Biochemical Genetics

, Volume 51, Issue 9–10, pp 780–788 | Cite as

Prevalence of MTHFR C677T Single Nucleotide Polymorphism in Genetically Isolated Populations in Jordan

  • Rana Dajani
  • Raja Fathallah
  • Ala Arafat
  • Mohammed Emad AbdulQader
  • Nancy Hakooz
  • Yousef Al-Motassem
  • Mohammad El-Khateeb


Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T single nucleotide polymorphism is a major inherited risk factor of venous thromboembolism. We sought to determine its prevalence in genetically isolated populations of Chechens and Circassians in Jordan. The MTHFR C677T mutation was analyzed from blood samples taken from 120 random unrelated Chechens and 72 Circassians. The prevalence of the MTHFR mutation in the Chechen population was 27.5% (allele frequency 15%); the prevalence among the Circassians was 50% (allele frequency 29.2%). The prevalence in the Chechen population is similar to that in Jordan and other world populations, but it is higher in the Circassian population. This study will contribute to understanding the interaction between genetic and environmental risk factors underlying thrombosis and will be useful in deciding which genetic variants should be tested in a clinical genetic testing service.


Venous thrombophilia Prevalence MTHFR Chechen Circassian 



This study has been supported by the Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan. We would like to thank the Circassian and Chechen communities for their participation in this study. We would also like to thank the National Center for Diabetes, Genetics and Endocrinology, Amman, Jordan for allowing us to use their facilities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rana Dajani
    • 1
  • Raja Fathallah
    • 2
  • Ala Arafat
    • 2
  • Mohammed Emad AbdulQader
    • 3
  • Nancy Hakooz
    • 4
  • Yousef Al-Motassem
    • 4
  • Mohammad El-Khateeb
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology and BiotechnologyHashemite UniversityZarqaJordan
  2. 2.National Center for DiabetesGenetics and EndocrinologyAmmanJordan
  3. 3.Faculty of MedicineHashemite UniversityZarqaJordan
  4. 4.Department of Biopharmaceutics and Clinical Pharmacy, College of PharmacyUniversity of JordanAmmanJordan

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