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  • 1
    Keywords: CANCER ; Germany ; DISEASE ; RISK ; GENE ; GENOME ; RNA ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; NO ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; WOMEN ; MUTATION ; cancer risk ; REGION ; genotyping ; MUTATIONS ; case-control studies ; ONCOLOGY ; case-control study ; REGRESSION ; RE ; FAMILIES ; PENETRANCE ; analysis ; methods ; SUPPRESSOR ; GENOTYPE ; BRCA1 MUTATION CARRIERS ; BIRTH ; CANCER-RISK ; FRAGMENT ; ENGLAND ; comparison ; Rb ; UNTRANSLATED REGION
    Abstract: Background: The variable penetrance of ovarian cancer in BRCA1 mutation carriers suggests that other genetic or environmental factors modify disease risk. The C to T transition in the 3' untranslated region of the prohibitin ( PHB) gene alters mRNA function and has recently been shown to be associated with hereditary breast cancer risk in Polish women harbouring BRCA1 mutations. Methods: To investigate whether the PHB 3' UTR polymorphism also modifies hereditary ovarian cancer risk, we performed a case-control study among Polish women carrying one of the three common founder mutations (5382insC, 300 T 〉 G, 4154delA) including 127 ovarian cases and 127 unaffected controls who had both breasts and ovaries intact. Controls were matched to cases by year of birth and BRCA1 mutation. Genotyping analysis was performed using PCR-based restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. Odds ratios ( OR) were calculated using conditional and penalized univariable and multivariable logistic regression. Results: A comparison of the genotype frequencies between cases and controls revealed no association of the PHB 3'UTR_CT+TT genotypes with ovarian cancer risk ( ORadj 1.34; 95% CI, 0.59-3.11). Conclusion: Our data suggest that the PHB 3' UTR polymorphism does not modify ovarian cancer risk in women carrying one of the three Polish BRCA1 founder mutations
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18397521
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  • 2
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; carcinoma ; CELL ; LUNG ; MODEL ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; METABOLISM ; CARCINOGENESIS ; ASSOCIATION ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; AGE ; DNA-REPAIR ; smoking ; ADHESION ; CELL-ADHESION ; inflammation ; ONCOLOGY ; case-control study ; REGRESSION ; ASSOCIATIONS ; VARIANT ; CANDIDATE GENES ; METHYLENETETRAHYDROFOLATE REDUCTASE ; INCREASED RISK ; SQUAMOUS-CELL ; CHINESE POPULATION ; XUAN-WEI ; METHYLENE-TETRAHYDROFOLATE REDUCTASE ; GENE POLYMORPHISMS ; Genetic ; CENTRAL-EUROPE ; SEQUENCE VARIANTS
    Abstract: Background. Analysis of candidate genes in individual studies has had only limited success in identifying particular gene variants that are conclusively associated with lung cancer risk. In the International Lung Cancer Consortium (ILCCO), we conducted a coordinated genotyping study of 10 common variants selected because of their prior evidence of an association with lung cancer. These variants belonged to candidate genes from different cancer-related pathways including inflammation (IL1B), folate metabolism (MTHFR), regulatory function (AKAP9 and CAMKK1), cell adhesion (SEZL6) and apoptosis (FAS, FASL, TP53, TP53BP1 and BAT3). Methods. Genotype data from 15 ILCCO case-control studies were available for a total of 8431 lung cancer cases and 11 072 controls of European descent and Asian ethnic groups. Unconditional logistic regression was used to model the association between each variant and lung cancer risk. Results. Only the association between a non-synonymous variant of TP53BP1 (rs560191) and lung cancer risk was significant (OR = 0.91, P = 0.002). This association was more striking for squamous cell carcinoma (OR = 0.86, P = 6 x 10(-4)). No heterogeneity by center, ethnicity, smoking status, age group or sex was observed. In order to confirm this association, we included results for this variant from a set of independent studies (9966 cases/11 722 controls) and we reported similar results. When combining all these studies together, we reported an overall OR = 0.93 (0.89-0.97) (P = 0.001). This association was significant only for squamous cell carcinoma [OR = 0.89 (0.85-0.95), P = 1 x 10(-4)]. Conclusion. This study suggests that rs560191 is associated to lung cancer risk and further highlights the value of consortia in replicating or refuting published genetic associations
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20106900
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  • 3
    Keywords: ASSOCIATION ; STEM-CELLS ; SKIN-CANCER ; CELL CARCINOMA ; CANCER-RISK ; SEQUENCE VARIANTS ; GENOTYPE IMPUTATION ; MEAN TELOMERE LENGTH ; PHENOTYPIC CHARACTERISTICS ; FIELD SYNOPSIS
