Clinical significance of the fucosyltransferase 2 (FUT2) secretor status in children hospitalized with acute gastroenteritis in Taiwan

Hsin Yeh Lin, Hung Hsiang Lai, Ying Fang Elaine Chen, Hsun Ching Chao, Chi Neu Tsai, Yi Jung Chang, Shih Yen Chen

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Background/Purpose: The FUT2 gene is a histo-blood group antigen (HBGA) that determines the susceptibility to Norovirus (NoV) infection. This study investigated the clinical significance of the FUT2 gene profile and HBGA expression in NoV infection. Methods: Fecal specimens were collected from children in Chang-Gung Children's Hospital with acute gastroenteritis (AGE). The medical records were reviewed for clinical data. The viral etiology of gastroenteritis was validated using molecular methods. Genomic DNA was isolated from saliva or whole blood with the Puregene B Kit, according to the manufacturers' instructions. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were determined by real-time PCR assays. Results: FUT2 gene DNA was examined in 98 children with AGE. NoV was detected by RT-PCR in 44 patients (44.8%), while 54 (55.2%) had non-NoV AGE. Of the 44 NoV patients, 38 (86.3%) were secretors (no G428A mutation) and six (13.7%) were non-secretors (G428A mutation). Of the 54 non-NoV AGE patients, 28 (51.9%) were secretors and 20 (48.1%) were non-secretors. NoV-infected patients who were secretors had more frequent vomiting (P < 0.001), longer duration of diarrhea (P < 0.001), and greater overall disease severity score (P < 0.001) compared with non-secretors. Non-NoV infection secretor AGE patients had a longer duration of diarrhea (P < 0.001) than non-secretors. Conclusion: FUT2 secretor status affects NoV AGE in children. Secretor patients have prolonged diarrhea, more frequent vomiting, more severe disease, and greater infection transmissibility than non-secretors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-216
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Acute gastroenteritis
  • Fucosyltransferase 2 (FUT2)
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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