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Farmakoterapie recidivující aftózní stomatitidy u pacientů s geneticky podmíněnou sníženou schopností metabolizovat kyselinu listovou – pilotní studie

Title in English PHARMACOTHERAPY OF RECURRENT APHTHOUS STOMATITIS IN PATIENTS WITH GENETICALLY IMPAIRED ABILITY TO METABOLIZE FOLIC ACID – PILOT STUDY
Authors

BOŘILOVÁ LINHARTOVÁ Petra FASSMANN Antonín LINHARTOVÁ Jitka IZAKOVIČOVÁ HOLLÁ Lydie

Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Česká stomatologie a Praktické zubní lékařství
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Citation
Web https://www.prolekare.cz/casopisy/ceska-stomatologie/2019-1-14/farmakoterapie-recidivujici-aftozni-stomatitidy-u-pacientu-s-geneticky-podminenou-snizenou-schopnosti-metabolizovat-kyselinu-listovou-pilotni-studie-109588
Keywords oral mucosa disease; pharmacogenetics; metabolism; folic acid; vitamin D
Description Introduction, aim: When treating recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS), a so-called Skach‘s therapy, in which patients are administered folic acid and vitamin B6, is recommended. The human body can process folic acid only in the form of active folate (vitamin B9); methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) plays an important role in metabolic transformation, function of this enzyme is fundamentally influenced by gene polymorphisms. The aim of the study was to verify the assumption that administration of the active form of folic acid together with vitamins B6 and D3 can positively affect the frequency of aphthae/ulcers eruption and the course of their healing in patients with RAS. Methods: In the pilot study, we clinically examined ten patients in whom we analyzed haplogenotypes in the MTHFR gene. Conditions for inclusion of patients with RAS were: age 18–50 years, Czech nationality, genetically impaired ability to metabolize folic acid (poor metaboliser – PM or intermediate – IM) and the absence of systemic disease (Crohn‘s disease, Behçet‘s disease, kidney disease and other diseases). Pharmacotherapy in a modified double-crossed blind study (cross-over design) ran from spring 2018 and lasted three months. Patients were treated with active folate (glucosamine salt 5-methylfolate), vitamins B6 and D3 in the three-phase regimen, they were not allowed to use any other food supplements during the therapy. They kept daily records of their health status and possible risk factors for RAS and were examined clinically and in the laboratory at monthly intervals. We recorded both the subjective evaluation of the effect of the therapy by patients and the obtained laboratory data, which were evaluated by statistical software Statistica v.13. Results: The study was comprised of three men and seven women with RAS, aged 28 to 47 years; according to the MTHFR gene profile, three were defined as PM and seven as IM of folic acid. Based on the subjective assessment, one patient reported a deterioration, two patients did not observe a change in their health state during therapy, and seven were satisfied because they had a lower or no aphthae eruption and/or healing time was significantly shorter. Subjective evaluation of therapy positively correlated with objective clinical finding (r = 0.993, P = 0.001). The laboratory analysis showed that administration of vitamin D3 significantly increased serum concentrations of 25-OH D3 from low/limit to optimal values, median of concentrations prior to study was 54.2 nmoll-1, just before administration 68.1 nmoll-1 vs. month after administration 96.6 nmoll-1 (norm: 50–175 nmoll-1), (P = 0.01). The other studied parameters, such as concentration of folic acid in serum, homocysteine, ALT, AST, and blood count, were within the physiological range before and after therapy. Conclusion: The proposed modification of Skach‘s vitamin therapy seems to be appropriate for the treatment of patients suffering from RAS with genetic predisposition for reduced MTHFR function as during our observation, 70% of patients experienced subjective and objective improvement of their state.
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