Human CYP1A1 gene: cosegregation of the enzyme inducibility phenotype and an RFLP

Am J Hum Genet. 1991 Apr;48(4):720-5.


The human CYP1A1 (cytochrome P1450) gene encodes an enzyme involved in the activation of procarcinogens, such as benzo[a]pyrene, to the ultimate reactive intermediate. Approximately 10% of the human population exhibit high CYP1A1 inducibility, and Kouri et al. reported that the high-inducibility phenotype might be at greater risk than low-inducibility individuals for cigarette smoke-induced bronchogenic carcinoma. In one 3-generation family of 15 individuals, we show here that the high-CYP1A1-inducibility phenotype segregates concordantly with an infrequent polymorphic site located 450 bases downstream from the CYP1A1 gene. Our findings are consistent with the study of Kawajiri et al., who demonstrated an association between this polymorphism and an increased incidence of squamous-cell lung cancer. Our data suggest that the CYP1A1 structural gene, or a region near this gene, might be correlated with the inducibility phenotype.

MeSH terms

  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System / genetics*
  • Deoxyribonuclease HpaII
  • Deoxyribonucleases, Type II Site-Specific
  • Exons
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Introns
  • Male
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length*
  • Recombination, Genetic*


  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System
  • Deoxyribonuclease HpaII
  • Deoxyribonucleases, Type II Site-Specific