    Abstract: Thirteen common susceptibility loci have been reproducibly associated with cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM). We report the results of an international 2-stage meta-analysis of CMM genome-wide association studies (GWAS). This meta-analysis combines 11 GWAS (5 previously unpublished) and a further three stage 2 data sets, totaling 15,990 CMM cases and 26,409 controls. Five loci not previously associated with CMM risk reached genome-wide significance (P 〈 5 x 10(-8)), as did 2 previously reported but unreplicated loci and all 13 established loci. Newly associated SNPs fall within putative melanocyte regulatory elements, and bioinformatic and expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) data highlight candidate genes in the associated regions, including one involved in telomere biology.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 26237428
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    Keywords: CELLS ; GROWTH ; IN-VIVO ; ASSOCIATION ; PHASE ; CYCLIN D1 EXPRESSION ; FACTOR-BINDING PROTEIN-5 ; FUNCTIONAL VARIANTS ; FOXA1
    Abstract: GWAS have identified a breast cancer susceptibility locus on 2q35. Here we report the fine mapping of this locus using data from 101,943 subjects from 50 case-control studies. We genotype 276 SNPs using the 'iCOGS' genotyping array and impute genotypes for a further 1,284 using 1000 Genomes Project data. All but two, strongly correlated SNPs (rs4442975 G/T and rs6721996 G/A) are excluded as candidate causal variants at odds against 〉100:1. The best functional candidate, rs4442975, is associated with oestrogen receptor positive (ER+) disease with an odds ratio (OR) in Europeans of 0.85 (95% confidence interval = 0.84 - 0.87; P = 1.7 x 10(-43)) per t-allele. This SNP flanks a transcriptional enhancer that physically interacts with the promoter of IGFBP5 (encoding insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 5) and displays allele-specific gene expression, FOXA1 binding and chromatin looping. Evidence suggests that the g-allele confers increased breast cancer susceptibility through relative downregulation of IGFBP5, a gene with known roles in breast cell biology.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25248036
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  • 5
    Keywords: CANCER ; DISEASE ; POPULATION ; RISK ; SITE ; SITES ; GENE ; GENES ; REDUCTION ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; prevention ; MALIGNANCIES ; AGE ; BRCA1 ; ovarian cancer ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; WOMEN ; MUTATION ; REPAIR ; cancer risk ; REGION ; MUTATIONS ; POPULATIONS ; SERIES ; MALIGNANCY ; FAMILIES ; PENETRANCE ; MUTATION CARRIERS ; single-nucleotide polymorphism ; CANCER-RISK ; RAD51 ; OVARIAN ; PREDICT ; NONCARRIERS
    Abstract: Breast and ovarian cancer penetrance in BRCA1 mutation carriers is estimated to be between 15% and 80% by age 70 years. At present, it is not possible to predict with any certainty who is most likely to develop disease or which age it will develop. Previous studies have tried to correlate the sites of BRCA1 mutations with disease risk; however, the results have not yielded any definitive association. An alternative explanation that could account for differences in the penetrance of BRCA1 mutations is the action of modifier genes. In this study, we have investigated the role of the RAD51_135+_G 〉 C polymorphism in breast and ovarian cancer case-control populations of Polish women who have been matched for BRCA1 mutation and year of birth. The results reveal that women who harbor the C allele have almost twice the reduction in breast and ovarian cancer risk compared with women who harbor only the G allele. These findings suggest that the effect of the RAD51 C allele is an important risk modifier for malignancies occurring on a background of BRCA1 mutations. In addition, we were able to show that the site of the BRCA1 mutation does not influence the effect of the RAD51 C allele, indicating that this polymorphism contributes to prevention of disease in BRCA1 carriers. In conclusion, the RAD51 C allele seems to protect against both breast and ovarian cancer in women harboring BRCA1 mutations
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17301259
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  • 6
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; CANCER ; CELLS ; CELL ; Germany ; RISK ; RISKS ; GENE ; GENOME ; ACTIVATED PROTEIN-KINASE ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; GLYCOPROTEIN ; NO ; IN-SITU ; SUBUNIT ; BRCA1 ; ovarian cancer ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; WOMEN ; MUTATION ; genetics ; PCR ; cancer risk ; MUTATIONS ; BETA ; ADHESION ; INTEGRIN ; SERIES ; RECEPTORS ; heredity ; REGRESSION ; RE ; INCREASE ; MUTATION CARRIERS ; HOMOZYGOSITY ; INTEGRINS ; case control studies ; analysis ; function ; INCREASED RISK ; odds ratio ; VARIABLES ; CANCER-RISK ; FRAGMENT ; OVARIAN ; FUNCTIONAL POLYMORPHISM ; INCREASES ; LOGISTIC-REGRESSION ; - ; OOPHORECTOMY ; ALPHA-V-BETA-3 ; PLATELET GLYCOPROTEIN-IIIA
