Differential association for N-acetyltransferase 2 genotype and phenotype with bladder cancer risk in Chinese population

Lei Quan, Koushik Chattopadhyay, Heather H. Nelson, Kenneth K. Chan, Yong Bing Xiang, Wei Zhang, Renwei Wang, Yu Tang Gao, Jian Min Yuan

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Background: N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2) is involved in both carcinogen detoxification through hepatic N-acetylation and carcinogen activation through local O-acetylation. NAT2 slow acetylation status is significantly associated with increased bladder cancer risk among European populations, but its association in Asian populations is inconclusive. Results: The CMR, a functional measure of hepatic N-acetylation, was significantly reduced in a dose-dependent manner among both cases and controls possessing the SNP-inferred NAT2 slow acetylation status (all P-values<5.0×10-10). The CMR-determined slow N-acetylation status (CMR<0.34) was significantly associated with a 50% increased risk of bladder cancer (odds ratio = 1.50, 95% confidence interval = 1.10-2.06) whereas the SNP-inferred slow acetylation statuses were significantly associated with an approximately 50% decreased risk of bladder cancer. The genotype-disease association was strengthened after the adjustment for CMR and was primarily observed among never smokers. Materials and Methods: NAT2 acetylation status was determined by both single nucleotide polymorphims (SNPs) and caffeine metabolic ratio (CMR), in a population-based study of 494 bladder cancer patients and 507 control subjects in Shanghai, China. Conclusions: The apparent differential associations for phenotypic and genetic measures of acetylation statuses with bladder cancer risk may reflect dual functions of NAT2 in bladder carcinogenesis because the former only measures the capacity of carcinogen detoxification pathway while the latter represents both carcinogen activation and detoxification pathways. Future studies are warranted to ascertain the specific role of N- and O-acetylation in bladder carcinogenesis, particularly in populations exposed to different types of bladder carcinogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40012-40024
Number of pages13
Issue number26
StatePublished - 2016

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Funding Information:
The research study was supported by R01 CA144034 and UM1 CA182876 (to J.M. Yuan) and P30 CA077598 (to H.H. Nelson) from the National Cancer Institute, USA; partially supported by the Major Science and Technology Project of Guangdong Province 2014B020210001 and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities D215185w (to L. Quan).


  • Bladder cancer
  • Case-control
  • N-acetylation
  • NAT2
  • O-acetylation


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