Investigation of association between plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1) gene 4G/5G polymorphism frequency and plasma PAI-1 enzyme activity in patients with acute stroke

Kucukarabaci B., GÜNEŞ H. V., ÖZDEMİR G., Cosan D., Ozbabalik D., DİKMEN M., ...More

GENETIC TESTING, vol.12, no.3, pp.443-451, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/gte.2008.0025
  • Journal Name: GENETIC TESTING
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.443-451
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: No


Aim: This study was carried out to determine if there is any association between plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1) gene 4G/5G polymorphism and plasma PAI-1 enzyme activity in acute stroke patients. Methods: In this study, 333 genomic DNAs ( from 253 acute stroke patients and 80 healthy subjects) were analyzed. Genomic DNAs were prepared from peripheral blood using a saline method. These DNAs were amplified by PCR method using primers specific for 4G and 5G alleles. PCR products were separated by 2% agarose gel electrophoresis and visualized by a charge coupled device (CCD) camera. PAI-1 enzyme activities were measured by ELISA method. The results were evaluated statistically with Student's t-test, chi(2)-test, one-way analysis of variance, and stepwise regression analysis. Results: In this study, frequency of PAI-1 gene 4G5G genotype was found to be low both in patients and controls. PAI-1 enzyme activities were significantly increased in acute stroke patients compared to controls. Although PAI-1 gene 4G5G genotype frequencies were low, the patients carrying this allele had highest plasma PAI-1 enzyme activity; likewise, although PAI-1 gene 4G4G genotype frequencies were high, the patients carrying this allele had lowest plasma PAI-1 enzyme activities. Homocysteine levels had a positive effect of 65% on plasma PAI-1 enzyme activities. Conclusion: Consequently, in this study, we may assert that PAI-1 gene, 4G4G and 5G5G genotypes, PAI-1 activity, and homocysteine level determination are significant criteria for identifying patients who are likely to develop stroke; on the other hand, a direct relation does not exist between gene polymorphism and enzyme activity.