    Abstract: Integrins are heterodimeric transmembrane glycoproteins that function as key adhesion and cell signalling receptors. A functional polymorphism in the integrin beta 3 subunit encoded by the ITGB3 gene, Leu33Pro, has been shown to modify a variety of traits of beta 3-expressing cells. To analyse the role of this functional polymorphism in modifying BRCA1-associated ovarian and breast cancer risks, a case - control study was performed among Polish BRCA1 mutation carriers including 319 breast cancer cases, 146 ovarian cancer cases and 290 controls unaffected by breast and ovarian cancer, in situ breast cancer or any other kind of cancer. Genotyping analysis was performed using PCR- based restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. Odds ratios were calculated using univariate and multivariate logistic regression, taking into account a series of confounding variables, including the presence of related study subjects, that potentially could have biased any association. The results revealed that the ITGB3_ Leu33Pro polymorphism was associated with a 2.5- fold increased risk of ovarian cancer, whereas no association with breast cancer risk was found. Thus, it appears that the ITGB3_ Leu33Pro polymorphism may potentially increase the risk of ovarian cancer in Polish women with an inherited BRCA1 mutation
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17220212
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  • 7
    Keywords: POPULATION ; GENOME ; ASSOCIATION ; FREQUENCY ; BREAST-CANCER ; GENETIC-VARIATION ; SIGNATURES ; POSITIVE SELECTION ; JEWS ; TAY-SACHS DISEASE
    Abstract: Three founder mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 contribute to the risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in Ashkenazi Jews (AJ). They are observed at increased frequency in the AJ compared to other BRCA mutations in Caucasian non-Jews (CNJ). Several authors have proposed that elevated allele frequencies in the surrounding genomic regions reflect adaptive or balancing selection. Such proposals predict long-range linkage disequilibrium (LD) resulting from a selective sweep, although genetic drift in a founder population may also act to create long-distance LD. To date, few studies have used the tools of statistical genomics to examine the likelihood of long-range LD at a deleterious locus in a population that faced a genetic bottleneck. We studied the genotypes of hundreds of women from a large international consortium of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers and found that AJ women exhibited long-range haplotypes compared to CNJ women. More than 50% of the AJ chromosomes with the BRCA1 185delAG mutation share an identical 2.1 Mb haplotype and nearly 16% of AJ chromosomes carrying the BRCA2 6174delT mutation share a 1.4 Mb haplotype. Simulations based on the best inference of Ashkenazi population demography indicate that long-range haplotypes are expected in the context of a genome-wide survey. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that a local bottleneck effect from population size constriction events could by chance have resulted in the large haplotype blocks observed at high frequency in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 regions of Ashkenazi Jews
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 21597964
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  • 8
    Keywords: POPULATION ; RISK ; TUMORS ; ASSOCIATION ; VARIANTS ; breast cancer ; SELECTION ; SUBTYPES ; breast cancer risk ; CONSORTIUM ; INVESTIGATORS ; MODIFIERS ; COMMON VARIANTS ; GENETIC-VARIANTS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ALLELES ; ZNF365
    Abstract: BRCA1-associated breast and ovarian cancer risks can be modified by common genetic variants. To identify further cancer risk-modifying loci, we performed a multi-stage GWAS of 11,705 BRCA1 carriers (of whom 5,920 were diagnosed with breast and 1,839 were diagnosed with ovarian cancer), with a further replication in an additional sample of 2,646 BRCA1 carriers. We identified a novel breast cancer risk modifier locus at 1q32 for BRCA1 carriers (rs2290854, P = 2.7 x 10(-8), HR = 1.14, 95% CI: 1.09-1.20). In addition, we identified two novel ovarian cancer risk modifier loci: 17q21.31 (rs17631303, P = 1.4 x 10(-8), HR = 1.27, 95% CI: 1.17-1.38) and 4q32.3 (rs4691139, P = 3.4 x 10(-8), HR = 1.20, 95% CI: 1.17-1.38). The 