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    Keywords: treatment ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; single nucleotide polymorphism ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; SKIN ; mechanisms ; prevention ; HEALTH ; PROMOTER ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; cancer prevention ; smoking ; SNP ; REPAIR ; WOMEN ; LYMPHOCYTES ; DAMAGE ; GENOTYPES ; cancer risk ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; INDIVIDUALS ; case-control studies ; DNA-DAMAGE ; CANCER PATIENTS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY GENE ; BODY ; RISK ; GENE ; ENZYMES ; DISEASE ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; PATIENT ; MECHANISM ; DNA ; TUMORS ; validation ; DRUG ; RNA ; GENES ; THERAPY ; VITRO ; LUNG ; COMBINATION ; CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; CELLS ; CELL ; tumor ; AGENTS ; radiotherapy ; NSCLC ; CANCER-RISK ; cancer research ; RNA EXPRESSION ; ENZYME ; case control studies ; analysis ; GENOTYPE ; PROFILES ; single-nucleotide ; development ; PROMOTER POLYMORPHISM ; XRCC1 ; VARIANT ; WEIGHT ; SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISMS ; SNPs ; case-control study ; GEMCITABINE ; CAPACITY ; DEFICIENCY ; small cell lung cancer ; AGENT ; SINGLE ; DNA repair ; MPO ; APE1
    Abstract: Cells in the body are permanently attacked by DNA-reactive species, both from intracellular and environmental sources. Inherited and acquired deficiencies in host defense mechanisms against DNA damage (metabolic and DNA repair enzymes) can modify cancer susceptibility as well as therapy response. Genetic profiles should help to identify high-risk individuals who subsequently can be enrolled in preventive measures or treated by tailored therapy regimens. Some of our attempts to define such risk profiles are presented. Cancer susceptibility: Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in metabolic and repair genes were investigated in a hospital-based lung cancer case-control study. When evaluating the risk associated with different genotypes for N-acetyltransferases (Wikman et al. 2001) and glutathione-S-transferases (Risch et al. 2001), it is mandatory to distinguish between the three major histological subtypes of lung tumors. A promoter polymorphism of the myeloperoxidase gene MPO was shown to decrease lung cancer susceptibility mainly in small cell lung cancer (SCLC) (Dally et al. 2002). The CYP3A4*1B allele was also linked to an increased SCLC risk and in smoking women increased the risk of lung cancer eightfold (Dally et al. 2003b). Polymorphisms in DNA repair genes were shown to modulate lung cancer risk in smokers, and reduced DNA repair capacity elevated the disease risk (Rajaee-Behbahani et al. 2001). Investigations of several DNA repair gene variants revealed that lung cancer risk was only moderately affected by a single variant but was enhanced up to approximately threefold by specific risk allele combinations (Popanda et al. 2004). Therapy response: Inter-individual differences in therapy response are consistently observed with cancer chemotherapeutic agents. Initial results from ongoing studies showed that certain polymorphisms in drug transporter genes (ABCB1) differentially affect response outcome in histological subgroups of lung cancer. Stronger beneficial effects were seen in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients following gemcitabine and in SCLC patients following etoposide-based treatment. Several DNA repair parameters (polymorphisms, RNA expression, and DNA repair capacity) were measured in vitro in lymphocytes of patients before radiotherapy and correlated with the occurrence of acute side effects (radio-hypersensitivity). Our initial analysis of several repair gene variants in breast cancer patients (n = 446) who received radiotherapy revealed no association of single polymorphisms and the development of side effects (moist desquamation of the irradiated normal skin). The risk for this side effect was, however, strongly reduced in normal weight women carrying a combination of XRCC1 399Gln and APE1 148Glu alleles, indicating that these variants afford some protection against radio-hypersensitivity (Chang-Claude et al. 2005). Based on these data we conclude that specific metabolic and DNA repair gene variants can affect cancer risk and therapy outcome. Predisposition to hereditary cancer syndromes is dominated by the strong effects of some high-penetrance tumor susceptibility genes, while predisposition to sporadic cancer is influenced by the combination of multiple low-penetrance genes, of which as a major challenge, many disease-relevant combinations remain to be identified. Before translating these findings into clinical use and application for public health measures, large population-based studies and validation of the results will be required.
