Kate M McReynolds

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Michigan, United States

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Publications (7)99.93 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Genetic association studies of prostate and other cancers have identified a major risk locus at chromosome 8q24. Several independent risk variants at this locus alter transcriptional regulatory elements, but an affected gene and mechanism for cancer predisposition have remained elusive. The retrogene POU5F1B within the locus has a preserved open reading frame encoding a homolog of the master embryonic stem cell transcription factor Oct4. We find that 8q24 risk alleles are expression quantitative trait loci correlated with reduced expression of POU5F1B in prostate tissue and that predicted deleterious POU5F1B missense variants are also associated with risk of transformation. POU5F1 is known to be self-regulated by the encoded Oct4 transcription factor. We further observe that POU5F1 expression is directly correlated with POU5F1B expression. Our results suggest that a pathway critical to self-renewal of embryonic stem cells may also have a role in the origin of cancer.
    The American Journal of Human Genetics 02/2014; · 11.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Heritable risk for breast cancer includes an increasing number of common, low effect risk variants. We conducted a multistage genetic association study in a series of independent epidemiologic breast cancer study populations to identify novel breast cancer risk variants. We tested 1,162 SNPs of greatest nominal significance from stage I of the Cancer Genetic Markers of Susceptibility breast cancer study (CGEMS; 1,145 cases, 1,142 controls) for evidence of replicated association with breast cancer in the Nashville Breast Cohort (NBC; 599 cases, 1,161 controls), the Collaborative Breast Cancer Study (CBCS; 1,552 cases, 1,185 controls), and BioVU Breast Cancer Study (BioVU; 1,172 cases, 1,172 controls). Among these SNPs, a series of validated breast cancer risk variants yielded expected associations in the study populations. In addition, we observed two previously unreported loci that were significantly associated with breast cancer risk in the CGEMS, NBC, and CBCS study populations and had a consistent, although not statistically significant, risk effect in the BioVU study population. These were rs1626678 at 10q25.3 near ENO4 and KIAA1598 (meta-analysis age-adjusted OR = 1.13 [1.07-1.20], P = 5.6 × 10(-5)), and rs8046508 at 16q23.1 in the eighth intron of WWOX (meta-analysis age-adjusted OR = 1.20 [1.10-1.31], P = 3.5 × 10(-5)). Our data supports the association of two novel loci, at 10q25.3 and 16q23.1, with risk of breast cancer. Impact: The expanding compendium of known breast cancer genetic risk variants holds increasing power for clinical risk prediction models of breast cancer, improving upon the Gail model. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 21(9); 1565-73. ©2012 AACR.
    Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers &amp Prevention 07/2012; 21(9):1565-73. · 4.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A recent study of familial and early onset prostate cancer reported a recurrent rare germline mutation of HOXB13 among men of European descent. The gene resides within the 17q21 hereditary prostate cancer linkage interval. We evaluated the G84E germline mutation (rs138213197) of HOXB13 in a case-control study of familial prostate cancer at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) to independently evaluate the association of the mutation with familial prostate cancer. We genotyped 928 familial prostate cancer probands and 930 control probands without a personal or family history of prostate cancer. Our study confirmed the association between the G84E mutation of HOXB13 and risk of prostate cancer among subjects of European descent. We observed the mutation in 16 familial cases and in two controls, each as heterozygotes. The odds ratio (OR) for prostate cancer was 7.9 [95% confidence interval, (CI) 1.8-34.5, P = 0.0062] among carriers of the mutation. The carrier rate was 1.9% among all familial case probands and 2.7% among probands of pedigrees with ≥3 affected. In a separate case series of 268 probands of European descent with no additional family history of prostate cancer, the carrier rate was 1.5%. The germline mutation G84E of HOXB13 is a rare but recurrent mutation associated with elevated risk of prostate cancer in men of European descent, with an effect size that is greater than observed for previously validated risk variants of genome wide association studies. This study independently confirms the association of a germline HOXB13 mutation with familial prostate cancer.
    Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers &amp Prevention 06/2012; 21(8):1348-53. · 4.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report a prostate cancer genome-wide association follow-on study. We discovered four variants associated with susceptibility to prostate cancer in several European populations: rs10934853[A] (OR = 1.12, P = 2.9 x 10(-10)) on 3q21.3; two moderately correlated (r2 = 0.07) variants, rs16902094[G] (OR = 1.21, P = 6.2 x 10(-15)) and rs445114[T] (OR = 1.14, P = 4.7 x 10(-10)), on 8q24.21; and rs8102476[C] (OR = 1.12, P = 1.6 x 10(-11)) on 19q13.2. We also refined a previous association signal on 11q13 with the SNP rs11228565[A] (OR = 1.23, P = 6.7 x 10(-12)). In a multivariate analysis using 22 prostate cancer risk variants typed in the Icelandic population, we estimated that carriers in the top 1.3% of the risk distribution are at a 2.5 times greater risk of developing the disease than members of the general population.
    Nature Genetics 09/2009; 41(10):1122-6. · 35.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The genetic variants underlying the strong heritable component of prostate cancer remain largely unknown. Genome-wide association studies of prostate cancer have yielded several variants that have significantly replicated across studies, predominantly in cases unselected for family history of prostate cancer. Additional candidate gene variants have also been proposed, many evaluated within familial prostate cancer study populations. Such variants hold great potential value for risk stratification, particularly for early-onset or aggressive prostate cancer, given the comorbidities associated with current therapies. Here, we investigate a Caucasian study population of 523 independent familial prostate cancer cases and 523 age-matched controls without a personal or family history of prostate cancer. We replicate identified associations at genome-wide association study loci 8q24, 11q13, and 2p15 (P = 2.9 x 10(-4) to P = 4.7 x 10(-5)), showing study population power. We also find evidence to support reported associations at candidate genes RNASEL, EZH2, and NKX3-1 (P = 0.031 to P = 0.0085). We further explore a set of candidate genes related to RNASEL and to its role in retroviral restriction, identifying nominal associations at XPR1 and RBM9. The effects at 8q24 seem more pronounced for those diagnosed at an early age, whereas at 2p15 and RNASEL the effects were more pronounced at a later age. However, these trends did not reach statistical significance. The effects at 2p15 were statistically significantly more pronounced for those diagnosed with aggressive disease.
    Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers &amp Prevention 07/2009; 18(7):2137-44. · 4.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We conducted an association study to identify risk variants for familial prostate cancer within the HPCX locus at Xq27 among Americans of Northern European descent. We investigated a total of 507 familial prostate cancer probands and 507 age-matched controls without a personal or family history of prostate cancer. The study population was subdivided into a set of training subjects to explore genetic variation of the locus potentially impacting risk of prostate cancer, and an independent set of test subjects to confirm the association and to assign significance, addressing multiple comparisons. We identified a 22.9 kb haplotype nominally associated with prostate cancer among training subjects (292 cases, 292 controls; chi(2) = 5.08, P = 0.020), that was confirmed among test subjects (215 cases, 215 controls; chi(2) = 3.73, P = 0.040). The haplotype predisposed to prostate cancer with an odds ratio of 3.41 (95% CI 1.04-11.17, P = 0.034) among test subjects. The haplotype extending from rs5907859 to rs1493189 is concordant with a prior study of the region within the Finnish founder population, and warrants further independent investigation.
    Human Genetics 06/2008; 123(4):379-86. · 4.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We conducted a genome-wide SNP association study on prostate cancer on over 23,000 Icelanders, followed by a replication study including over 15,500 individuals from Europe and the United States. Two newly identified variants were shown to be associated with prostate cancer: rs5945572 on Xp11.22 and rs721048 on 2p15 (odds ratios (OR) = 1.23 and 1.15; P = 3.9 x 10(-13) and 7.7 x 10(-9), respectively). The 2p15 variant shows a significantly stronger association with more aggressive, rather than less aggressive, forms of the disease.
    Nature Genetics 04/2008; 40(3):281-3. · 35.21 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

428 Citations
99.93 Total Impact Points


  • 2008–2014
    • Vanderbilt University
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Department of Biostatistics
      • • Department of Cancer Biology
      Nashville, Michigan, United States
  • 2012
    • Gateway-Vanderbilt Cancer Treatment Center
      Clarksville, Tennessee, United States