Mutant alleles of several genes in the DNA repair pathway have been found to predispose women to breast cancer. From a public health perspective, the importance of a given allele in a population is determined by the frequency of the allele and by the relative risk of breast cancer that it confers. In Poland founder alleles of the BRCA1, CHEK2 and NBS1 genes have been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, but the relative contribution of each of these alleles to the overall breast cancer burden has not yet been determined. We screened 2012 unselected cases of breast cancer and 4000 population controls for 7 different mutations in these genes. Overall, a mutation was found in 12% of the cases and in 6% of the controls. Mutations in BRCA1 and CHEK2 contributed in approximately equal measure to the burden of breast cancer in Poland. A BRCA1 mutation was present in 3% of the cases. The missense BRCA1 mutation C61G was associated with a higher odds ratio for breast cancer (OR=15) than were either of the truncating BRCA1 mutations 4153delA (OR=2.0) and 5382insC (OR=6.2). In contrast, a higher odds ratio was seen for truncating CHEK2 mutations (OR=2.1) than for the missense mutation I157T (OR=1.4). This study suggests that cancer risks may be specific for particular alleles of a susceptibility gene and that these different risks should be taken into account by genetic counselors.
"In the first studies of BRCA1 mutations on a large group of 4000 people from the general Polish population, Górski et al.
 found 0.4% incidence of c.5266dupC, 0.05% of c.181T>G and 0.03% of c.4034delA. The c.68_69delAG mutation was not tested. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Germline mutations in BRCA tumor suppressor genes are strongly associated with breast and ovarian cancer. The lifetime risk of these cancers in women with BRCA1 mutation is 84% and 27%, respectively. Studies on the prevalence of BRCA1 c.68_69delAG congenital mutation, the most frequent in Ashkenazi Jews, among women with breast cancer from north-central Poland and review of the literature on other regions of the country. Evaluation of the c.68_69delAG association with breast cancer risk, with respect to women's age at diagnosis and family history of cancer.
252 women with breast cancer, without any of the mutations c.5266dupC, c.181T > G, or c.4034delA, regardless of histological type and family history of cancer. The mutation was detected using allele-specific oligonucleotide polymerase chain reaction (ASO-PCR) assay and confirmed by sequence analysis.
The c.68_69delAG mutation was disclosed in one out of the 252 women (0.4%), who had been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 43. Family investigations revealed the presence of c.68_69delAG also in the patient's mother, diagnosed with breast cancer at age 68. Sequence analysis confirmed the heterozygous status of the mutation, and family investigation its hereditary character. In the group of families with breast cancer history 1.4% frequency of c.68_69delAG was shown.
Among families with breast cancer aggregation, originating from north-central Poland, c.68_69delAG is a rare BRCA1 alteration, similarly to other central regions of the country, investigated by other authors. However, in northern, north-western and south-western parts of Poland, it occurs 2-4 times more frequently than in our region.
"DNA was successfully isolated from 3853 (98.4%) of 3915 cases. Eight founder mutations in BRCA1, CHEK2 and NBS1 were genotyped as described previously (Cybulski et al, 2004, 2006; Górski et al, 2005). In brief, BRCA1 mutations, 4153delA and 5382insC , were detected using allele-specific oligonucleotide PCR, and C61G was detected using restriction fragment length polymorphism PCR. "
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To establish the contribution of eight founder alleles in three DNA damage repair genes (BRCA1, CHEK2 and NBS1) to prostate cancer in Poland, and to measure the impact of these variants on survival among patients.
Three thousand seven hundred fifty men with prostate cancer and 3956 cancer-free controls were genotyped for three founder alleles in BRCA1 (5382insC, 4153delA, C61G), four alleles in CHEK2 (1100delC, IVS2+1G>A, del5395, I157T), and one allele in NBS1 (657del5).
The NBS1 mutation was detected in 53 of 3750 unselected cases compared with 23 of 3956 (0.6%) controls (odds ratio (OR)=2.5; P=0.0003). A CHEK2 mutation was seen in 383 (10.2%) unselected cases and in 228 (5.8%) controls (OR=1.9; P<0.0001). Mutation of BRCA1 (three mutations combined) was not associated with the risk of prostate cancer (OR=0.9; P=0.8). In a subgroup analysis, the 4153delA mutation was associated with early-onset (age ≤ 60 years) prostate cancer (OR=20.3, P=0.004). The mean follow-up was 54 months. Mortality was significantly worse for carriers of a NBS1 mutation than for non-carriers (HR=1.85; P=0.008). The 5-year survival for men with an NBS1 mutation was 49%, compared with 72% for mutation-negative cases.
A mutation in NBS1 predisposes to aggressive prostate cancer. These data are relevant to the prospect of adapting personalised medicine to prostate cancer prevention and treatment.
British Journal of Cancer 11/2012; 108(2). DOI:10.1038/bjc.2012.486 · 4.84 Impact Factor
"A total of thirteen studies (17,073 cases and 26,501 controls) evaluating the association between the CHEK2 I157T variant and unselected breast cancer were included. Because 3 studies (Cybulski et al., 2004; Górski et al., 2005; Huzarski et al., 2005) used the same control cases, we merged the data from these by using the single sample estimated method with CMA software. Heterogeneity between studies was not significant (P = 0.081) by the chi-square test based Q-statistic. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The cell cycle checkpoint kinase 2 (CHEK2) gene I157T variant may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, but it is unclear whether the evidence is sufficient to recommend testing for the mutation in clinical practice.
We systematically searched PubMed, Embase, Elsevier and Springer for relevant articles published before Nov 2011. Summary odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (95% CI) incidence rates were calculated using a random-effects model with STATA (version 10.0) software.
A total of fifteen case-control studies, including 19,621 cases and 27,001 controls based on the search criteria, were included for analysis. A significant association was found between carrying the CHEK2 I157T variant and increased risk of unselected breast cancer (OR = 1.48, 95% CI = 1.31-1.66, P < 0.0001), familial breast cancer (OR = 1.48, 95% CI = 1.16-1.89, P < 0.0001), and early-onset breast cancer (OR = 1.47, 95% CI = 1.29-1.66, P < 0.0001). We found an even stronger significant association between the CHEK2 I157T C variant and increased risk of lobular type breast tumors (OR = 4.17, 95% CI = 2.89-6.03, P < 0.0001).
Our research indicates that the CHEK2 I157T variant may be another important genetic mutation which increases risk of breast cancer, especially the lobular type.
Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 04/2012; 13(4):1355-60. DOI:10.7314/APJCP.2012.13.4.1355 · 2.51 Impact Factor
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