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Polymorphism in MCM6-Gene Associated with Lactose Non-Persistence in Pakistani Patients

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Polymorphism in MCM6-Gene Associated with Lactose Non-Persistence in Pakistani Patients

Maria Qibtia1, Sehrish Faryal1, Muhammad Wasim1, Farzana Chowdhary1, Muhammad Tayyab1, Ahmed Mansovuri2, Zeeshan Ahmed2, Muhammad Hamid3 and Ali Raza Awan1,*

1Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 54000 Lahore, Pakistan

2Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry Molecular Cell Differentiation Group, Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen, Germany

3University of Ulm, Energiewandlung und-speicherung, Albert-Einstein-Allee 47, 89081 Ulm, Germany

ABSTRACT

Lactose persistence (LP) is a genetically determined phenotypic trait, generally related to pastoralism and milk consumption. However, Lactose non-persistence (LNP) results from the progressive decline of Lactase-phlorizin hydrolase (LPH) activity in enterocytes. The Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNPs) associated with occurrence of LP/LNP are different for European, Asian, African-American, Northern African and Arab populations. In this study, we studied, the association of these SNPs with LNP in Pakistani patients. Our analysis has evaluated the association between the development of LNP trait and two common variants in intron 13 and 9 (13910-C/T and 22018-G/A) along with the P-value significance level. Therefore in this study, we aimed to access genetic predisposition and clinical manifestations of LNP and LP in 80 subjects (30 subjects with LP and 50 LNP). The presence of T-13910, C-13913, G-13915, G-13907, C-3712, C-13779, A-13937, G-14009, C-14010, T-14011, T-14044, T-14091, A-14107, C-14176, A-14156 and A-22018 polymorphic variants in MCM6-gene were also accessed as reported in different populations. Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood. Consequently, SNPs were analyzed with the PCR-sequencing method. The statistical analysis was performed in SPSS using the method of chi-square test. All the SNPs were evaluated for the association of polymorphism. In the current study 20 out of 30 LP subjects were presented with the following SNPs: C/T-13910 (intron 13) and G/A-22018 (intron 9), representing a frequency level of 0.67 for association. Similar to this frequency of 0.22 and 0.44 was also found in LNP patients. All the SNPs were heterozygous in LP subjects, and for the particular SNP: G/A-22018 (intron 9) 22% heterozygosity was also shown in LNP subjects. This is the first report of SNP in MCM-6 gene studied in Pakistani patients. It may help in better understanding of different diseases having underlying cause related to lactose intolerance.


Article Information

Received 25 March 2021

Revised 29 Apil 2021

Accepted 05 May 2021

Available online 13 December 2021

(early access)

Published 23 May 2022

Authors’ Contribution

MQ conducted the research as part of her PhD work. ARA and ZA supervised the research. MW and FC served as member of supervisory committee. MT helped in checking plagiarism of the manuscript. SF helped in lab research. MA supervised the research at Max-planck Institute for Bio-physical chemistry. MH helped in every aspect of the research and manuscript-writing.

Key words

Lactose persistence (LP), Lactose non-persistence (LNP), Lactase-phlorizin hydrolase (LPH/LCT), Transcription Factor (TF), MCM-6 gene, Screening, Sequencing.

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.17582/journal.pjz/20210325000338

* Corresponding author: arawan77@uvas.edu.pk

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Introduction

Most mammals including 65% of humans adult cannot digest lactose after weaning. During childhood, the production of lactase enzyme reduces to about 10-15% of its original level at birth. It is genetically programmed, due to which irreversible reduction of lactase enzyme occurs in about 75% of the world’s population (Alizadeh and Sadr-Nabavi, 2012; White et al., 2012-2020a). Lactose persistence (LP) opposite of lactose non-persistence (LNP) is considered to be associated with polymorphism, due to cis-acting factors found in MCM-6 gene. LP is frequently variable among different human populations, across continents. It is most prevalent in Northwestern Europe, with the highest frequency in Scandinavian countries, and it shows a decline in frequency in Southern Europe (Swallow et al., 2003; White et al., 2012-2020; Bodlaj et al., 2006; Jarvela, 2005). Recent findings have shown, LNP is considered as a wild type pathway, in which after weaning, production of lactase is significantly reduced. In LP the C to T variant at –13910 and G to A variant at–22018, shows greater transcription factor (Oct-1) binding than other variants. LNP occurs when the presence of undigested lactose in the colonic lumen causes gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and diarrhea (Alizadeh and Sadr-Nabavi, 2012). There are a lot of abdominal diseases which could easily be confused with LNP. They include celiac disease, enteritis, Crohn’s disease, bacterial/parasitic infections, and Bowl’s syndrome that can temporarily or permanently cause loss of lactase production (Raz et al., 2013).

