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    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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  • 2
    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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  • 3
    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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  • 4
    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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  • 5
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; LUNG ; lung cancer ; LUNG-CANCER ; SYSTEM ; EXPOSURE ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; PATIENT ; RISK-FACTORS ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CYCLE ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; VARIANTS ; BREAST-CANCER ; risk factors ; smoking ; p53 ; cancer risk ; MUTATIONS ; TRANSFORMATION ; SQUAMOUS-CELL CARCINOMA ; adenocarcinoma ; case-control studies ; squamous cell carcinoma ; GASTRIC-CANCER ; DNA repair ; DNA-REPAIR GENES ; molecular epidemiology ; ONCOLOGY ; case-control study ; REGRESSION ; RE ; TUMOR-SUPPRESSOR ; VARIANT ; INCREASE ; CARCINOGEN ; case control studies ; analysis ; SUPPRESSOR ; GENOTYPE ; adenocarcinoma of the lung ; HISTOLOGY ; RISK-FACTOR ; CANCER-RISK ; PROLINE ; SQUAMOUS-CELL ; INCREASES ; cell cycle control ; CODON-72 ; P53 POLYMORPHISM
    Abstract: Alterations in cell cycle regulation and apoptosis leading to malignant transformation could be caused by common genetic variants in tumor suppressor genes. The effects of the TP53 polymorphism Arg72Pro on lung cancer risk have been investigated in numerous studies with, however, conflicting results. In many studies, important risk modifiers such as smoking or tumor histology were not taken into account. We therefore investigated the combined effects of polymorphisms in TP53 (Arg72Pro) and p21/CDKN1A (Ser31Arg) and smoking on lung cancer risk. Our case-control study consisted of 405 patients with lung cancer, mainly squamous-cell carcinoma (185) and adenocarcinoma (177) and 404 unmatched tumor-free hospital controls. Multivariate regression analysis showed a moderate but statistically significant risk of lung cancer overall. and especially of squamous-cell carcinoma (OR, 1.65; CI, 1.10-2.47) for TP53 72Pro allele carriers. The risk was markedly increased in heavy smokers (〉 20 pack-years) with squamous-cell carcinoma (OR, 2.80 in patients homozygous for 72Pro; CI, 1.19-6.58), but not in tight smokers (〈= 20 pack-years). The results for the p21 Ser31Arg polymorphism suggested that 31Ser is a moderate-risk allele for squamous-cell carcinoma. Analysis of the combined effects of the two polymorphisms revealed a higher OR for TP53 72Pro carriers homozygous for p21 31Ser than for 72Pro carriers in general; this effect being most pronounced in heavy smokers with squamous-cell carcinoma (OR, 3.84; CI, 1.46-10.1). Our data indicate that the TP53 Arg72Pro polymorphism increases the risk for squamous-cell carcinoma mainly in heavy smokers. The observed interaction with smoking is biologically plausible as, for the 72Pro p53 variant, decreased apoptosis and extended G1 cell cycle arrest is reported after carcinogen exposure. Nevertheless, confirmation by further molecular and epidemiological studies is warranted. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17059853
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  • 6
    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: brain ; CANCER ; IRRADIATION ; radiotherapy ; tumor ; Germany ; PROSTATE ; THERAPY ; TOXICITY ; COHORT ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; validation ; radiation ; PATIENT ; MARKER ; RISK-FACTORS ; ASSOCIATION ; polymorphism ; POLYMORPHISMS ; BREAST ; MUTATION ; prostate cancer ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; MARKERS ; cancer risk ; RISK FACTOR ; HEAD ; NETHERLANDS ; NORMAL TISSUE ; NECK-CANCER ; brain tumor ; BRAIN-TUMORS ; head and neck cancer ; THERAPIES ; brain tumors ; RISK-FACTOR ; CANCERS ; CANCER-RISK ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION ; Genetic ; Genome-wide association studies ; cellular response ; CELLULAR-RESPONSE ; BRAIN-TUMOR
    Abstract: Radiotherapy is an important weapon in the treatment of cancer, but adverse reactions developing in the co-irradiated normal tissue can be a threat for patients. Early reactions might disturb the usual application schedule and limit the radiation dose. Late appearing and degenerative reactions might reduce or destroy normal tissue function. Genetic markers conferring the ability to identify hyper-sensitive patients in advance would considerably improve therapy. Association studies on genetic variation and occurrence of side effects should help to identify such markers. This survey includes published studies and novel data from our own laboratory. It illustrates the presence of candidate polymorphisms in genes involved in the cellular response to irradiation which could be used as predictive markers for radiosensitivity in breast or prostate cancer patients. For other tumor types such as head and neck cancers or brain tumors, the available data are much more limited. In any case, further validation of these markers is needed in large patient cohorts with systematically recorded data on side effects and patient characteristics. Genetic variation contributing to radiosensitivity should be screened on a broader basis using newly developed, more comprehensive approaches such as genome-wide association studies
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19022265
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  • 8
