Author(s): Johansson I, Oscarson M, Yue QY, Bertilsson L, Sjqvist F,
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Abstract Cytochrome P4502D6 (CYP2D6) catalyzes the oxidative metabolism of several clinically important classes of drugs. Many of these have lower metabolic clearance rates among Chinese, compared with Caucasians, and are prescribed at lower doses for Asian patients. We have now evaluated the molecular genetic basis for this interethnic difference in drug metabolism. The CYP2D loci from two Chinese subjects, one homozygous for the XbaI 44-kilobase haplotype and one homozygous for the XbaI 29-kilobase haplotype, were cloned and characterized. Sequence analysis revealed two variant CYP2D6 genes, CYP2D6Ch1 and CYP2D6Ch2, having mutations yielding two and eight amino acid substitutions, respectively. Exon 9 of the CYP2D6Ch2 gene contained a sequence of 49 bases originating from the pseudogene CYP2D7P. In addition, mutations in the 5' flanking region common to both CYP2D6Ch genes were found. To evaluate the origin of the detrimental mutation in the genes, parts of the 5' flanking regions were introduced into a Hep G2/simian virus 40 expression system with chloramphenicol acetyltransferase as a reporter gene, and transfected cells were analyzed for activity. The ability of the upstream regions to bind nuclear factors was also evaluated using gel-shift analysis. Furthermore, several chimeric constructs of the CYP2D6wt and CYP2D6Ch genes were made, inserted into pCMV2 vectors, and expressed in COS-1 cells. A part of the upstream region of base pairs -1407 to -1068 was found to constitute an enhancer element, but the CYP2D6Ch-specific mutations did not influence the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase activity in the expression system. In contrast, expression of the chimeric genes revealed that the detrimental mutation of the CYP2D6Ch genes was C188-->T, causing a Pro34-->Ser amino acid substitution in a region that is a highly conserved in cytochromes P450 belonging to gene families 1 and 2. This substitution caused expression of a more unstable gene product, as evident from comparison of the relative levels of CYP2D6 mRNA, CYP2D6 protein, and bufuralol 1'-hydroxylase activities in pCMV2-CYP2D6-transfected COS-1 cells. Allele-specific polymerase chain reaction analysis of genomic DNA from 90 Chinese individuals revealed that the CYP2D6Ch1 allele was the most common one and its distribution correlated well with a higher metabolic ratio for debrisoquine. These data demonstrate that important interethnic differences exist in the structure of the CYP2D locus, and they suggest that the frequent distribution of the C188-->T mutation among the CYP2D6Ch genes explains the lower capacity among Chinese to metabolize drugs that are substrates of CYP2D6, such as antidepressants and neuroleptic agents.
This article was published in Mol Pharmacol
and referenced in Journal of Pharmacogenomics & Pharmacoproteomics