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    Keywords: CANCER ; LUNG ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; PHASE-I ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; COHORT ; RISK ; ENZYMES ; GENE ; GENES ; PATIENT ; RISK-FACTORS ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; single nucleotide polymorphism ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; BREAST-CANCER ; DELETION ; NO ; STRESS ; AGE ; SNP ; smoking ; leukemia ; ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC-LEUKEMIA ; bladder cancer ; BLADDER-CANCER ; cancer risk ; gene-environment interaction ; INVOLVEMENT ; case-control studies ; TOBACCO ; OXIDATIVE STRESS ; European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition ; nutrition ; glutathione-S-transferase ; DNA-ADDUCTS ; SINGLE ; ONCOLOGY ; case control study ; case-control study ; ASSOCIATIONS ; PATTERN ; VARIANT ; ALLELE ; SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISMS ; SNPs ; interaction ; GSTM1 ; METHYLENETETRAHYDROFOLATE REDUCTASE ; MTHFR ; ALLELES ; case control studies ; ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO-SMOKE ; INTERVAL ; ENZYME ; methods ; PHASE ; single-nucleotide ; pooled analysis ; prospective ; CANDIDATE ; NEVER SMOKERS ; CANCERS ; CANCER-RISK ; Phase I ; SET ; case control ; METABOLIC PATHWAYS ; GENETIC-SUSCEPTIBILITY ; nonsmokers ; METHYLENE-TETRAHYDROFOLATE REDUCTASE ; metabolic genes ; NULL-GENOTYPE
    Abstract: Background: We chose a set of candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to investigate gene-environment interactions in three types of cancer that have been related to air pollution (lung, bladder and myeloid leukemia). Patients and methods: The study has been conducted as a nested case-control study within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohort (409 cancer cases and 757 matched controls). We included never and ex-smokers. SNPs were in genes involved in oxidative stress, phase I metabolizing genes, phase 11 metabolizing genes and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). Results: The most notable findings are: GSTM1 deletion and bladder cancer risk [odds ratio (OR) = 1.60; 95% confidence interval 1.00-2.56]; CYP1A1 and leukemia (2.22, 1.33-3.70; heterozygotes); CYP1B1 and leukemia (0.47, 0.27-0.84; homozygotes); MnSOD and leukemia (1.91, 1.08-3.38; homozygotes) and NQO1 and lung cancer (8.03, 1.73-37.3; homozygotes). Other statistically significant associations were found in subgroups defined by smoking habits (never or ex-smokers), environmental tobacco smoke or gender, with no obvious pattern. When gene variants were organized according to the three main pathways, the emerging picture was of a strong involvement of combined phase I enzymes in leukemia, with an OR of 5 (1.63-15.4) for those having three or more variant alleles. The association was considerably stronger for leukemias arising before the age of 55
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17496311
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    Keywords: CANCER ; LUNG-CANCER ; COHORT ; DNA adducts ; EXPOSURE ; RISK ; DNA ; BIOMARKERS ; colon ; RATS ; CONTRAST ; BINDING ; ASSOCIATION ; COLORECTAL-CANCER ; BLADDER-CANCER ; cancer risk ; POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC-HYDROCARBONS ; COLON-CANCER ; MULTIVARIATE ; ADDUCTS ; CARCINOGENS ; DIET ; DIETARY ; ALCOHOL ; EPIC ; nutrition ; SMOKERS ; FOOD ; GUIDELINES ; VITAMIN-E ; DNA-ADDUCTS ; REGRESSION ; air pollution ; prospective studies ; N-NITROSAMINES ; LEVEL ; biomarker ; analysis ; prospective ; prospective study ; correlation ; BMI ; CANCER-RISK ; ENGLAND ; non-smokers ; AMINE ; gastrointestinal ; European Prospective Investigation into Cancer ; fibre intake ; haemoglobin adducts ; RESISTANT STARCH
    Abstract: In contrast to some extensively examined food mutagens, for example, aflatoxins, N-nitrosamines and heterocyclic amines, some other food contaminants, in particular polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and other aromatic compounds, have received less attention. Therefore, exploring the relationships between dietary habits and the levels of biomarkers related to exposure to aromatic compounds is highly relevant. We have investigated in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cohort the association between dietary items (food groups and nutrients) and aromatic DNA adducts and 4-aminobiphenyl-Hb adducts. Both types of adducts are biomarkers of carcinogen exposure and possibly of