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Clinics vol.70 no.10 São Paulo Oct. 2015 


Evaluation of multidrug resistance-1 gene C>T polymorphism frequency in patients with asthma

Ümran ToruI  * 

Ceylan AyadaII 

Osman GençII 

Zehra YaşarIII 

Server ŞahinIV 

Emre TaşkınV 

İsmet BulutVI 

Murat AcatVII 

IDumlupınar University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Chest Diseases, Kütahya, Turkey.

IIDumlupınar University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physiology, Kütahya, Turkey.

IIIAbant İzzet Baysal University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Chest Diseases, Bolu, Turkey.

IVDumlupınar University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biology, Kütahya, Turkey.

VKarabük University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biology, Karabük, Turkey.

VISüreyyapaşa Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Department of Allergy and Immunology, İstanbul, Turkey.

VIIAydın General Secretary of the Union of Public Hospitals, Aydın, Turkey.



Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease characterized by bronchial hyperresponsiveness and airflow obstruction. Genetic and oxidative stress factors, in addition to pulmonary and systemic inflammatory processes, play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of asthma. The products of the multidrug resistance-1 gene protect lung tissue from oxidative stress. Here, we aimed to evaluate the association between the multidrug resistance-1 gene C>T polymorphism and asthma with regard to oxidative stress-related parameters of asthmatic patients.


Forty-five patients with asthma and 27 healthy age-matched controls were included in this study. Blood samples were collected in tubes with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. DNA was extracted from the blood samples. The multidrug resistance-1 gene polymorphism was detected by polymerase chain reaction and a subsequent enzyme digestion technique. The serum levels of total oxidant status and total antioxidant status were determined by the colorimetric measurement method.


The heterozygous polymorphic genotype was the most frequent in both groups. A significant difference in the multidrug resistance-1 genotype frequencies between groups indicated an association of asthma with the TT genotype. A significant difference between groups was found for wild type homozygous participants and carriers of polymorphic allele participants. The frequency of the T allele was significantly higher in asthmatic patients. The increase in the oxidative stress index parameter was significant in the asthma group compared with the control group.


The multidrug resistance-1 gene C/T polymorphism may be an underlying genetic risk factor for the development of asthma via oxidant-antioxidant imbalance, leading to increased oxidative stress.

Key words: Multidrug resistance-1 gene; polymorphism; p-glycoprotein; asthma; inflammation; oxidative stress


Multidrug resistance (MDR) genes constitute a class of genes that play a critical role in multiple drug resistance in eukaryotic cells (1). The MDR-1 gene is located on chromosome 7q21 and plays a role in cellular regeneration (2,3). It has been reported that products of the MDR-1 gene, such as multidrug resistance-associated protein-1 (MRP1), P-glycoprotein (P-gp), and lung resistance-related protein (LRP), act as anti-oxidants and protect lung tissue against oxidative stress (4).

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease characterized by smooth muscle contraction, variable airflow obstruction, mucus hypersecretion and bronchial hyperreactivity associated with airway remodeling (5,6). Oxidative stress is one of the clearly identified pathophysiological mechanisms of this disease (5). Oxidant-antioxidant imbalances lead to pathophysiological effects associated with asthma, such as vascular permeability, mucus hypersecretion, smooth muscle contraction, and epithelial shedding. It has been previously shown that oxidant-antioxidant imbalance is associated with asthma (7), and it is also known that asthma has a strong genetic component (8).

No studies have previously investigated the relationship between MDR-1 gene polymorphisms and asthma. We aimed to investigate the association between the MDR-1 gene C>T polymorphism and asthma with regard to clinical parameters and oxidative stress indices in asthmatic patients.



Forty-five patients with asthma, who presented to Dumlupınar University Medical Faculty, Department of Chest Diseases, Kütahya (a city located in the Aegean part of Turkey) and Yedikule Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Department of Chest Diseases, İstanbul (a city located in the Marmara-northern-west region of Turkey), and 27 healthy age-matched control participants were included in this study. The asthma diagnosis was established on the basis of the criteria proposed by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines. All participants were ethnically Caucasian. Individuals who had comorbidities were excluded from the study. All procedures were explained to the subjects, and written informed consent was obtained from all participants. The study protocol conformed to the ethical guidelines of the Declaration of Helsinki and was approved by the Clinical Research Ethics Committee of Abant İzzet Baysal University.

