ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Interesting Phenomenon of Primer-induced Mutagenesis Seen in Subjects with Respect to PPARγPro12Ala Polymorphism in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Corresponding Author: Monika Garg, Department of Biochemistry, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India, Phone: +91 9868862567, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to cite this article Garg M, Jain A, Goswami B, et al. Interesting Phenomenon of Primer-induced Mutagenesis Seen in Subjects with Respect to PPARγPro12Ala Polymorphism in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Indian J Med Biochem 2021;25(3):110–112.
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Introduction: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the commonest cause of endocrinal disorder in women of reproductive age, has a very wide spectrum of presentations. Insulin resistance is most frequently associated with PCOS. PPARγPro12Ala polymorphism; by reducing insulin resistance in PCOS subjects has emerged as one of the promising modalities of treatment of this syndrome.
Aim and objective: To explain the phenomenon of primer-induced mutagenesis with the help of PPARγPro12Ala polymorphism in subjects with PCOS.
Materials and methods: A hospital-based case-control study was carried out in 50 diagnosed cases of PCOS (15–45 years of age); according to revised Rotterdam Criteria along with 50 age and BMI-matched apparently healthy controls. PPARγPro12Ala polymorphism was detected through DNA extraction from whole blood followed by PCR and restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) using restriction enzyme BstU1 Fast Digest. When the C → G substitution at nucleotide 34 is present (missense mutation CCA to GCA), the mutagenic downstream primer introduces a BstU1 restriction site (CG || CG). The expected products after digestion with BstU1 are 270 bp for normal homozygotes, 227 and 43 bp for Pro12Ala homozygotes, and 270, 227, and 43 bp for heterozygotes. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 16 through an independent sample t-test for intergroup comparison of means and Pearson’s correlation coefficient for correlation analysis. Categorical data analysis for polymorphism was carried out using the Chi-square test.
Results and conclusion: There was no significant difference in the genotypic distribution of C/G genotypes between cases and controls. Cases with CG genotype were associated with higher insulin sensitivity when compared with CC genotype though it was not statistically significant.
Keywords: Insulin resistance, Polycystic ovary syndrome, PPARγPro12Ala polymorphism.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is the most common cause of anovulatory infertility.1 According to revised Rotterdam criteria 2003, PCOS is diagnosed as having any two of the following three criteria: (1) oligo-ovulation or anovulation as menstrual irregularities; (2) signs of androgen excess like hirsutism, acne, alopecia; and (3) polycystic ovaries (≥12 cysts) as on ultrasonography.2 Its documented prevalence in most of the literatures is found to be 5–10% in women of childbearing age.1 Although multifactorial, the major contributor for its causation has been found to be insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is seen in 30–40% of women with PCOS as against hyperinsulinemia in about 50–70% of women with PCOS.3,4 Insulin resistance means, insulin is normal or high in the blood, but it cannot exert its action completely by binding to its receptors on cells. Thus, by decreasing insulin resistance; the outcome of PCOS can be improved.
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ); also known by the names of “Glitazone Receptor” or “Thiazolidinedione Receptor” act as receptors for the thiazolidinedione (TZD) group of drugs.5
These drugs have a hypoglycemic effect in type-II DM, by reducing insulin resistance.6,7 This fact can be utilized for the treatment of PCOS also. PPARγ is a type II nuclear receptor encoded by the PPARγ gene (at 3p25).8 PPARγ forms heterodimer with Retinoid X Receptor (RXR),9 which then binds to peroxisome proliferator hormone response elements (PPRE) and regulates transcription of various genes.9 This, in turn, leads to either increased or decreased transcription of these genes thereby causing a change in insulin resistance.10
PPAR-γ Pro12Ala polymorphism involves a missense mutation of CCA to GCA in codon 12 of exon B of the PPAR-γ gene. This exon encodes for –NH2 terminal residue of PPAR-γ2. This mutation leads to proline to alanine substitution. As a result, PPAR-γ2 is expressed excessively. This in turn causes stimulation of insulin sensitivity by promoting insulin action in adipose tissues.11–14
AIM AND OBJECTIVE
To explain the phenomenon of primer-induced mutagenesis with the help of PPARγPro12Ala polymorphism in subjects with PCOS.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
A hospital-based observational case-control study was conducted in the Department of Biochemistry in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Smt. Sucheta Kriplani Hospital, New Delhi, after being approved by the institutional ethical committee from November 2015 to March 2017. The study population consisted of a convenient sample size of 100 subjects; due to time constraints with 50 diagnosed cases of PCOS in the age group of 15–45 years, as per revised Rotterdam criteria along with 50 age- and BMI-matched healthy women volunteers. Women with related hormonal disorders like congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), Cushing’s syndrome, and androgen-secreting tumors and patients on treatment with oral contraceptive pills (OCP) and high dose androgens were excluded from the study. Bilingual written informed consent was obtained from the study subjects. Detailed history and clinical examination of study subjects were carried out and demographic parameters were recorded from the study subjects. Subsequently, fasting venous blood samples (2–3 mL) were collected from the subjects on days 2–5 of the menstrual cycle and were used to extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by commercially available kits from Qiagen (Netherlands) followed by PCR targeting PPAR-γ gene using following primers.
5′GCATGGATCCCAATGC3′ (18 bp).
5′GATATGTTTGCAGACAGTGTATCAGTGAAGGA ATCGCTTTCCG 3′ (43 bp).
Each 25 μL PCR reaction mixture consisted of 100 ng of genomic DNA template; along with 5 pmol of each primer; 2.5 μL of 10× PCR buffer thereby forming final concentration as 1×; 200 μM of dNTP mix containing dATP, dCTP, dTTP, and dGTP and 0.5U of Taq DNA polymerase.
