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Cell Death Dis. 2012 Sep 27;3:e392. doi: 10.1038/cddis.2012.116.

TP53 PIN3 and PEX4 polymorphisms and infertility associated with endometriosis or with post-in vitro fertilization implantation failure.

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  • 1Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.


p53 has a crucial role in human fertility by regulating the expression of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), a secreted cytokine critical for blastocyst implantation. To examine whether TP53 polymorphisms may be involved with in vitro fertilization (IVF) failure and endometriosis (END), we have assessed the associations between TP53 polymorphism in intron 2 (PIN2; G/C, intron 2), PIN3 (one (N, non-duplicated) or two (D, duplicated) repeats of a 16-bp motif, intron 3) and polymorphism in exon 4 (PEX4; C/G, p.P72R, exon 4) in 98 women with END and 115 women with post-IVF failure. In addition, 134 fertile women and 300 women unselected with respect to fertility-related features were assessed. TP53 polymorphisms and haplotypes were identified by amplification refractory mutation system polymerase chain reaction. TP53 PIN3 and PEX4 were associated with both END (P=0.042 and P=0.007, respectively) and IVF (P=0.004 and P=0.009, respectively) when compared with women both selected and unselected for fertility-related features. Haplotypes D-C and N-C were related to higher risk for END (P=0.002, P=0.001, respectively) and failure of IVF (P=0.018 and P=0.002, respectively) when compared with the Fertile group. These results support that specific TP53 haplotypes are associated with an increased risk of END-associated infertility and with post-IVF failure.

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