Both groups were evaluated by several clinical parameters, as follows: age; gender; body mass index (BMI; kg/m2); asthma control test (ACT) score; pulse; oxygen (O2) saturation; systolic and diastolic blood pressure; forced vital capacity (FVC; ml, %); forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1; ml, %); FEV1/FVC; forced expiratory flow at 25-75% of the FVC (FEF25-75; %); and peak expiratory flow (PEF; ml, %). All individuals were assessed by the criteria according to the asthma control test to calculate the ACT score. For this purpose, the patients were asked the following questions: in the past 4 weeks 1) How often did your asthma limit you at work, school or at home?; 2) How often have you had shortness of breath?; 3) How often did your asthma symptoms (wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain) wake you up at night or earlier than usual in the morning?; 4) How often have you used your rescue inhaler or nebulizer medication?; and 5) How would you rate your asthma control during the past 4 weeks? The patients scored each question from 1 to 5. The ACT scores were grouped as well controlled (score of 25), partly controlled (scores 20-24) and uncontrolled (score ≤19) (9).

Total Antioxidant Status-Total Oxidant Status Analysis and OSI Calculation

Blood samples were collected in tubes without ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). After centrifugation, serum from each individual was stored at -80°C until ELISA analysis. Serum levels of the total oxidant status (TOS)- total antioxidant status (TAS) were determined by the colorimetric measurement method (Ral Assay Diagnostics). The oxidative stress index (OSI) was calculated according to the following formula (10): OSI (arbitrary unit)=TOS (µmol H2O2 Equiv./L) /TAS (mmol. Trolox Equiv./L).


Deoxyribonucleic acid isolation

Blood samples from 72 participants (45 asthma, 27 control) were collected in tubes with EDTA. DNA was isolated from peripheral blood leukocytes using a standard phenol/chloroform extraction method.

Polymerase chain reaction

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to detect the C3435T single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). A PCR assay using the forward primer MDR1F 5’-TGC TGG TCC TGA AGT TGA TCT GTG A AC-3’ and the reverse primer MDR1R 5’-ACA T TA GGC AGT GAC TCG ATG A AG GCA-3’ was performed with 10× buffer, 1.5 mM MgCl2, 0.2 mM of each dNTP and 1 U Taq DNA polymerase (11). PCR amplification consisted of an initial denaturation for 2 min at 94°C followed by 35 cycles of denaturation at 94°C for 30 s, annealing at 60°C for 30 s, and extension at 72°C for 30 s. Terminal elongation was performed at 72°C for 4 min. The digestion of a 248-bp PCR product with the restriction enzyme MboI for 2 h at 37°C followed this step. The digested products were separated on a 3% agarose gel with ethidium bromide. Subsequently, the restriction fragments were identified using the UVI Gel Documentation system. The fragments obtained were 238 bp for the T/T genotype, 172 bp and 60 bp for the C/C genotype, and 238 bp, 172 bp and 60 bp for the C/T genotype (12).

Statistical analysis

Statistical analyses were performed using the SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences, Chicago, IL, USA) 16.0 package program. Clinical and TAS-TOS-OSI parameters are presented as the mean±standard error of the mean (SEM). The significance of the observed genotype frequencies was evaluated according to the Hardy-Weinberg rule by comparison of the expected genotype frequencies. Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium was evaluated by the chi-square test. Chi-square analysis was used to test the association between asthma and the C3435T polymorphism of the MDR1 gene. A Mann-Whitney U test was used to compare the means of TAS, TOS and OSI parameters between groups. ANOVA was used to determine differences in the TAS, TOS and OSI parameters between genotypes in both groups. The odds ratio for the T allele between the groups was calculated by the chi-square test. All p values <0.05 were considered significant.


No significant difference was observed for the clinical parameters between the groups (Table 1). In the asthma and control groups, the most frequent genotype was the heterozygous CT (n=27 and n=14, respectively). In both the asthma and control groups, homozygous wild type and homozygous polymorphic genotypes were less frequent. The most remarkable difference between the groups in terms of genotype frequency was that TT was observed in 9 patients in the asthma group and 1 in the control group. The distribution of the frequencies of the genotype for the MDR-1 gene C/T polymorphism in the asthma and control groups was compatible with the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (p>0.05; Table 3). The frequencies of MDR-1 genotypes in asthmatic patients and in control subjects are shown in Table 2. The distribution of MDR-1 genotypes were found to be 20.0% (9) for CC, 60.0% (27) for CT, and 20.0% (9) for TT in the asthma group and 44.4% (12) for CC, 51.9% (14) for CT, and 3.7% (1) for TT in the control group. The difference of the MDR-1 genotype frequencies between groups indicates an association of asthma with the TT genotype (X2=6,881; df=2; p=0,032; Table 3).

Table 1 Comparisons of characteristics among the genotypes in asthmatic patients. 