PCR reactions were carried out in a thermal cycler (Palm-Cycler from Genetix Brand); under the following conditions:
- Initial denaturation at 94°C × 5 minutes.
- 35 cycles ofDenaturation at 94°C for 30 seconds.Annealing at 52°C for 30 seconds.Extension at 72°C for 30 seconds.
- Final extension at 72°C for 5 minutes.
An amplicon of 270 bp so obtained was resolved on 2.5% agarose gel.
Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP)
The amplicons were digested with restriction enzyme BstU1 Fast Digest from Thermo Scientific. A total of 30 μL reaction mixture was prepared in a PCR tube using 10 μL of above PCR product; 10U BstU1 Fast Digest and 2 μL of 10× Fast Digest Green Buffer. This was then incubated at 37°C for 10 minutes. 10 μL of this mixture was then loaded on 2.5% agarose gel for visualization of digested bands.
When the C → G substitution at nucleotide 34 is present (missense mutation CCA to GCA), the mutagenic downstream primer introduces a BstU1 restriction site (CG || CG). The expected products after digestion with BstU1 are 270 bp for normal homozygotes, 227 and 43 bp for Pro12Ala homozygotes, and 270, 227, and 43 bp for heterozygotes.14
The data were analyzed statistically by using SPSS ver. 16. Intergroup comparison of biochemical parameters between cases and controls was done using independent sample “t” test (for parametric data) and the Mann–Whitney U test (for non-parametric data). The p value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Categorical data analysis for the study of PPAR-γ polymorphism was done using the Chi-square test with odds ratio as the risk estimate.
The data and reagent availability used in the present study is assured for further research.
The demographic and anthropometric parameters are depicted in Table 1. It was observed that the mean weight, waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio were significantly higher in cases when compared with controls (p < 0.05).
The data of PPAR-γ Pro12Ala polymorphism revealed the presence of CC (Pro/Pro homozygotes) in 78% of cases and 66% of controls. Also, CG (Pro/Ala heterozygotes) was observed only in 22% of the cases and 34% of controls. However, this difference in the genotypic distribution of C/G genotypes was not found to be statistically significant. No GG (Ala/Ala) genotype was seen in this study population (Table 2).
The present study was conducted in the Department of Biochemistry in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology after institutional ethical clearance. In this study, 50 diagnosed patients with PCOS according to Rotterdam’s Criteria were enrolled along with 50 age- and BMI-matched healthy controls.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common endocrinal and metabolic disorder, characterized by menstrual irregularities most common being oligomenorrhea, chronic anovulation, and hyperandrogenism. It results from the interaction of genetic predisposition and environmental risk factors. Since it has multifactorial etiology, its presentation is quite pleomorphic and variable in different patients. One major cause for variability in its presentation can be because of using different criteria for its diagnosis.
|Variable||Cases (n = 50) (mean ± SD)||Controls (n = 50) (mean ± SD)||p value|
|Age (years)||25.7 ± 4.7||26.9 ± 4.7||0.21|
|Height (cm)||153.5 ± 5.3||153.3 ± 4.5||0.86|
|Weight (kg)||64.6 ± 12.2||54.7 ± 9.8||<0.001**|
|WC (cm)||88.66 ± 1.21||73.04 ± 9.88||<0.001**|
|WHR||1.01 ± 0.28||0.82 ± 0.07||<0.001**|
*p value < 0.05: significant
** p value < 0.001: significant
|Genotype||Cases (n = 50)||Controls (n = 50)||p value|
This study was conducted as an effort to visualize polymorphism of the PPAR-γ gene and its possible role in the etiopathogenesis of PCOS in a better way. Also, there are very few Indian studies regarding polymorphism in PCOS.3 Hence, the present study also paves way for expanding and further exploring our latest knowledge about PPARγ Pro12Ala polymorphism.
PPAR-γ Pro12Ala polymorphism in PCOS has shown variable results in different populations till now. This variation can be because of differences in geographical distribution, ethnicity, lifestyle, and sample size of the various studies conducted so far.3 In the present study, the genotypic analysis revealed a relatively lower frequency of Pro/Ala heterozygotes (22%) when compared with Pro/Pro homozygotes (78%) in cases when compared with 34 and 66%, respectively, in controls. Similar genotypic frequency distribution was also reported by the authors of several other studies in PCOS.15–18 Ala/Ala homozygotes (GG) were not observed in this study. This could be due to the relatively smaller sample size of the study.
After extracting DNA from the whole blood samples, a polymerase chain reaction was carried out. Subsequently, during performing RFLP of PPAR-γ gene (using appropriate primers); it was observed that only when the C → G substitution at nucleotide 34 was present (missense mutation CCA to GCA), the mutagenic reverse primer introduced a second mutation and created BstU1 restriction site (CG || CG). It was further seen that the process of RFLP got completed and appropriate restriction digestion occurred only if both the mutations were present.16 Thus, besides the study of PPAR-γ Pro12Ala polymorphism; the interesting phenomenon of primer-induced mutagenesis was also observed.
The present study showed that the Pro/Ala genotype (CG) may be associated with high insulin sensitivity; depicting its protective role in PCOS. There was no significant difference in the genotypic distribution of C/G genotypes between cases and controls. Also, cases with CG genotype showed higher insulin sensitivity when compared with CC genotype (not statistically significant). In the present study, no GG genotype was found. Primer-induced mutagenesis was seen as a peculiar feature in the present study.
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