4q32.3 locus was not associated with ovarian cancer risk in the general population or BRCA2 carriers, suggesting a BRCA1-specific association. The 17q21.31 locus was also associated with ovarian cancer risk in 8,211 BRCA2 carriers (P = 2 x 10(-4)). These loci may lead to an improved understanding of the etiology of breast and ovarian tumors in BRCA1 carriers. Based on the joint distribution of the known BRCA1 breast cancer risk-modifying loci, we estimated that the breast cancer lifetime risks for the 5% of BRCA1 carriers at lowest risk are 28%-50% compared to 81%-100% for the 5% at highest risk. Similarly, based on the known ovarian cancer risk-modifying loci, the 5% of BRCA1 carriers at lowest risk have an estimated lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer of 28% or lower, whereas the 5% at highest risk will have a risk of 63% or higher. Such differences in risk may have important implications for risk prediction and clinical management for BRCA1 carriers
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23544013
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  • 9
    Keywords: ASSOCIATION
    Abstract: Background: BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers are at substantially increased risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer. The incomplete penetrance coupled with the variable age at diagnosis in carriers of the same mutation suggests the existence of genetic and non-genetic modifying factors. In this study we evaluated the putative role of variants in many candidate modifier genes. Methods: Genotyping data from 15,252 BRCA1 and 8,211 BRCA2 mutation carriers, for known variants (n=3,248) located within or around 445 candidate genes, were available through the iCOGS custom-designed array. Breast and ovarian cancer association analysis was performed within a retrospective cohort approach. Results: The observed p-values of association ranged between 0.005-1.000. None of the variants was significantly associated with breast or ovarian cancer risk in either BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers, after multiple testing adjustments. Conclusion: There is little evidence that any of the evaluated candidate variants act as modifiers of breast and/or ovarian cancer risk in BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers. Impact: Genome-wide association studies have been more successful at identifying genetic modifiers of BRCA1/2 penetrance than candidate gene studies.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25336561
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  • 10
    Keywords: RISK ; ASSOCIATION ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; statistics ; inflammation ; CARD11 ; FAMILY MEMBERS ; BCL10
    Abstract: Survival in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is influenced by the host immune response, yet the key genetic determinants of inflammation and immunity that affect prognosis are not known. The nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) transcription factor family plays an important role in many immune and inflammatory responses, including the response to cancer. We studied common inherited variation in 210 genes in the NF-kappaB family in 10,084 patients with invasive EOC (5,248 high-grade serous, 1,452 endometrioid, 795 clear cell, and 661 mucinous) from the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium. Associations between genotype and overall survival were assessed using Cox regression for all patients and by major histology, adjusting for known prognostic factors and correcting for multiple testing (threshold for statistical significance, P 〈 2.5 x 10(-5)). Results were statistically significant when assessed for patients of a single histology. Key associations were with caspase recruitment domain family, member 11 (CARD11) rs41324349 in patients with mucinous EOC [HR, 1.82; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.41-2.35; P = 4.13 x 10(-6)] and tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, member 13B (TNFRSF13B) rs7501462 in patients with endometrioid EOC (HR, 0.68; 95% CI, 0.56-0.82; P = 2.33 x 10(-5)). Other associations of note included TNF receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2) rs17250239 in patients with high-grade serous EOC (HR, 0.84; 95% CI, 0.77-0.92; P = 6.49 x 10(-5)) and phospholipase C, gamma 1 (PLCG1) rs11696662 in patients with clear cell EOC (HR, 0.43; 95% CI, 0.26-0.73; P = 4.56 x 10(-4)). These associations highlight the potential importance of genes associated with host inflammation and immunity in modulating clinical outcomes in distinct EOC histologies.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24740199
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