Initial studies involving molecular analysis of cis-acting factors identified two LP/LNP associated SNPs : 13910-C/T and 22018-G/A upstream of the LCT-gene located within intron 13 and 9 of MCM-6 gene (Enattah et al., 2002; Jarvela et al., 2003). Different SNPs in the binding site of lactase transcription factors are considered to be associated with the continuation of lactase production into adulthood (Ingram et al., 2007; Jones et al., 2013; Leseva et al., 2018; Lewinsky et al., 2005; Troelsen et al., 2005; White et al., 2012-2020b). The significant association of these two variants: 13910-C/T and 22018-G/A with lactase activity in the intestinal wall has facilitated large-scale population studies on the development of different diseases (Alizadeh and Sadr-Nabavi, 2012). However, the necessary information regarding the polymorphisms within Pakistani patients is lacking. Our research outlays the cis-acting polymorphisms through DNA sequencing in MCM-6 gene of Pakistani subjects.

Materials and methods

Study participants

This study enrolled 80 unrelated individuals; 30 with LP and 50 with Lactose non-persistence. The LP group included asymptomatic individuals, apparently healthy, recruited after careful investigation through filled out Performa. Diagnosis of LNP was performed through intolerance symptoms; blotting, diarrhea, constipation, weight loss after drinking milk 1 cup to 1 glass and symptoms must appear within half to 2 h to be considered as a case of LNP. It must be studied after the age of weaning till 65 years. Exclusion criteria in both groups were presence of any other illness that is celiac, crohn’s disease, ulcer, allergies, temperature, blood in stool and pus in stool. This study was approved by Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBBT), the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in Lahore, Pakistan with registration No. DAS / 3067 (dated 11.12.2012).

To verify the reliability of our analysis in MCM6-gene (NG_008958.1), a written informed consent was taken from the LP and LNP subjects, explicitly belonging to Pakistan. All individuals answered a standard questionnaire to obtain information related with their clinical sign and symptom, family history, gender, age, area, cast / ethnic group, alcohol consumption, smoking habit. Individual with secondary LNP due to some other diseases were excluded from the analysis. Table I depict the data in relation to age, gender and ethnic belonging.

 

Table I.- Socio-demographic data of subjects enrolled in this study.

Socio-demographic parameters

LP (%)

n =30

LNP (%)

n=50

N (%)

n=80

Gender

Male

14(46.67)

25(50)

39(48.75)

Female

16(53.33)

25(50)

41(51.25)

Age (years)

<5

0(0)

6(12)

6(7.5)

5-14

0(0)

6(12)

6(7.5)

15-24

4(13.33)

2(4)

6(7.5)

25-34

14(46.667)

18(36)

32(43.75)

35-44

4(13.33)

11(22)

15(18.75)

45-54

2(6.667)

3(6)

5(6.25)

55-64

6(20)

4(8)

10(12.5)

Ethnic group

Urdu speaking

5(16.66)

36(72)

41(51.25)

Punjabi speaking

18(60)

7(14)

25(31.25)

Kashmiri speaking

6(20)

6(12)

12(15)

Pashtun speaking

1(3.33)

0

1(1.25)

Turk speaking

0

1(2)

1(1.25)

 