cancer risk, and were measured, respectively, in leucocytes and erythrocytes of 1086 (DNA adducts) and 190 (Hb adducts) non-smokers. An inverse. statistically significant, association has been found between DNA adduct levels and dietary fibre intake (P=0.02), vitamin E (P =0.04) and alcohol (P=0.03) but not with other nutrients or food groups. Also, an inverse association between fibre and fruit intake, and BMI and 4-aminobiphenyl-Hb adducts (P=0.03, 0.04, and 0.03 respectively) was observed. After multivariate regression analysis these inverse correlations remained statistically significant, except for the correlation adducts v. fruit intake. The present study suggests that fibre intake in the usual range can modify the level of DNA or Hb aromatic adducts, but Such role seems to be quantitatively modest. Fibres could reduce the formation of DNA adducts in different manners, by diluting potential food mutagens and carcinogens in the gastrointestinal tract, by speeding their transit through the colon and by binding carcinogenic substances
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18275627
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    Keywords: CANCER ; LUNG ; MODEL ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; COHORT ; cohort studies ; cohort study ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; DISEASES ; DNA adducts ; RISK ; RISKS ; GENE ; GENES ; DNA ; RISK-FACTORS ; AIR-POLLUTION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; BREAST-CANCER ; LESIONS ; DESIGN ; DNA-REPAIR ; REPAIR ; risk factors ; smoking ; bladder cancer ; BLADDER-CANCER ; cancer risk ; MUTATIONS ; ADDUCTS ; case-control studies ; OXYGEN ; DNA repair ; EXCISION-REPAIR ; reactive oxygen species ; case-control study ; VARIANT ; air pollution ; INCREASE ; SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISMS ; FUNCTIONAL-CHARACTERIZATION ; XPD POLYMORPHISMS ; case control studies ; INTERVAL ; RISK-FACTOR ; CANCER-RISK ; N-NITROSO COMPOUNDS ; BASAL-CELL CARCINOMA ; CHROMOSOME 19Q13.2-3 ; GENE XRCC3
    Abstract: Environmental carcinogens contained in air pollution, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, aromatic amines or N-nitroso compounds, predominantly form DNA adducts but can also generate interstrand cross-links and reactive oxygen species. If unrepaired, such lesions increase the risk of somatic mutations and cancer. Our study investigated the relationships between 22 polymorphisms (and their haplotypes) in 16 DNA repair genes belonging to different repair pathways in 1094 controls and 567 cancer cases (bladder cancer, 131; lung cancer, 134; oral-pharyngeal cancer, 41; laryngeal cancer, 47; leukaemia, 179; death from emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 84). The design was a case-control study nested within a prospective investigation. Among the many comparisons, few polymorphisms were associated with the diseases at the univariate analysis: XRCC1-399 Gln/Gln variant homozygotes [odds ratios (OR) = 2.20, 95% confidence intervals (CI) = 1.16-4.17] and XRCC3-241 Met/Met homozygotes (OR = 0.51, 95% CI = 0.27-0.96) and leukaemia. The recessive model in the stepwise multivariate analysis revealed a possible protective effect of XRCC1-399Gln/Gln in lung cancer (OR = 0.22, 95% CI = 0.05-0.98), and confirmed an opposite effect (OR = 2.47, 95% CI = 1.02-6.02) in the leukaemia group. Our results also suggest that the XPD/ERCC1-GAT haplotype may modulate leukaemia (OR = 1.28, 95% CI = 1.02-1.61), bladder cancer (OR = 1.38, 95% CI = 1.06-1.79) and possibly other cancer risks. Further investigations of the combined effects of polymorphisms within these DNA repair genes, smoking and other risk factors may help to clarify the influence of genetic variation in the carcinogenic process
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16308313
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    Keywords: CANCER ; SURVIVAL ; CELL LUNG-CANCER ; MODEL ; PATHWAY ; COHORT ; DISEASE ; MORTALITY ; RISK ; GENE ; DNA ; ASSOCIATION ; VARIANTS ; genetics ; DAMAGE ; ATHEROSCLEROSIS ; DNA repair ; HOMOLOGOUS RECOMBINATION ; molecular epidemiology ; VARIANT ; ALLELES ; GENOTYPE ; prospective ; prospective study ; REPAIR GENES ; XRCC3 ; GENE POLYMORPHISMS ; ELEVATED LEVELS
