Cytogenetic and genome research

Sulfotransferase gene copy number variation: pharmacogenetics and function.

PMID 19287157


Pharmacogenetics is the study of the role of inheritance in variation to drug response. Drug response phenotypes can vary from adverse drug reactions at one end of the spectrum to equally serious lack of the desired effect of drug therapy at the other. Many of the current important examples of pharmacogenetics involve inherited variation in drug metabolism. Sulfate conjugation catalyzed by cytosolic sulfotransferase (SULT) enzymes, particularly SULT1A1, is a major pathway for drug metabolism in humans. Pharmacogenetic studies of SULT1A1 began over a quarter of a century ago and have advanced from biochemical genetic experiments to include cDNA and gene cloning, gene resequencing, and functional studies of the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). SNP genotyping, in turn, led to the discovery of functionally important copy number variations (CNVs) in the SULT1A1 gene. This review will briefly describe the evolution of our understanding of SULT1A1 pharmacogenetics and CNV, as well as challenges involved in utilizing both SNP and CNV data in an attempt to predict SULT1A1 function. SULT1A1 represents one example of the potential importance of CNV for the evolving disciplines of pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics.

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Anti-SULT1A1 antibody produced in rabbit, affinity isolated antibody