Genetic analysis

Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood sample using GeneJET kit (thermo scientific: GeneJET whole blood genomic DNA purification mini kit catalogue No. #K0781, #K0782). Sixteen polymorphic sites were included in the study: T-13910, C-13913, G-13915, G-13907, C-3712, C-13779, A-13937, G-14009, C-14010, T-14011, T-14044, T-14091, A-14107, C-14176, A-14156 and A-22018. Nine primers were used as shown in Table II, a similar approach to this one was adopted by Ranciaro et al. (2014), which amplified and performed melting analysis at annealing temperature of 61.5°C. This PCR approach is implemented for the exon spliced intronic region (Ranciaro et al., 2014). PCR products showing a clear band of required lengths were purified in three necessary steps through GENECLEAN™ Spin Kit. The PCR products were eluted with 15µl elution buffer and diluted 1:10 with water. Purified PCR products were sequenced with both forward and reverse primers using an automated ABI PRISM 3100 Genetic Analyzer (SeqLab, Germany). Nucleotide sequence of all of the amplicons were used for multiple sequence alignments, which were performed with ClustalW freeware (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/Tools/clustalw2), and results were analyzed by using ApE, software. Association between the LP trait and variants found in intron 13 and 9 (C/T-13910 and G/A-22018) were evaluated using statistical methods.

 

Table II.- Primers used for MCM-6 gene amplification self-designed through ApE software.

No

Sequence (5’-3’)

Forward

Reverse

21

I9.1-M6

ACCAGTGGTAAAGCGTCCAG

AACAGCAAACACACGTGCTC

618

22

I9.2M6

TGCATTGAGCCAAGATTGTG

TAGCCAGGTGTGGTGGTGTG

633

23

I9.3M6

TCCCTGTGGTAGCAGACTTTG

TCCCGCACGTCCATCTTATC

593

24

I13.1M6

ATCTCCGCCAGAGAGATGG

GCTTTGGTTGAAGCGAAGAT

616

25

I13.2M6

GTTCTTTGAGCCCTGCATTC

AGGTTCGGGGGTACACATGC

695

26

I13.3M6

AGATACCCTGGGACAAGGTC

TCATAGATGTTTTCAATTCTTCAAGT

694

27

I13.4M6

GGATCTCCTTTTGGACTTTCC

TTCAACAAGAAACACTGAAAAACA

716

28

I13.5M6

GTGAGCCATGTGCTTTCTCC

GCACGGTGGCTCATGTCTAT

644

29

I13.6M6

TCTTCTTTCTCAGCCTCCTG

TGGACCTAAACCAATAATGATGAA

613

 

Statistical analysis

The two polymorphic sites tested were in partial association with LP trait. We used Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS v20.0) for all analyses. Data were evaluated with chi-square test as required. To evaluate the associations between polymorphisms and LI, the genetic models were tested for bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation and weight loss. A p-value of less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant (Table III). The age gender and ethnic group was also studied for considering association in both LI and LP individuals shown in Table I.

Results

This study encompasses all socio-demographic parameters, such as gender, age and ethnicity of the subjects as presented in Table I. The presence of symptoms that define the LNP phenotype was accessed and compared between the LP and the LNP. Overall, the most prevalent symptoms observed are: abdominal pain (100%), bloating (100%) and diarrhea (100%). On the other hand, constipation (16.66%), and weight loss (3.33%) were found non-significant as presented in Table III.

The SNPs investigated in this study were T-13910, C-13913, G-13915, G-13907, C-3712, C-13779, A-13937, G-14009, C-14010, T-14011, T-14044, T-14091, A-14107, C-14176, A-14156 and A-22018 as reported in earlier studies (Ingram et al., 2007; Jones et al., 2013; Leseva et al., 2018; Breton et al., 2014; Enattah et al., 2008; Friedrich et al., 2012; Macholdt et al., 2014; Tishkoff et al., 2007). During this research, an encouraging correlation of Pakistani individuals was found between two SNPs: C/T-13910 and G/A-22018. These two variants have been reported in European populations (Enattah et al., 2002; Raz et al., 2013; Ranciaro et al., 2014; Bulhoes et al., 2007; Campbell et al., 2005; Enattah et al., 2007; Ponte et al., 2016; Tomar, 2014), and similar to study reported in Northern India as being descendants of Aryans, near Punjab (Pigott et al., 1977; Babu et al., 2010; Tomar, 2014). For the rest of SNPs analyzed regarding variant role of polymorphism it was not found (Fig. 1) (McIntosh and Scheinfeldt, 2012).

 

Table III.- Distribution of clinical symptoms among the LP and LI groups in Punjabi population.