MDR C3435T polymorphism
Age, years 39.44 ± 16.85 41.92 ± 14.18 42.44 ± 14.1
Female 19 32 9
Male 2 9 1
BMI (kg/m2) 29.59 ± 5.27 27.99 ± 5.91 14.44 ± 6.67
ACT (points) 15.44 ± 14.14 16.33 ± 4.53 15.78 ± 5.23
Pulse 85.12 ± 8.06 87.54 ± 12.8 87.00 ± 2.58
Saturation (%) 97.75 ± 1.03 97.31 ± 1.78 96.80 ± 1.79
SBP (mm Hg) 116.67 ± 14.14 116.67 ± 14.41 121.40 ± 14.47
DBP (mm Hg) 77.44 ± 10.19 76.89 ± 12.66 74.60 ± 8.35
FVC (%) 72.17 ± 18.70 84.25 ± 16.70 81.78 ± 13.36
FEV1 (%) 71.16 ± 22.28 79.98 ± 18.94 78.39 ± 16.20
FEV1/FVC (mL/mL) 82.90 ± 15.63 77.63 ± 12.42 79.85 ± 10.46
FEF 25-75 (%) 59.71 ± 37.23 60.30 ± 27.56 40.06 ± 29.31
PEF (%) 68.93 ± 29.51 64.54 ± 18.74 66.1 ± 27.33
TAS mmol. Trolox Equiv./L 2.43 ± 1.05 2.1 ± 1.02 3.09 ± 1.14
TOS mmol. Trolox Equiv./L 42.9 ± 20.64 51.2 ± 28.7 60.6 ± 32.6
OSI TOS µmol/l / TAC µmol of Trolox X 100 2018 ± 1412 2756 ± 1920 1988 ± 866

ACT: Asthma control test, SBP: Systolic blood pressure, DBP: Diastolic blood pressure, FVC: Forced vital capacity, FEV1: Forced expiratory volume in one second, FEF25-75: Forced expiratory flow at 25-75% of the FVC, PEF: Peak expiratory flow, TAS: Total antioxidant status, TOS: Total antioxidant status, OSI: Oxidative stress index.

Table 2 Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium of the MDR gene C/T polymorphism. 

Asthma Control
Allele Expected Observed Expected Observed
Common homozygotes CC 11.25 9 13.37 12
Heterozygotes CT 22.5 27 41.7 14
Rare homozygotes TT 11.25 9 2.37 1
p=0.1797 p=0.2059

Table 3 Genotype and allele frequencies of the MDR C/T polymorphism. 

Asthma Control
n % n %
Genotype Frequency
MDR C/T polymorphism
CC 9 20.0 12 44.4
CT 27 60.0 14 51.9
TT 9 20.0 1 3.7
Total 45 100 27 100
X2=6.881; df=2; p=0.032
CC and CT 36 80.0 26 96.3
TT 9 20.0 1 3.7
Total 45 100 27 100
X2=3.747; df=1; p=0.053
CC 9 20.0 12 44.4
CT and TT 36 80.0 15 55.6
Total 45 100 27 100
X2=4.881; df=1; p=0.027
Allele Frequency
MDR C allele 45 50.0 38 70.37
MDR T allele 45 50.0 16 29.63
X2=5.736; df=1; p=0.017

MDR, Multidrug resistance; df, degrees of freedom

When the genotype frequency of homozygous polymorphic participants and wild type participants in the asthma group were compared with controls, there was no significance, although the level of significance was very close to the alpha level (X2=3.747; df=1; p=0.053). An association between groups was found when a similar comparison was made between wild type homozygous participants and polymorphic allele participants (odds ratio for TT=3.19; 95% CI=0.11-0.902; p=0.027; Table 3).

The allele frequencies for the MDR-1 gene in asthmatic patients and control subjects are shown in Table 2. The distribution for the MDR-1 gene C alleles was 50.0% (45) in the asthma group and 70.37% (38) in the control group. The distribution for the T alleles was 50.0% (45) in the asthma group and 29.63% (16) in the control group. There was a significant difference between the groups regarding allele frequency (X2=5.736; df=1; p=0.017; Table 3). The frequency of the T allele was significantly higher in asthma patients than in the control group (odds ratio for TT=3.2; 95% CI=1.1-9.2; p=0.027).

Serum levels of TAS and TOS

The serum levels of TAS in the asthma and control groups were as follows: 2.40±0.1 mmol. Trolox Equiv/L, 2.38±0.17 mmol. Trolox Equiv/L. No significant difference was found between the groups in terms of TAS (p=0.793; Figure 1).

Figure 1 Serum levels of TAS in the control and asthma groups. 

The serum levels of TOS in the asthma and control groups were as follows: 51.44±4.38 µmol H2O2 Trolox Equiv./L, 24.76±2.63 µmol H2O2 Trolox Equiv./L. The increase in the serum level of TOS in the asthma group was significant compared with the control group (p=0.000; Figure 2).

Figure 2 Serum levels of TOS in the control and asthma groups. ***, The significance between the control and asthma group, p<0.005 (Mann Whitney U test). 

