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Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology

On-line version ISSN 1678-4324

Braz. arch. biol. technol. vol.60  Curitiba  2017  Epub May 18, 2017 

Human and Animal Health

Epidemiology Study on P53 (Rs1614984) C>T Mutation in Cigarette Smokers

Dilshad Ahmad1  * 

1 King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Epidemiology data have established that smoking is a prime threat for the cancers, largely lung cancer. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs),P53 SNPs have been found to be associated with the predisposition of different cancers. Their decreased expression is reported in breast and lung cancer patients. p53 (rs1614984) had been reported to be linked with the SNPs found associated with breast cancer. The primary aim of this study to determine the association of p53 variant rs1614984 with the cigarette smokers and smoking related cancers in smokers.

Among the smokers, 38% were found with CC genotype, 55% were heterozygous CT and 7% were TT, respectively. The homozygous TT genotype was seen in lower percentage of smokers (7%) when compared to non-smokers (8%) whereas; Significant difference was not observed when encompassed by CC, CT and TT genotypes (χ2 = 4.892, p=0.087). However, CC vs CT genotype showed a significant difference between smokers and non-smokers (p=0.031, OR 1.447 (1.035-2.025) and the dominant model CC vs CT+TT was also significantly different among smoker and non-smokers (p=0.047, OR 1.39 (1.004-1.924). Furthermore, smokers are at the risk of developing variety of diseases including lung cancer. Our finding suggests a higher percentage of heterozygous CT genotype in smokers when compared to non-smokers. Therefore, this finding gives a clue that the transition mutation of C>T (rs1614984) may leads to the lung diseases including cancer in smokers. However, there will be a need of more extensive and elaborated study to set down the aspect of p53(rs1614984) C>T in lung cancer among smokers.

Key words: p53 (rs1614984); cigarette smokers; lung cancer; Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)


Epidemiologic study has published that cancers is a predominant cause of deaths in the world and lung cancer is the second diagnosed factor, accounting 14% of all cancers. Environmental toxicants, smoke generated mixtures, Unhealthy diet or germline mutationare the main promoter of cancers. Speculation by scientists, the deaths of cancers could be 595,690 in year 2016. Among them 158080 deaths are expected of lung cancer, accounting one in four each death 1. Lung cancer are confirm and diagnosed in cigarette smoking people 1,2. It is estimated that 80 to 90 percent lung cancer allocate by smoking 3.Smokingis the direct contributory factor for lung cancer including trachea, uterine cervix, and colorectal risk. Also a non-smoker has 20-30% risk of cancer when lives in surrounding of smokers. It is generally, postulated that Nitro-hydrocarbonfrom cigarette smoke responsible for mutation and changes in anti-oncogenes. Recently there is a great interest and have been studied to investigate the relationship of SNPs including, CYP1A1, GSTM1, Bcl2, Rbandp53. Numerous studies have been attempted on these genes. The international cancer Genome Consortium has established that TP53 is the most frequent mutation gene in human cancer. p53 an anti-oncogene is a tumor suppressor gene, which act like a car breaker, because of its anti-cancer mechanism. The salient role of SNPs in p53 has been studied and outlined the affiliation with cancers 4. Experts from various discipline of biology have been working hard to comprehend the mechanism of diseases and its associations of SNPs within genes.Mutations in the p53 gene are found in 70% of lung tumors, the highest rate for any cancer 5. Also indicated the involvement of p53 in different types of cancers.Among the recent studies on p53 have been found association with cancers. For example, p53 SNP Arg72Pro is found to be associated with invasive phenotype, peritoneal dissemination, distant metastasis, chemoresistance, and poor prognosis in gastric cancer patients. 6. In a German population based study, it was claimed that p53 Arg72Pro polymorphism is associated with breast cancer susceptibility 7.In an Ethnic study of polymorphism, individuals with p53 codon 72 heterozygous (Arg/Pro) and recessive homozygous (Pro/Pro) genotypes in comparison with those with p53 wild type homozygous (Arg/Arg) genotypes and individuals with p53_11 T/G and G/G genotypes versus p53_11 T/T genotypes showed significant association with the predisposition of lung cancer 8. A recent study, reveals that two SNPs in intron 7 of p53 gene namely In.7…14181 (T>C) and In.7…14201 (G>T) are significantly associated with the lung cancer 9.

An inherited predisposition for the development of lung cancer is anticipated the involvement of multiple alleles within a common gene with modest penetration 10,11.Zhou et al. 12 has illustrated an importance of smoking-gene interactions with lung cancer predisposition. Furthermore, in the context of oncogene interaction with lung cancer, the impetus of this study was to examine the affiliation of p53 variant rs1614984 (C>T) with the cigarette smokersin local population to predict the risk of related cancers.


A total 300 biological samples from smokers (SM) of age ≥ 18 years with mean 33 and S.D. 3.5 and matched non-smokers (NSM) were recruited locally and collected for the epidemiological study. In the present study we have used structured questionnaire and the Ethical clearance from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Allparticipants were selected from Riyadh region of Saudi Arabia.

DNA Extraction:Genomic DNA was wrenching out carried using predesigned TaqMan® assays as determined accordingly (Applied Biosystems as Assays-by-Design™).The PCR cyclic conditions were set first for 2 minutes at 50°C and then 10 minutes at 95 °C,20 µl PCR reactions were run for 40 cycles of amplification and denatured at 92 deg. / 15 seconds, 62 deg. /60 seconds. Analysis of Genotype frequency deviations were analyzed by χ2 test using the SPSS version in previous study 13.


