[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have mapped risk alleles for at least ten distinct cancers to a small region of 63,000 bp on chromosome 5p15.33. This region harbors the TERT and CLPTM1L genes; the former encodes the catalytic subunit of telomerase reverse transcriptase and the latter may play a role in apoptosis. To investigate further the genetic architecture of common susceptibility alleles in this region, we conducted an agnostic subset-based meta-analysis (ASSET) across six distinct cancers in 34,248 cases and 45,036 controls. Based on sequential conditional analysis, we identified as many as six independent risk loci marked by common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs): five in the TERT gene (region 1: rs7726159, P=2.10x10-39; region 3: rs2853677, P=3.30x10-36 and PConditional=2.36x10-8; region 4: rs2736098, P=3.87x10-12 and PConditional=5.19x10-6, region 5: rs13172201, P=0.041 and PConditional=2.04x10-6; and region 6: rs10069690, P=7.49x10-15 and PConditional=5.35x10-7) and one in the neighboring CLPTM1L gene (region 2: rs451360; P=1.90x10-18 and PConditional=7.06x10-16). Between three and five cancers mapped to each independent locus with both risk-enhancing and protective effects. Allele specific effects on DNA methylation were seen for a subset of risk loci indicating that methylation and subsequent effects on gene expression may contribute to the biology of risk variants on 5p15.33. Our results provide strong support for extensive pleiotropy across this region of 5p15.33, to an extent not previously observed in other cancer susceptibility loci.
Human Molecular Genetics 07/2014; · 7.69 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) have identified associations with genetic variation at both HLA and non-HLA loci; however, much of heritable HL susceptibility remains unexplained. Here we perform a meta-analysis of three HL GWAS totaling 1,816 cases and 7,877 controls followed by replication in an independent set of 1,281 cases and 3,218 controls to find novel risk loci. We identify a novel variant at 19p13.3 associated with HL (rs1860661; odds ratio (OR)=0.81, 95% confidence interval (95% CI)=0.76–0.86, Pcombined=3.5 × 10^(−10)), located in intron 2 of TCF3 (also known as E2A), a regulator of B- and T-cell lineage commitment known to be involved in HL pathogenesis. This meta-analysis also notes associations between previously published loci at 2p16, 5q31, 6p31, 8q24 and 10p14 and HL subtypes. We conclude that our data suggest a link between the 19p13.3 locus, including TCF3, and HL risk.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To evaluate the accuracy of testicular germ cell tumor category in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database following the 2010 American Joint Committee of Cancer revision of the TNM staging criteria.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bladder cancer is a complex disease with known environmental and genetic risk factors. We performed a genome-wide interaction study of smoking and bladder cancer risk based on primary scan data from 3,002 cases and 4,411 controls from the NCI Bladder Cancer Genome- Wide Association Study (GWAS). Alternative methods were used to evaluate both additive and multiplicative interactions between individual single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and smoking exposure. SNPs with interaction P-values <5x10(-5) were evaluated further in an independent dataset of 2,422 bladder cancer cases and 5,751 controls. We identified 10 SNPs that showed association in a consistent manner with the initial data set and in the combined data set, providing evidence of interaction with tobacco use. Further, two of these novel SNPs showed strong evidence of association with bladder cancer in tobacco use subgroups that approached genome-wide significance. Specifically, rs1711973 (FOXF2) on 6p25.3 was a susceptibility SNP for never smokers (combined OR=1.34, 95% CI=1.20-1.50, P-value=5.18x10(-7)); and rs12216499 (RSPH3-TAGAP-EZR) on 6q25.3 was a susceptibility SNP for ever smokers (combined OR=0.75, 95% CI=0.67-0.84, P-value=6.35x10(-7)). In our analysis of smoking and bladder cancer, the tests for multiplicative interaction seemed to more commonly identify susceptibility loci with associations in never smokers, while the additive interaction analysis identified more loci with associations among smokers-including the known smoking and NAT2 acetylation interaction. Our findings provide additional evidence of gene-environment interactions for tobacco and bladder cancer.
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To evaluate the accuracy of testicular germ cell tumor category in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database following the 2010 American Joint Committee of Cancer revision of the TNM staging criteria.
We performed a retrospective review of our testicular cancer database from January 2010 to July 2011. Registrar extracted data on 76 patients were entered into the Cancer Surveillance Program database from 2 hospitals. We reviewed the SEER coding for each patient, including T, N, M, and S and overall stage group, as well as the range and S value given for tumor markers (lactate dehydrogenase, beta-human chorionic gonadotropin, and α-fetoprotein) both preorchiectomy and postorchiectomy. We then compared these values with the actual staging and tumor markers determined by patient medical record review by a single urologist.
A high proportion of registry records were found to have inaccurate values of category: 71% of S category entries and 34% of N category entries, leading to an overall group stage inaccuracy of 77% in SEER data. Accuracy of overall combined stage group was significantly different between hospitals, with a higher percentage of errors at Hospital A (P< 0.05).
