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    Keywords: CANCER ; tumor ; carcinoma ; Germany ; DIAGNOSIS ; screening ; TOOL ; GENE ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; PATIENT ; DNA ; MARKER ; DONOR ; SEQUENCE ; SEQUENCES ; MUTATION ; REPAIR ; colorectal cancer ; COLORECTAL-CANCER ; EFFICACY ; chemotherapy ; LINE ; MARKERS ; PCR ; REGION ; COLON-CANCER ; microsatellite instability ; MUTATIONS ; CARCINOMAS ; COLORECTAL CARCINOMAS ; CARRIERS ; INDIVIDUALS ; GERM-LINE ; pathology ; PROGNOSTIC FACTOR ; GUIDELINES ; STANDARD ; DNA-SEQUENCES ; molecular ; DEFICIENCY ; colon cancer ; COLORECTAL-CARCINOMA ; HNPCC ; PROGNOSTIC-FACTOR ; cost ; CARRIER ; multiplex ; TESTS ; ADJUVANT CHEMOTHERAPY ; BAT-26 ; MISMATCH-REPAIR ; REPLICATION ERROR PHENOTYPE
    Abstract: DNA mismatch repair deficiency is observed in about 10% to 15% of all colorectal carcinomas and in up to 90% of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) patients. Tumors with mismatch repair defects acquire mutations in short repetitive DNA sequences, a phenomenon termed high-level microsatellite instability (MSI-H). The diagnosis of MSI-H in colon cancer is of increasing relevance, because MSI-H is an independent prognostic factor in colorectal cancer, seems to influence the efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy, and is the most important molecular screening tool to identify HNPCC patients. To make MSI typing feasible for the routine pathology laboratory, highly reproducible and cost effective laboratory tests are required. Here, we describe a novel T-25 mononucleotide marker in the 3' untranslated region of the CASP2 gene (CAT25) that displayed a quasimonomorphic repeat pattern in normal tissue of 200 unrelated individuals of Caucasian origin. In addition, CAT25 was monomorphic also in all tested donors of African and Asian origin (n = 102 and n = 79, respectively) and thus differs from the most commonly used markers BAT25 and BAT26. Without the analysis of corresponding normal tissue, CAT25 correctly detected 56 of 57 colorectal cancer specimens classified as MSI-H by using the standard National Cancer Institute/International Collaborative Group-HNPCC marker panel. Combined with the standard markers BAT25 and BAT26 in a multiplex PCR, all MSI-H colorectal cancer samples were typed correctly. No false-positive results were obtained in 60 non-MSI-H control colorectal cancer specimens. These data suggest that CAT25 should be included into novel marker panels for microsatellite testing thus allowing for a significant reduction of the complexity and costs of MSI typing. Moreover, CAT25 represents a highly promising marker for early detection of colorectal cancer in HNPCC germ line mutation carriers
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16166278
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    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; Germany ; PATHWAY ; RISK ; GENE ; transcription ; PATIENT ; FAMILY ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; MARKER ; ASSOCIATION ; VARIANTS ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; SNP ; cancer risk ; COLORECTAL CANCERS ; case-control studies ; INDIVIDUALS ; beta-catenin ; C-MYC ; TYPE-2 ; WNT ; CYCLIN D1 ; signaling ; case-control study ; RE ; FAMILIES ; VARIANT ; case control studies ; ROLES ; CANCER-RISK ; FAMILIAL BREAST ; familial breast cancer ; GENETIC ALTERATION ; Wnt signaling ; type 2 diabetes
    Abstract: Background: The transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) is a critical component of the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway. Aberrant TCF7L2 expression modifies Wnt signaling and mediates oncogenic effects through the upregulation of c-MYC and cyclin D. Genetic alterations in TCF7L2 may therefore affect cancer risk. Recently, TCF7L2 variants, including the microsatellite marker DG10S478 and the nearly perfectly linked SNP rs12233372, were identified to associate with type 2 diabetes. Methods: We investigated the effect of the TCF7L2 rs12255372 variant on familial breast cancer ( BC) risk by means of TaqMan allelic discrimination, analyzing BRCA1/2 mutation-negative index patients of 592 German BC families and 735 control individuals. Results: The T allele of rs12255372 showed an association with borderline significance ( OR = 1.19, 95% C. I. = 1.01-1.42, P = 0.04), and the Cochran-Armitage test for trend revealed an allele dose-dependent association of rs12255372 with BC risk ( P-trend = 0.04). Conclusion: Our results suggest a possible influence of TCF7L2 rs12255372 on the risk of familial BC
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17109766
