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Cerebral Infarction of the Uygur and Han Ethnic Groups

Research Article


The Difference of the Polymorphism of RS4360791 Loci of ALOX5AP Gene between Cerebral Infarction of the Uygur andHan Ethnic Groups InXinjiang

1.       Abstract

Objective:To explore the difference of the polymorphism of RS4360791 loci of ALOX5AP gene between cerebral infarction of the Uygur and Han ethnic groups in Xinjiang Province, China.

Methods:This is a case-control study. The polymorphism of the genotype of RS4360791 loci of ALOX5AP gene and the frequency of its allele were tested using polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing. And the association between different genotypes and the risks of cerebral infarction of Uygur and Han ethnic groups were analyzed using Pearson chi square test and multivariate logistic regression model.

Results: There was no significant difference in the ALOX5AP gene rs4360791 between the Uygur and the Han (P>0.05).

Conclusion: In this study, the ALOX5AP gene RS4360791 polymorphisms in Xinjiang Uygur and Han nationality cerebral infarction were studied: this gene positions between cerebral infarction in Han and Uyghur The point genotype and gene frequency were not statistically significant (P>0.05).

Key words: 5-lipoxygenase activator protein; Ischemic stroke; Gene; Atherosclerosis

2.       Introduction

Ischemic stroke is a complicated disease related with different factors and its prevalence increases with risk factors like hypertension, diabetes and smoking. A considerable number of ischemic stroke attacks are caused by vessel stenosis and emboli derived from unstable plaques. Arterial atherosclerosis is one the major pathology processes of ischemic stroke and inflammatory factors are key elements to trigger atherosclerosis. Analysis of inflammatory factors can help understand the risk factors of ischemic stroke, assisting treatment and second prevention of stroke and lowering the burden of families and societies.

Arterial atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease, contributing to cerebrovascular diseases [1-2]. Leukotriene, the product of the 5- lipoxygenase activator protein (5-LAP) and 5-lipoxygenase(5-LO) pathway, accelerates the process of atherosclerosis. It promotes lipid streak formation, stable/unstable plaque pathological process and plaque rupture, resulting in cerebrovascular diseases.

ALOX5AP related mutation may be associated with excretion of substances like leukotriene, leading to arterial atherosclerosis formation, and subsequently vessel stenosis, and plaque rupture as well as the final the ischemic stroke caused by arterial vessel occlusion [3]. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between the polymorphism RS4360791 loci of ALOX5AP gene and artery atherosclerosis

related stroke, investigating the difference of the polymorphism of RS4360791 loci between cerebral infarction of the Uygur and Han ethnic groups.

3.       Methods


Patient selection

Patients diagnosed with cerebral infarction from September 2017 to December 2018 in the Neurology Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region were enrolled in this study. A total number of 100 patients were included, 50 Han patients and 50 Uygur patients. Every patient underwent complete computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and was clinically evaluated and diagnosed by at least two attending doctors. And

patients were divided into 2 groups:

(1) Case group: 50 Uygur cerebral infarction patients, including 32 males and 18 females. Age range from 54-76 years with average (SD) 66.42 (0.99) years. 2). Control group: 50 Han cerebral infarction patients, including 27 males and 23 females. Age range from 50-70 years with average (SD) 61.54 (0.71) years. Informed consent was obtained from each patient. And this study was approved by ethic committees of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region.

Baseline demographic and clinical data collection

Every participant was registered after signing the informed consent. Baseline demographic and clinical data including sex, age, ethic group, history of smoking, history of alcohol drinking, occupation, etc. History of smoking were defined as more than 10 cigarettes per day for at least 2 years.

Blood sample collection

Blood sample collection and AOLX5AP gene assay

For every participant enrolled, 5mL of peripheral blood using Ethylene Diamine Tetra-acetic Acid (EDTA) tube was collected at the first morning after admission when fasting, Then the blood samples were stored in a fridge of -80℃after primary centrifugation. And direct sequencing was used to verify with the Kompetitive Allele Specific (KASP) genotyping.

Statistical Analysis

Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 18.0 (IBM, New York). Categorical variables were analyzed using chi square test and continuous variables were analyzed using t test. The Hardy-Weinberg equation was tested using chi square goodness of fit test. Pearson chi square test was used to analyze the difference of genotype and alleles between the case group and the control group.

4.       Results


Comparison of baseline data between groups

First the baseline data including demographic and clinical data were analyzed between the case group and the control group. (Table 1) No statistical significance between the two groups with respect to sex, age, history of hypertension, history of diabetes mellitus and history of smoking (P>0.05) was discovered except for history of hyperlipidemia(p<0.05).

Table 1: Comparison of general clinical data between case group and control group (%,  

Baseline Data Case Group (n=50) Control Group


χ2 Value or

t Value

N 50 50 0.00 1
Sex(Male/Female) 23/27 26/24 0.360 0.548

of Smoking[n (%)]

11(22) 17(34) 1.268 0.260
History of Hypertension[n (%)] 35(70) 31(62) 0.713 0.398
History of Hyperlipidemia [n (%)] 32(64) 20(40) 5.769 0.016
History of Diabetes Mellitus[n (%)] 21(42) 16(32) 1.073 0.300
Age(Years) 62.42±0.99 61.54±0.71 0.721 0.472

Results of total DNA extraction

Total DNA of the studies samples was extracted and underwent quality control. All the samples were qualified to undergo subsequent experiments. The electrophoresis of total DNA extraction is seen in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Electrophoresis of total DNA extraction.