    Type of Publication: Book chapter
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  • 2
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; LUNG ; COMMON ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; EXPOSURE ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; DNA ; MECHANISM ; primary ; RISK-FACTORS ; mechanisms ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; NO ; AMPLIFICATION ; AGE ; DNA-REPAIR ; REPAIR ; CIGARETTE-SMOKING ; risk factors ; smoking ; PCR ; cancer risk ; DAMAGE ; RISK FACTOR ; REGION ; CARCINOGENS ; adenocarcinoma ; case-control studies ; squamous cell carcinoma ; INDIVIDUALS ; CANCER-RESEARCH ; SMOKERS ; NUCLEOTIDE EXCISION-REPAIR ; CELL CARCINOMA ; case control study ; case-control study ; REGRESSION ; OCCUPATIONAL-EXPOSURE ; CARCINOGEN ; HEAVY ; LUNG ADENOCARCINOMA ; PIGMENTOSUM GROUP-A
    Abstract: Polymorphisms of genes coding for DNA repair can affect lung cancer risk. A common single nucleotide (-4) G-to-A polymorphism was identified previously in the 5' untranslated region of the XPA gene. In a case-control study in European Caucasians, the influence of this polymorphism on primary lung cancer risk overall and according to histologic subtypes was investigated. Four hundred sixty-three lung cancer cases (including 204 adenocarcinoma and 212 squamous cell carcinoma) and 460 tumor-free hospital controls were investigated using PCR amplification and melting point analysis of sequence-specific hybridization probes. Odds ratios (OR) were calculated by multiple logistic regression analysis adjusting for age, gender, smoking habits, and occupational exposure and showed a slightly enhanced risk for all lung cancer cases as well as for squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma cases. Gene-environment interactions were analyzed with respect to smoking and occupational exposure. A nearly 3-fold increased risk for adenocarcinoma associated with the XPA AA genotype was observed for occupationally exposed individuals (OR, 2.95; 95% confidence interval, 1.42-6.14) and for heavy smokers (OR, 2.52; 95% confidence interval, 1.17-5.42). No genotype-dependent increase in OR was found for nonexposed individuals or those smoking 〈20 pack-years. The significant effect of the XPA polymorphism in heavy smokers and occupationally exposed individuals suggests an important gene-environment interaction for the XPA gene. The underlying mechanisms as to why AA homozygotes are predisposed to lung adenocarcinoma and which specific carcinogens are involved remains to be determined
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15598786
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  • 3
    Keywords: CANCER ; IRRADIATION ; radiotherapy ; Germany ; TOXICITY ; LUNG-CANCER ; RISK ; RISKS ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; SURGERY ; radiation ; PATIENT ; DNA ; GENETIC POLYMORPHISMS ; SKIN ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; DESIGN ; DNA-REPAIR ; REPAIR ; DAMAGE ; PROBES ; CARRIERS ; CANCER PATIENTS ; body mass index ; NUCLEOTIDE EXCISION-REPAIR ; DNA repair ; radiation sensitivity ; ACID SUBSTITUTION VARIANTS ; radiosensitivity ; MASSES ; RE ; VARIANT ; CAPACITY ; CANCER SUSCEPTIBILITY ; XPD ; ALLELES ; INTERVAL ; DNA repair gene ; DNA repair genes ; GENETIC-POLYMORPHISM ; CARRIER ; GENOTYPE ; HAPLOTYPE
    Abstract: Purpose: Several DNA repair gene polymorphisms have been described, which affect DNA repair capacity and modulate cancer susceptibility. We evaluated the association of six polymorphisms in the DNA repair genes: XRCC1 (Arg(194) Trp, Arg(280)His, and Arg(399)GIn), APE1 (Asp(148)Glu), and XPD (Lys(751)Gln and Asp(312)Asn), with the risk of acute skin reactions following radiotherapy. Design: We conducted a prospective study of 446 female patients with breast cancer who received radiotherapy after breast-conserving surgery. Individual genetic polymorphisms were determined using melting point analysis of sequence-specific hybridization probes. The development of acute skin reactions (moist desquamation) associated with DNA repair gene polymorphisms was modeled using Cox proportional hazards, accounting for cumulative biologically effective radiation dose. Results: Overall, the development of acute toxicity, which presented in 77 patients, was not associated with the genetic variants studied, although the hazard ratios (HR) were generally below 1. Risks were however differential by body mass index. Among normal-weight patients only, both carriers of theAPE1 (148)Glu and the XRCC1 (399)Gln alleles had decreased risk of acute skin reactions after radiotherapy (HR, 0.49 and 0.51, respectively). The results for XRCC1 were confirmed by haplotype analysis. When considering joint effects, we observed that compared with homozygote carriers of the wild-type allele in both genes, the risk was most strongly reduced in carriers of both APE1 (148)Glu and XRCC1 (399)GIn alleles with normal weight [HR, 0.19; 95% confidence interval (95% CI), 0.06-0.56] but not in those with overweight (HR, 1.39; 95% CI, 0.56-3.45; P-interaction = 0-009). Conclusion: The XRCC1 (399)Gln or APE1 (148)Glu alleles may be protective against the development of acute side effects after radiotherapy in patients with normal weight
