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Polymorphism in glutathioneS-transferase P1 is associated with susceptibility toPlasmodium vivaxmalaria compared toP. falciparumand upregulates the GST level during malarial infection

Free Radical Biology and Medicine
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DOI: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2010.09.004
  • Gstp1
  • P. Vivaxmalaria
  • P. Falciparummalaria
  • Polymorphism
  • Gst
  • Free Radicals
  • Biology
  • Medicine


Abstract Glutathione S-transferase P1 (GSTP1) is a member of the GST superfamily, which has well-established multiple roles in various infectious and parasitic diseases. The genetic regulation of GSTP1 has been extensively studied. Thus, its biological significance and disease association prompted us to investigate the role of GSTP1 polymorphisms in Plasmodium-mediated pathogenesis in infected humans. The genotypic distribution of Ile105Val in Plasmodium vivax infection was observed to be significant and strongly associated (OR = 4.5) with the progression of pathology, whereas in P. falciparum infection no significant association was observed compared to healthy subjects. Interestingly, we observed significant elevation of GST in vivax infection, with both genotypes Ile105Val and Val105Val, compared to healthy subjects, whereas in P. falciparum infection we found marginally elevated GST levels of mutated genotypes but significantly depleted compared to healthy subjects. Further, during vivax and falciparum infection overall significant elevations of glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, and GST levels were observed. Expression of both GSTP1 mRNA and protein was significantly upregulated during vivax infection compared to falciparum infection and both were significantly upregulated compared to the levels in healthy subjects as well. These studies suggest that GSTP1 polymorphism is involved in the pathogenesis of malaria and it may serve as a valuable molecular marker, possessing a promising rationale for diagnostic potential in assessing disease progression during clinical malaria.

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