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  • DISEASE  (9)
  • 1
    Keywords: CANCER ; LUNG ; EMPHYSEMA ; FOLLOW-UP ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; NETWORKS ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; DNA adducts ; EXPOSURE ; RISK ; GENES ; TIME ; DNA ; AIR-POLLUTION ; ASSOCIATION ; POLYMORPHISMS ; AGE ; REPAIR ; smoking ; leukemia ; bladder cancer ; BLADDER-CANCER ; cancer risk ; DAMAGE ; POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC-HYDROCARBONS ; DNA-DAMAGE ; RECRUITMENT ; ADDUCTS ; case-control studies ; EPIC ; nutrition ; QUESTIONNAIRE ; WHITE BLOOD-CELLS ; DNA-ADDUCTS ; case-control study ; DETERMINANTS ; monitoring ; GSTM1 ; LEVEL ; ADDUCT ; case control studies ; INTERVAL ; DNA damage ; DNA ADDUCT ; ABILITY ; GENDER ; OUTDOOR AIR-POLLUTION ; OZONE
    Abstract: Objectives were to investigate prospectively the ability of DNA adducts to predict cancer and to study the determinants of adducts, especially air pollutants. DNA adducts were measured in a case-control study nested in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC investigation. Cases included newly diagnosed lung cancer (n = 115), upper respiratory cancers (pharynx and larynx, n 82), bladder cancer (n = 124), leukemia (n = 166), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema deaths (n = 77) accrued after a median follow-up of 7 years among the EPIC former smokers and never-smokers. Three controls per case were matched for questionnaire analyses and two controls per case for laboratory analyses. Matching criteria were gender, age, smoking status, country of recruitment, and follow-up time. Individual exposure to air pollution was assessed using concentration data from monitoring stations in routine air quality monitoring networks. Leukocyte DNA adducts were analyzed blindly using (32)p postlabeling technique. Adducts were associated with the subsequent risk of lung cancer, with an odds ratio (OR) of 1.86 [95% confidence interval (95% CI), 0.88-3.931 when comparing detectable versus nondetectable adducts. The association with lung cancer was stronger in never-smokers (OR, 4.04; 95% CI, 1.06-15.42) and among the younger age groups. After exclusion of the cancers occurring in the first 36 months of follow-up, the OR was 4.16 (95% CI, 1.24-13.88). A positive association was found between DNA adducts and ozone (O-3) concentration. Our prospective study suggests that leukocyte DNA adducts may predict lung cancer risk of never-smokers. Besides, the association of DNA adduct levels with O-3 indicates a possible role for photochemical smog in determining DNA damage
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16140979
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  • 2
    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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  • 3
    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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  • 4
    Keywords: CANCER ; LUNG ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; POPULATION ; RISK ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; TUMORS ; TIME ; PATIENT ; DNA ; treatment ; PLASMA ; COUNTRIES ; leukemia ; BLADDER ; cancer risk ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; CANCER PATIENTS ; EPIC ; European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition ; nutrition ; SMOKERS ; EUROPE ; ORAL CAVITY ; ORAL-CANCER ; PULMONARY ; SERUM ; molecular repidemiology ; plasmatic DNA ; prospective studies
    Abstract: Levels of plasma DNA concentrations in cancer patients have been shown to be higher than the plasma DNA concentrations found in healthy subjects. The value of plasma DNA levels for development of neoplastic or pulmonary disease was evaluated in a large prospective study. Plasma samples (n = 1, 184) were analyzed from 776 controls, 359 cases of cancer (lung, bladder, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, leukemia) and 49 deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including never smokers and ex-smokers, from 9 countries across Europe. The amount of plasma DNA was variable across the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) centers. High DNA concentrations in some centers might be due to the type of population recruited and/or the treatment of the samples. An elevated and statistically significant odds ratio (OR) was found for COPID deaths (OR = 2.53; 95% CI = 1.06-6.02), while nonsignificant increased ORs were present for oral cancers, cancers of the pharynx and larynx and leukemia. When the analyses were stratified by time since recruitment (below or above 36 months), the increased ORs were limited to the more recent period of recruitment, i.e., a time elapsed between blood drawing and disease onset lower than 36 months. This was particularly true for COPID deaths (OR = 12.7; 95% CI = 1.57-103) and leukemia (OR = 2.37; 95% Cl = 1.20-4.67). (C) 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15252845
