It is known that several factors, including gender, may influence the expression of multidrug resistance associated proteins 2 (MRP2/ABCC2) in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). This study aims to compare ABCC2 gene expression in PBMCs of healthy males and females. PBMCs were extracted from 48 females and 44 males, and gene expression was measured using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (real-time QPCR). Multiple housekeeping genes (Actin-β, β2-M, GAPDH) were utilized as endogenous controls.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) is a group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous inherited neuromuscular disorders. At present, more than 30 loci have been reported to be associated with CMT disease; point mutations in the mitofusin 2 (MFN2) gene is one of the most common causes. We studied a Chinese family with CMT disease in which the phenotype of affected individuals varied, and the weakness condition of the distal legs in males, except the proband, was less severe than in females in this family.