Genetic variability in exon 1 of the glucocorticoid receptor gene NR3C1 is associated with postoperative complications
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Patients having major surgery experience inflammation post-operatively, which may contribute to post-operative morbidity. Endogenous glucocorticoids (GCs) are an essential part of the stress response, but this response varies between individuals, which may in turn affect clinical outcome in general, and post-operative inflammation, specifically. Exon 1 of the NR3C1 gene, encoding the glucocorticoid receptor, contains an established region of differential regulation. DNA methylation patterns in this region have been found to differ between individuals. We investigated the methylation status and genotype in the Cytosine-phosphate-Guanine (CpG) island in exon 1 of NR3C1 in 24 patients who underwent major abdominal surgery and correlated it with post-operative complications. DNA was extracted from peripheral blood leukocytes and underwent targeted bisulfite sequencing of the CpG island. Complications were graded according to the Clavien-Dindo classification and 14 out of 24 had post-operative complications. Multifactorial and partial least square methods were used to analyse the data. ... (Show More)
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Bisulfite sequencing of a 3kb region within the CpG island of the NR3C1 exone 1 was performed with Illumina Miseq. 24 samples from major hepatic or pancreatic surgery with complications (cases) and without complications (controls). The files are in FASTQ format.
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