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|Title:||Study of disease-relevant polymorphisms in the TLR4 and TLR9 genes: a novel method applied to the analysis of the Portuguese population|
Reacção em Cadeia da Polimerase
Receptor “Toll-like” 4
|Citation:||Mol Cell Probes. 2007;21(4):316-20.|
|Abstract:||Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are cellular receptors that mediate recognition of microbial challenges and the subsequent inflammatory response. Genetic variations within these inflammation-associated genes may alter host-pathogen defence mechanisms affecting susceptibility towards infectious diseases. Taking into account the significance of these genes, we developed a simple and rapid method based in the bi-directional PCR amplification of specific alleles (Bi-PASA) for genotyping known sequence variants in TLR4 (Asp299Gly and Thr399Ile) and TLR9 (T-1237C) genes. This method allows genotype determination in a single reaction and is amenable to large-scale analysis. We used Bi-PASA to characterize the distribution of these polymorphisms in the Portuguese population. A total of 388 randomly selected blood donors of Portuguese origin (203 females and 185 males) were genotyped and allele frequencies were determined. Among the tested individuals, 11.1% and 10.8% were heterozygous for Asp299Gly and Thr399Ile, respectively. In what concerns the T-1237C variation in TLR9, the variant allele was present in 19.4% of the individuals tested. Besides confirming the usefulness of the Bi-PASA in polymorphism analysis, the data presented provide valuable information on TLR polymorphisms in the Portuguese population that can be used to stratify risk patients with increased susceptibility to infection.|
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