The OSI parameters in the asthma and control groups were as follows: 24.26±2.58 TOS/TAS, 11.12±1.39 TOS. The increase in the OSI parameter was significant in the asthma group compared with the control group (p=0.000; Figure 3).

Figure 3 The oxidative stress index (OSI) of the L, I/R, O3+L and O3+I/R groups. ***, The significance between the control and asthma group, p<0.005 (Mann Whitney U test). 

In both the asthma patients and the control groups, no significant difference was observed among the three genotypes in terms of TAS, TOS and OSI (p>0.05).


Asthma is a heterogeneous disorder, and a combination of environmental and genetic factors play a role in the pathogenesis of this disease (5,13). Although chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are the key mechanisms in the development of asthma, it is now known that the vast majority of asthma cases are caused by interactions between genetic and environmental risk factors (14-17). Furthermore, recent studies have revealed that multiple gene loci are involved in the etiology of asthma, and SNPs may be associated with the development of asthma (5,18).

To date, over 50 SNPs have been reported for the MDR-1 gene, and the C3435T SNP located in exon 26 of the MDR-1 gene has been shown to be associated with P-gp levels (1,19). P-gp, one of the products of the MDR-1 gene, is a transmembrane protein that acts as an ATP-driven efflux pump (1,2,20). This pump prevents the intracellular accumulation of toxic substances, drugs and metabolites by effluxing them from intracellular to extracellular areas (21,22). Therefore, P-gp has a protective role against oxidative stress by playing a role in combating the toxic effects of endogenous or exogenous irritant substances and in the removal of oxidative stress metabolites (23,24). It has been reported that the 3435C>T polymorphism of the MDR-1 gene results in a decreased expression of P-gp in T/T homozygote individuals compared with C/C homozygotes. Furthermore, a decreased expression of intestinal P-gp in T/T homozygote subjects was shown in a study by Hoffmeyer et al. (25). In another study by Dogan et al. (1), it was shown that both MDR-1 mutant homozygous (TT) and heterozygous (CT) polymorphisms were significantly more frequent in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In a recent study, Toru et al. (26) reported an increase in the frequency of the TT genotype of the MDR-1 gene in COPD patients and suggested that the MDR-1 gene C/T polymorphism may play a role in COPD development. Today, it is well known that both COPD and asthma are characterized by chronic inflammation and remodeling of the airways (27,28). Moreover, a common pathogenetic basis for asthma and COPD is well defined based on overlapping clinical characteristics and the association of genes common for both of these diseases (29). In our study, an increased frequency of the TT genotype was observed in patients with asthma. We suggest that this increase may result in an increased exposure to oxidative stress and may be an underlying risk factor for asthma development. In addition, our study describes for the first time the frequency of the MDR-1 gene C>T polymorphism in asthma. It would be useful to show tissue P-gp expression in the study participants using PCR, in-situ hybridization, dot blot or immunohistochemical methods, but this step could not be performed because of technical issues; this is a limitation of our study.

Organisms are protected against oxidative stress via enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidative mechanisms, and normally, there is a balance between the rates of free radical formation and their removal by antioxidant enzymes and molecules (30,31). Therefore, the oxidative status of biological samples is accepted as an indicator of oxidative stress. In this regard, the measurement of TOS, TAS and OSI are the most common procedures that are reported to evaluate oxidative stress (30,32). In our study, we showed that the TT genotype of the MDR-1 gene with the C3435T polymorphism is associated with asthma. Additionally, we found that the blood levels of TOS and OSI were significantly higher in this genotype, which led to higher oxidative stress in asthmatic patients than in the control group. Therefore, the TT genotype may have an effect on the phenotype of the MDR-1 protein and may lead to increased oxidative stress. We can conclude that at least a proportion of this increase in oxidative stress in asthma patients may arise from the functional C3435T polymorphism of the MDR1 gene.

Finally, we can conclude that an increased T allele frequency in the MDR-1 gene may result in an increased exposure to oxidative stress in asthmatic patients. Thus, the MDR-1 gene C/T polymorphism may play a role in the development of asthma as a result of oxidant-antioxidant imbalance in favor of increased oxidative stress. However, further studies are needed to support our results and clarify the role of the MDR-1 gene polymorphism in asthma.


This study was supported by the Dumlupınar University Scientific Research Fund Commission (Project no: 2013/15).


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Received: June 03, 2015; Revised: June 16, 2015; Accepted: July 06, 2015

Toru U, Ayada C, Genç O: conception and design of the study. Toru U, Ayada C, Genç O, Yaşar Z, Şahin S, Taşkın E, Bulut I, and Acat M: collection and analysis of the data, drafting or revising the manuscript for intellectual content, final approval of the version to be submitted. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript. Toru U and Ayada C contributed equally to this study.

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