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  • 5
    Keywords: CANCER ; BLOOD ; LUNG ; EMPHYSEMA ; LUNG-CANCER ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; DISEASES ; EXPOSURE ; HEPATOCELLULAR-CARCINOMA ; POPULATION ; RISK ; BIOMARKERS ; ASSOCIATION ; FREQUENCY ; WOMEN ; CIGARETTE-SMOKING ; leukemia ; BLADDER-CANCER ; ADDUCTS ; TOBACCO ; INDIVIDUALS ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD ; nutrition ; DNA-ADDUCTS ; TOBACCO-SMOKE ; CHEMICAL CARCINOGENS ; protein adducts ; LEVEL ; ADDUCT ; AFLATOXIN EXPOSURE ; biomarker ; case control studies ; ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO-SMOKE ; HEMOGLOBIN ADDUCTS ; INTERVAL
    Abstract: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether biomarkers of environmental tobacco smoke exposure [i.e, 4-aminobiphenyl-hemoglobin (4-ABP-Hb) adducts] were predictive of the risk of tobacco-related cancers and diseases. We did a case control study nested within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, involving 190 controls and 149 cases (incident cancer of the lung, bladder, pharynx, larynx, oral cavity, leukemias, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema deaths). All individuals were never smokers or ex smokers for 〉 10 years. 4-ABP-Hb adducts were analyzed in peripheral blood collected before the onset of the disease (median, 7 years). Overall, 4-ABP-Hb adducts were higher, although not statistically significantly so, in cases (as a whole) than controls. In the control population, high fruit and vegetable consumption significantly lowered the frequency of detectable adducts (Fisher's exact test, P = 0.025). Restricting the analysis to women, 4-ABP-Hb adducts were higher in cases than controls (Mann-Whitney P = 0.036) and the odds ratio (OR) for the presence/absence of adducts was 2.42 [95% confidence interval (95% CI), 1.18-4.981. Moreover, the association of adducts with the individual cancer types was stronger in women than in the whole study population, although statistically significant only for leukemias (OR, 2.77; 95% CI, 1.06-7.20). The results provide some evidence that women may be more susceptible to environmental tobacco smoke, as suggested by their higher adduct levels. The most important finding of this prospective study is that, at least in women, 4-ABP-Hb adducts may help identify subjects at high risk of cancers related to environmental tobacco smoke exposure
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16172219
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  • 6
    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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  • 7
    Keywords: CANCER ; PROSTATE ; FOLLOW-UP ; LUNG-CANCER ; DISEASE ; NEW-YORK ; RISK ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; TIME ; SEQUENCE ; ASSOCIATION ; chromosome ; SIGNAL ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; NO ; genetics ; SNP ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; BLADDER ; bladder cancer ; BLADDER-CANCER ; NETHERLANDS ; INDIVIDUALS ; heredity ; VARIANT ; USA ; NOR ; CANCERS ; 8Q24 ; NOV ; UPSTREAM ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; association study ; RATIO ; NICOTINE DEPENDENCE ; GENOME-WIDE ; P63 EXPRESSION ; UROTHELIAL CELL-CARCINOMA
    Abstract: We conducted a genome-wide SNP association study on 1,803 urinary bladder cancer (UBC) cases and 34,336 controls from Iceland and The Netherlands and follow up studies in seven additional case-control groups (2,165 cases and 3,800 controls). The strongest association was observed with allele T of rs9642880 on chromosome 8q24, 30 kb upstream of MYC (allele-specific odds ratio (OR) = 1.22; P = 9.34 x 10(-12)). Approximately 20% of individuals of European ancestry are homozygous for rs9642880[T], and their estimated risk of developing UBC is 1.49 times that of noncarriers. No association was observed between UBC and the four 8q24 variants previously associated with prostate, colorectal and breast cancers, nor did rs9642880 associate with any of these three cancers. A weaker signal, but nonetheless of genome-wide significance, was captured by rs710521[A] located near TP63 on chromosome 3q28 (allele-specific OR = 1.19; P = 1.15 x 10(-7))
