Methionine synthase reductase 66A->G polymorphism is associated with increased plasma homocysteine concentration when combined with the homozygous methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase 677C->T variant
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and methionine synthase reductase (MTRR) are important for homocysteine remethylation. This study was designed to determine the influence of genetic variants (MTHFR 677C-->T, MTHFR 1298A-->C, and MTRR 66A-->G), folate, and vitamin B-12 status on plasma homocysteine in women (20-30 y; n = 362). Plasma homocysteine was inversely (P < 0.0001) associated with serum folate and plasma vitamin B-12 regardless of genotype. Plasma homocysteine was higher (P < 0.05) for women with the MTHFR 677 TT/1298 AA genotype combination compared with the CC/AA, CC/AC, and CT/AA genotypes. Women with the MTHFR 677 TT/MTRR 66 AG genotype had higher (P < 0.05) plasma homocysteine than all other genotype combinations except the TT/AA and TT/GG genotypes. There were 5.4-, 4.3-, and 3.8-fold increases (P < 0.001) in risk for plasma homocysteine in the top 5, 10, and 20%, respectively, of the homocysteine distribution for subjects with the MTHFR 677 TT compared with the CC and CT genotypes. Predicted plasma homocysteine was inversely associated with serum folate (P = 0.003) and plasma vitamin B-12 (P = 0.002), with the degree of correlation dependent on MTHFR 677C-->T genotype. These data suggest that coexistence of the MTHFR 677 TT genotype with the MTRR 66A-->G polymorphism may exacerbate the effect of the MTHFR variant alone. The potential negative effect of combined polymorphisms of the MTHFR and MTRR genes on plasma homocysteine in at-risk population groups with low folate and/or vitamin B-12 status, such as women of reproductive potential, deserves further investigation.