Estrogen Receptor Alpha (ESR1) gene polymorphismsin pre-eclamptic Saudi patients | El-Beshbishy | Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Old Website

Estrogen Receptor Alpha (ESR1) gene polymorphismsin pre-eclamptic Saudi patients

Hesham Abdelaziz El-Beshbishy, Manal A. Tawfeek, Nevin M. Al-Azhary, Reham A. Mariah, Fawzia A. Habib, Lamya Aljayar, Abrar F. Alahmadi


Objectives: Pre-eclampsia causes maternal mortality worldwide. Estrogen receptor alpha (ESR1) gene polymorphisms were responsible for cardiovascular diseases. This case control study was conducted to investigate whether 2 polymorphic genes of ESR1 are associated with pre-eclampsia among Saudi women in Madina city, Saudi Arabia.

Methods: Blood samples from 97 pre-eclamptic and 94 healthy pregnant women were analyzed using restriction fragment length polymorphism-polymerase chain reaction method. All the subjects were recruited randomly from outpatient clinics of Madina Maternity Children Hospital (MMCH), Madina, Saudi Arabia, between Dec. 2012 and Jan. 2014.

Results: There was no association between pre-eclampsia and PvuII and XbaI ESR1 gene polymorphisms individually. TT/AA and TT/AG genotype combination existed significantly in pre-eclamptic patients compared to control. The frequency of PvuII and XbaI combined TT/AA genotypes between pre-eclamptic women was 36.1% vs 9.6%, however, frequency of PvuII and XbaI combined TT/AG genotypes between pre-eclamptic women was 3.1% vs 17%, compared to control. The homozygous T-A haplotype carriers showed high pre-eclampsia risk, independent of pregnancy, BMI and smoking status (adjusted odds ratio (OR): 3.26, 95% confidence interval (CI):1.71-9.21). The heterozygous T-A haplotype carriers did not differ from that of non-carriers (adjusted OR: 1.12, 95% CI: 0.47-2.75). No association was observed between pre-eclampsia and T-G, C-G and C-A haplotype of PvuII and XbaIESR1 gene polymorphisms.

Conclusions: T-A haplotype of homozygous associated with pre eclampsia not heterozygous carriers of ESR 1 PvuII and XbaI gene polymorphisms elicited high risk of pre-eclampsia. GG genotype of XbaI polymorphism decreased pre-eclampsia risk. Further studies using larger sample size are  recommended to investigate the ESR 1 gene polymorphisms associated with pre-eclampsia.


How to cite this:El-Beshbishy HA, Tawfeek MA, Al-Azhary NM, Mariah RA, Habib FA, Aljayar L, et al. Estrogen Receptor Alpha (ESR1) gene polymorphisms in pre-eclamptic Saudi patients. Pak J Med Sci 2015;31(4):880-885.   doi:

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