After the survey of the region, It is predicted that this is the first study of p53 (rs1614984) in Middle East cohort, which examined the association of in the p53 gene polymorphism with smokers(SM) and non-smokers (NSM).

Analysis of p53 (rs1614984) polymorphism for association with lung cancer risk:

Integrated data of total subject (300 SM and 300 NSM) were recruited for genotypic distributions of p53 (rs1614984) (C> T). Statistically analysis using χ2 test revealed 46% for the CC, 46% for the heterozygous CT status, and 8% for the TT, respectively. Interestingly TT (homozygous) genotype was observed one percent higher in NSM (8%) in comparison of SM (7%).Heterozygous CT genotype was noted 9 % lower inNSM (46%) when collate withSM (55%) whereas homozygous dominant CC genotype was shown 8 % more in NSM than SM (38%). Consequently, No Significant difference was observed among CC, CT and TT genotypes in SM and NSM

(χ2 = 4.892, p=0.087). Also,allele A was not found to be a significant factor associated with smokers (χ2 = 1.513, p=0.219) (Figure-2). Taking into account, these groups were combined before further statistical analysis (Table-1). After combining groups, CC vs. CT and CC vs. CT+TT genotypes revealed significant difference between SM and NSM (OR, 1.447 (95% CI 1.035-2.025), p=0.031; OR 1.39 (95% CI 1.004-1.924), p=0.047 respectively). Other models CC vs TT, CT vs TT and recessive model TT vs CT+TT did not showed any significant differences (p= 0.85, 0.32 and 0.39, respectively) (Table-1). Frequency of allele C and T examined for further study. C and T allele observed value were of 0.69 and 0.66; 0.31 and 0.35among Smokers andnon-smokers respectively. Neither the T allele nor the C alleles were found significantly associated with smokers. However a higher percentage of CT and lower percentage of CC genotypes smokers suggests that transition mutation of C allele to T and heterozygous condition favor the smoking behavior. Furthermore, our data showed that cigarette smoking favor a circumstance for C to T transition and heterozygous condition at rs1614984 in p53 gene.

Figure1 χ2 (2 d. f.) = 4.892, p=0.087 (p > 0.05) Not Significant for genotypes 

Figure 2 χ2 (1 d. f.) = 1.513, p=0.219 (p > 0.05) for allelic frequency; (a.f. =allelic frequency) 

Table-1:OddsRatiowith 95% CIof p53(rs1614984) gene insmokers 

Genotypes Odds Ratio 95% CI p-value
CC vs CT 1.447 1.035-2.025 0.031
CC vs TT 1.059 0.561-2.001 0.859
CT vs TT 0.732 0.391-1.371 0.328
Dominant Model
CC Vs CT+TT 1.39 1.004-1.924 0.047
Recessive Model  
TT Vs CT+TT 1.312 0.704-2.445 0.391
C/T 1.172 0.921-1.492 0.196


It is estimated that in men 80 to 90 % of the lung cancer and 40 to 50% of bladder cancer are attributed to tobacco intake 3,14. It has been strongly indicated that these types of cancers are associated with cigarette smoking15. Also found that cigarette smoking was the chief cause of death after notifying the symptoms of respiratory diseases, Trachea bronchus, pulmonary emphysema, oropharynx, and renal pelvis and for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus in smokers 16.Smoke from cigarette contain plenty of carcinogenic chemicals, such as nicotine, CO, PAH and N-Nitrosamine etc. 17.Principally, fifty five carcinogenic compounds, including amines, aldehydes, inorganic and organic compounds in smoke have tendency to nick bio molecules and DNA and may cause disorder in gene expression and cancer too 18.The uncontrolled cell growth in lung tissues kills lung patients and pose a challenge for efforts to extend and improve the lives of these patients. The amount of functioning on all aspect of p53, reflects a key role in early event of lung carcinogenesis. The tumor suppressor gene TP 53 protein is known to be involved in cell growth arrest, DNA defacement repair, cellular senescence and apoptosis in response to cellular stress 19.Mutation of the p53 gene is one of the most common genetic abnormalities found more than 90% in small cell cancers and more than 50% in non-small cell lung cancers 8. In spite of the fact that cigarette smoking is strongly tied with lung cancer, it is not developed in all 20.

Based on genetic study, it is documented that an individual perceptivity in carcinogenesis and confer more risk of lung cancer due to cigarette smoking 21.Therefore the degree of susceptibility to the lung cancer depends on individual variants (single-Nucleotide polymorphism). Inevitability of this has been stipulated with the association of SNPs with lung cancer. SNPs are the resilient source of genetic mutation and contribute to various diseases including lung cancer 22. p53 rs1614984 C>T found to be linked with rs2909430 one of the SNPs found to be associated with breast cancer 23. However the same has not been found to be associated with the occurrence of breast cancer 23. Although, the role of p53 rs1614984 C>T is studied in different cancers, to the best of our knowledge, their role in lung cancer is not studied yet.Therefore, for the first time, aimed to study p53variant (rs1614984) C>T in Saudi smokers. The results from this study indicated thatp53 (rs1614984) C>T single-nucleotide polymorphism was not found significantly associated with smokers (p=0.08). Our result are in consistence with the finding of Sprague et al (2007).


In account of insufficient literature and studies on the study ofp53(rs1614984) C>T and their association with the lung cancer and imperil activity of smoking supports to our findings. Research on SNPs variants is still in early stage, studies should extend the findings reported here among different cohort. The present study will optimize for researchers onp53SNPs in smokers and related lung cancer incidence and the mortality.


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Received: February 03, 2016; Accepted: July 14, 2016

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