Myeloperoxidase (MPO)-463G -> A reduces MPO activity and DNA adduct levels in bronchoalveolar lavages of smokers

F.J. van Schooten*, A.W. Boots, A.M. Knaapen, R.W. Godschalk, L.M. Maas, P.J.A. Borm, M. Drent, J.A. Jacobs

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The myeloperoxidase (MPO) -463G-->A genetic polymorphism is associated with a reduced risk for lung cancer, but the underlying mechanism is not yet elucidated. Therefore, the impact of this polymorphism on MPO activity and lipophilic DNA adducts was studied in respectively bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and cells, from 106 smoking Caucasian lung patients. MPO activity was determined spectrophotometrically, aromatic DNA adducts by (32)P-postlabeling and MPO genotypes by RFLP analysis. Frequencies of MPO -463AA (13%), MPO -463AG (36%), and MPO -463GG (51%) were in line with earlier observations. MPO activity/neutrophil was lower in MPO -463AA (median 0.04 pU/cell) than in MPO -463AG (median 0.07 pU/cell) and MPO -463GG (median 0.14 pU/cell; P = 0.059) individuals. DNA adducts in BAL cells were measured in 11 MPO -463AA subjects and equal numbers of MPO -463AG and MPO -463GG subjects matched for smoking, age, gender, and clinical diagnosis. DNA adduct levels in MPO -463AA individuals (median 0.62 adducts/10(8) nucleotides) were lower than in MPO -463AG (median 1.51 adducts/10(8) nucleotides) and MPO -463GG (median 3.26 adducts/10(8) nucleotides; P = 0.003) subjects. Overall, no significant correlation was observed between amount of inhaled tar/day and DNA adduct levels. However, correlations improved considerably on grouping according to the MPO genotype; MPO -463AA subjects were the least responsive (R(2) = 0.73, slope = 0.4, P = 0.01) followed by MPO -463AG subjects (R(2) = 0.70, slope = 1.3, P = 0.01) and MPO -463GG patients (R(2) = 0.67, slope = 2.8, P = 0.02). These data demonstrate that MPO -463AA/AG genotypes are associated with (a) reduced MPO activity in BAL fluid and (b) reduced smoking-related DNA adduct levels in BAL cells in a gene-dose manner. These data provide a plausible biological explanation for the reduced risk for lung cancer as observed in MPO -463AA/AG compared with MPO -463GG subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)828-833
JournalCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


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