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    Keywords: CANCER ; Germany ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TRANSDUCTION ; PATIENT ; ACTIVATION ; MECHANISM ; IMPACT ; CARCINOGENESIS ; signal transduction ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; MUTATION ; SIGNAL-TRANSDUCTION ; cancer risk ; ONCOLOGY ; RE ; BRCA2 ; INCREASE ; analysis ; TESTS ; USA ; BINDING DOMAIN ; CANCER-RISK ; EPITHELIAL OVARIAN-CANCER ; KINASE-ANCHORING PROTEINS
    Abstract: Data from several studies have suggested that polymorphisms in A-kinase anchoring proteins (AKAPs), which are key components of signal transduction, contribute to carcinogenesis. To evaluate the impact of AKAP variants on breast cancer risk, we genotyped six nonsynonymous sing le-nucleotide polymorphisms that were predicted to be deleterious and found two (M4631, 1389G〉T and N2792S, 8375A〉G) to be associated with an allele dose-dependent increase in risk of familial breast cancer in a German population. We extended the analysis of AKAP9 M4631, which is in strong linkage disequilibrium with AKAP9 N2792S, to 9523 breast cancer patients and 13770 healthy control subjects from seven independent European and Australian breast cancer studies. All statistical tests were two-sided. The collaborative analysis confirmed the association of M4631 with increased breast cancer risk. Among all breast cancer patients, the combined adjusted odds ratio (OR) of breast cancer for individuals homozygous for the rare allele TT (frequency = 0.19) compared with GG homozygotes was 1.17 (95% confidence interval [CL] = 1.08 to 1.27, P =.0003), and the OR for TT homozygotes plus GT heterozygotes compared with GG homozygotes was 1.10 (95% Cl = 1.04 to 1.17, P=.001). Among the combined subset of 2795 familial breast cancer patients, the respective ORs were 1.27 (95% Cl = 1.12 to 1.45, P =.0003) and 1.16 (95% Cl = 1.06 to 1.27, P =.001)
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18334708
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  • 4
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; Germany ; NEW-YORK ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENE ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; DELETION ; NO ; PROMOTER ; REDUCED RISK ; cancer risk ; REGION ; case-control studies ; ONCOLOGY ; case-control study ; RE ; VARIANT ; PROMOTER POLYMORPHISM ; USA ; caspases ; PROMOTER REGION ; CANCER-RISK ; COMMON VARIANT ; breast cancer risk ; Sp1 binding site ; CASP8-652 6N del
    Abstract: A recent study on an Asian population reported a six-nucleotide insertion-deletion polymorphism (-652 6N del) in the CASP8 promoter region to be strongly associated with a decreased risk of multiple types of cancer, including breast cancer (BC). Here, we investigate the effect of this deletion in four independent large European BC case-control studies, including data from a total of 7,753 cases and 7,921 controls. The combined per allele odds ratio (OR) was 0.97 (95% confidence interval (CI), 95% CI = 0.93-1.02). The present result indicates that the CASP8 -652 6N del variant has no significant effect on BC risk in Europeans
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17891485
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    Abstract: According to present estimations, the unfavorable combination of alleles with low penetrance but high prevalence in the population might account for the major part of hereditary breast cancer risk. Deleted in Malignant Brain Tumors 1 (DMBT1) has been proposed as a tumor suppressor for breast cancer and other cancer types. Genomewide mapping in mice further identified Dmbt1 as a potential modulator of breast cancer risk. Here, we report the association of two frequent and linked single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with increased breast cancer risk in women above the age of 60 years: DMBT1 c.-93C〉T, rs2981745, located in the DMBT1 promoter; and DMBT1 c.124A〉C, p.Thr42Pro, rs11523871(odds ratio [OR]=1.66, 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.21-2.29, P=0.0017; and OR=1.66; 95% CI=1.21-2.28, P=0.0016, respectively), based on 1,195 BRCA1/2 mutation-negative German breast cancer families and 1,466 unrelated German controls. Promoter studies in breast cancer cells demonstrate that the risk-increasing DMBT1 -93T allele displays significantly decreased promoter activity compared to the DMBT1 -93C allele, resulting in a loss of promoter activity. The data suggest that DMBT1 polymorphisms in the 5'-region are associated with increased breast cancer risk. In accordance with previous results, these data link decreased DMBT1 levels to breast cancer risk.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19830809
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    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; CANCER ; DISEASE ; RISK ; GENE ; ALLELES ; 8Q24 ; susceptibility loci ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; CONSORTIUM ; TUMOR SUBTYPES ; URIC-ACID NEPHROLITHIASIS
