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Association between Vitamin D Receptor Gene Polymorphisms with Childhood Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Institute of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410011, China
Department of Pharmacy, Jining First People’s Hospital, Jining 272011, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(11), 13913-13922;
Received: 27 August 2015 / Revised: 27 October 2015 / Accepted: 28 October 2015 / Published: 30 October 2015
Vitamin D (VD) is implicated in multiple aspects of human physiology and vitamin D receptor (VDR) polymorphisms are associated with a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. Although VD deficiency is highly prevalent in epilepsy patients and converging evidence indicates a role for VD in the development of epilepsy, no data is available on the possible relationship between epilepsy and genetic variations of VDR. In this study, 150 controls and 82 patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) were genotyped for five common VDR polymorphisms (Cdx-2, FokI, BsmI, ApaI and TaqI) by the polymerase chain reaction-ligase detection reaction method. Our results revealed that the frequency of FokI AC genotype was significantly higher in the control group than in the patients (p = 0.003, OR = 0.39, 95% CI = 0.21–0.73), whereas the AA genotype of ApaI SNP was more frequent in patients than in controls (p = 0.018, OR = 2.92, 95% CI = 1.2–7.1). However, no statistically significant association was found between Cdx-2, BsmI and TaqI polymorphisms and epilepsy. Additionally, in haplotype analysis, we found the haplotype GAT (BsmI/ApaI/TaqI) conferred significantly increased risk for developing TLE (p = 0.039, OR = 1.62, 95% CI = 1.02–2.56). As far as we know, these results firstly underline the importance of VDR polymorphisms for the genetic susceptibility to epilepsy. View Full-Text
Keywords: epilepsy; children; vitamin D receptor; polymorphisms epilepsy; children; vitamin D receptor; polymorphisms
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Jiang, P.; Zhu, W.-Y.; He, X.; Tang, M.-M.; Dang, R.-L.; Li, H.-D.; Xue, Y.; Zhang, L.-H.; Wu, Y.-Q.; Cao, L.-J. Association between Vitamin D Receptor Gene Polymorphisms with Childhood Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 13913-13922.

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