Functional evaluation of novel single nucleotide polymorphisms and haplotypes in the promoter regions of CYP1B1 and CYP1A1 genes

Weiguo Han, Brian T. Pentecost, Simon D. Spivack

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Interindividual variation in the expression of the carcinogen- and estrogen-metabolizing enzymes cytochrome P4501B1 and 1A1 (CYP1B1 and CYP1A1) has been detected in human lung. To search for polymorphisms with functional consequences for CYP1B1 and CYP1A1 gene expression, we examined 1.5 kb of the promoter region of each gene. Genomic DNA from 21 Caucasian individuals was amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for direct cycle sequencing. Eight single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for CYP1B1 and 13 SNPs for CYP1A1 were found. The majority of polymorphisms occurred as multiSNP combinations for individual subjects. The wild-type sequences were cloned into a luciferase reporter construct. The most frequent polymorphisms were then recreated by iterative site-directed mutagenesis, replicating single polymorphisms and multiSNP combinations. These wild-type and variant constructs were functionally evaluated in transient transfection experiments employing exposures to either the index polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) inducer benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P), a composite mixture of cigarette smoke extract (CSE), or the repressor chemopreventive agent trans-3,4,5-trihydroxystilbene (reseveratrol). Results indicated that all wild-type and variant constructs responded in qualitatively concordant fashion to the inducers and to the repressor. The CYP1B1 haplotypes and the majority of CYP1A1 haplotypes were shown to have no functional consequence, as compared to those of the wild-type promoter sequences. Two constructs of composite polymorphisms of CYP1A1 appeared to result in a statistically significant increase in basal promoter activity (1.38- and 1.50-fold, respectively), but the degree of functional impact was judged unlikely to be biologically important in vivo. We conclude that the observed promoter region polymorphisms in these genes are common, but are of unclear functional consequence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-169
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular Carcinogenesis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • CYP1A1
  • CYP1B1
  • Gene regulation
  • Genetic polymorphism
  • Lung carcinogenesis
  • Resveratrol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research


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