Calcified Tissue International

, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp 123–132 | Cite as

Two Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the CYP17 and COMT Genes—Relation to Bone Mass and Longitudinal Bone Changes in Postmenopausal Women with or without Hormone Replacement Therapy

The Danish Osteoporosis Prevention Study
  • C. L. Tofteng
  • B. Abrahamsen
  • J. E. B. Jensen
  • S. Petersen
  • J. Teilmann
  • A. Kindmark
  • P. Vestergaard
  • J. Gram
  • B. L. Langdahl
  • L. Mosekilde


Sex steroids are important physiologic regulators of bone mass, and genes regulating sex steroid production and metabolism are obvious as candidate genes for osteoporosis susceptibility. We present data from a study of 1795 recent postmenopausal women, assigned to either hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or no treatment and followed for 5 years. The association between bone mass measurements and two single nucleotide polymorphisms, a T (A1) to C (A2) transition in the 5′-UTR of the cytochrome P450c17α (CYP17) gene and a G (Val) to A (Met) transition in exon 4 of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene, was evaluated. Association with CYP17 genotype was modified by body mass index (BMI). In lean women, individuals homozygous for the CYP17 A2 allele were 1 cm shorter and had lower baseline BMD (bone mineral density), BMC, and CSA (cross sectional area) in the spine and femoral neck than did other women (BMD spine A2A2: 0.975 g/cm2 versus 1.011 g/cm2 in A1A1 + A1A2, P = 0.002). Conversely, an adverse association with A2A2 and bone loss over 5 years seemed present only in overweight women, but differences were small. Response to HRT was not dependent on CYP17 genotype. COMT genotype was not associated with bone mass at baseline, bone loss in untreated women, or response to HRT. In conclusion, the A2 allele of the CYP17 T27-C polymorphism is associated with reduced bone mass and bone size in lean perimenopausal women, whereas high BMI protects against this negative association. The COMT G1947-A polymorphism is not associated with bone parameters in this study.


Bone mineral density Genetics CYP17 COMT Body mass index 



The authors are grateful to all technicians and secretarial staff, who contributed to the study. Birgit Svenstrup, The State Serum Institute, is acknowledged for assistance and advice regarding SHBG and sex steroid analyses. The DOPS is a collaborative study with participation of the osteoporosis research clinics at Aarhus University Hospital, Odense University Hospital, Hilleroed Central Hospital and Hvidovre Hospital. The DOPS is financially supported by grants from the Karen Elise Jensen Foundation, Denmark, and from Novo Nordisk Farmaka (Lyngby, Denmark). This study was supported by research grants from Th. Maigaards Eftf. Fru Lily Benthine Lunds Fond af 01.06.78, Grosserer Knud Hecht-Nielsen og hustru Gerda Hecht-Nielsens legat, and Eli Lilly Denmark.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. L. Tofteng
    • 1
  • B. Abrahamsen
    • 2
  • J. E. B. Jensen
    • 1
  • S. Petersen
    • 1
  • J. Teilmann
    • 1
  • A. Kindmark
    • 3
  • P. Vestergaard
    • 4
  • J. Gram
    • 2
  • B. L. Langdahl
    • 4
  • L. Mosekilde
    • 4
  1. 1.Osteoporosis Research ClinicHvidovre University HospitalHvidovreDenmark
  2. 2.Department of EndocrinologyOdense University HospitalOdenseDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Medical SciencesUppsala University HospitalUppsalaSweden
  4. 4.Department of EndocrinologyAarhus University HospitalAarhusDenmark

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