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Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms at +191 and +292 of Galectin-3 Gene (LGALS3) Related to Lower GAL-3 Serum Levels Are Associated with Frequent Respiratory Tract Infection and Vaso-Occlusive Crisis in Children with Sickle Cell Anemia

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source: PLOS ONE

year: 2016

authors: Mendonça Belmont TF, do Ó KP, Soares da Silva A, de Melo Vilar K, Silva Medeiros F, Silva Vasconcelos LR, Mendonça Dos Anjos AC, Domingues Hatzlhofer BL, Pitta MG, Bezerra MA, Araújo Ada S, de Melo Rego MJ, Moura P, Cavalcanti Mdo S


Patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA) may present chronic hemolytic anemia, vaso-occlusion and respiratory tract infection (RTI) episodes. Galectin-3 (GAL-3) is a multifunctional protein involved in inflammation, apoptosis, adhesion and resistance to reactive oxygen species. Studies point to a dual role for GAL-3 as both a circulation damage-associated molecular pattern and a cell membrane associated pattern recognition receptor.

To investigate associations between the SNPs of GAL-3 gene (LGALS3) and serum levels with RTI and vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC) in children with SCA.

SNPs +191 and +292 in LGALS3 were studied using the TaqMan real-time PCR system; GAL-3 serum levels were measured by ELISA. The study included 79 children with SCA ranging from 2 to 12 years old.

GAL-3 serum levels were associated with LGALS3 +191 and +292 genotypes (p <0.0001; p = 0.0169, respectively). LGALS3 +191, AA genotype was associated with low and CC with higher levels of GAL-3. For LGALS3 +292, the CC genotype was associated with lower GAL-3 and AA with higher levels. Patients with Frequency of RTI (FRTI) >=1 presented higher frequency of +191AA (p = 0.0263) and +292AC/CC genotypes (p = 0.0320). SNP +292 was associated with Frequency of VOC (FVOC) (p = 0.0347), whereas no association was shown with SNP +191 and FVOC. However, CA/AC and AA/CC genotypes with lower GAL-3 levels showed a higher frequency in patients with FRTI >=1 (p = 0.0170; p = 0.0138, respectively). Also, patients with FVOC >=1 presented association with CA/AC (p = 0.0228). LGALS3 +191 and +292 combined genotypes related to low (p = 0.0263) and intermediate expression (p = 0.0245) were associated with FRTI >=1. Lower GAL-3 serum levels were associated with FRTI >=1 (p = 0.0426) and FVOC >=1 (p = 0.0012).

Variation of GAL-3 serum levels related to SNPs at +191 and +292 may constitute a susceptibility factor for RTI and VOC frequency.

organization: Programa de Doutorado da Rede Nordeste de Biotecnologia, Recife, Brasil; Universidade de Pernambuco; Universidade Federal de Pernambuco; CPqAM-FIOCRUZ-PE,Recife; Fundação Hematologia e Hemoterapia de Pernambuco (HEMOPE)

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0162297

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