Investigation of Gluthatione S-Transferase Variants in a Healthy Population in Goiânia-Go
Advanced Techniques in Biology & Medicine

Advanced Techniques in Biology & Medicine
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Research Article - (2018) Volume 6, Issue 2

Investigation of Gluthatione S-Transferase Variants in a Healthy Population in Goiânia-Go

Lucas Carlos Gomes Pereira1, Nádia Aparecida Bérgamo1, Angela Adamski Da Silva Reis2, Carlos Eduardo Anunciação2 and Elisangela De Paula Silveira-Lacerda1*
1Laboratório de Genética Molecular e Citogenética, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Goiás, CEP: 74690-900, Goiânia/GO, Brazil
2Laboratório de Genética Molecular, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Goiás, CEP: 74690-900, Goiânia/GO, Brazil
*Corresponding Author: Elisangela De Paula Silveira-Lacerda, Laboratório de Genética Molecular e Citogenética, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal De Goiás, CEP: 74690-900, Goiânia/GO, Brazil, Tel: 5562992933121/556235211481 Email:


Genetic polymorphisms in glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) genes might influence the detoxification activities of the enzymes predisposing individuals to a lot of disiases. Owing to the presence of these genetic variants, inter-individual and ethnic differences in GSTs detoxification capacity have been observed in various populations. Therefore, the present study was performed to determine the prevalence GSTM1*0/*0, GSTT1*0/*0 and GSTP1 Ile105Val polymorphisms in 100 healthy individuals from Goiânia - GO. GSTM1 and GSTT1 polymorphisms were analyzed by a Multiplex-PCR approach, whereas GSTP1 polymorphisms were examined by PCR-RFLP. The frequencies of GSTM1 and GSTT1 *0/*0 genotypes are 49% and 31%, respectively. The frequencies of GSTP1 Ile/Ile, Ile/Val and Val/Val genotypes were 40%, 53% and 7%, respectively. The wild-type (Ile) and variant (Val) allele frequencies were 66.5% and 33.5%, respectively. The combined genotypes distribution of GSTM1, GSTT1 and GSTP1 polymorphisms showed 12 possible genotypes present in our population; seven of them have a frequency greater than 5%. The effect of combined genotypes of these GSTs polymorphisms is still unknown. These findings in healthy population, give us such more information for the future epidemiological and clinical studies. Using to examine the effect of these combinations in drugs metabolism and cancer predisposition, further largest group would be needed, since their frequencies are quite low. To our of GSTs polymorphisms, this is the first study indicating the frequencies of genetic polymorphisms of GST superfamily in a health population in a Goiania population.


Individual inherited genetic differences related to polymorphism in detoxification enzymes could be an important factor not only in metabolism but also in predisposition to pathologic condition [1]. Functional genetic polymorphisms have been described for Glutathione- S-transferase (GSTs) genes, a superfamily of phase II metabolizing enzymes. GSTs catalyze the conjugation of reduced glutathione (GSH) to a wide variety of electrophilic compounds in order to make them more soluble enabling their elimination [2]. As a result of this detoxification activity, GSTs protect the cell from DNA damage, genomic instability and cancer development. In addition, as non-enzymatic proteins, GSTs can modulate signaling pathways that control cell proliferation, cell differentiation and apoptosis, among other processes [3,4]. Deletion polymorphisms of GSTM1 and GSTT1 genes and the single nucleotide polymorphism in GSTP1 c.319A>G (rs1695; p.105Ile>Val) lead to the absence or reducion of the detoxification capacity of the enzyme. Differences in GSTs activity may modify the risk of cancer development and also may impact on the heterogeneous responses to toxic substances or specific therapies [2]. Moreover, GST polymorphisms are known to contribute to inter-individual and ethnic variability in the susceptibility to environmental risk factors, cancer predisposition and drug responsiveness. Several epidemiological studies evaluated the role of GST polymorphisms on CML susceptibility, but conflicting results have been achieved [5,6]. There are no data available on these polymorphisms in the Goiania health population. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of GST polymorphisms in the health population in Goiânia, a city located in the center of the west of Brazil and to compare the results with different populations described in the literature.



