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    Keywords: CANCER ; GROWTH ; GROWTH-FACTOR ; SUPPORT ; COHORT ; cohort study ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENE ; ASSOCIATION ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; BRCA1 ; MUTATION ; cancer risk ; GENOTYPES ; BETA ; TGF-BETA-1 ; BRCA2 ; VARIANT ; secretion ; TGF-BETA ; risk modifiers ; GENOTYPE ; USA ; CANCER-RISK ; GENERAL-POPULATION ; CONSORTIUM ; Hereditary cancer ; TRANSFORMING-GROWTH-FACTOR-BETA-1 GENE
    Abstract: Background The transforming growth factor beta-1 gene (TGFB1) is a plausible candidate for breast cancer susceptibility. The L10P variant of TGFB1 is associated with higher circulating levels and secretion of TGF-beta, and recent large-scale studies suggest strongly that this variant is associated with breast cancer risk in the general population. Methods To evaluate whether TGFB1 L10P also modifies the risk of breast cancer in BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers, we undertook a multi-center study of 3,442 BRCA1 and 2,095 BRCA2 mutation carriers. Results We found no evidence of association between TGFB1 L10P and breast cancer risk in either BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers. The per-allele HR for the L10P variant was 1.01 (95%CI: 0.92-1.11) in BRCA1 carriers and 0.92 (95%CI: 0.81-1.04) in BRCA2 mutation carriers. Conclusions These results do not support the hypothesis that TGFB1 L10P genotypes modify the risk of breast cancer in BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18523885
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  • 2
    Keywords: DISEASES ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; OXIDATIVE STRESS ; SINGLE-NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISMS ; OVARIAN ; CONSORTIUM ; MULTIPLE ; GENETIC MODIFIERS ; DNA HAPLOGROUPS
    Abstract: Individuals carrying pathogenic mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have a high lifetime risk of breast cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are involved in DNA double-strand break repair, DNA alterations that can be caused by exposure to reactive oxygen species, a main source of which are mitochondria. Mitochondrial genome variations affect electron transport chain efficiency and reactive oxygen species production. Individuals with different mitochondrial haplogroups differ in their metabolism and sensitivity to oxidative stress. Variability in mitochondrial genetic background can alter reactive oxygen species production, leading to cancer risk. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that mitochondrial haplogroups modify breast cancer risk in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers. Methods: We genotyped 22,214 (11,421 affected, 10,793 unaffected) mutation carriers belonging to the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2 for 129 mitochondrial polymorphisms using the iCOGS array. Haplogroup inference and association detection were performed using a phylogenetic approach. ALTree was applied to explore the reference mitochondrial evolutionary tree and detect subclades enriched in affected or unaffected individuals. Results: We discovered that subclade T1a1 was depleted in affected BRCA2 mutation carriers compared with the rest of clade T (hazard ratio (HR) = 0.55; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.34 to 0.88; P = 0.01). Compared with the most frequent haplogroup in the general population (that is, H and T clades), the T1a1 haplogroup has a HR of 0.62 (95% CI, 0.40 to 0.95; P = 0.03). We also identified three potential susceptibility loci, including G13708A/rs28359178, which has demonstrated an inverse association with familial breast cancer risk. Conclusions: This study illustrates how original approaches such as the phylogeny-based method we used can empower classical molecular epidemiological studies aimed at identifying association or risk modification effects.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25925750
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  • 3
    Keywords: CANCER ; IONIZING-RADIATION ; MODEL ; imaging ; COHORT ; cohort studies ; cohort study ; EXPOSURE ; MORTALITY ; POPULATION ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; radiation ; PATIENT ; DNA ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; PATTERNS ; AGE ; BRCA1 ; WOMEN ; DNA-REPAIR ; MUTATION ; REPAIR ; MUTATIONS ; HODGKINS-DISEASE ; DNA repair ; YOUNG ; BRCA2 ; INCREASE ; FLUOROSCOPY ; MUTATION CARRIERS ; LEVEL ; ROLES ; FAMILY-HISTORY ; INCREASED RISK ; RISK-FACTOR ; general population ; ATOMIC-BOMB SURVIVORS ; FIDELITY ; RADIATION EXPOSURE
    Abstract: Purpose Women who carry germline mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are at greatly increased risk of breast cancer (BC). Numerous studies have shown that moderate to high doses of ionizing radiation are a risk factor for BC. Because of the role of the BBCA proteins in DNA repair, we hypothesized that BRCA carriers might be more sensitive to ionizing radiation than women in the general population. Patients and Methods A retrospective cohort study of 1,601 female BRCA1/2 carriers was performed. Risk of breast cancer from exposure to chest x-rays, as assessed by questionnaire data, was analyzed using a weighted Cox proportional hazards model. Results In this cohort, any reported exposure to chest x-rays was associated with an increased risk of BC (hazard ratio [HR] - 1.54; P =.007). This risk was increased in carrier women aged 40 years and younger (HR = 1.97-1 P 〈.001) and in women born after 1949 (HR = 2.56; P 〈.001), particularly those exposed only before the age of 20 years (HR = 4.64; P 〈.001). Conclusion In our series of BRCA carriers, we detected a relatively large effect on BC risk with a level of radiation exposure that is at least an order of magnitude lower than in previously studied medical radiation-exposed cohorts. Although part of this increase may be attributable to recall bias, the observed patterns of risk in terms of age at exposure and attained age are consistent with those found in previous studies. If confirmed, the results have important implications for the use of x-ray imaging in young BRCA1/2 carriers
