Genetic analyses of thiopurine methyltransferase polymorphisms in Greenlandic and Danish populations

Nina Toft*, Ulrikka Nygaard, Jannie Gregers, Kjeld Schmiegelow

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

Abstract

AIM: To determine the frequency of thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) low-activity alleles in the Greenlandic and Danish populations.

METHODS: 142 Greenlandic individuals and 200 Danish blood donors were screened for the TPMT G460A and A719G low-activity alleles.

RESULTS: Thiopurine methyltransferase low-activity alleles were significantly higher in the Greenlandic compared to the Danish population, being 8.1% (95% CI 4.9-11.3) and 3.5% (95% CI 1.7-5.3) (p<0.01), respectively. Except for one Danish patient with an A719G allele (TPMT*3C), all the aberrant alleles were compound G460A and A719G alleles (TPMT*3A).

CONCLUSION: In the Danish population, the incidence of thiopurine methyltransferase low-activity alleles was found to be similar to other Caucasian populations previously described. In contrast, the Greenlandic population showed a significantly higher frequency of thiopurine methyltransferase low-activity alleles.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftActa paediatrica
Vol/bind95
Udgave nummer12
Sider (fra-til)1665-7
Antal sider3
ISSN0803-5253
DOI
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2006

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