Publications by authors named "Wilmer Delgado"

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[C677T polymorphism of the methylentetrahydrofolate reductase gene in mothers of children affected with neural tube defects].

Invest Clin 2015 Sep;56(3):284-95

Neural tube defects (NTD) are the most common congenital anomalies of the central nervous system, with a multifactorial pattern of inheritance, presumably involving the interaction of several genetic and environmental factors. The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene 677C>T polymorphism has been implicated as a risk factor for NTD. The main objective of this research was to investigate the association of the 677C>T polymorphism of the MTHFR gene as a genetic risk factor for NTD. Molecular analysis was performed in DNA samples from 52 mothers with antecedent of NTD offspring and from 119 healthy control mothers. Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction, a 198 bases pairs fragment was digested with the restriction enzyme Hinfi. 677T MTHFR allele frequencies for the problem and the control groups were 51.92% and 34.45%, respectively, and 677C MTHFR allele frequencies were 48.08% and 65.55%, respectively. There were significant differences in allele (p: 0.002) and genotype (p: 0.007) frequencies between these two groups. The odds ratio (OR) to the TT genotype vs. the CC genotype was estimated as OR: 4.9 [95% CI: 1,347-6.416] p: 0.002; CT+TT vs. CC: OR: 2.9 [95% CI: 1.347-6.416] p: 0.005; TT vs. CT+CC: OR: 2.675 [95% CI: 1,111-6.441] p: 0.024. The data presented in this study support the relationship between MTHFR 677C>T polymorphism and risk in mothers with antecedent of NTD offspring.
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September 2015

[Intragenic polymorphisms of factor VIII and IX genes and their utility in the indirect diagnosis of carriers of Haemophilias A and B].

Invest Clin 2010 Sep;51(3):391-401

Laboratorio de Genética Molecular, Unidad de Genética, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venzuela.

Haemophilia A and B are considered sex-linked inherited diseases caused by mutations in genes that encode factors VIII and IX, respectively. This results in the deficiency of these proteins plasma levels which are actively involved in the mechanism of blood coagulation. It has been reported that several mutations are responsible for the alteration of these genes, which is why the application of a molecular diagnostic method for the direct identification of female carriers is impractical. An appropriate diagnostic strategy is the indirect analysis of polymorphisms linked to the gene. The aim of this study was to identify female carriers in different families with history of HA and HB that live in Zulia State, Venezuela, characterizing intragenic gene polymorphisms of the clotting factors VIII and IX, which helped to identify and assign haplotypes, to diagnose or to exclude the carrying condition, to 95% of women who were needing the study for HA and to 100% for HB.
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September 2010

[C677T polymorphism of the methylentetrahydrofolate reductase gene as risk factor in women with recurrent abortion].

Invest Clin 2009 Sep;50(3):327-33

Unidad de Genética Médica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

The pathogenesis of recurrent spontaneous abortion is multifactorial, presumably involving the interaction of several genetic and environmental factors. The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene C677T polymorphism has been implicated as risk factor for recurrent spontaneous abortion (RA). The main objective of this research was to investigate the association between the C677T polymorphism of the MTHFR gene as a genetic risk factor for idiopathic RA. Molecular analysis was performed in 80 DNA samples from 30 patients with RA and among 50 healthy control subjects. Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), a 198 bp (bases pairs) fragment, was digested with the restriction enzyme Hinf1, which can recognize the C > T substitution responsible for the polymorphism. 677T MTHFR allele frequencies for group with RA and the control group were 35% and 33%, respectively and 677C MTHFR allele frequencies were 65% and 67%, respectively. There was no significant difference in allele frequency between these two groups. The data presented in this study fail to support the relationship between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and risk in women with RA.
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September 2009

[Indirect prenatal molecular diagnostic of haemophilia A and B].

Invest Clin 2008 Sep;49(3):289-97

Unidad de Genética Médica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Haemophilia A (HA) and B (HB) are the most common inherited bleeding diseases. HA and HB are X-linked recessive disorders caused by mutation in the factor VIII gene which maps to Xq28 and factor IX located at Xq27, respectively; resulting in absence or deficiency of these proteins. Several mutations have been reported as responsible for the disturbance of these genes; therefore, the use of direct molecular techniques to analyze the carrier status of women and their affected fetuses in not easy to perform. Thus, gene linked polymorphisms analysis is the most convenient molecular test since it is independent from the nature of the mutation, allowing the identification of the mutant X chromosome by following its segregation along the pedigree. The main objective of this research was to perform the molecular diagnosis of HA or HB carrier status in pregnant women and male fetuses affected or not, who were referred to the Medical Genetic Unit of the University of Zulia (UGM-LUZ), Maracaibo, Venezuela. Molecular analysis for HA and HB was performed in 32 DNA samples from 8 pregnant women, 8 fetuses, 8 affected and 8 healthy males. Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), a 142 bp (bases pairs) fragment, which corresponds to intron 18 of the Factor VIII gene, was amplified. This fragment has a restriction polymorphism for the enzyme Bcl I. Additionally, a Duplex PCR was performed for the STRs (short tandem repeat) of introns 13 and 22 of the same gene. On the other hand, Hinf I, Xmn I y Taq I polymorphism in the factor IX gene were also amplified, so, we were able to build the haplotypes for each one of the key members in the families affected. The latter, allowed us to identify, in five of the eight cases, the mutant X chromosome responsible of HA and HB, thus, prenatal diagnosis was possible with the following results: three healthy males fetuses, two affected males fetuses with HA and three females fetuses.
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September 2008

Genetic variation of 15 STR autosomal loci in the Maracaibo population from Venezuela.

