Novel genetic variations of the p53R2 gene in patients with colorectal adenoma and controls

Zong Lin Deng, Da Wen Xie, Roberd M. Bostick, Xi Jiang Miao, You Ling Gong, Jin Hui Zhang, Michael J. Wargovich

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Aim: p53-Inducible ribonucleotide reductase small subunit 2 (p53R2) encodes a 351-amino-acid peptide, which catalyzes conversion of ribonucleoside diphosphates to the corresponding deoxyribonucleotides required for DNA replication and repair. A recent study reported that a point mutation (G/T) in the p53 binding sequence in a colon cancer cell line completely impaired p53R2 protein activity. Methods: We screened the p53R2 gene coding regions and a regulatory region which contains a p53 binding sequence in 100 patients with colorectal adenoma and 100 control subjects using PCR, cold SSCP, and direct DNA sequencing. Results: Although we did not identify genetic variation in all nine exons, four regulatory-region variants were found, of which three were single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (nt 1 789 C/G, nt 1 928 A/G, 1 933 T/C), and one was 20 bp insertion which replaced a ATTTT between nt 1 831 and 1 835. Additionally, we determined the frequency of these p53R2 variants in a recently concluded case-control study of incident sporadic colorectal adenomas (163 cases and 210 controls). Conclusion: Although more detailed functional characterizations of these polymorphisms remain to be undertaken, these polymorphic sites may be useful for identifying alleles associated with mis-splicing, additional transcript factors and, more generally, in cancer-susceptibility association studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5169-5173
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number33
StatePublished - Sep 7 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Colorectal neoplasia
  • Genetic polymorphism
  • SSCP
  • p53R2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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