[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have recently identified KIF1B as susceptibility locus for hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To further identify novel susceptibility loci associated with HBV-related HCC and replicate the previously reported association, we performed a large three-stage GWAS in the Han Chinese population. 523,663 autosomal SNPs in 1,538 HBV-positive HCC patients and 1,465 chronic HBV carriers were genotyped for the discovery stage. Top candidate SNPs were genotyped in the initial validation samples of 2,112 HBV-positive HCC cases and 2,208 HBV carriers and then in the second validation samples of 1,021 cases and 1,491 HBV carriers. We discovered two novel associations at rs9272105 (HLA-DQA1/DRB1) on 6p21.32 (OR = 1.30, P = 1.13×10⁻¹⁹) and rs455804 (GRIK1) on 21q21.3 (OR = 0.84, P = 1.86×10⁻⁸), which were further replicated in the fourth independent sample of 1,298 cases and 1,026 controls (rs9272105: OR = 1.25, P = 1.71×10⁻⁴; rs455804: OR = 0.84, P = 6.92×10⁻³). We also revealed the associations of HLA-DRB1*0405 and 0901*0602, which could partially account for the association at rs9272105. The association at rs455804 implicates GRIK1 as a novel susceptibility gene for HBV-related HCC, suggesting the involvement of glutamate signaling in the development of HBV-related HCC.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have found a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP, rs2274223 A>G) in PLCE1 to be associated with risk of gastric adenocarcinoma. In the present study, we validated this finding and also explored the risk associated with another unreported potentially functional SNP (rs11187870 G>C) of PLCE1 in a hospital-based case-control study of 1059 patients with pathologically confirmed gastric adenocarcinoma and 1240 frequency-matched healthy controls.
We determined genotypes of these two SNPs by the Taqman assay and used logistic regression models to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). We found that a significant higher gastric adenocarcinoma risk was associated with rs2274223 variant G allele (adjusted OR = 1.35, 95% CI = 1.14-1.60 for AG+GG vs. AA) and rs11187870 variant C allele (adjusted OR = 1.26, 95% CI = 1.05-1.50 for CG+CC vs. GG). We also found that the number of combined risk alleles (i.e., rs2274223G and rs11187870C) was associated with risk of gastric adenocarcinoma in an allele-dose effect manner (P(trend) = 0.0002). Stratification analysis indicated that the combined effect of rs2274223G and rs11187870C variant alleles was more evident in subgroups of males, non-smokers, non-drinkers and patients with gastric cardia adenocarcinoma. Further real-time PCR results showed that expression levels of PLCE1 mRNA were significantly lower in tumors than in adjacent noncancerous tissues (0.019±0.002 vs. 0.008±0.001, P<0.05).
Our results further confirmed that genetic variations in PLCE1 may contribute to gastric adenocarcinoma risk in an eastern Chinese population.
PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(3):e31932. · 3.73 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A novel variant rs2274223 located in the phospholipase C epsilon 1 (PLCE1) gene was found to be associated with risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) by 2 large-scale genome-wide association studies (GWASs) in Chinese populations. In this study, we aimed to assess such an association in an eastern Chinese population and to address its possibly functional role in the etiology of ESCC.
A total of 1061 ESCC cases and 1211 controls were recruited and successfully genotyped for 2 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs2274223 and rs11187870) of the PLCE1 gene by the TaqMan assay. Real-time PCR and immunohistochemical (IHC) analysis were applied to assess mRNA and protein expression levels, respectively, in a subset of tumor samples.
SNP rs2274223 was independently associated with risk of ESCC (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 1.49; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], 1.03-2.17 for GG vs AA), and SNP rs11187870 was also found to be associated with risk of ESCC assuming a dominant model (adjusted OR, 1.20; 95% CI, 1.00-1.44 for CG/CC vs GG). The Grs2274223Crs11187870 haplotype increased the risk for ESCC by 1.22-fold (95% CI, 1.04-1.42). Further experiments showed that overall PLCE1 mRNA expression was lower in tumor than in paired normal tissues (0.067±0.016 vs 0.264±0.067, P<.05), and the IHC analysis showed the normal tissues of rs2274223 GG genotype had a lower PLCE1 staining score than that of the AG genotype (0.40±0.22 vs 1.33±0.32, P<.05).
PLCE1 SNP rs2274223 A>G change may reduce gene expression, and the variant G genotypes might contribute to risk of ESCC.
Annals of Surgical Oncology 12/2011; 19(7):2403-10. · 4.12 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To identify susceptibility variants for hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), we conducted a genome-wide association study by genotyping 440,794 SNPs in 355 chronic HBV carriers with HCC and 360 chronic HBV carriers without HCC, all of Chinese ancestry. We identified one intronic SNP (rs17401966) in KIF1B on chromosome 1p36.22 that was highly associated with HBV-related HCC and confirmed this association in five additional independent samples, consisting of 1,962 individuals with HCC, 1,430 control subjects and 159 family trios. Across the six studies, the association with rs17401966 was highly statistically significant (joint odds ratio = 0.61, P = 1.7 x 10(-18)). In addition to KIF1B, the association region tagged two other plausible causative genes, UBE4B and PGD. Our findings provide evidence that the 1p36.22 locus confers susceptibility to HBV-related HCC, and suggest that KIF1B-, UBE4B- or PGD-related pathways might be involved in the pathogenesis of this malignancy.