Adaptation of existing methods of genotyping platelet polymorphisms associated with cerebrovascular disease for use within the routine laboratory setting and determining the relative frequency in a cohort of stroke patients

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dc.contributor.author Moodly, Sadhaseevan
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-09T13:06:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-09T13:06:00Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11-09T13:06:00Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7426
dc.description M.Sc.(Med.), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction It is widely recognised that stroke is a multi-factorial disorder in which platelets play a crucial role in thrombus formation resulting in ischaemic stroke. Platelet adhesion and aggregation are initiated by the interaction of various platelet glycoproteins (GP’s) such as GPIbα, which binds to von Willebrand Factor and GPIIb/IIIa a fibrinogen receptor. Recent studies have shown that the GP’s are polymorphic and the polymorphisms described within GPIbα such as Kozak- 5T/C, the variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) and the Human Platelet antigen 2 (HPA2), have been implicated in the development of stroke, while the PIA polymorphism of GPIIb/IIIa was found to contribute to “aspirin resistance”. Therefore, these polymorphisms may be potentially important for early detection and early intervention and thus setting the need to provide for a high volume genotype testing at health care centres. One of the most used techniques to determine platelet function is platelet aggregometry. However, the major disadvantages of platelet aggregation is that it is influenced by a number of environmental factors and its access is limited to tertiary health centres. Platelet aggregation measures the functional expression of platelets, which is known to deteriorate over time. It is for this reason that new methods at molecular level such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) are needed to explore the role of genotypic expressions, which are not influenced by environmental factors. Currently, conventional PCR is used to detect platelet polymorphisms in the research settings and has limitations as a routine diagnostic test. Furthermore, it is time consuming and is prone to contamination. With the recent advances in real-time PCR it is possible to genotype large sample batches rapidly without compromising on the quality, accuracy and precision of results. This study aims to adapt conventional PCR methodology onto a real-time platform for detecting platelet polymorphisms that have been implicated in both stroke and aspirin resistance. Materials and methods A total of 60 caucasian patients classified as having ischaemic stroke by virtue of MRI and Doppler analysis from the Stroke Clinic at the Johannesburg Hospital were enrolled for this study. Healthy caucasian individuals (38), age and gender matched were enrolled as controls. DNA samples were extracted from all the subjects and the prevalence of the Kozak –5T/C, HPA-2, VNTR and GPIIIa PIA polymorphisms were determined first by using conventional PCR and then the real-time LightCycler TM PCR method. Results The frequency of the unfavourable alleles ( the PIA2 allele for the GPIIIa PIA polymorphism, the T allele for the Kozak –5T/C polymorphism, the B allele for the HPA-2 polymorphism and the C allele for the VNTR polymorphism) of the different GP’s were higher in the stroke patients when compared to the control subjects but did not reach statistical significance. There was complete statistical agreement between the results obtained for the conventional PCR as compared to the results obtained for real-time PCR except for the VNTR polymorphism, due to the difficulty in designing and the unavailability of probes for the real-time PCR assay. However, it is important to note that adapting the real-time PCR as a new methodology would greatly benefit both the patients and the clinicians by providing early detection and the possibility of early therapeutic intervention. Conclusion Therefore in conclusion, it is possible to perform not only conventional PCR for platelet polymorphism but also real-time PCR on a large scale without compromising on the quality, accuracy and precision on platelet polymorphisms that play a significant role in stroke and aspirin resistance. However, a larger population based study needs to be performed to confirm the findings. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject platelet polymorphism en_US
dc.subject stroke patients en_US
dc.subject genotypes en_US
dc.title Adaptation of existing methods of genotyping platelet polymorphisms associated with cerebrovascular disease for use within the routine laboratory setting and determining the relative frequency in a cohort of stroke patients en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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