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16000577
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  • 4
    Keywords: CANCER ; IONIZING-RADIATION ; LUNG-CANCER ; EXPOSURE ; HISTORY ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; radiation ; DNA ; FAMILY ; INDEX ; BIOMARKERS ; ASSOCIATION ; FREQUENCY ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; FREQUENCIES ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; AGE ; family history ; WOMEN ; DNA-REPAIR ; REPAIR ; smoking ; COLORECTAL-CANCER ; BLADDER-CANCER ; cancer risk ; INSTABILITY ; PARAMETERS ; TRANSFORMATION ; genetic polymorphism ; case-control studies ; TOBACCO ; ALCOHOL ; BODY ; FLUORESCENCE ; DNA repair ; SKIN-CANCER ; POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN ; MASS INDEX ; MASSES ; BODIES ; case control study ; case-control study ; RE ; FAMILIES ; CAPACITY ; ALLELE ; SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISMS ; XPD ; individual susceptibility ; biomarker ; case control studies ; INTERVAL ; analysis ; PREMENOPAUSAL WOMEN ; FAMILY-HISTORY ; PREMENOPAUSAL ; odds ratio ; CANCER-RISK ; TOXICOLOGY ; microbiology ; CHINESE POPULATION ; - ; BODY-MASS ; BODY-MASS-INDEX ; biotechnology ; XRCC3 ; REPAIR GENE XRCC3
    Abstract: The X- ray repair cross- complementing group 3 gene ( XRCC3) belongs to a family of genes responsible for repairing DNA double- strand breaks caused by normal metabolic processes and exposure to ionizing radiation. Polymorphisms in DNA repair genes may alter an individual's capacity to repair damaged DNA and may lead to genetic instability and contribute to malignant transformation. We examined the role of a polymorphism in the XRCC3 gene ( rs861529; codon 241: threonine to methionine change) in determining breast cancer risk in Thai women. The study population consisted of 507 breast cancer cases and 425 healthy women. The polymorphism was analysed by fluorescence- based melting curve analysis. The XRCC3 241Met allele was found to be uncommon in the Thai population ( frequency 0.07 among cases and 0.05 among controls). Odds ratios ( OR) adjusted for age, body mass index, age at menarche, family history of breast cancer, menopausal status, reproduction parameters, use of contraceptives, tobacco smoking, involuntary tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking, and education were calculated for the entire population as well as for pre- and postmenopausal women. There was a significant association between 241Met carrier status and breast cancer risk ( OR 1.58, 95% confidence interval ( CI) 1.02 - 2.44). Among postmenopausal women, a slightly higher OR ( 1.82, 95% CI 0.95 - 3.51) was found than among premenopausal women ( OR 1.48, 95% CI 0.82 - 2.69). Our findings suggest that the XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism is likely to play a modifying role in the individual susceptibility to breast cancer among Thai women as already shown for women of European ancestry
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17701750
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  • 5
    Keywords: CANCER ; DISEASE ; ASSAY ; REPAIR ; MUTATIONS ; EMBRYONIC STEM-CELLS ; BLEOMYCIN
    Abstract: DNA damage is tightly associated with various biological and pathological processes, such as aging and tumorigenesis. Although detection of DNA damage is attracting increasing attention, only a limited number of methods are available to quantify DNA lesions, and these techniques are tedious or only detect global DNA damage. In this study, we present a high-sensitivity long-run real-time PCR technique for DNA-damage quantification (LORD-Q) in both the mitochondrial and nuclear genome. While most conventional methods are of low-sensitivity or restricted to abundant mitochondrial DNA samples, we established a protocol that enables the accurate sequence-specific quantification of DNA damage in 〉3-kb probes for any mitochondrial or nuclear DNA sequence. In order to validate the sensitivity of this method, we compared LORD-Q with a previously published qPCR-based method and the standard single-cell gel electrophoresis assay, demonstrating a superior performance of LORD-Q. Exemplarily, we monitored induction of DNA damage and repair processes in human induced pluripotent stem cells and isogenic fibroblasts. Our results suggest that LORD-Q provides a sequence-specific and precise method to quantify DNA damage, thereby allowing the high-throughput assessment of DNA repair, genotoxicity screening and various other processes for a wide range of life science applications.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24371283
