Association between CYP19A<G rs700518 Polymorphism with Acne Vulgaris and its Severity: Influence on Sex Hormones Level

Int J Mol Cell Med. 2019 Spring;8(2):162-168. doi: 10.22088/IJMCM.BUMS.8.2.162. Epub 2019 Jul 20.


Acne vulgaris (AV) is a common skin disease that causes physical and psychological problems for the affected individual. In addition to systemic changes in hormone levels, overproduction of local steroids, especially androgens are associated with AV. Cytochrome (CYP) 19 is involved in the synthesis of estrogens. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of CYP19A <G rs700518 variants on sex hormones level and the risk of AV. In this case-control study, 181 patients with AV and 144 healthy individuals from Western Iran were investigated. The CYP19 variants were detected by PCR-RFLP method. The frequency of GG genotype in all patients (27.1%) was significantly higher than the controls (10.4%, P<0.001), which increased the relative risk of AV by 1.96 times. Also, the presence of this genotype was associated with 1.5-fold (P=0.005), 1.89-fold (P=0.011) and 3.33-fold (P=0.019) increased risk of mild, moderate and severe AV, respectively. A significantly higher serum level of estradiol was observed in women in the presence of AA genotype (107.3±72.1 pg/ml) in comparison with GG genotype (73.2±58.8 pg/ml) (P=0.009). Our study demonstrated that the GG genotype of CYP19 rs700518 polymorphism increased the risk of AV and the severity of the disease, and also was associated with lower levels of estradiol in females. Significantly decreased serum level of sex hormone-binding globulin in women with AV in comparison with healthy individuals could be related to increasing level of androgen that was observed in women with AV.

Keywords: Acne vulgaris; CYP19; SHBG; androgens; estradiol.