This study was carried out in the Genetic Molecular and Citogenetic Laboratory of the Institute of Biological Science I at Federal University of Goias, Goiânia, Brazil. The study was performed according approved by the ethics committee of Federal University of Goias (approval CEP: 895.552). In the current survey, 100 patients (35M/65F) of both genders and aged 18-90 (M: 30.2) years old considered healthy and practicing physical activity 2 to 3 times a week, were enrolled after receiving their informed consent.

Sample collection and DNA analyzes

Peripheral blood (5mL) was collected in EDTA vacutainer tubes from all participating individuals after obtaining their written consent. Until the DNA extraction blood DNA collections was store a -20°C. Genomic DNA extraction was performed from whole blood using a Purelink Genomic DNA Kit (Invitrogen, Life Technologies Inc.; USA) and the concentration was measured using a NanoDrop™ 2000/2000c Spectrophotometers (Thermo Scientific, USA).


GSTM1 and GSTT1 polymorphism analyses were performed by multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR Applied Biosystems Veriti 9902, 96 Well Thermal Cycler), previously suggested by Abdel- Rahma et al. [7] and modified by Reis et al. [8], with the ubiquitous RH92600 gene as an internal standard. This was carried out amplification using the following primers at Table 1. Each 25μL PCR reaction contained 2.5μL of 10X reaction buffer (Tris-HCl 10mM pH 8.3 and KCl), 2mM MgCl2, 200μM each of deoxynucleoside triphosphates, 10ρmol of each primer, 1 unit of Platinum Taq DNA polymerase (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA, USA) and 100 ng genomic DNA. Thermal cycling conditions for the PCRs were as follows: 15 min at 95°C, followed by 30 cycles of 95°C for 2 min, 60°C for 1 min and 72°C for 1 min, with a final extension at 72°C for 10 min. PCR products were visualized on a 2% agarose gel electrophoresis at 100V for 50 min. Them the specter was confirmed two amplification bands, 480bp bands for GSTT1 and 215bp for GSTM1 were obtained for the GSTT1+/GSTM1+ genotype. GSTT1+/GSTM1- genotype showed one band of 480bp and the GSTT1-/GSTM1+ genotype showed a band of 215bp. For the GSTT1-/GSTM1- genotype (designated as null genotype), no bands were obtained.

Primers Sequences Length

Table 1: General characteristics of the primers used for the evaluation of genotypic and allelic frequencies of GSTM1, GSTT1 and GSTP1 in the healthy population of Goiânia.

GSTP1 polymorphism analyses were performed by RFLP-PCR and this was carried out amplification using the following primers at Table 1. The presence of 176pb DNA fragment in the samples were made using polyacrylamide gel that was stained with silver solution 4g L-1. After confirmed the amplification of 176bp band in all samples, the PCR product was restricted with the use of Alw26I (Synapse) enzyme according to the manufacturer's suggested protocol for subsequent genotyping. Thermocycling was 12 h at 37°C followed by 20 mins at 65°C. The Alw26I restriction enzyme recognizes the DNA the GTCTC codon site at which occurs the exchange of the nucleotide adenine for guanine (occurring replacing the isoleucine amino acid at valine amino acid) and acts by cutting the DNA into two fragments of 91 and 85 bp, when there is the polymorphism.

Statistical analysis

The allelic and genotypic frequencies of the population were calculated using software Excel and expressed as a percentage. Fisher's exact test was performed using software GraphPad prism version 7.00 for Windows, GraphPad Software, California USA.


