Polymorphism in the PER3 promoter associates with diurnal preference and delayed sleep phase disorder

Simon N. Archer, Jayshan D. Carpen, Mark Gibson, Gim Hui Lim, Jonathan D. Johnston, Debra J. Skene, Malcolm Von Schantz

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Study Objectives: To screen the PER3 promoter for polymorphisms and investigate the phenotypic associations of these polymorphisms with diurnal preference, delayed sleep phase disorder/syndrome (DSPD/DSPS), and their effects on reporter gene expression. Design: Interspecific comparison was used to define the approximate extent of the PER3 promoter as the region between the transcriptional start site and nucleotide position -874. This region was screened in DNA pools using PCR and direct sequencing, which was also used to screen DNA from individual participants. The different promoter alleles were cloned into a luciferase expression vector and a deletion library created. Promoter activation was measured by chemiluminescence. Setting: N/A Patients or Participants: DNA samples were obtained from volunteers with defined diurnal preference (3 x 80, selected from a pool of 1,590), and DSPD patients (n = 23). Interventions: N/A Measurements and Results: We verified three single nucleotide polymorphisms (G -320T, C -319A, G -294A), and found a novel variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphism (-318 1/2 VNTR). The -320T and -319A alleles occurred more frequently in DSPD compared to morning (P = 0.042 for each) or evening types (P = 0.006 and 0.033). The allele combination TA2G was more prevalent in DSPD compared to morning (P = 0.033) or evening types (P = 0.002). Luciferase expression driven by the TA2G combination was greater than for the more common GC2A (P < 0.05) and the rarer TA1G (P < 0.001) combinations. Deletion reporter constructs identified two enhancer regions (-703 to -605, and -283 to -80). Conclusions: Polymorphisms in the PER3 promoter could affect its expression, leading to potential differences in the observed functions of PER3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-701
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010
Externally publishedYes


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