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Open Access Research article

Genetic polymorphism of the N-acetyltransferase 2 gene, and susceptibility to prostate cancer: a pilot study in north Indian population

Daya SL Srivastava and Rama D Mittal*

Author Affiliations

Department of Urology Sanjay Gandhi post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow-226014, Uttar Pradesh, India

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BMC Urology 2005, 5:12  doi:10.1186/1471-2490-5-12

Published: 6 August 2005

Abstract

Background

N-acetyltransferase 2 is phase II metabolizing enzyme that participates in the bioconversion of heterocyclic arylamines into electrophilic nitrenium ions, which are important ultimate carcinogens that are directly implicated in tumor initiation process. This study was conducted to examine; (1) whether the N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2) genotype is a risk factor for prostate cancer, (2) to study effect of NAT2 genotype on modifying prostate cancer risk from tobacco use.

Methods

The case control study was undertaken over a period of 28 months and included 130 prostate cancer patients (CaP) and 140 controls. The NAT2 genotypes were identified by PCR-RFLP method in DNA extracted from peripheral blood. Genotype frequencies and the association of genotypes with patients and control groups were assessed by logistic regression model.

Results

We observed non-significant association of rapid acetylator genotype NAT2 (OR = 1.452, 95% CI: 0.54–1.87, P = 0.136) in prostate cancer patients. However significant association was observed between rapid acetylator genotype NAT2 and CaP tobacco users (OR = 3.43, 95% CI: 1.68–7.02, P-value < 0.001) when compared with controls.

Conclusion

The data suggests that the NAT2 rapid acetylator genotypes may play an important role in determining the risk of developing prostate cancer particularly in the tobacco users of north Indian population.