GSTM1 and GSTT1 deletion polymorphisms

In the current study, the frequencies of three polymorphisms in GSTs genes on individuals in a health population in Goiânia have been studied. The genotype distributions and allele frequencies observed in this study are shown in Table 1. We couldn't calculate the expected Hardy-Weinberg frequencies for GSTM1 and GSTT1 genotypes, as multiplex-PCR approach cannot differentiate between the wild-type (*1/*1) and heterozygous (*0/*1) genotypes. The GSTM1 and GSTT1 deletion polymorphisms were analyzed by Multiplex-PCR approach, using Rh92600 as an internal control. As shown in Table 2, the frequencies of GSTM1 and GSTT1 *0/*0 genotypes are 49% and 31%, respectively.

  Age Gender Total
  18-30 31-50 =51 Male Female  
Number of Individuals 62 33 5 35 65 100
GSTM1 null frequency (%) 33(0.33) 14(0.14) 2(0.02) 15(0.15) 34(0.34) 49(0.49)
GSTT1 null frequency (%) 20(0.20) 9(0.09) 2(0.02) 9(0.09) 22(0.22) 31(0.31)

Table 2: Distribution of genotype and allele frequencies of GSTM1 and GSTT1, polymorphisms in a health population in Goiânia.

GSTP1 Ile105Val polymorphism

The GSTP1 Ile105Val polymorphism was performed by PCR-RFLP. As shown in Table 2, the frequencies of GSTP1 Ile/Ile, Ile/Val and Val/ Val genotypes were 40%, 53% and 7%, respectively. The wild-type (Ile) and variant (Val) allele frequencies were 66.5% and 33.5%, respectively (Table 3).

Genotypes N Allele frequencies
ILE            VAL 
ILE/ILE 40    
ILE/VAL 53 0.665 0.335
VAL/VAL 7    

Table 3: Genotype and allele frequencies of GSTP1 Ile105Val polymorphism of Tunisian population and various ethnic groups.

Combined genotype analysis

The distribution of combined genotype of GSTM1, GSTT1 and GSTP1 polymorphisms showed the possible genotypes are present in a health population from Goiânia. Among these, seven genotype combinations showed frequency greater than 5%. The most frequently observed combinations were null M1/non-null T1/Ile/Val (20%), nonnull M1/non-null T1/Ile/Ile (15%), non-null M1/non-null T1/Ile/Val (15%) and null M1/non-null T1/Ile/Ile (14%) (Table 4).

      n %
Non-Null Non-Null Ile/Ile 15 (0.15)
  Non-Null Ile/Val 15 (0.15)
  Non-Null Val/Val 3 (0.03)
  Null Ile/Ile 4 (0.04)
  Null Ile/Val 12 (0.12)
  Null Val/Val 2 (0.02)
Null Non-Null Ile/Ile 14 (0.14)
  Non-Null Ile/Val 20 (0.20)
  Non-Null Val/Val 1 (0.01)
  Null Ile/Ile 7 (0.07)
  Null Ile/Val 6 (0.06)
  Null Val/Val 1 (0.01)
Total     100 100%

n: Number of subjects.
Combined genotypes were expressed by percentage (%).
Null: homozygous deletion (*0/*0).
Non-null: heterozygous deletion (*0/*1) or wild homozygous (*1/*1).

Table 4: Combined genotype analysis of GSTM1, GSTT1 and GSTP1 polymorphisms.


The result for GSTM1 and GSTT1 deletion polymorphisms concerning the GSTM1*0/*0 and GSTT1*0/*0 genotype was 49% and 31%. This is an agreement with previous report of Kubiszeski et al. [9] in Cuiabá population (50% and 32%) and Rocha et al. [10] in Amazônia population. Other studies in the Brazilian population from Bahia, performed by Rocha et al. [10] and Pinhel et al. [11] in the population from São Paulo confirm our findings in the Goiânia population. GSTM1 and GSTT1 enzymes metabolize several precarcinogens, drugs, constituents of tobacco smoke and solvents to reactive metabolites which ultimately lead to DNA or protein damage [12]. Hence, the data on the prevalence of this polymorphism will help in predicting susceptibility to various cancers.