Symptoms

LP (%) ntotal=30

LNP (%) ntotal=50

p-value

Bloating

No

0(0)

35(70)

<0.001

Yes

30(100)

15(30)

Total

30(100)

50(100)

Abdominal pain

No

0(0)

30(60)

<0.001

Yes

30(100)

20(40)

Total

30(100)

50(100)

Diarrhea

No

0(0)

40(80)

<0.001

Yes

30(100)

10(20)

Total

30(100)

50(100)

Constipation

No

25(83.3)

47(94)

0.124

Yes

5(16.66)

3(6)

Total

30(100)

50(100)

Weight loss

No

29(96.66)

45(90)

0.273

Yes

1(3.33)

5(10)

Total

30(100)

50(100)

 

Results of analysis of sequencing of MCM6-gene in Pakistani subjects revealed encouraging pattern of polymorphic association. At nucleotide position -13910, in intron 13 frequency association of 1.5 was found in LP individuals. Twenty out of thirty (66.6%) LP individuals showed heterozygosity, and rest of 33.33% present were homozygous. On the other hand, in LNP 100% homozygosity was found with a frequency association of 0.22. These results confirmed that homozygosity at this particular nucleotide position is indicative of LNP in Pakistanis (Lewinsky et al., 2005; Babu et al., 2010; Burger et al., 2007; Krawczyk et al., 2008; Lehtimaki et al., 2006; Lukito et al., 2015; Madry et al., 2010; Malmstrom et al., 2010; Miquel et al., 2011; Szilagyi et al., 2010; Tarabra et al., 2010) (Figs. 1, 2; Table IV). At nucleotide position -22018 in intron 9 again frequency of 1.5 was found in LP individuals. However, the level of heterozygosity was same as for the variant -13910. On the other hand in LNP subjects the same varaint was also present at a frequency of 0.44 level, as given in Table IV and Figure 3. Both varaiants C/T-13910 and G/A-22018 were presented at the same frequency levels shows 1.5 and same levels of heterozygosity in LP subjects. Only variant -22018 was also presented with 22 % heterozygosity in LNP subjects.

The current study shows the significance of genetic testing for LP/LNP diagnosis with the help of cis-acting factors: C/T-13910 and G/A-22018 present in MCM6-Gene. They are considered to be encouragingly associated with LNP phenotype. Such findings are important and suggestive for composing a future diagnostic test for LNP, as already shown in other populations (Swallow, 2003; Enattah et al., 2002; Jarvela et al., 2003; Raz et al., 2013; Breton et al., 2014; Campbell et al., 2005; Enattah et al., 2007, 2008; Friedrich et al., 2012; Macholdt et al., 2014; Ponte et al., 2016; Tishkoff et al., 2007; Tomar et al., 2014; Babu et al., 2010; Burger et al., 2007; Krawczyk et al., 2008; Miquel et al., 2011; Tarabra et al., 2010; Malmstrom et al., 2010; Johnson et al., 1993; Marton et al., 2012; Pohl et al., 2010; Rasinpera et al., 2004; Savaiano et al., 2013).

 

 

 

Table IV.- SNPs in MCM6-Gene associated with lactose persistence/ lactose non-persistence.

SNP

SNP position

Variant

Exonic / Intronic / Promoter

Frequency- LI/LNP

% in LI

% in LP

P-value

I

c.(1362+117)G>A

g.-22018G/A

G>A

Intron 9

0.44/1.5

22

66(100% Heterozygosity)

<0.001

II

c.(1917+326)C>T

g.-13910C/T

C>T

Intron 13

0.22/1.5

44(50% Heterozygosity)

66(100% Heterozygosity)

<0.001

 

Discussion

LP is a common phenotype in humans. It varies widely depending of ethnicity, as humans do not typically consume milk in adulthood (Raz et al., 2013; Vesa et al., 2000). Thus the production of lactase is unnecessary or wasteful at a cellular level. Age-dependent lactase production of this sort occurs at the transcription level (Swallow et al., 2003; White et al., 2012-2020b). The regulation of lactase synthesis over developmental time is the factor that separates LP from LNP individuals. The latest research relating the development of LP in humans does not focus on mutation in the lactase LCT-gene; previous studies have focused on enhancers within the introns of MCM-6 gene (Enattah et al., 2002, 2007; Jarvela et al., 2003; Raz et al., 2013; Lewinsky et al., 2005; Troelsen, 2005; Bulhoes et al., 2007; Campbell et al., 2005; Ponte et al., 2016; Tomar et al., 2014; Babu et al., 2010; Burger et al., 2007; Krawczyk et al., 2008; Lehtimaki et al., 2006; Lukito et al., 2015; Madry et al., 2010; Malmstrom et al., 2010; Miquel et al., 2011; Szilagyi et al., 2010; Tarabra et al., 2010). Different SNPs in the binding site of lactase transcription factors (TF) are associated with the continuation of lactase production up to adulthood (EFSA, 2010), after binding with enhancers. These enhancer sites are far away from the actual gene, but due to DNA loop formation, they produce their effect (Troelsen et al., 2005).

