, W. J.
Kotze, Maritha J.
Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)
Objective. The frequencies of mutations 677C→T and 1298A→C in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, previously shown to be associated with decreased enzyme activity that may lead to hyperhomocysteinaemia and consequently increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), were determined in the South African population. Methods. HinfI (677C→T) and MboII (1298A→C) restriction enzyme analyses were performed on amplified DNA samples of 76 white, 73 coloured and 60 black subjects. Results. The mutant alleles of mutations 677C→T and 1298A→C were more common in the white (allele frequencies 0.36 and 0.37, respectively) than in the black population (0.04 and 0.09), while intermediate frequencies were detected ill the coloured population (0.18 and 0.30). Homozygosity for mutation 677C →T was not detected in the black cohort, while this genotype was detected in 1 coloured (1.4%) and 8white (10.5%) subjects. In the black population, 5% of the 60 subjects analysed were homozygous for mutation 1298A → C, compared with approximately 12% -in both the white and coloured populations.
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Hyperhomocysteinaemia, Cardiovascular disease (CVD) -- South Africa -- Cross-cultural studies, Cardiovascular disease -- Environmental aspects -- South Africa, Cardiovascular disease -- Genetic aspects -- South Africa, Polymorphisms
Scholtz, C. L. et al. 2002. Analysis of two mutations in the MTHFR gene associated with mild hyperhomocysteinaemia - heterogeneous distribution in the South African population. South African Medical Journal, 92(6):464-467.