Vol. 44, No. 6, 2001
Issue release date: November–December 2001 (January 2002)
Intervirology 2001;44:379–382
(DOI:10.1159/000050075)
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Genetic Polymorphism of the MxA Gene Promoter and Interferon Responsiveness of Hepatitis C Patients: Revisited by Analyzing Two SNP Sites (–123 and –88) in vivo and in vitro

Hijikata M.a · Mishiro S.a · Miyamoto C.b · Furuichi Y.b,c · Hashimoto M.a,d · Ohta Y.e
aDepartment of Medical Sciences, Toshiba General Hospital, Tokyo, bAgene Research Institute, Kamakura, cThe GeneCare Institute, Kamakura, dResearch and Development Center of Toshiba, Kawasaki, and eDepartment of Gastroenterology, Toshiba General Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
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 goto top of outline Key Words

  • Hepatitis C virus
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Interferon
  • MxA protein
  • MxA gene
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism

 goto top of outline Abstract

We have previously reported a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at nucleotide (nt) position –88 (G or T) within an interferon-stimulated response element-like sequence in the promoter region of the MxA gene, which correlated with responsiveness of hepatitis C patients to interferon. Upstream of it, we then identified another SNP (C or A at nt –123) and investigated whether this SNP also correlates with interferon responsiveness. The two SNPs showed a high linkage to each other: all the individuals having G at –88 had C at –123, and 73% of those having T at –88 had A at –123. As was expected from this observation, the SNP at –123 also exhibited a correlation with interferon responsiveness (C/C homozygotes were more frequent among nonresponders than among responders: 65% of 107 vs. 40% of 52, p = 0.0028). These in vivo data from patients were further supported by results from in vitro experiments. The MxA promoter sequence with A at –123 and T at –88 showed about 4-fold higher activity of upregulating the downstream reporter gene than that with C at –123 and G at –88, in a luciferase reporter assay.

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 goto top of outline Author Contacts

Dr. Shunji Mishiro, MD
Department of Medical Sciences
Toshiba General Hospital
6-3-22 Higashi Oh-i, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-8522 (Japan)
Tel. +81 3 3764 8981, Fax +81 3 3764 8992, E-Mail shunji.mishiro@po.toshiba.co.jp


 goto top of outline Article Information

Received: Received: July 31, 2001
Accepted after revision: September 3, 2001
Number of Print Pages : 4
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 3, Number of References : 10


 goto top of outline Publication Details

Intervirology (International Journal of Basic and Medical Virology)
Founded 1973 by J.L. Melnick; continued by F. Rapp (1986–1990); M.J. Buchmeier and C.R. Howard (1991–1993)

Vol. 44, No. 6, Year 2001 (Cover Date: November-December 2001 (Released January 2002))

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