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    ABSTRACT: Thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) catalyzes the S-methylation of thiopurine drugs such as 6-mercaptopurine, 6-thioguanine, and azathiopurine. Variability in TPMT activity is mainly due to genetic polymorphism. The frequency of the four allelic variants of the TPMT gene, TPMT*2 (G238C), TPMT*3A (G460A and A719G), TPMT*3B (G460A) and TPMT*3C (A719G) were determined in an Iranian population from south of Iran (n = 500), using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-RFLP and allele-specific PCR-based assays. Four hundred seventy four persons (94.8%) were homozygous for the wild type allele (TPMT*1/*1) and twenty five people were TPMT*1/*3C (5%). One patient was found to be heterozygous in terms TPMT*1 and *2 alleles with genotype of TPMT*1/*2 (0.2%). None of the participants had both defective alleles. The TPMT*3C and *2 were the only variant alleles observed in this population. The total frequency of variant alleles was 2.6% and the wild type allele frequency was 97.4%. The TPMT*3B and *3A alleles were not detected. Distributions of TPMT genotype and allele frequency in Iranian populations are different from the genetic profile found among Caucasian or Asian populations. Our findings also revealed inter-ethnic differences in TPMT frequencies between different parts of Iran. This view may help clinicians to choose an appropriate strategy for thiopurine drugs and reduce adverse drug reactions such as bone marrow suppression.
    Molecular Biology Reports 09/2011; 39(4):4581-7. · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Transplantation of renal grafts is an established treatment for renal failure in a variety of medical conditions. Polymorphisms in genes, coding for proteins involved in immune response, may influence immunological and non-immunological mechanisms that lead to allograft loss. Vitamin D receptor (VDR) agonist has been shown to reduce short and long term allograft rejection in animal model. There are functional polymorphisms in VDR gene. A total of 75 renal allograft recipients with at least 2 years follow-up were selected and genotyped for two polymorphisms in the VDR genes (FokI and BsmI) and the association of each genotype with renal allograft survival and acute rejection was evaluated. We are unable to find statistically significant association between any of the study polymorphisms and clinical outcomes. We have found no evidence to suggest that either VDR FokI or BsmI polymorphism determines the incidence of acute rejection or graft survival after renal transplantation. A larger sample size is necessary to confirm these findings.
    Molecular Biology Reports 04/2009; 36(8):2387-92. · 2.51 Impact Factor