Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase C677T and methionine synthase A2756G polymorphisms influence on leukocyte genomic DNA methylation level

Gene. 2014 Jan 1;533(1):168-72. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2013.09.098. Epub 2013 Oct 5.


Methionine synthase (MTR) and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) enzymes are involved in the metabolism of methyl groups, and thus have an important role in the maintenance of proper DNA methylation level. In our study we aimed to evaluate the effect of the polymorphism A2756G (rs1805087) in the MTR gene on the level of human leukocyte genomic DNA methylation. Since the well-studied polymorphism C677T (rs1801133) in the MTHFR gene has already been shown to affect DNA methylation, we aimed to analyze the effect of MTR A2756G independently of the MTHFR C677T polymorphism. For this purpose, we collected the groups of 80 subjects with the MTR 2756AA genotype and 80 subjects with the MTR 2756GG genotype, having equal numbers of individuals with the MTHFR 677CC and the MTHFR 677TT genotypes, and determined the level of DNA methylation in each group. Individuals homozygous for the mutant MTR 2756G allele showed higher DNA methylation level than those harboring the MTR 2756AA genotype (5.061 ± 1.761% vs. 4.501 ± 1.621%, P=0.0391). Individuals with wild-type MTHFR 677СC genotype displayed higher DNA methylation level than the subjects with mutant MTHFR 677TT genotype (5.103 ± 1.767% vs. 4.323 ± 1.525%, P=0.0034). Our data provide evidence that the MTR A2756G polymorphism increases the level of DNA methylation and confirm the previous reports that the MTHFR C677T polymorphism is associated with DNA hypomethylation.

Keywords: BHMT; MTHFR; MTR; Methionine synthase; Methylation; Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase; OD; PCR; Polymorphism; S-adenosylhomocysteine; S-adenosylmethionine; SAH; SAM; betaine-homocysteine S-methyltransferase; methionine synthase; methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase; optical density; polymerase chain reaction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate-Homocysteine S-Methyltransferase / genetics*
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA Methylation*
  • DNA Primers
  • Humans
  • Leukocytes / metabolism*
  • Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (NADPH2) / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*


  • DNA Primers
  • Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (NADPH2)
  • 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate-Homocysteine S-Methyltransferase