Is the C242T Polymorphism of the CYBA Gene Linked with Oxidative Stress-Associated Complications of Prematurity?

Maurice J. Huizing, Giacomo Cavallaro, Rob M. Moonen, Gema E. Gonzalez-Luis, Fabio Mosca, Maximo Vento, Eduardo Villamor*

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The C242T polymorphism of CYBA (cytochrome B-245 alpha chain), the gene encoding the p22phox subunit of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase, has been linked to several conditions in which oxidative stress plays a pathogenic role. We investigated in a cohort of 451 preterm infants [gestational age (GA) 30 weeks] the association of the polymorphism with the risk of developing neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), necrotizing enterocolitis, patent ductus arteriosus, or intraventricular hemorrhage. We observed a significant association of the TT/CT genotype with RDS [odds ratio (OR) 2.34, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.28-3.90], ROP (OR 1.72, 95% CI 1.05-2.80), and BPD (OR 1.60, 95% CI 1.05-2.43). When this dominant model was adjusted to account for GA, birth weight, and sex, it remained significant for the three outcomes. This study is the first to address the association of a polymorphism related to the NADPH family with oxidative stress-related complications of prematurity. Since p22phox is essential for reactive oxygen species production by NADPH oxidase, we hypothesize that genetic variations in the protein may lead to differences in susceptibility to oxidative stress-induced damage in preterm infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1432-1438
Number of pages7
JournalAntioxidants & Redox Signaling
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2017


  • NADPH oxidase
  • p22phox
  • oxidative stress
  • preterm infant
  • polymorphisms
  • retinopathy of prematurity

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