Possible theories that are considered for the development of LP : 1) selective pressure, which was proposed to be linked in the Middle-East during the Neolithic era (Burger et al., 2007; Malmstrom et al., 2010). 2) Bio-cultural co-evolution; observed in ancient human population, the remains of juvenile cattle found in the Middle East around 10,500 years ago matched the one found in Greece and Balkans and it was confirmed that LP was spread across the Europe 5000-7000 years ago (White et al., 2012-2020a; Lewinsky et al., 2005; Sahi, 2001). 3). Convergent evolution was proposed for the development of LP in different populations by different variants. Among these, the most studied and reported variants are T-13910, A-22810 in Europe and G-13915, G-13907 in Africa (Kenya and Sudan) (White et al., 2012-2020a). These variants are capable of enhancing differential transcriptional activation of the lactase promoter for LP phenotype in humans (Ingram et al., 2007; Jones et al., 2013; Leseva et al., 2018; Lewinsky et al., 2005; Troelsen et al., 2005). Such correlation was evident in various studies conducted in Finns, Brazilian, Indians, Italians, Germans, and many other populations (Raz et al., 2013). The selective pressure and convergent theories are considered to be overlapping. Different studies are presented in different regions in lieu of the same. In Americans, C>T 13910 SNP was studied, and its frequency was correlated with less consumption of milk due to the cost, preferences and social habits (Miquel et al., 2011). In North Americans, this position was also studied, and it showed that Hispanics having European background exhibited a higher frequency of LP as compared to the Americans (Miquel et al., 2011). In Polanders, a study was reported in which 7.7 % of subjects confirmed LNP incidence due to genetic predisposition (Campbell et al., 2005). Israeli population presented a high correlation of both SNPs: C/T-13910 and G/A-22018, among jews of different ethnicity and also C/T-13915 in African and Arab Bedouins with LNP (Raz et al., 2013). In Germans, a complete association of CC-13910 with positive Breath Hydrogen Test (BHT +ve) was presented (Ponte et al., 2016; Krawczyk et al., 2008). Among Indians, a strong correlation of BHT and C/T-13910 polymorphism was found. The LNP was reported in 66.2% of population in North India, and 88.2% of population in Southern India, based on Gastro Intestinal symptoms with more or less same finding reported in two other studies (Tomar, 2014; Babu et al., 2010; Asmawi et al., 2006). All these studies lead to Aryan ancestry and pastoralism (Pigott et al., 1977). Among Pakistanis, Enattah (2007) studied the variation C/T-13910 in twelve ethnic groups and found an increased prevalence of LP in Balaei, Sindhi, Brahui and Pathans. Punjabis specifically were not considered in that group study (Enattah et al., 2007). Baseer and Rab (1976) studied Pakistani patients w/o involving genetic predisposition and reported high intestinal Lactase activity i.e. LP. Ahmad and Abbass (1983) reported 55% LP in Pakistanis. Afghani and Irani population showed a relatively low incidence of LP (Tomar et al., 2014; Enattah, 2007; Ahmad and Abhas, 1983; Baseer and Rab, 1975; Rahimi et al., 1976). In this study molecular analysis (C/T-13910 and G/A-22018) for the development of LNP/LP in association of cis-acting factors in Pakistani subjects of Punjab is carried out for the first time. These variants in intronic regions of MCM-6 Gene provided more reliable results for genetic screening of LNP/LP individuals. Colonic bacteria are also suggested to have an impact on LP-trait in Somalian population where people are consuming milk in adulthood and LNP is not developed. However, they possess a different colonic bacteria population that helps in the metabolism of lactose (Ingram et al., 2007; Szilagyi et al., 2010; White et al., 2012-2020a). In the current study, none of the LNP subjects was presented with heterozygosity: C/T at position -13910. Only 11 were found with T/T homozygosity at the same position. On the other hand, 20 out of 30 LP subjects confirmed heterozygosity presenting 66%, including ten subjects who showed symptoms without heterozygosity 44%. The same correlation was found for position -22018 of LP subjects. On the contrary, 11 LNP subjects were found with SNP G/A-22018 and 11 with A/A homozygosity at same position. The results are more inclined towards the role of heterozygosity in lactase production. As per our study, C/T-13910 and G/A-22018 SNPs are in strong correlation with the development of LP (Table IV). We conclude that the post-weaning decline could be either due to the insufficient binding of nuclear factors to the C-13910 variant or increased binding of repressors to the LPH-promoter. On the other hand T-13910 acts as enhancer as by ensuring accessibility of transcription factor (TF) (Ingram et al., 2007; Jones et al., 2013; Leseva et al., 2018; Lewinsky et al., 2005; Troelsen et al., 2005). The development of LP due to SNPs cis-acting elements, during adulthood, is considered as a “Mutant-type Pathway”. LNP on the other hand, is considered as “Wild type Pathway” (White et al., 2012-2020b).