    Abstract: We followed-up for mortality and cancer incidence 1088 healthy non-smokers from a population-based study, who were characterized for 22 variants in 16 genes involved in DNA repair pathways. Follow-up was 100% complete. The association between polymorphism and mortality or cancer incidence was analyzed using Cox Proportional Hazard regression models. Ninety-five subjects had died in a median follow-up time of 78 months (inter-quartile range 59-93 months). None of the genotypes was clearly associated with total mortality, except variants for two Double-Strand Break DNA repair genes, XRCC3 18067 C 〉 T (rs#861539) and XRCC2 31479 G 〉 A (rs#3218536). Adjusted hazard ratios were 2.25 (1.32-3.83) for the XRCC3 C/T genotype and 2.04 (1.00-4.13) for the T/T genotype (reference C/C), and 2.12 (1.14-3.97) for the XRCC2 G/A genotype (reference G/G). For total cancer mortality, the adjusted hazard ratios were 3.29 (1.23-7.82) for XRCC3 C/T, 2.84 (0.81-9.90) for XRCC3 T/T and 3.17 (1.21-8.30) for XRCC2 G/A. With combinations of three or more adverse alleles, the adjusted hazard ratio for all cause mortality was 17.29 (95% C.I. 8.13-36.74), and for all incident cancers the HR was 5.28 (95% C.I. 2.17-12.85). Observations from this prospective study suggest that polymorphisms of genes involved in the repair of DNA double-strand breaks significantly influence the risk of cancer and non-cancer disease, and call influence mortality. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18824251
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    Keywords: CANCER ; LUNG ; DIAGNOSIS ; FOLLOW-UP ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; COHORT ; EXPOSURE ; MORTALITY ; RISK ; TIME ; AIR-POLLUTION ; ASSOCIATION ; AGE ; smoking ; COUNTRIES ; RECRUITMENT ; ADDUCTS ; case-control studies ; EPIC ; nutrition ; SMOKERS ; case-control study ; air pollution ; case control studies ; INTERVAL ; GENDER ; occupational exposures ; prospective study ; EXPOSURES ; SO2 ; AMBIENT ; POLLUTANTS
    Abstract: To estimate the relationship between air pollution and lung cancer, a nested case-control study was set up within EPIC (European Prospective Investigation on Cancer and Nutrition). Cases had newly diagnosed lung cancer, accrued after a median follow-up of 7 years among the EPIC exsmokers (since at least 10 years) and never smokers. Three controls per case were matched. Matching criteria were gender, age (+/- 5 years), smoking status, country of recruitment and time elapsed between recruitment and diagnosis. We studied residence in proximity of heavy traffic roads as an indicator of exposure to air pollution. In addition, exposure to air pollutants (NO2, PM10, SO2) was assessed using concentration data from monitoring stations in routine air quality monitoring networks. Cotinine was measured in plasma. We found a nonsignificant association between lung cancer and residence nearby heavy traffic roads (odds ratio = 1.46, 95% confidence interval, CI, 0.89-2.40). Exposure data for single pollutants were available for 197 cases and 556 matched controls. For NO2 we found an odds ratio of 1.14 (95% CI, 0.78-1.67) for each increment of 10 mu g/m(3), and an odds ratio of 1.30 (1.02-1.66) for concentrations greater than 30 mu g/m(3). The association with NO2 did not change after adjustment by cotinine and additional potential confounders, including occupational exposures. No clear association was found with other pollutants. (c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16463382
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    Keywords: CANCER ; human ; LUNG ; MODEL ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; COHORT ; cohort study ; DISEASE ; DISEASES ; EXPOSURE ; GENE ; GENES ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; DNA ; REDUCTION ; ASSOCIATION ; FREQUENCY ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; FREQUENCIES ; NUMBER ; REPAIR ; leukemia ; ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC-LEUKEMIA ; BLADDER-CANCER ; REGION ; DNA repair ; DNA-REPAIR GENES ; VARIANT ; FUNCTIONAL-CHARACTERIZATION ; CATECHOL-O-METHYLTRANSFERASE ; METHYLENETETRAHYDROFOLATE REDUCTASE ; prospective ; LUNG-CANCER RISK ; VARIABLES ; metabolic gene polymorphisms ; METABOLISM GENES
