Genetic Epidemiology of Glucose-6-Dehydrogenase Deficiency in the Arab World

C. George Priya Doss, Dima R. Alasmar, Reem I. Bux, P. Sneha, Fadheela Dad Bakhsh, Iman Al Azwani, Rajaa El Bekay, Hatem Zayed

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A systematic search was implemented using four literature databases (PubMed, Embase, Science Direct and Web of Science) to capture all the causative mutations of Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency (G6PDD) in the 22 Arab countries. Our search yielded 43 studies that captured 33 mutations (23 missense, one silent, two deletions, and seven intronic mutations), in 3,430 Arab patients with G6PDD. The 23 missense mutations were then subjected to phenotypic classification using in silico prediction tools, which were compared to the WHO pathogenicity scale as a reference. These in silico tools were tested for their predicting efficiency using rigorous statistical analyses. Of the 23 missense mutations, p.S188F, p.I48T, p.N126D, and p.V68M, were identified as the most common mutations among Arab populations, but were not unique to the Arab world, interestingly, our search strategy found four other mutations (p.N135T, p.S179N, p.R246L, and p.Q307P) that are unique to Arabs. These mutations were exposed to structural analysis and molecular dynamics simulation analysis (MDSA), which predicting these mutant forms as potentially affect the enzyme function. The combination of the MDSA, structural analysis, and in silico predictions and statistical tools we used will provide a platform for future prediction accuracy for the pathogenicity of genetic mutations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37284
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


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Doss, C. G. P., Alasmar, D. R., Bux, R. I., Sneha, P., Bakhsh, F. D., Al Azwani, I., Bekay, R. E., & Zayed, H. (2016). Genetic Epidemiology of Glucose-6-Dehydrogenase Deficiency in the Arab World. Scientific Reports, 6, [37284].