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    Keywords: CANCER ; COHORT ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; ASSOCIATION ; POLYMORPHISMS ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; BRCA1 ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; EXCISION-REPAIR ; ONCOLOGY ; BRCA2 ; breast cancer risk ; NUCLEOTIDE ; ERCC4
    Abstract: BACKGROUND: In this study we aimed to evaluate the role of a SNP in intron 1 of the ERCC4 gene (rs744154), previously reported to be associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in the general population, as a breast cancer risk modifier in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. METHODS: We have genotyped rs744154 in 9408 BRCA1 and 5632 BRCA2 mutation carriers from the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2 (CIMBA) and assessed its association with breast cancer risk using a retrospective weighted cohort approach. RESULTS: We found no evidence of association with breast cancer risk for BRCA1 (per-allele HR: 0.98, 95% CI: 0.93-1.04, P = 0.5) or BRCA2 (per-allele HR: 0.97, 95% CI: 0.89-1.06, P = 0.5) mutation carriers. CONCLUSION: This SNP is not a significant modifier of breast cancer risk for mutation carriers, though weak associations cannot be ruled out.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19920816
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    Keywords: CANCER ; tumor ; CELL ; MODEL ; POPULATION ; RISK ; RISKS ; DISTINCT ; GENES ; SAMPLE ; TUMORS ; FAMILY ; primary ; BIOLOGY ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; DIFFERENCE ; MUTATION ; genetics ; cancer risk ; MUTATIONS ; HIGH-RISK ; heredity ; CLUSTER ; RE ; BRCA2 ; FAMILIES ; PENETRANCE ; SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISMS ; SNPs ; ALLELES ; TECHNOLOGY ; BRCA1 MUTATION CARRIERS ; USA ; CANCER-RISK ; ENGLAND ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; PROPHYLACTIC OOPHORECTOMY ; CONSORTIUM ; FGFR2 ; INVESTIGATORS ; MODIFIERS ; NUCLEOTIDE
    Abstract: Germline mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 confer high risks of breast cancer. However, evidence suggests that these risks are modified by other genetic or environmental factors that cluster in families. A recent genome-wide association study has shown that common alleles at single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in FGFR2 (rs2981582), TNRC9 (rs3803662), and MAP3K1 (rs889312) are associated with increased breast cancer risks in the general population. To investigate whether these loci are also associated with breast cancer risk in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, we genotyped these SNPs in a sample of 10,358 mutation carriers from 23 studies. The minor alleles of SNP rs2981582 and rs889312 were each associated with increased breast cancer risk in BRCA2 mutation carriers (per-allele hazard ratio [HR] = 1.32, 95% CI: 1.20-1.45, p(trend) = 1.7 x 10(-8) and HR = 1.12, 95% CI: 1.02-1.24, P-trend = 0.02) but not in BRCA1 carriers. rs3803662 was associated with increased breast cancer risk in both BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers (per-allele HR = 1.13, 95% CI: 1.06-1.20, P-trend = 5 x 10(-5) in BRCA1 and BRCA2 combined). These loci appear to interact multiplicatively on breast cancer risk in BRCA2 mutation carriers. The differences in the effects of the FGFR2 and MAP3K1 SNPs between BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers point to differences in the biology of BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer tumors and confirm the distinct nature of breast cancer in BRCA1 mutation carriers
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18355772
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  • 3
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; MODEL ; COMMON ; POPULATION ; RISK ; RISKS ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; BIOLOGY ; MOLECULAR-BIOLOGY ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; single nucleotide polymorphism ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; BRCA1 ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; MUTATION ; genetics ; SNP ; cancer risk ; CARRIERS ; case-control studies ; ESTROGEN-RECEPTOR ; SINGLE ; molecular biology ; case control study ; case-control study ; population-based case-control study ; BRCA2 ; VARIANT ; SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISMS ; SNPs ; MUTATION CARRIERS ; ALLELES ; INCREASED RISK ; population-based ; CANCER-RISK ; COMMON VARIANT ; 8Q24 ; NOV ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; GENERAL-POPULATION ; breast cancer risk ; UK ; Genetic ; 33 ; COMMON VARIANTS ; Genome-wide association studies ; BRCA1 and BRCA2
