Search for correlations between genotypes and electrophysiological patterns in migraine: The MTHFR C677T polymorphism and visual evoked potentials

D. Magis, M. Allena, G. Coppola, L. Di Clemente, P. Gérard, J. Schoenen

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Abstract

Interictally, migraineurs have on average a reduction in habituation of pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (PR-VEP) and in mitochondrial energy reserve. 5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is involved in folate metabolism and its C677T polymorphism may be more prevalent in migraine. The aim of this study was to search in migraineurs for a correlation between the MTHFR C677T polymorphism and the PR-VEP profile. PR-VEP were recorded in 52 genotyped migraine patients: 40 female, 24 without (MoA), 28 with aura (MA). Among them 21 had a normal genotype (CC), 18 were heterozygous (CT) and 13 homozygous (TT) for the MTHFR C677T polymorphism. Mean PR-VEP N1-P1 amplitude was significantly lower in CT compared with CC, and tended to be lower in TT with increasing age. The habituation deficit was significantly greater in CC compared with TT subjects. The correlation between the cortical preactivation level, as reflected by the VEP amplitude in the first block of averages, and habituation was stronger in CC than in CT or TT. The MTHFR C677T polymorphism could thus have an ambiguous role in migraine. On one hand, the better VEP habituation which is associated with its homozygosity, and possibly mediated by homocysteine derivatives increasing serotoninergic transmission, may protect the brain against overstimulation. On the other hand, MTHFR C677T homozygosity is linked to a reduction of grand average VEP amplitude with illness duration, which has been attributed to brain damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1142-1149
Number of pages8
JournalCephalalgia
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Electrophysiology
  • Genetics
  • Habituation
  • Homocysteine
  • MTHFR C677T polymorphism
  • Visual evoked potentials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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