Despite improvements made to the SEER criteria for extracting data used to code testicular germ cell tumor TNM stage, considerable errors were identified, most notably in tumor marker and nodal status, resulting in an overwhelming number of errors in overall stage. Our findings suggest caution when utilizing SEER data for review of patients with testicular cancer and their staging.
Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 01/2014;
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Candidate gene and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified 11 independent susceptibility loci associated with bladder cancer risk. To discover additional risk variants, we conducted a new GWAS of 2,422 bladder cancer cases and 5,751 controls, followed by a meta-analysis with two independently published bladder cancer GWAS, resulting in a combined analysis of 6,911 cases and 11,814 controls of European descent. TaqMan genotyping of 13 promising SNPs with P< 1x10(-5) was pursued in a follow-up set of 801 cases and 1,307 controls. Two new loci achieved genome-wide statistical significance: rs10936599 on 3q26.2 (P=4.53×10(-9)) and rs907611 on 11p15.5 (P=4.11×10(-8)). Two notable loci were also identified that approached genome-wide statistical significance: rs6104690 on 20p12.2 (P=7.13×10(-7)) and rs4510656 on 6p22.3 (P=6.98×10(-7)); these require further studies for confirmation. In conclusion, our study has identified new susceptibility alleles for bladder cancer risk that require fine-mapping and laboratory investigation, which could further understanding into the biological underpinnings of bladder carcinogenesis.
Human Molecular Genetics 10/2013; · 7.69 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs), the most common neoplasms of young men, are categorized histologically as either seminomas or nonseminomas/mixed germ cell tumors. These subtypes differ by age at diagnosis and clinical course, but little is known about etiological distinctions. To test the hypothesis that histological subtypes have distinct sets of unrecognized etiological factors, we used a recently described approach, estimating the association between histological types of first and second tumors of men with 2 primary TGCTs. The study population of 488 men each with 2 primary TGCTs was ascertained through population-based cancer registries in the United States between 1972 and 2006. Univariate logistic regression analysis revealed that the histology of second primary TGCTs was associated with the histology of first TGCTs (odds ratio = 1.70, 95% confidence interval: 1.14, 2.52); however, the association did not persist in analyses adjusted for age at diagnosis of first TGCT (odds ratio = 1.09, 95% confidence interval: 0.71, 1.70). These results would be expected if the subtypes share etiology but experience different rates of progression to diagnosis or if the histological fate of TGCTs is influenced by age-related processes. Men with 2 primary TGCTs provide novel opportunities to learn whether histological subtypes are likely to share etiology, so results may inform research designed to identify causes.
American journal of epidemiology 08/2013; · 5.59 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We conducted a meta-analysis to identify new susceptibility loci for testicular germ cell tumor (TGCT). In the discovery phase, we analyzed 931 affected individuals and 1,975 controls from 3 genome-wide association studies (GWAS). We conducted replication in 6 independent sample sets comprising 3,211 affected individuals and 7,591 controls. In the combined analysis, risk of TGCT was significantly associated with markers at four previously unreported loci: 4q22.2 in HPGDS (per-allele odds ratio (OR) = 1.19, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.12-1.26; P = 1.11 × 10(-8)), 7p22.3 in MAD1L1 (OR = 1.21, 95% CI = 1.14-1.29; P = 5.59 × 10(-9)), 16q22.3 in RFWD3 (OR = 1.26, 95% CI = 1.18-1.34; P = 5.15 × 10(-12)) and 17q22 (rs9905704: OR = 1.27, 95% CI = 1.18-1.33; P = 4.32 × 10(-13) and rs7221274: OR = 1.20, 95% CI = 1.12-1.28; P = 4.04 × 10(-9)), a locus that includes TEX14, RAD51C and PPM1E. These new TGCT susceptibility loci contain biologically plausible genes encoding proteins important for male germ cell development, chromosomal segregation and the DNA damage response.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: 4-Aminobiphenyl (ABP) is an established human bladder carcinogen, with tobacco smoke being a major source of human exposure. Other arylamine compounds, including 2,6-dimethylaniline (2,6-DMA), have been implicated as possible human bladder carcinogens. Hemoglobin adducts of 4-ABP and 2,6-DMA are validated biomarkers of exposure to those compounds in humans. METHODS: The Shanghai Bladder Cancer Study enrolled 581 incident bladder cancer cases and 604 population controls. Each participant was solicited for his/her history of tobacco use and other lifestyle factors, and donation of blood and urine specimens. Red blood cell lysates were used to quantify both hemoglobin adducts of 4-ABP and 2,6-DMA. Urine samples were used to quantify total cotinine. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for bladder cancer were estimated using unconditional logistic regression methods. RESULTS: Among lifelong nonsmokers, ORs (95% CIs) of bladder cancer for low (below median of positive values) and high versus undetectable levels of 2,6-DMA hemoglobin adducts were 3.87 (1.39-10.75) and 6.90 (3.17-15.02), respectively (Ptrend<0.001). Similarly, among lifelong nonsmokers, ORs (95% CIs) of bladder cancer for 3rd and 4th versus 1st/2nd quartiles of 4-ABP hemoglobin adducts was 1.30 (0.76-2.22) and 2.29 (1.23-4.24), respectively (Ptrend=0.00). The two associations were independent of each other. CONCLUSION: Hemoglobin adducts of 4-ABP and 2,6-DMA were significantly and independently associated with increased bladder cancer risk among lifelong nonsmokers in Shanghai, China. Impact: The findings of the present study in China with previous data in Los Angeles, California strongly implicate arylamines as potential causal agents of human bladder cancer.
Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention 03/2013; · 4.56 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified multiple common genetic variants associated with an increased risk of testicular germ cell tumors (TGCT). A previous GWAS study reported a possible TGCT susceptibility locus on chromosome 1q23 in the UCK2 gene but failed to reach genome-wide significance following replication. We interrogated this region by conducting a meta-analysis of two independent GWAS including a total of 940 TGCT cases and 1,559 controls for 122 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) on chromosome 1q23 and followed up the most significant SNPs in an additional 2,202 TGCT cases and 2,386 controls from four case-control studies. We observed genome-wide significant associations for several UCK2 markers, the most significant of which was for rs3790665 (PCombined=6.0x10-9). Additional support is provided from an independent familial study of TGCT where a significant over transmission for rs3790665 with TGCT risk was observed (PFBAT=2.3x10-3). Here, we provide substantial evidence for the association between UCK2 genetic variation and TGCT risk.
Human Molecular Genetics 03/2013; · 7.69 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although deaths from cervical cancer are declining, Latinas are not benefiting equally in this decline. Incidence of invasive cervical cancer among Los Angeles', California Latinas is much higher than among non-Latina Whites (14.7 versus 8.02 per 100,000). This paper examines cervical cancer screening among Latinas.
Ninety-seven women of Mexican origin participated in 12 focus groups exploring barriers to screening. Saturation was reached.
All participants knew what a Pap test was and most knew its purpose. More acculturated participants understood the link between HPV and cervical cancer. More recent immigrants did not. There was confusion whether women who were not sexually active need to be screened. Most frequently mentioned barriers were lack of time and concern over missing work. Lower income and less acculturated women were less likely to be aware of free/low-cost clinics. Older and less acculturated participants held more fatalistic beliefs, were more embarrassed about getting a Pap test, were more fearful of being perceived as sexually promiscuous, and were more fearful of receiving disapproval from their husbands.
Latinas are informed regarding cervical cancer screening; rather they encounter barriers such as a lack of time, money and support. Health promotion interventions can be enhanced via peer-to-peer education, by addressing barriers to cervical cancer screening with in-language, culturally tailored interventions, and working with clinics on systemic changes, such as extended clinic hours.
Californian journal of health promotion. 01/2013; 11(1):45-57.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Changes in epigenetic marks such as DNA methylation and histone acetylation are associated with a broad range of disease traits, including cancer, asthma, metabolic disorders, and various reproductive conditions. It seems plausible that changes in epigenetic state may be induced by environmental exposures such as malnutrition, tobacco smoke, air pollutants, metals, organic chemicals, other sources of oxidative stress, and the microbiome, particularly if the exposure occurs during key periods of development. Thus, epigenetic changes could represent an important pathway by which environmental factors influence disease risks, both within individuals and across generations. We discuss some of the challenges in studying epigenetic mediation of pathogenesis and describe some unique opportunities for exploring these phenomena.
Human Genetics 06/2012; 131(10):1565-89. · 4.63 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: There are compelling reasons to conduct studies of cancer in Hispanics, the fastest growing major demographic group in the United States (from 15% to 30% of the U.S. population by 2050). The genetically admixed Hispanic population coupled with secular trends in environmental exposures and lifestyle/behavioral practices that are associated with immigration and acculturation offer opportunities for elucidating the effects of genetics, environment, and lifestyle on cancer risk and identifying novel risk factors. For example, traditional breast cancer risk factors explain less of the breast cancer risk in Hispanics than in non-Hispanic whites (NHW), and there is a substantially greater proportion of never-smokers with lung cancer in Hispanics than in NHW. Hispanics have higher incidence rates for cancers of the cervix, stomach, liver, and gall bladder than NHW. With respect to these cancers, there are intriguing patterns that warrant study (e.g., depending on country of origin, the five-fold difference in gastric cancer rates for Hispanic men but not Hispanic women). Also, despite a substantially higher incidence rate and increasing secular trend for liver cancer in Hispanics, there have been no studies of Hispanics reported to date. We review the literature and discuss study design options and features that should be considered in future studies.
Cancer Prevention Research 02/2012; 5(2):150-63. · 4.89 Impact Factor