    Abstract: It is becoming increasingly evident that single-locus effects cannot explain complex multifactorial human diseases like cancer. We applied the multi-factor dimensionality reduction (MDR) method to a large cohort study on gene-environment and gene-gene interactions. The study (case-control nested in the EPIC cohort) was established to investigate molecular changes and genetic susceptibility in relation to air pollution and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in non-smokers. We have analyzed 757 controls and 409 cases with bladder cancer (n = 124), lung cancer (n = 116) and myeloid leukemia (n = 169). Thirty-six gene variants (DNA repair and metabolic genes) and three environmental exposure variables (measures of air pollution and ETS at home and at work) were analyzed. Interactions were assessed by prediction error percentage and cross-validation consistency (CVC) frequency. For lung cancer, the best model was given by a significant gene-environment association between the base excision repair (BER) XRCC1-Arg399Gln polymorphism, the double-strand break repair (DSBR) BRCA2-Asn372His polymorphism and the exposure variable 'distance from heavy traffic road', an indirect and robust indicator of air pollution (mean prediction error of 26%, P 〈 0.001, mean CVC of 6.60, P = 0.02). For bladder cancer, we found a significant 4-loci association between the BER APE1-Asp148Glu polymorphism, the DSBR RAD52-3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) polymorphism and the metabolic gene polymorphisms COMT-Val158Met and MTHFR-677C 〉 T (mean prediction error of 22%, P 〈 0.001, mean CVC consistency of 7.40, P 〈 0.037). For leukemia, a 3-loci model including RAD52-2259C 〉 T, MnSOD-Ala9Val and CYP1A1-Ile462Val had a minimum prediction error of 31% (P 〈 0.001) and a maximum CVC of 4.40 (P = 0.086). The MDR method seems promising, because it provides a limited number of statistically stable interactions; however, the biological interpretation remains to be understood
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16956909
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    Keywords: CANCER ; INFORMATION ; SUPPORT ; COHORT ; EXPOSURE ; LONG-TERM ; RISK ; ACTIVATION ; DNA ; AIR ; ASSOCIATION ; VARIANTS ; BREAST-CANCER ; NO ; HEALTH ; lifestyle ; MUTATION ; PROSPECTIVE COHORT ; COLORECTAL-CANCER ; bladder cancer ; BLADDER-CANCER ; cancer risk ; acetylation ; METABOLIC-ACTIVATION ; COLON-CANCER ; MUTATIONS ; gene-environment interaction ; CARCINOGENS ; DIET ; DIETARY ; NETHERLANDS ; case-control studies ; CONSUMPTION ; EPIC ; nutrition ; QUESTIONNAIRE ; ONCOLOGY ; case-control study ; REGRESSION ; VARIANT ; prospective studies ; LEVEL ; methods ; GENOTYPE ; prospective ; MEAT INTAKE ; RISK-FACTOR ; VARIABLES ; CANCER-RISK ; ENGLAND ; AMINE ; N-acetyltransferase ; GENE-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS ; N-ACETYLATION
    Abstract: Objective The suspect carcinogens, heterocyclic amines (HAAs), found in well-done meat require host-mediated metabolic activation before inducing DNA mutations. The role of SULT1A1 and of NAT2 on the activation of HAAs suggests that NAT2 rapid acetylator genotype and SULT1A1 allele variants can have an effect on HAA carcinogenicity. Methods Data were collected as part of a case-control study nested within the EPIC cohort, the Gen Air investigation. EPIC is a prospective study designed to investigate the relationship between nutrition and cancer. Information was collected through a non-dietary questionnaire on lifestyle variables and through a dietary questionnaire. The subjects were restricted to non-smokers. We calculated the matched odds ratio for bladder cancer risk using logistic regression, controlling for potential confounders. Results There were 227 bladder cases and 612 controls matched 1:3. Meat intake and NAT2 genotype were not independently associated with bladder cancer risk. A significant relationship was observed between bladder cancer risk and consumption of meat only among subjects with the rapid NAT2 genotype (odds ratios [OR] 2.9, 95% CI 1.0-7.9 for the 2nd quartile of meat intake; 3.6, 95% CI 1.3-9.7 for the 3rd quartile; and 3.5, 95% CI 1.2-9.7 for the 4th quartile), and was not present among subjects with the slow genotype. An interaction between NAT2 and meat intake was found in logistic regression (P = 0.034). No association was observed for SULT1A *1/2 genotype (1.0; 95% CI 0.7-1.5) and for SULT1A1 *2/2 genotype (0.9; 95% CI 0.5-1.7). Conclusions These results are suggestive of a role of meat intake and NAT2 on bladder cancer risk. They support the hypothesis that among subjects with the rapid NAT2 acetylation genotype higher levels of HAAs exposure are a bladder cancer risk factor. We did not observe an effect of SULT1A1 allele variants on this cancer. The present study adds new information on the possible long-term adverse effects of diets with high meat intake
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18264785
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