Markers from top to bottom were 100bp, 250bp, 500bp, 750bp, 1000bp, 2000bp. A qualified band of a genotype should be a single clear and bright band above 2000bp.

Results of KASP genotyping

3 loci of rs3369790 could be clearly distinguished using KASP genotyping. (Figure 2)

Figure 2: SNP locus mapping.

Results of DNA direct sequencing

In order to further verify the SNP loci, samples were randomly chosen to undergo direct sequencing to verify the results of KASP genotyping. First the of all, the DNA samples were amplificated using PCR and then direct sequencing was performed to obtain corresponding sequences. The sequence diagram of each site can be seen in Figure 2.

Comparison of the polymorphism of the RS4360791 loci of ALOX5AP between Uygur and Han Groups

Through the sequencing of the polymorphism RS436071 loci of the case group (Uygur patients) and control group (Han patients), 3 types of genotype, GG, AG. AA were discovered. The analysis of the frequency of 3 genotypes and A/G distribution demonstrated that there was no statistical significance

for the distribution of 3 genotypes between case and control group (χ2=1.190, P=0.275>0.05) and the

overall distribution of alleles A/G also showed no statistical difference (χ2=0.1.087, P=0.297>0.05).

(Table 2)

Table 2: Comparison of genotype and allele frequencies of rs4360791 locus between case group and control group [n(%)].

N Genotype Frequency Allele Frequency
Case group 50 44(88.0) 6(12.0) 0(0) 94(94.0) 6(6.0)
Control group 50 40(80.0) 10(20.0) 0(0) 90(90.0) 10(10.0)
χ2 1.190 1.087
P 0.275 0.297



The pathophysiology of artery atherosclerosis related stroke could be mainly described as a sudden decrease or blockage of supplying arterial blood flow, leading to ischemia and hypoxia of the brain tissue and the subsequently brain infarction. This pathological process was accompanied by

corresponding clinical symptoms and syndromes of neurological deficits, such as hemiparalysis, aphasia, etc. [4] Cerebral infarction is a common neurological disease with complicated pathologies. It is globally acknowledged that the risk factors of cerebral infarction include hyperlipidemia, hypertension, history of smoking, history of alcohol drinking, history of diabetes mellitus, obesity and family history of stroke. And with the development of molecular biology, the association between cerebral infarction and gene polymorphism has been drawing increasing attention. [5]

Previous studies have demonstrated that inflammation is the key element that contributes to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis.

5- lipoxygenase activator protein, encoded by ALOX5AP gene, is the crucial regulator of the biosynthesis of leukotriene (LTS), leading to fat deposits in the arteries. LTS elicits white blood cell activation and monocyte adhesion into the vessel wall, which plays an important role in atherosclerosis and inflammatory disorders. ALOX5AP is strongly associated with the formation and development of atherosclerosis and plaques, the prevalence of which is further raised by ALOX5AP mutation. [6]

ALOX5AP is key to the inflammatory process, such as the production of leukotriene. [7] The bioactive products of certain loci of ALOX5AP are related to many cardiocerebrovascular diseases. [8-12] Additionally, many clinical trials of Western countries suggested that ALOX5AP took part in the pathophysiological process of atherosclerosis, resulting in ischemic strokes. And recent studies have shown some certain loci of ALOX5AP was related with atherosclerosis in Chinese population. This study adapted a case-control design where genotypes of polymorphism of RS4360791 loci of ALOX5AP and allele frequencies of 100 patients were studies using PCR and DNA sequencing and the association between different genotypes and risks of cerebral infarction was compared between Uygur and Han ethic groups. Results of this study showed that there was no significant difference between 2 groups with respect to sex, age, history of smoking, history of hypertension and history of diabetes. The only statistical difference between 2 groups was history of hyperlipidemia, which could be accounted for the different eating habits of these 2 ethic groups. The Uygur, one of the national minorities of China, are fond of meat, diary, fried food and high sugar food and fruits rather than high fiber food such as vegetables. Additionally, dinners were of great importance in their daily life. Therefore, the Uygur manifest with hyperlipidemia and high body weight index. Contrarily, the Han’s diet contains much less calorie. Therefore, this study can help control relative risk factors with statistical support.

Through the DNA sequencing of the polymorphism of RS4360791 loci of the case group (the Uygur) and the control group (the Han), 3 types of genotypes were discovered. And difference of frequency of these 3 genotypes and C/G alleles between 2 groups was further analyzed, which did not show statistical significance. This negative results could result from the limited sample size, the DNA sequencing process influenced by exterior factors and the geographical differences. Therefore, further analysis with a larger sample size or even a multicenter study is needed. And the association between the polymorphism of RS4360791 loci of ALOX5AP and ischemic stroke should be further analyzed to validate an early marker screening ischemic stroke, and to provide new insight of stroke prevention and treatment.

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