Modulator Effects of the Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase C677T Polymorphism on Response to Vitamin B12 Therapy and Homocysteine Metabolism

Sensoy N., Soysal Y., Kahraman A., Dogan N., Imirzalioglu N.

DNA AND CELL BIOLOGY, vol.31, no.5, pp.820-825, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/dna.2011.1422
  • Journal Name: DNA AND CELL BIOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.820-825
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


In this study, our aim was to investigate the association of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism on the vitamin B12 therapy response in 95 patients with vitamin B12 deficiency and 92 healthy control subjects using vitamin B12, plasma total homocysteine (tHcy), and folate as the main measure of outcome. MTHFR C677T genotypes were determined by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism techniques. There were no differences in the distribution of MTHFR genotypes in the cases versus the controls. Mean concentrations of plasma tHcy and B12 vitamin were 18.84 mu M and 142.47 pg/mL in patients with TT (10.5%) genotypes. Furthermore, mean concentrations of B12 vitamin after cobalamin therapy were 697.62, 656.64, and 488.76 pg/mL in patients with the CC, CT, and TT genotypes, respectively. The MTHFR 677 TT genotype has decreasing effect in B12 vitamin and increasing effect in tHcy. In comparison with the patients having CC and CT genotypes, patients with the TT genotype had a lower response to vitamin B12 therapy.