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Wei Sheng Yan Jiu. 2000 Jan 30;29(1):50-1.

[Study on genotypes of cystathionine beta-synthase in neural tube defects].

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  • 1National Center for Maternal & Infant Health, Beijing Medical University, Beijing 100083, China.


Mildly elevated maternal plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels (hyperhomocysteinemia) have recently been observed in some neural tube defects(NTDs) pregnancies. The aetiology of NTDs is also known to have both genetic and nutritional components. The frequency of two relatively common mutations in the enzyme of cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS), which is one of the main enzymes that controls Hcy level, was examined. Among 76 nonpregnant women in the study, 40 of whom had given birth to infants with NTDs and 36 control women previously had normal offspring. The results showed that no significant difference was found between NTDs mothers and non-NTDs mothers for the frequency of T833-C and the G919-A mutations in the CBS gene. The data suggests that the mother's genotype is not the direct factor involved in the pathogenesis of NTDs.

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