Forensic Sci Int 2006 Aug 6;161(1):60-3. Epub 2005 Sep 6.

Laboratorio de Genética Molecular, Unidad de Genética Médica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo 4007, Venezuela.

Allele frequencies for 15 short tandem repeats (STRs) autosomal loci (D8S1179, D21S11, D7S820, CSF1PO, D3S1358, TH01, D13S317, D16S539, D2S1338, D19S433, vWA, TPOX, D18S51, D5S818 and FGA, included in the AmpFLSTR Identifiler, Applied Biosystems) were studied in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela and were compared with other published Latin-American populations for the same loci. Population and forensic parameters were estimated.
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August 2006

[Frequency of delta F508 mutation in Venezuelan patients with cystic fibrosis].

Invest Clin 2004 Jun;45(2):121-30

Unidad de Genética Médica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common and severe autosomal recessive disease in Caucasian populations, with an incidence of 1 in 2500 live births. It is characterized by a generalized disturbance in exocrine glands and it is caused by over one thousand mutations at the cystic fibrosis conductance regulator gene (CFTR) mapped at 7q31. AF508 is the most frequent mutation worldwide and it consists in a deletion of the codon that encodes fenilalanine at the 508 protein's position. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of the delta F508 mutation in Venezuelan patients with CF using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). We studied thirty patients of twenty eight families who were diagnosed with CF based on their clinical features and sweat chloride level > 60 mEq/l in two determinations. Detection of the mutation was performed from the amplification of a 98 pair of bases (pb) CF gene segment which contains the codon that encodes fenilalanine in the 508 position by PCR. This PCR product is absent in those who have the mutation. The delta F508 allelic frequency was 26.79%, distributed in six homozygous and seven compound heterozygote delta F508/X. The reminder mutations (no delta F508) represent 73.21%. The delta F508 frequency in our sample is less than the reported in European countries. On the other hand, a delta F508 frequency highly heterogeneous has been observed in Latin-American countries. This variation results from mixed populations with a different genetic background influenced by external migration and CF molecular alterations, which exists in the analyzed populations. In this study, the delta F508 mutation comes mainly from grandparents (79.41%) who were born in Mediterranean countries and Colombia, while the no delta F508 mutations come from grandparents who were born in Venezuela (79.27%) and Colombia (17.07%).
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June 2004

[Chromosome anomalies in Venezuelan patients with multiple myeloma].

Invest Clin 2003 Dec;44(4):327-35

Escuela de Bioanálisis, Unidad de Genética Médica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

The cytogenetic study is an important prognostic factor in Multiple Myeloma (MM). The chromosomal analysis has demonstrated to be essential for the genetic advise in relation to the diagnosis, prognosis and might suggest precociously, the most appropriate treatment for the majority of hematological malignancies. The objective of this investigation was to identify the chromosomal abnormalities in samples of bone marrow (BM) from patients with diagnosis of MM. The chromosomal studies were carried out in BM cultures, following the technique described by Yunis. Without exception the analysis was carried out previous to any treatment with cytostatics. Twenty two samples of BM were received for chromosomal studies in the Unit of Medical Genetics of the University of the Zulia (UGM-LUZ). In 19 out of 22 samples (86%) appropriate material was obtained by cytogenetic analysis; 6 (32%) showed normal karyotype and 13 (68%) presented numeric and structural chromosomal abnormalities. Eight (62%) of the chromosomal anomalies detected were numerics, three cases (38%) with hyperdiploidy involving chromosomes 3, 5, 7, 15, 17, 18, 19 and four cases (50%) with hypodiploidy involving the chromosomes 8, 16, 17, 18, X and Y. Triploidy was found in one case (12%). Structural abnormalities were present in 4 cases (31%) such as deletions 5p11, 11p14, 14q32, 17p11 and 1 case (7%) presented structural and numeric anomalies. This study shows that the majority of patients with multiple myeloma have several chromosomal abnormalities with some differences from other reports.
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December 2003

[Analysis of Bsm I polymorphism of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene in Venezuelan female patients living in the state of Zulia with osteoporosis].

Invest Clin 2003 Dec;44(4):275-82

Laboratorio de Genética Molecular, Unidad de Genética Médica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

Among genes implied on the osteoporosis genetics, the most studied gene worldwide is the receptor gene of D vitamin (VDR), through the characterization of Bsm I polymorphism. The main objective of this research was to analyze the Bsm I polymorphism of the VDR gene in a sample of 133 postmenopausal women distributed in three groups: 54 with osteoporosis, 24 with osteopenia and 55 normal controls for the disease. 28 of the women with osteoporosis presented the BB genotype, which is related in other countries to bone mineral density decrease, 20 had the Bb genotype, and 6 the bb genotype. Of the control group only 11 women presented the BB genotype, 36 showed the heterozygote genotype and 8 the bb genotype. The frequencies of the B and b alleles in the analyzed population were 0.6 and 0.4 respectively. The BB genotype was found in 52% of the group with osteoporosis, and in 20% of the control group, these findings are statistically significant, which suggest an association between the BB genotype and osteoporosis.
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December 2003