    Abstract: Genome-wide association studies of breast cancer have identified multiple single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are associated with increased breast cancer risks in the general population. In a previous study, we demonstrated that the minor alleles at three of these SNPs, in FGFR2, TNRC9 and MAP3K1, also confer increased risks of breast cancer for BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers. Three additional SNPs rs3817198 at LSP1, rs13387042 at 2q35 and rs13281615 at 8q24 have since been reported to be associated with breast cancer in the general population, and in this study we evaluated their association with breast cancer risk in 9442 BRCA1 and 5665 BRCA2 mutation carriers from 33 study centres. The minor allele of rs3817198 was associated with increased breast cancer risk only for BRCA2 mutation carriers [hazard ratio (HR) = 1.16, 95% CI: 1.07-1.25, P-trend = 2.8 x 10(-4)]. The best fit for the association of SNP rs13387042 at 2q35 with breast cancer risk was a dominant model for both BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers (BRCA1: HR = 1.14, 95% CI: 1.04-1.25, P = 0.0047; BRCA2: HR = 1.18 95% CI: 1.04-1.33, P = 0.0079). SNP rs13281615 at 8q24 was not associated with breast cancer for either BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers, but the estimated association for BRCA2 mutation carriers (per-allele HR = 1.06, 95% CI: 0.98-1.14) was consistent with odds ratio estimates derived from population-based case-control studies. The LSP1 and 2q35 SNPs appear to interact multiplicatively on breast cancer risk for BRCA2 mutation carriers. There was no evidence that the associations vary by mutation type depending on whether the mutated protein is predicted to be stable or not
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19656774
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  • 4
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENE ; MECHANISM ; CELL-CYCLE ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; HEALTH ; DECREASE ; REDUCED RISK ; CARCINOMAS ; PREDISPOSITION ; COMMON VARIANTS ; BRCA2 MUTATION CARRIERS ; CASPASE-8 GENE ; INACTIVATING MUTATIONS
    Abstract: Background: The genes caspase-8 (CASP8) and caspase-10 (CASP10) functionally cooperate and play a key role in the initiation of apoptosis. Suppression of apoptosis is one of the major mechanisms underlying the origin and progression of cancer. Previous case-control studies have indicated that the polymorphisms CASP8 D302H and CASP10 V410I are associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in the general population. Methods: To evaluate whether the CASP8 D302H (CASP10 V410I) polymorphisms modify breast or ovarian cancer risk in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, we analyzed 7,353 (7,227) subjects of white European origin provided by 19 (18) study groups that participate in the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2 (CIMBA). A weighted cohort approach was used to estimate hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). Results: The minor allele of CASP8 D302H was significantly associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer (per-allele HR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.76-0.97; P-trend = 0.011) and ovarian cancer (per-allele HR, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.53-0.89; P-trend = 0.004) for BRCA1 but not for BRCA2 mutation carriers. The CASP10 V410I polymorphism was not associated with breast or ovarian cancer risk for BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers. Conclusions: CASP8 D302H decreases breast and ovarian cancer risk for BRCA1 mutation carriers but not for BRCA2 mutation carriers. Impact: The combined application of these and other recently identified genetic risk modifiers could in the future allow better individual risk calculation and could aid in the individualized counseling and decision making with respect to preventive options in BRCA1 mutation carriers.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20978178
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  • 5
    Keywords: CANCER ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENE ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; breast cancer ; ESTROGEN-RECEPTOR ; ALLELES ; LOCUS ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; CONFER SUSCEPTIBILITY ; BRCA2 MUTATION CARRIERS ; 2Q35 ; ESR1 ; GENETIC MODIFIERS
    Abstract: Two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at 6q25.1, near the ESR1 gene, have been implicated in the susceptibility to breast cancer for Asian (rs2046210) and European women (rs9397435). A genome-wide association study in Europeans identified two further breast cancer susceptibility variants: rs11249433 at 1p11.2 and rs999737 in RAD51L1 at 14q24.1. Although previously identified breast cancer susceptibility variants have been shown to be associated with breast cancer risk for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, the involvement of these SNPs to breast cancer susceptibility in mutation carriers is currently unknown. To address this, we genotyped these SNPs in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers from 42 studies from the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2. In the analysis of 14 123 BRCA1 and 8053 BRCA2 mutation carriers of European ancestry, the 6q25.1 SNPs (r(2) = 0.14) were independently associated with the risk of breast cancer for BRCA1 mutation carriers [ hazard ratio (HR) = 1.17, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.11-1.23, P-trend = 4.5 x 10(-9) for rs2046210; HR = 1.28, 95% CI: 1.18-1.40, P-trend = 1.3 x 10(-8) for rs9397435], but only rs9397435 was associated with the risk for BRCA2 carriers (HR = 1.14, 95% CI: 1.01-1.28, P-trend = 0.031). SNP rs11249433 (1p11.2) was associated with the risk of breast cancer for BRCA2 mutation carriers (HR = 1.09, 95% CI: 1.02-1.17, P-trend = 0.015), but was not associated with breast cancer risk for BRCA1 mutation carriers (HR = 0.97, 95% CI: 0.92-1.02, P-trend = 0.20). SNP rs999737 (RAD51L1) was not associated with breast cancer risk for either BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers (P-trend = 0.27 and 0.30, respectively). The identification of SNPs at 6q25.1 associated with breast cancer risk for BRCA1 mutation carriers will lead to a better understanding of the biology of tumour development in these women