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  • 6
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; IRRADIATION ; radiotherapy ; CELL ; Germany ; THERAPY ; TOXICITY ; COHORT ; RISK ; SURGERY ; radiation ; PATIENT ; DNA ; INDEX ; QUALITY ; SKIN ; treatment ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; LESIONS ; RADIATION-THERAPY ; ASSAY ; WOMEN ; DNA-REPAIR ; REPAIR ; COMET ASSAY ; DAMAGE ; LYMPHOCYTES ; BEAM ; DNA-DAMAGE ; PARAMETERS ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; KINETICS ; body mass index ; DNA repair ; DNA repair capacity ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD LYMPHOCYTES ; ATAXIA-TELANGIECTASIA ; HETEROZYGOTES ; INTRINSIC RADIOSENSITIVITY ; radiation tolerance,DNA repair capacity,breast neoplasms,body mass index
    Abstract: Background and purpose: Intrinsic and extrinsic factors can affect the occurrence of side effects of radiotherapy. The influence of therapy modalities, personal characteristics and individual DNA repair capacity on the risk of acute skin toxicity was thus evaluated.Materials and methods: In a prospective study of 478 female breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant radiotherapy of the breast after breast-conserving surgery, acute skin toxicity was documented systematically using a modified version of the common toxicity criteria. Prognostic personal and treatment characteristics were identified for the entire cohort. Individual DNA repair capacity was determined in a subgroup of 113 patients with alkaline comet assay using phytohemagglutinin stimulated lymphocytes. Using proportional hazards analysis to account for cumulative biologically effective radiation dose, the hazard for the development of acute skin reactions (moist desquamation) associated with DNA repair capacity was modeled.Results: Of the 478 participants, 84 presented with acute reactions by the end of treatment. Higher body mass index was significantly associated with an increased risk for acute reactions (hazard ratio = 1.09 per 1 kg/m(2)), adjusted for treating hospital and photon beam quality. The comet assay parameters examined, including background DNA damage in non-irradiated cells, DNA damage induced by 5 Gy, and DNA repair capacity, were not significantly associated with risk of acute skin toxicity.Conclusions: Higher BMI is predictive of acute skin toxicity, however, individual repair parameters as determined by the alkaline comet assay are not informative enough. More comprehensive analyses including late effects of radiotherapy and repair kinetics optimized for different radiation-induced DNA lesions are warranted. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 14643951
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    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; IONIZING-RADIATION ; radiotherapy ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; TOXICITY ; RISK ; RISKS ; GENE ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; SURGERY ; radiation ; PATIENT ; GENETIC POLYMORPHISMS ; SKIN ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; AGE ; WOMEN ; REPAIR ; p53 ; PCR ; DNA-DAMAGE ; Jun ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; BODY ; p21 ; CANCER PATIENTS ; TP53 ; MASS INDEX ; RE ; VARIANT ; WEIGHT ; OVERWEIGHT ; prospective ; prospective study ; INCREASED RISK ; acute toxicity ; female breast cancer ; CODON-31 ; REPOPULATION
    Abstract: p53 and p21 play an important role in G1/S checkpoint control in response to ionizing radiation. Yet the genetic polymorphisms in these genes have not been investigated with respect to radiation toxicity in patients. We therefore assessed the association between TP53 Arg72Pro, p53PIN3 and p21 Ser31Arg polymorphisms and the risk of acute skin toxicity after radiotherapy in a prospective study of 446 female breast cancer patients (average age 60.3 +/- 9.0 years) receiving radiotherapy after breast conserving surgery. The p53PIN3 polymorphism was determined by standard PCR, and TP53 Arg72Pro and p21 Ser31Arg polymorphisms using melting point analysis of sequence-specific hybridization probes. The development of acute skin toxicity (moist desquamation) was