The spectrum of FMF mutations and genotypes in the referrals to molecular genetic laboratory at KIrIkkale University in Turkey

Gunel-Ozcan A., Sayın D. B., Mısırlıoğlu E. D., Güliter S., Yakaryilmaz F., Ensari C.

Molecular Biology Reports, vol.36, no.4, pp.757-760, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11033-008-9240-5
  • Journal Name: Molecular Biology Reports
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.757-760
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: No


Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder characterised by recurrent and self-limited abdominal pain, synovitis and pleuritis. MEFV gene mutations are responsible from the disease and its protein product, pyrin or marenostrin, plays an essential role in the regulation of the inflammatory reactions. MEFV gene contains 10 exons and most of the mutations have been found on the last exon. Up to date, 152 mutations and polymorpisms have been reported inwhere V726A, M694V, M694I, M680I and E148Q are the most common mutations. In this study, MEFV allele frequencies of 136 individuals (60 from Pediatry, 76 from Internal Medicine) have been evaluated, and compared with each other. Asymptomatic individuals with FMF family history (4 from Pediatry, 6 from Internal Medicine) were excluded from the analysis. The prominent mutations indicated in the Pediatry group are V726A, M694V and M680I (G/C) and with the allele frequency of 0.06, 0.05 and 0.04 respectively while they were E148Q, M694V, M680I (G/C) in the Internal Medicine group with the allele frequency of 0.12, 0.08 and 0.04. The E148Q mutation is significantly overrepresented in the adult referrals (P = 0.02). Mutation on both alleles was observed in only 12% of cases. Overall mutation frequency was low, seen in 26.2% (66/252). However, when only diagnosed patients were analyzed it is 72.7% (16/22). It is also interesting that 63% of individuals are female that there may be sex influence on FMF phenotype. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.