[Polymorphisms of CYP1B1 and COMT in breast and endometrial cancer]

Mol Biol (Mosk). May-Jun 2004;38(3):386-93.
[Article in Russian]


CYP1B1 and COMT code for the key enzymes of catecholestrogen biosynthesis and metabolism, and their polymorphisms determine a variation of enzymic activities. RFLP analysis was used to study the allele and genotype frequency distributions of CYP1B1 polymorphisms Arg48Gly, Ala119Ser, and Val432Leu and COMT polymorphism Val158Met in 210 breast cancer patients, 138 endometrial cancer patients, and 152 healthy women. The COMT polymorphism showed no significant association with breast or endometrial cancer. For the first time, such association was observed for the CYP1B1 polymorphisms. CYP1B1 allele C (Arg48), which codes for the enzyme more active in estradiol 4-hydroxylation, was associated with higher risk of breast (OR = 3.22, CI 2.34-4.43, p = 0.000) and endometrial (OR = 2.43, CI 1.72-3.44, p = 0.000) cancer. Similar data were obtained for CYP1B1 allele G (Ala119): OR = 2.18, CI 1.58-3.01, p = 0.000 in breast cancer and OR = 2.52, CI 1.78-3.56, p = 0.000 in endometrial cancer. Risk of endometrial, but not breast, cancer was significantly higher in carriers of CYP1B1 genotype Val432/Val. This was explained by stronger estrogen dependence and, consequently, higher estrogen reactivity of the endometrium as compared with the mammary gland.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylases / genetics*
  • Breast Neoplasms / enzymology*
  • Catechol O-Methyltransferase / genetics*
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP1B1
  • Endometrial Neoplasms / enzymology*
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*
  • Risk Factors


  • Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylases
  • CYP1B1 protein, human
  • Cytochrome P-450 CYP1B1
  • Catechol O-Methyltransferase