The results for GSTP1 Ile105Val polymorphism are similar to those reported in São Paulo population (n 53), in which the wild-type (Ile) and variant (Val) allele frequencies were 67% and 33% (P=1.000), respectively [13] and in Rio de Janeiro population (n 531) with 69% and 31% (P=0.7628) respectively [14], both studies with health people.

Regarding to the other ethnic groups, Goiânia population showed a similar prevalence of GSTP1 Ile105Val with those reported in some Asian populations such as, Chinese, Indian, Tunisian and venezuelan [12,15-19] as well as with White Americans and South Africans [20,21]. Interestingly, Goiânia population showed a significantly high prevalence of GSTP1 Ile105Val polymorphism than that reported in Japanese population, in which the wild-type (Ile) and variant (Val) allele frequencies were 84% and 16% (P=0.0081*), respectively [21] and the Korean population with 80.9% and 19.1%, respectively (P=0.0355*) [22].

The importance of this class of enzymes and in a general way, of all the enzymes of the GST family has been increasingly highlighted by its relation in several processes of metabolism and catalytic properties and of detoxification besides having discovered other biologically important functions as, for example, in protein-protein interactions; involvement with chaperones and mechanisms of kinases; and especially myeloproliferative properties [23].

GSTP1 is a major enzyme metabolizing anti-cancer drugs like oxiplatin, cyclophosphamide which are used in the treatment of breast cancer and colorectal cancer [24]. An over expression of this enzyme in individuals with Ile/Ile genotype causes resistance to drugs like cisplatin [25,26]. Therefore, investigation of this polymorphism will provide a clue to the identification of responders to cancer therapy with certain chemotherapeutic drugs.

Regarding the effects of the combined genotypes, some published reports showed that single GST gene polymorphism does not significantly increase risk to cancer [27], suggesting that investigations on combined genotypes of GSTM1, GSTT1 and GSTP1, or even in relation to other metabolizing enzymes are needed. Additionally, some other studies have reported a relationship between the combination of GSTM1, GSTT1 and GSTP1 genotypes and the risk of various diseases, such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia, thyroid cancer and they suggested a possible synergistic effect between GST genotypes [28,29].

Genetic polymorphisms of GSTs genes differ significantly among racial groups and residential populations in different parts of the world [30,31]. Based on our findings, Goiânia population showed an, eventual, similarity with others Brazilian populations for genotype and allele frequencies of GSTM1, GSTT1, GSTP1 polymorphisms.

The obstacle with research using the Brazilian population is that it resulted basically from the racial mixture between whites from the Iberian Peninsula and Africans of various ethnical groups, with a small contribution by native Amerindians. However, this may also represent the lack of a rigid distinction between races and the intense admixture that has been occurring in this country [32].

Studies, including the present one, indicate that while evaluating the role of a particular GST gene in any disease susceptibility, the whole pattern of different biotransformation enzymes should be considered. Wormhoudt et al. [33,34] explains this is because multiple detoxification enzymes may be involved in the metabolism of a given compound and the resulting metabolites may produce different effects clinically.

The effect of combined genotypes of these GSTs polymorphisms is still unknown. These findings in healthy population, give us such more information for the future epidemiological and clinical studies. Using to examine the effect of these combinations in drugs metabolism and cancer predisposition, further largest group would be needed, since their frequencies are quite low.


This study provides the first results of genotype distribution and allele frequencies of GSTs M1, T1 and P1 polymorphisms in a health population in Goiânia–GO. An identifier of polymorphisms related to predisposition may contribute to the implementation of a public health policy focused on preventive medicine. Hence, it opens up new avenues for further investigations by epidemiologists in determining inter individual variation in genetic susceptibility to various diseases caused due to gene-environment interaction.


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Citation: Pereira LCG, Bérgamo NA, da Silva Reis AA, Anunciação CE, de Paula Silveira-Lacerda E (2018) Investigation of Gluthatione S-Transferase Variants in a Healthy Population in Goiânia-Go. Adv Tech Biol Med 6: 256.

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