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16801631
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    Keywords: CANCER ; COHORT ; POPULATION ; RISK ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; BREAST-CANCER ; HEALTH ; BRCA1 ; OVARIAN-CANCER ; WOMEN ; MUTATION ; cancer risk ; ORAL-CONTRACEPTIVE USE ; COLLABORATIVE REANALYSIS ; EXTENT ; CANCER-RISK ; GENERAL-POPULATION ; NONCARRIERS ; HORMONAL FACTORS ; STATES CASE-CONTROL ; GEO-HEBON ; IBCCS ; TUBAL-LIGATION
    Abstract: Background: Several reproductive and hormonal factors are known to be associated with ovarian cancer risk in the general population, including parity and oral contraceptive (00 use. However, their effect on ovarian cancer risk for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers has only been investigated in a small number of studies. Methods: We used data on 2,281. BRCA1. carriers and 1,038 BRCA2 carriers from the International BRCA1/2 Carrier Cohort Study to evaluate the effect of reproductive and hormonal factors on ovarian cancer risk for mutation carriers. Data were analyzed within a weighted Cox proportional hazards framework. Results: There were no significant differences in the risk of ovarian cancer between parous and nulliparous carriers. For parous BRCA1 mutation carriers, the risk of ovarian cancer was reduced with each additional full-term pregnancy (P trend = 0.002). BRCA1 carriers who had ever used OC were at a significantly reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer (hazard ratio, 0.52; 95% confidence intervals, 0.37-0.73; P = 0.0002) and increasing duration of OC use was associated with a reduced ovarian cancer risk (P trend = 0.0004). The protective effect of OC use for BRCA1 mutation carriers seemed to be greater among more recent users. Tubal ligation was associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer for BRCA1 carriers (hazard ratio, 0.42; 95% confidence intervals, 0.22-0.80; P = 0.008). The number of ovarian cancer cases in BRCA2 mutation carriers was too small to draw definitive conclusions. Conclusions: The results provide further confirmation that OC use, number of full-term pregnancies, and tubal ligation are associated with ovarian cancer risk in BRCA1 carriers to a similar relative extent as in the general population. (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009;18(2):601-10)
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19190154
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    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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    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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    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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  • 8
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; GENE ; RNA ; CARCINOGENESIS ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; METHYLENETETRAHYDROFOLATE REDUCTASE MTHFR ; COMMON MUTATION ; FOLATE STATUS ; CHROMOSOME-17 ; BRCA1/2 mutation carriers ; breast/ovarian cancer risk ; MTHFR 677 C 〉 T polymorphism ; PHB 1630 C 〉 T polymorphism ; PROHIBITIN 3'-UNTRANSLATED REGION
    Abstract: BACKGROUND: The variable penetrance of breast cancer in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers suggests that other genetic or environmental factors modify breast cancer risk. Two genes of special interest are prohibitin (PHB) and methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), both of which are important either directly or indirectly in maintaining genomic integrity. METHODS: To evaluate the potential role of genetic variants within PHB and MTHFR in breast and ovarian cancer risk, 4102 BRCA1 and 2093 BRCA2 mutation carriers, and 6211 BRCA1 and 2902 BRCA2 carriers from the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 (CIMBA) were genotyped for the PHB 1630 C〉T (rs6917) polymorphism and the MTHFR 677 C〉T (rs1801133) polymorphism, respectively. RESULTS: There was no evidence of association between the PHB 1630 C〉T and MTHFR 677 C〉T polymorphisms with either disease for BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers when breast and ovarian cancer associations were evaluated separately. Analysis that evaluated associations for breast and ovarian cancer simultaneously showed some evidence that BRCA1 mutation carriers who had the rare homozygote genotype (TT) of the PHB 1630 C〉T polymorphism were at increased risk of both breast and ovarian cancer (HR 1.50, 95% CI 1.10-2.04 and HR 2.16, 95% CI 1.24-3.76, respectively). However, there was no evidence of association under a multiplicative model for the effect of each minor allele. CONCLUSION: The PHB 1630TT genotype may modify breast and ovarian cancer risks in BRCA1 mutation carriers. This association need to be evaluated in larger series of BRCA1 mutation carriers.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22669161
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