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18794855
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  • 8
    Keywords: CANCER ; PATHWAY ; PATHWAYS ; THERAPY ; LUNG-CANCER ; DISEASE ; DISEASES ; EPIDEMIOLOGY ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; ASSOCIATION ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; DISCOVERY ; FIELD ; BREAST-CANCER ; prevention ; genetics ; cancer risk ; DATABASE ; GENOTYPES ; gene-environment interaction ; REPLICATION ; SELECTION ; nutrition ; heredity ; INTEGRATION ; THERAPIES ; interaction ; METAANALYSIS ; individual susceptibility ; CANCER-RISK ; ENGLAND ; NOV ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; CHALLENGES ; association study ; interactions ; PROBABILITY ; GENOME-WIDE ; GENE-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS ; CANCER SUSCEPTIBILITY LOCI ; GENETIC ASSOCIATIONS
    Abstract: There are considerable expectations about the ability of genome-wide association (GWA) studies to make exciting discoveries about the role of genes in common diseases. GWA studies may allow researchers to identify causal pathways that have not been unveiled before, thus opening new avenues to disease understanding, prevention and therapy. However, there are still many open challenges. One is how to analyse these studies. The problem of false positives and false negatives provides an interesting methodological stimulus to find optimal solutions. Once main genetic effects have been concretely documented, the next question is how to proceed with the investigation of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions. It is possible that what really counts is not the main effect of genes but complex interactions. Finding and interpreting such interactions is not straightforward. Finally, continuous updated integration of all evidence, from both old studies, current GWA investigations and future replication studies, and careful interpretation of the strength of the evidence are crucial to maximize transparency and lead to informative selection of the next steps of research in this field. The present Commentary is a report of an Environmental Cancer Risk, Nutrition and Individual Susceptibility network Workshop held in Venice in October 2007 and discusses some of the problems outlined above, with examples
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18765424
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  • 9
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; DISEASE ; RISK ; TUMORS ; DNA ; MARKER ; SEQUENCE ; ASSOCIATION ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; MUTATION ; genetics ; BLADDER ; BLADDER-CANCER ; MARKERS ; RECURRENCE ; MUTATIONS ; NETHERLANDS ; VARIANT ; SOMATIC MUTATIONS ; UROTHELIAL CELL-CARCINOMA ; Genetic ; FGFR3 MUTATIONS
    Abstract: Previously, we reported germline DNA variants associated with risk of urinary bladder cancer (UBC) in Dutch and Icelandic subjects. Here we expanded the Icelandic sample set and tested the top 20 markers from the combined analysis in several European case-control sample sets, with a total of 4,739 cases and 45,549 controls. The T allele of rs798766 on 4p16.3 was found to associate with UBC (odds ratio = 1.24, P = 9.9 x 10(-12)). rs798766 is located in an intron of TACC3, 70 kb from FGFR3, which often harbors activating somatic mutations in low-grade, noninvasive UBC. Notably, rs798766[T] shows stronger association with low-grade and low-stage UBC than with more aggressive forms of the disease and is associated with higher risk of recurrence in low-grade stage Ta tumors. The frequency of rs798766[T] is higher in Ta tumors that carry an activating mutation in FGFR3 than in Ta tumors with wild-type FGFR3. Our results show a link between germline variants, somatic mutations of FGFR3 and risk of UBC.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20348956
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