modelled using Cox proportional hazards, accounting for cumulative biologically effective radiation dose. Overall, the development of acute skin toxicity, which presented in 77 patients, was not significantly associated with the polymorphisms studied. Risks were however differential by body mass index. Compared to non-carriers, TP53 72Pro carriers had a non-significantly decreased risk of acute skin toxicity in normal weight women (hazard ratio 0.46, 95% CI, 0.18-1.18) but not in overweight patients (hazard ratio 1.07, 95% CI, 0.61-1.89) (p(interaction) =0.14). Haplotype analysis for the TP53 polymorphisms suggested that effect modification by TP53 72Pro may differ according to the p53PIN3 allele (p(interaction)=0.06). Furthermore, in TP53 72Pro carriers with p21 Ser/Ser genotype, the occurrence of acute toxicity was reduced in normal weight but not overweight patients. In conclusion, the TP53 72Pro variant may be associated with the development of acute skin toxicity after radiotherapy in patients with normal weight. Large clinical studies are needed to clearly confirm this association
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16331344
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    Keywords: CELLS ; IN-VITRO ; IRRADIATION ; CELL ; evaluation ; Germany ; human ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; radiation ; TIME ; RESPONSES ; DNA ; CARCINOGENESIS ; INDUCTION ; KERATINOCYTES ; SKIN ; fibroblasts ; gene expression ; ASSAY ; REPAIR ; skin carcinogenesis ; genetics ; COMET ASSAY ; DAMAGE ; DNA-DAMAGE ; MAMMALIAN-CELLS ; Jun ; MORPHOLOGY ; NETHERLANDS ; ELECTROPHORESIS ; sensitivity ; heredity ; HaCaT ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD LYMPHOCYTES ; RE ; PATTERN ; CELL-VIABILITY ; keratinocyte ; SKIN KERATINOCYTES ; INCREASE ; LEVEL ; DNA damage ; TESTS ; UV-RADIATION ; E ; STRAND BREAKS ; POLARITY ; TOXICOLOGY ; microbiology ; biotechnology ; German ; modification ; adherent HaCaT keratinocytes ; alkaline comet assay ; dose-dependence of DNA-damage induction ; HAMSTER V79 CELLS ; REPAIR CAPACITY ; trypsin effect
    Abstract: The comet assay is one of the well-accepted tests to measure radiation-induced DNA damage. The most commonly used protocols require single-cell suspensions that are embedded in agarose in order to perform electrophoresis. For adherently growing cells such as human HaCaT skin keratinocytes this method bears several problems. We show that trypsinization required for maintaining singlecell suspensions is prolonged after UV radiation and thereby reduces cell viability and allows partial repair, with the consequence of reduced damage detection after irradiation. Therefore, we here introduce a modified version of the comet assay where HaCaT cells are seeded onto comet slides 24 h before the assay and overlaid with agarose immediately after irradiation. Using this modification we are now able to reproducibly measure high DNA-damage levels (13-fold increase compared with controls) following irradiation with 60 J/cm 2 UVA as well as a dose-dependent increase of DNA damage after 10, 20 and 60 J/cm 2 UVA. Thus, by maintaining the cells in their natural configuration, i.e. adherently growing, we exclude several artefacts that are likely to influence the damage responses. These include: (i) trypsinization-dependent changes in cell morphology and polarity (clear lateral, i.e. adherent, and apical side of keratinocytes) which are likely of consequence for the gene-expression pattern, (h) trypsin- and dislodgement-induced damage reducing cell viability, and (iii) the time delay between damage induction and damage evaluation to unpredictable results due to partial repair. Since these advantages pertain to all adherently growing cells, this improved protocol is not restricted to HaCaT cells but offers great potential also with all non-haematopoietic cells for obtaining accurate results and for studying repair processes in a highly reproducible manner. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17509930
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  • 9
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; BLOOD ; CELL LUNG-CANCER ; Germany ; PROSTATE ; THERAPY ; SUPPORT ; RISK ; DISTINCT ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; GENES ; RNA ; transcription ; PATIENT ; DNA ; MESSENGER-RNA ; MARKER ; IMPACT ; primary ; prognosis ; RISK-FACTORS ; CARCINOGENESIS ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; VARIANTS ; lifestyle ; DIFFERENCE ; PLASMA ; REPAIR ; risk factors ; COLORECTAL-CANCER ; prostate cancer ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; MARKERS ; LYMPHOCYTES ; MDM2 ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION ; PREDICTION ; CANCER PATIENTS ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD ; POLYMERASE CHAIN-REACTION ; NUCLEOTIDE EXCISION-REPAIR ; DNA repair ; TP53 ; BETA-CAROTENE ; molecular ; CHAIN ; ONCOLOGY ; REGRESSION ; RE ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; VARIANT ; THERAPIES ; mRNA ; LEVEL ; SUPPRESSOR ; GENOTYPE ; HAPLOTYPE ; OXIDATIVE DNA-DAMAGE ; RISK-FACTOR ; ENGLAND ; COEFFICIENTS ; quantitative ; outcome ; VALUES ; tumor suppressor ; MDM2 SNP309 ; genetic variants ; treatment outcome