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 21593217
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    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; RISK ; TUMORS ; FAMILY ; BIOLOGY ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; BREAST ; BREAST-CANCER ; STEM-CELLS ; MULTIPLE-MYELOMA ; MAMMARY-GLAND ; MUTATION CARRIERS ; ADHERENS JUNCTIONS ; EPITHELIUM ; MISSENSE MUTATIONS ; genetic variation ; MITOTIC SPINDLE ; BRCA1-DEPENDENT UBIQUITINATION ; CENTROSOMAL MICROTUBULE NUCLEATION ; PROGENITOR-CELL FATE
    Abstract: Differentiated mammary epithelium shows apicobasal polarity, and loss of tissue organization is an early hallmark of breast carcinogenesis. In BRCA1 mutation carriers, accumulation of stem and progenitor cells in normal breast tissue and increased risk of developing tumors of basal-like type suggest that BRCA1 regulates stem/progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation. However, the function of BRCA1 in this process and its link to carcinogenesis remain unknown. Here we depict a molecular mechanism involving BRCA1 and RHAMM that regulates apicobasal polarity and, when perturbed, may increase risk of breast cancer. Starting from complementary genetic analyses across families and populations, we identified common genetic variation at the low-penetrance susceptibility HMMR locus (encoding for RHAMM) that modifies breast cancer risk among BRCA1, but probably not BRCA2, mutation carriers: n = 7,584, weighted hazard ratio ((w)HR) = 1.09 (95% CI 1.02-1.16), p(trend) = 0.017; and n = 3,965, (w)HR = 1.04 (95% CI 0.94-1.16), p(trend) = 0.43; respectively. Subsequently, studies of MCF10A apicobasal polarization revealed a central role for BRCA1 and RHAMM, together with AURKA and TPX2, in essential reorganization of microtubules. Mechanistically, reorganization is facilitated by BRCA1 and impaired by AURKA, which is regulated by negative feedback involving RHAMM and TPX2. Taken together, our data provide fundamental insight into apicobasal polarization through BRCA1 function, which may explain the expanded cell subsets and characteristic tumor type accompanying BRCA1 mutation, while also linking this process to sporadic breast cancer through perturbation of HMMR/RHAMM.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22110403
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  • 7
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; MODELS ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; DNA ; ASSOCIATION ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; MUTATIONS ; DNA-DAMAGE ; CAENORHABDITIS-ELEGANS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY GENE ; HOMOLOGOUS RECOMBINATION ; ONCOLOGY ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; C-ELEGANS ; GERM-CELLS ; FANCONI-ANEMIA ; ENGLAND ; BRCA2 MUTATION CARRIERS ; CHROMODOMAIN PROTEIN ; HELICASE BRIP1
    Abstract: Introduction: Proteins encoded by Fanconi anemia (FA) and/or breast cancer (BrCa) susceptibility genes cooperate in a common DNA damage repair signaling pathway. To gain deeper insight into this pathway and its influence on cancer risk, we searched for novel components through protein physical interaction screens. Methods: Protein physical interactions were screened using the yeast two-hybrid system. Co-affinity purifications and endogenous co-immunoprecipitation assays were performed to corroborate interactions. Biochemical and functional assays in human, mouse and Caenorhabditis elegans models were carried out to characterize pathway components. Thirteen FANCD2-monoubiquitinylation-positive FA cell lines excluded for genetic defects in the downstream pathway components and 300 familial BrCa patients negative for BRCA1/2 mutations were analyzed for genetic mutations. Common genetic variants were genotyped in 9,573 BRCA1/2 mutation carriers for associations with BrCa risk. Results: A previously identified co-purifying protein with PALB2 was identified, MRG15 (MORF4L1 gene). Results in human, mouse and C. elegans models delineate molecular and functional relationships with BRCA2, PALB2, RAD51 and RPA1 that suggest a role for MRG15 in the repair of DNA double-strand breaks. Mrg15-deficient murine embryonic fibroblasts showed moderate sensitivity to g-irradiation relative to controls and reduced formation of Rad51 nuclear foci. Examination of mutants of MRG15 and BRCA2 C. elegans orthologs revealed phenocopy by accumulation of RPA-1 (human RPA1) nuclear foci and aberrant chromosomal compactions in meiotic cells. However, no alterations or mutations were identified for MRG15/MORF4L1 in unclassified FA patients and BrCa familial cases. Finally, no significant associations between common MORF4L1 variants and BrCa risk for BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers were identified: rs7164529, P(trend) = 0.45 and 0.05, P(2df) = 0.51 and 0.14, respectively; and rs10519219, P(trend) = 0.92 and 0.72, P(2df) = 0.76 and 0.07, respectively. Conclusions: While the present study expands on the role of MRG15 in the control of genomic stability, weak associations cannot be ruled out for potential low-penetrance variants at MORF4L1 and BrCa risk among BRCA2 mutation carriers
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 21466675
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