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; IRRADIATION ; radiotherapy ; Germany ; THERAPY ; NEW-YORK ; RISK ; SURGERY ; radiation ; PATIENT ; DNA ; DONOR ; RISK-FACTORS ; INDUCTION ; SKIN ; fibroblasts ; SUSCEPTIBILITY ; BREAST ; breast cancer ; BREAST-CANCER ; RADIATION-THERAPY ; ASSAY ; DNA-REPAIR ; REPAIR ; REPRODUCIBILITY ; risk factors ; cancer risk ; COMET ASSAY ; DAMAGE ; LYMPHOCYTES ; DNA repair ; radiation sensitivity ; alkaline single-cell microgel electrophoresis assay ; CELLULAR RADIOSENSITIVITY ; CHROMOSOMAL RADIOSENSITIVITY ; DNA repair capacity ; DOUBLE-STRAND BREAKS ; IN-VITRO RADIOSENSITIVITY ; NORMAL-TISSUE RADIOSENSITIVITY ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD LYMPHOCYTES ; radiation effects ; radiosensitivity ; TELANGIECTASIA
    Abstract: Purpose: Repair of radiation-induced DNA damage plays a critical role for both the susceptibility of patients to side effects after radiotherapy and their subsequent cancer risk. The study objective was to evaluate whether DNA repair data determined in vitro are correlated with the occurrence of acute side effects during radiotherapy. Methods and Materials: Breast cancer patients receiving radiation therapy after a breast- conserving surgery were recruited in a prospective epidemiologic study. As an indicator for clinical radiosensitivity, adverse reactions of the skin were recorded. Cryo-preserved lymphocytes from 113 study participants were gamma-irradiated with 5 Gy in vitro and analyzed using the alkaline comet assay. Reproducibility of the assay was determined by repeated analysis (n = 26) of cells from a healthy donor. A coefficient of variation of 0.3 was calculated. Results: The various parameters determined to characterize the individual DNA repair capacity showed large differences between patients. Eleven patients were identified with considerably enhanced DNA damage induction, and 7 patients exhibited severely reduced DNA repair capacity after 15 and 30 min. Six patients were considered as clinically radiosensitive, indicated by moist desquamation of the skin after a total radiation dose of about 50 Gy. Conclusions: Using the alkaline comet assay as described here, breast cancer patients were identified showing abnormal cellular radiation effects, but this repair deficiency corresponded only at a very limited extent to the acute radiation sensitivity of the skin. Because impaired DNA repair could be involved in the development of late irradiation effects, individuals exhibiting severely reduced DNA repair capacity should be followed for the development of late clinical symptoms. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Inc
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12654430
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  • 9
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; IONIZING-RADIATION ; radiotherapy ; BLOOD ; Germany ; THERAPY ; TOXICITY ; RISK ; GENE ; GENES ; transcription ; radiation ; PATIENT ; RESPONSES ; DNA ; RISK-FACTORS ; PATTERNS ; DNA-REPAIR ; REPAIR ; risk factors ; prostate cancer ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; PCR ; DAMAGE ; LYMPHOCYTES ; PROBES ; DNA-DAMAGE ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; RT-PCR ; INTENSITY-MODULATED RADIOTHERAPY ; sensitivity ; CANCER PATIENTS ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD ; DNA repair ; CONSTITUTIVE EXPRESSION ; NORMAL-TISSUE RADIOSENSITIVITY ; PERIPHERAL-BLOOD LYMPHOCYTES ; radiosensitivity ; CLUSTER ; BRCA2 ; GRADE ; CLUSTER-ANALYSIS ; LEVEL ; DNA damage ; cluster analysis ; PROFILES ; EXPRESSION PATTERNS ; CRITERIA ; HUMAN-CELLS ; prospective ; GAMMA-IRRADIATION ; RISK-FACTOR ; SKIN REACTIONS ; peripheral blood ; GENOTOXIC STRESS ; gene expression profiles ; radio-resistance
    Abstract: Purpose: Repair of radiation-induced DNA damage is believed to play a critical role in the development of adverse reactions in radiotherapy patients. Constitutive mRNA expression of repair genes was investigated in such patients to analyze whether expression patterns are predictive for therapy-related acute side effects. Materials and methods: Prostate cancer patients (n = 406) receiving intensity-modulated radiotherapy were recruited in a prospective epidemiological study. Adverse effects were monitored during therapy using common toxicity criteria. For expression analyses, samples from 58 patients were selected according to their observed grade of clinical side effects to radiotherapy. Expression profiles were generated from peripheral blood lymphocytes using customized cDNA-arrays which carried probes for 143 DNA repair or repair-related genes. In addition, expression of selected genes was confirmed by quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR). Constitutive mRNA expression profiles were analyzed for predicting acute clinical radiosensitivity or radio-resistance. Results: Cluster analysis identified 19 differentially expressed genes. Many of these genes are involved in DNA double strand break repair. Expression levels of these genes differed up to 7-fold from the mean of all patients whereas expression levels of housekeeping genes varied only up to 2-fold. High expression of the identified genes was associated with a lack of clinical radiation sensitivity thus indicating radio-resistance. Conclusions: Constitutive expression of DNA repair-related genes may affect the development of acute side effects in radiotherapy patients, and high expression levels of these genes seem to support protection from adverse reactions
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16966187
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    Journal of Urology 175 (1), 112-112 
    Keywords: Germany ; RISK ; RISK-FACTORS ; risk factors ; RE
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