    Abstract: Both genetic variants and messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of DNA repair and tumor suppressor genes have been investigated as molecular markers for therapy outcome. However, the phenotypic impact of genetic variants often remained unclear, thus the rationale of their use in risk prediction may be limited. We therefore analyzed genetic variants together with anthropometric and lifestyle factors to see how these affect mRNA levels of ERCC1, MDM2 and TP53 in primary blood lymphocytes. mRNA expression was measured in 376 prostate cancer patients by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction after reverse transcription, and ERCC1 rs11615 T 〉 C, ERCC1 rs3212986 C 〉 A, MDM2 rs2279744 T 〉 G and TP53 rs17878362 (p53PIN3) polymorphisms were determined. Considerable interindividual differences in mRNA expression were found (coefficients of variation: ERCC1, 45%; MDM2, 43% and TP53, 35%). ERCC1 expression was positively correlated with plasma levels of beta-carotene (P = 0.03) and negatively correlated with canthaxanthin (P = 0.02) and lutein (P = 0.02). Overall, the polymorphisms affected mRNA expression only weakly. Carriers of a distinct ERCC1 haplotype (CC) showed, however, significantly lower expression values than non-carriers (P = 0.001). Applying logistic regression, we found that CC haplotype carriers had a 1.69-fold increased odds ratio (95% confidence interval: 1.06-2.71) for reduced ERCC1 mRNA levels. This low ERCC1 expression might be associated with reduced DNA repair and better therapy response. In summary, the association we have found between ERCC1 genotype and mRNA expression supports recent clinical observations that genetic variation in ERCC1 can affect treatment outcome and prognosis. Our study further revealed a modulating effect by nutritional factors
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18332046
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    Keywords: CELLS ; LUNG-CANCER ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; REPAIR ; POLYMERASE-ACTIVITY ; TOBACCO ; ALCOHOL ; DNA STRAND BREAKS ; POLY(ADENOSINE DIPHOSPHATE RIBOSE) ; MONONUCLEAR LEUKOCYTES
    Abstract: Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), a nuclear enzyme that is catalytically activated by DNA strand breaks, plays a complex role in DNA repair. Using NAD(+) as a precursor, it catalyzes the formation of ADP-ribose polymers, which are attached to various proteins. Defects in DNA repair pathways have been associated with increased risks for cancer in humans. We investigated whether differences in the activity of PARP are associated with the risk for laryngeal cancer. In a case-control study on genetic, lifestyle and occupational risk factors for laryngeal cancer, PARP activity was assessed as DNA damage-induced poly(ADP-ribose) formation in human peripheral blood lymphocytes by quantitative immunofluorescence analysis. Polymer formation was determined as the cellular response to bleomycin, a well-known inducer of DNA strand breaks, in lymphocytes from 69 laryngeal cancer patients and 125 healthy controls. The frequency of bleomycin-induced polymer formation, measured as mean pixel intensity, was significantly lower in cases (74.6, SE = 3.7) than in controls (94.5, SE = 3.5) and not influenced by smoking, age or sex. There was no significant difference between cases (59.1, SE = 5.2) and controls (50.5, SE = 3.7) in basal polymer formation (in cells not treated with bleomycin). When the highest tertile of polymer formation was used as the reference, the odds ratio for the lowest tertile of bleomycin-induced polymer formation was 3.79 (95% confidence interval 1.37-10.47, p = 0.01). Peripheral blood lymphocytes from laryngeal cancer patients thus showed significantly less bleomycin-induced poly(ADP-ribose) formation. Our results suggest that a reduced capacity of somatic cells to synthesize poly(ADP-ribose) might be associated with an increased risk for laryngeal cancer. The underlying mechanism remains to be investigated.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 11920651
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