Role of CYP1B1, MYOC, OPTN and OPTC genes in adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma: Predominance of CYP1B1 mutations in Indian patients

Arun Kumar, Manjunath G. Basavaraj, Santosh K. Gupta, Imteyaz Qamar, Abdullah Mahmood Ali, Vineeta Bajaj, T. K. Ramesh, Ravi D. Prakash, Jyoti S. Shetty, Syril Dorairaj

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Purpose: Mutations in the CYP1B1, MYOC, OPTN, and WDR36 genes result in glaucoma. Given its expression in the optic nerve, it is likely a mutation in the OPTC gene is also involved in initiating glaucoma. This study was designed to evaluate the involvement of the CYP1B1, MYOC, OPTN, and OPTC genes in the etiology of adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) found in 251 Indian patients. Methods: Blood samples were obtained from individuals for DNA isolation. A combination of polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism, allele-specific PCR, and DNA sequencing techniques were used to detect mutations in four genes. Four microsatellite markers from the CYP1B1 candidate region and three intragenic CYP1B1 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were used to determine the origin of the most common CYP1B1 mutations. Results: Three previously known mutations (Pro193Leu, Glu229Lys, and Arg368His) and one novel (Met292Lys) mutation were found in the CYP1B1 gene. Frequencies of the most common mutations, Glu229Lys and Arg368His, in patients were 5.12% and 3.98%, respectively. The Glu229Lys and Arg368His mutations were also found in normal controls at frequencies of 5% and 2%, respectively, suggesting that these mutations might be polymorphic variants in our population. The absence of allele sharing for D2S177, D2S1346, D2S2974, and D2S2331 markers and three intragenic CYP1B1 SNPs in patients suggested multiple origins for the Glu229Lys and Arg368His variants. Two of 251 (0.8%) patients had the Gln48His mutation in MYOC. There was no difference in the frequency of a MYOC -83G>A promoter polymorphism between patients and controls. A novel OPTN mutation, Thr202Arg, was detected in one of 251 (0.4%) patients. The OPTN variant Met98Lys was detected in similar frequencies in patients and controls. No mutation was detected in OPTC. Taken together, 3.59% (9/ 251) of our POAG patients had mutations in the CYP1B1, MYOC, and OPTN genes. Conclusions: This is the first report to document the involvement of the CYP1B1, MYOC, and OPTN genes in the etiology of POAG in the same set of Indian patients. Our study shows that mutations in these genes are rare in Indian POAG patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-676
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Vision
StatePublished - Apr 30 2007
Externally publishedYes


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  • Ophthalmology

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Kumar, A., Basavaraj, M. G., Gupta, S. K., Qamar, I., Ali, A. M., Bajaj, V., Ramesh, T. K., Prakash, R. D., Shetty, J. S., & Dorairaj, S. (2007). Role of CYP1B1, MYOC, OPTN and OPTC genes in adult-onset primary open-angle glaucoma: Predominance of CYP1B1 mutations in Indian patients. Molecular Vision, 13, 667-676.