Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine (2019-11-01)

Genetic biomarkers related to hemarthrosis, inflammation, and cartilage structure in pediatric patients with hemophilic arthropathy

  • José de Jesús López‐Jiménez,
  • Ricardo Ortega‐Cervantes,
  • Hilda Luna‐Záizar,
  • Ana‐Lilia Fletes‐Rayas,
  • Claudia‐Patricia Beltrán‐Miranda,
  • Rogelio Troyo‐Sanromán,
  • Janet Soto‐Padilla,
  • Alberto Tlacuilo‐Parra,
  • Ana‐Rebeca Jaloma‐Cruz

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 7, no. 11
pp. n/a – n/a


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Abstract Background The pathophysiology of hemophilic arthropathy is complex and not completely understood. In this study, we aimed to identify biomarkers that can affect the hemophilic arthropathy severity. Methods Fifty patients were analyzed for biomarker frequencies; in 37 patients, articular symptoms were evaluated based on the physical joint examination score, and in 18, it was based on magnetic resonance imaging. Eight polymorphisms, namely FV 1691G>A, FII 20210G>A, MTHFR 677C>T and 1298A>C, TNFα‐308G>A and ‐238G>A, ACAN VNTR, and IL1RN*2‐VNTR were identified. Results Patients with the MTHFR 677TT genotype showed a higher number of affected joints (1.83 ± 0.9 vs. 0.55 ± 0.7 for CC; p = .023), whereas those with the MTHFR 1298AC genotype exhibited higher effusion according to two radiologists (0.90 ± 0.31/1.20 ± 0.63 vs. 0.38 ± 0.52/0.50 ± 0.53 for AA genotype; p = .043/0.036, respectively). In addition, patients with the TNFα‐308GA genotype had more subchondral cysts (0.75 ± 0.95 vs. 0.07 ± 0.26 for GG genotype; p = .041). Conclusions The distribution of risk genotypes for MTHFR and TNFα‐308GA suggests their association with clinical parameters of hemophilic arthropathy. Cohort studies are essential to verify these associations.