Characterization of a novel sequence variant, TPMT*28, in the human thiopurine methyltransferase gene
2010 (English)In: Pharmacogenetics and genomics, ISSN 1744-6880, Vol. 20, no 11, 700-707 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BACKGROUND: The activity of the human enzyme thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) varies greatly between individuals because of genetic polymorphism. TPMT is involved in the detoxification and activation of thiopurines such as 6-mercaptopurine, 6-thioguanine, and azathioprine. These drugs are used in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and inflammatory bowel disease. A total of 29 sequence variants have been identified so far in the TPMT gene. However, most of these variants are rare and not fully characterized. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we describe the identification and characterization of a novel TPMT sequence variant, originally found in a Swedish man of Italian origin. Sequencing of the variable number tandem repeats region of the TPMT promoter and exons III-X revealed a T-to-C transition at nucleotide 611, causing an amino acid substitution from isoleucine to threonine at amino acid 204, positioned in an α-helix, approximately 16 Å from the active site. This new variant was found in the patient and in his son. Both had intermediate enzyme activity (8.1 U/ml packed red blood cells and 8.8 U/ml packed red blood cells, respectively) and neither carried other variants in the coding region of the gene. To be able to study this variant in more detail, the TPMT*28 variant was expressed in Escherichia coli, and an in-vitro characterization of the variant revealed that the protein was destabilized and showed a stronger tendency towards degradation at 37°C than the wild-type protein. The individuals carrying the TPMT*28 variant had less TPMT protein and lower TPMT activity in both red and white blood cells compared with a wild-type control. CONCLUSIONS: We present a detailed in-vivo and in-vitro characterization of a novel TPMT sequence variant (TPMT*28) causing decreased TPMT activity. Individuals carrying TPMT*28 might have an increased risk for developing severe side effects if treated with conventional doses of thiopurines.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 20, no 11, 700-707 p.
pharmacogenetics; protein stability; right-angle light scattering; single nucleotide polymorphism; thiopurine methyltransferase
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-60741DOI: 10.1097/FPC.0b013e3283402ee4PubMedID: 20881512OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-60741DiVA: diva2:358919