    Abstract: Background: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) identified variants at 19p13.1 and ZNF365 (10q21.2) as risk factors for breast cancer among BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, respectively. We explored associations with ovarian cancer and with breast cancer by tumor histopathology for these variants in mutation carriers from the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2 (CIMBA). Methods: Genotyping data for 12,599 BRCA1 and 7,132 BRCA2 mutation carriers from 40 studies were combined. Results: We confirmed associations between rs8170 at 19p13.1 and breast cancer risk for BRCA1 mutation carriers [HR, 1.17; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.07-1.27; P = 7.42 x 10(-4)] and between rs16917302 at ZNF365 (HR, 0.84; 95% CI, 0.73-0.97; P = 0.017) but not rs311499 at 20q13.3 (HR, 1.11; 95% CI, 0.94-1.31; P = 0.22) and breast cancer risk for BRCA2 mutation carriers. Analyses based on tumor histopathology showed that 19p13 variants were predominantly associated with estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer for both BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, whereas rs16917302 at ZNF365 was mainly associated with ER-positive breast cancer for both BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. We also found for the first time that rs67397200 at 19p13.1 was associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer for BRCA1 (HR, 1.16; 95% CI, 1.05-1.29; P = 3.8 x 10(-4)) and BRCA2 mutation carriers (HR, 1.30; 95% CI, 1.10-1.52; P = 1.8 x 10(-3)). Conclusions: 19p13.1 and ZNF365 are susceptibility loci for ovarian cancer and ER subtypes of breast cancer among BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. Impact: These findings can lead to an improved understanding of tumor development and may prove useful for breast and ovarian cancer risk prediction for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22351618
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    Abstract: Common genetic variants contribute to the observed variation in breast cancer risk for BRCA2 mutation carriers; those known to date have all been found through population-based genome-wide association studies (GWAS). To comprehensively identify breast cancer risk modifying loci for BRCA2 mutation carriers, we conducted a deep replication of an ongoing GWAS discovery study. Using the ranked P-values of the breast cancer associations with the imputed genotype of 1.4 M SNPs, 19,029 SNPs were selected and designed for inclusion on a custom Illumina array that included a total of 211,155 SNPs as part of a multi-consortial project. DNA samples from 3,881 breast cancer affected and 4,330 unaffected BRCA2 mutation carriers from 47 studies belonging to the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2 were genotyped and available for analysis. We replicated previously reported breast cancer susceptibility alleles in these BRCA2 mutation carriers and for several regions (including FGFR2, MAP3K1, CDKN2A/B, and PTHLH) identified SNPs that have stronger evidence of association than those previously published. We also identified a novel susceptibility allele at 6p24 that was inversely associated with risk in BRCA2 mutation carriers (rs9348512; per allele HR = 0.85, 95% CI 0.80-0.90, P = 3.9 x 10(-8)). This SNP was not associated with breast cancer risk either in the general population or in BRCA1 mutation carriers. The locus lies within a region containing TFAP2A, which encodes a transcriptional activation protein that interacts with several tumor suppressor genes. This report identifies the first breast cancer risk locus specific to a BRCA2 mutation background. This comprehensive update of novel and previously reported breast cancer susceptibility loci contributes to the establishment of a panel of SNPs that modify breast cancer risk in BRCA2 mutation carriers. This panel may have clinical utility for women with BRCA2 mutations weighing options for medical prevention of breast cancer.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23544012
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  • 8
    Keywords: RISKS ; BREAST-CANCER ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; DNA-BINDING ; CARRIERS ; germline mutations ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; FANCONI-ANEMIA ; inherited mutations ; CANCER SUSCEPTIBILITY GENE