Different SNPs are reported in different studies in different parts of the world including: T-13910, C-13913, G-13915, G-13907, C-3712, C-13779, A-13937, G-14009, C-14010, T-14011, T-14044, T-14091, A-14107, C-14176, A-14156 and A-22018 in MCM 6 gene (Enattah et al., 2002, 2007, 2008; Jarvela et al., 2003; Raz et al., 2013; Ingram et al., 2007; Jones et al., 2013; Lewinsky et al., 2005; Troelsen et al., 2005; Breton et al., 2014; Ranciaro et al., 2014; Tishkoff et al., 2007; Bulhoes et al., 2007; Campbell et al., 2005; Ponte et al., 2016; Tomar, 2014; Babu et al., 2010; Burger et al., 2007; Krawczyk et al., 2008; Lehtimaki et al., 2006; Lukito et al., 2015; Madry et al., 2010; Malmstrom et al., 2010; Miquel et al., 2011; Szilagyi et al., 2010; Tarabra et al., 2010). Our findings suggest that two SNPs: C/T-13910 and G/A-22018 are encouragingly associated with transcriptional regulation of LPH-Gene (Tishkoff et al., 2007). -14010*C allele reported in Tanzanian, Kenya, and Southern African Khoisan population with a strong signal of positive selection was not found in the current study,and same found for LP allele -13907*G, -3712*C, -13913*C, -13915*G,-13779*C, -13937*A, G-14009*G,-14011*T, -14044*T, 14091*T, -14107*A, 14176*C and 14156*A which were found at low and varying frequencies in Africans (Macholdt et al., 2014).

Conclusion

The integration of these genome-wide studies with microbiome, anthropological, archaeological, and paleobiological data will also help to elucidate the history of pastoralism within Pakistan. Also, it will help in studying genetic and non-genetic factors contributing to the phenotypic variance of LNP in human populations. These findings can help us suggest the prognosis of complicated diseases by simple measures: of foods consumption of fermented and mature dairy products, use of Probiotics in order to assist digestion of lactose (Campbell et al., 2005; Savaiano et al., 2013; Tomar et al., 2014; Usai-Satta et al., 2012). This is the first report of genetic polymorphism in MCM6-Gene Intronic region in Pakistani LNP patients. The association of two significant SNPs has been found at encouraging levels in Pakistani patients, in contrast to near by other countries. These cis-acting factors of MCM-6 gene must be validated at larger scale for future reference.

Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the members of the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany for help in managing the sequencing PCR-results. The authors also thank Mr. Muhammad Bilal for assistance in compiling the results for MCM6 Gene polymorphic association through STAT. The research leading to these results received funding from HEC under Grant Agreement No. (a) 1-8/HEC/HRD/2015/5148 PIN.IRSIP 30 BMS 24, and (b) 17-5-6/HEC-Ind-Sch/2010.

Ethics approval

All parts of the research have been approved by the ethical committee and comply with the ethical standards.

Statement of conflict of interest

The authors have declared no conflict of interests.

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