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Genetic Polymorphisms of CYP2E1, GSTP1, NQO1 and MPO and the Risk of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma in a Han Chinese Population of Southern China

Xiuchan Guo12*, Yi Zeng1, Hong Deng3, Jian Liao4, Yuming Zheng3, Ji Li5, Bailey Kessing2 and Stephen J O'Brien5*

Author Affiliations

1 State Key Laboratory for Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control, Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China

2 Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, SAIC-Frederick, Inc., National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD 21702, USA

3 Wuzhou Red Cross Hospital, Wuzhou 543002, Guangxi, China

4 Cangwu Institute for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Control and Prevention, Wuzhou, Guangxi, China

5 Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD 21702, USA

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BMC Research Notes 2010, 3:212  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-3-212

Published: 27 July 2010



Southern China is a major area for endemic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Genetic factors as well as environmental factors play a role in development of NPC. To investigate the roles of previously described carcinogen metabolism gene variants for NPC susceptibility in a Han Chinese population, we conducted a case-control study in two independent study population groups afflicted with NPC in Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces of southern China.


Five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of CYP2E1-rs2031920, CYP2E1-rs6413432, GSTP1-rs947894, MPO-rs2333227 and NQO1-rs1800566 were genotyped by PCR-based RFLP, sequencing and TaqMan assay in 358 NPC cases and 629 controls (phase I cohort). Logistic regression analysis was used to estimate odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI). To confirm our results, sixteen tag SNPs for GSTP1, MPO, NQO1 (which 100% covered these genes), and 4 functional SNPs of CYP2E1 were genotyped in another cohort of 213 NPC cases and 230 controls (phase II cohort).


No significant associations in NPC risk were observed for the five polymorphisms tested in the phase I cohort. In an additional stratified analysis for phase I, there was no significant association between cases and controls in NPC high risk population (EBV/IgA/VCA positive population). Analysis of 14 tagging SNPs within the same genes in an independent phase II cohort were in agreement with no SNPs significantly associated with NPC.


Our results suggest that polymorphism of CYP2E1, GSTP1, MPO and NQO1 genes does not contribute to overall NPC risk in a Han Chinese in southern China.