    Abstract: Variants of uncertain clinical significance (VUS) in the high-penetrance breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 represent a major obstacle in genetic counseling of high-risk breast cancer families. We analyzed a missense VUS located in BRCA2 (p.Asn3124Ile; HGVS: BRCA2 c.9371A 〉 T) present in seven independent high-risk breast cancer families that were counseled and genetically tested in South-West Germany. The VUS was identified by DNA sequencing. We analyzed co-occurrence with deleterious BRCA1/2 mutations, segregation, evolutionary conservation, in silico impact prediction, and prevalence in the general population. All carriers of the VUS suffered from breast or ovarian cancer. In two families, an additional high burden of other cancers such as pancreatic, prostate, and gastric cancers was reported, one further family included two cases of male breast cancer. The VUS did not co-occur with deleterious BRCA1/2 mutations and segregated in two affected individuals of one family. In contrast to the 7/1,347 (0,5 %) tested high-risk BC families without clearly pathogenic mutations in BRCA1/2, none of 3,126 healthy population controls sharing the same ethnic and geographical background were found to carry this VUS (p = 0.0002). In-silico prediction revealed strong evolutionary conservation of the asparagine residue, residing in the C-terminal oligonucleotide-binding-fold-3 region, and a most likely damaging impact of this exchange on the protein structure. The BRCA2 p.Asn3124Ile (BRCA2 c.9371A 〉 T) variant is a rare mutation with a damaging effect on the BRCA2 protein that is strongly associated with familial breast and ovarian cancer risk, indicating its most likely pathogenic nature and clinical relevance.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24728577
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  • 9
    Keywords: CELLS ; POPULATION ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; PERFORMANCE ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; MAMMOGRAPHY ; HYPOMETHYLATION ; biomarker ; EPIGENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; HIGH FAMILIAL RISK
    Abstract: Breast cancer (BC) is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women worldwide. Changes in DNA methylation in peripheral blood could be associated with malignancy at early stage. However, the BC-associated DNA methylation signatures in peripheral blood were largely unknown. Here, we performed a genome-wide methylation screening and identified a BC-associated differentially methylated CpG site cg27091787 in the hyaluronoglucosaminidase 2 gene (HYAL2) (discovery round with 72 BC case and 24 controls: p = 2.61 x 10(-9) adjusted for cell-type proportions). The substantially decreased methylation of cg27091787 in BC cases was confirmed in two validation rounds (first validation round with 338 BC case and 507 controls: p 〈 0.0001; second validation round with 189 BC case and 189 controls: p 〈 0.0001). In addition to cg27091787, the decreased methylation of a 650-bp CpG island shore of HYAL2 was also associated with increased risk of BC. Moreover, the expression and methylation of HYAL2 were inversely correlated with a p-value of 0.006. To note, the BC-associated decreased HYAL2 methylation was replicated in the T-cell fraction (p = 0.034). The cg27091787 methylation level enabled a powerful discrimination of early-stage BC cases (stages 0 and I) from healthy controls [area under curve (AUC) = 0.89], and was robust for the detection of BC in younger women as well (age 〈 50, AUC = 0.87). Our study reveals a strong association between decreased HYAL2 methylation in peripheral blood and BC, and provides a promising blood-based marker for the detection of early BC.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25213452
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  • 10
    Keywords: RISK ; BRCA1 ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; METAANALYSIS ; ESTROGEN ; ALLELES ; CHEK2-ASTERISK-1100DELC ; CONFER SUSCEPTIBILITY ; COMMON VARIANTS ; GENOTYPE IMPUTATION
    Abstract: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and large-scale replication studies have identified common variants in 79 loci associated with breast cancer, explaining approximately 14% of the familial risk of the disease. To identify new susceptibility loci, we performed a meta-analysis of 11 GWAS, comprising 15,748 breast cancer cases and 18,084 controls together with 46,785 cases and 42,892 controls from 41 studies genotyped on a 211,155-marker custom array (iCOGS). Analyses were restricted to women of European ancestry. We generated genotypes for more than 11 million SNPs by imputation using the 1000 Genomes Project reference panel, and we identified 15 new loci associated with breast cancer at P 〈 5 x 10(-8). Combining association analysis with ChIP-seq chromatin binding data in mammary cell lines and ChIA-PET chromatin interaction data from ENCODE, we identified likely target genes in two regions: SETBP1 at 18q12.3 and RNF115 and PDZK1 at 1q21.1. One association appears to be driven by an amino acid substitution encoded in EXO1.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25751625
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