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  • Risk of Ovarian Cancer and the NF-kappa B Pathway: Genetic Association with IL1A and TNFSF10 CANCER RESEARCH Charbonneau, B., Block, M. S., Bamlet, W. R., Vierkant, R. A., Kalli, K. R., Fogarty, Z., Rider, D. N., Sellers, T. A., Tworoger, S. S., Poole, E., Risch, H. A., Salvesen, H. B., Kiemeney, L. A., Baglietto, L., Giles, G. G., Severi, G., Trabert, B., Wentzensen, N., Chenevix-Trench, G., Whittemore, A. S., Sieh, W., Chang-Claude, J., Bandera, E. V., Orlow, I., Terry, K., Goodman, M. T., Thompson, P. J., Cook, L. S., Rossing, M. A., Ness, R. B., Narod, S. A., Kupryjanczyk, J., Lu, K., Butzow, R., Doerk, T., Pejovic, T., Campbell, I., Le, N. D., Bunker, C. H., Bogdanova, N., Runnebaum, I. B., Eccles, D., Paul, J., Wu, A. H., Gayther, S. A., Hogdall, E., Heitz, F., Kaye, S. B., Karlan, B. Y., Anton-Culver, H., Gronwald, J., Hogdall, C. K., Lambrechts, D., Fasching, P. A., Menon, U., Schildkraut, J., Pearce, C. L., Levine, D. A., Kjaer, S. K., Cramer, D., Flanagan, J. M., Phelan, C. M., Brown, R., Massuger, L. F., Song, H., Doherty, J. A., Krakstad, C., Liang, D., Odunsi, K., Berchuck, A., Jensen, A., Lubinski, J., Nevanlinna, H., Bean, Y. T., Lurie, G., Ziogas, A., Walsh, C., Despierre, E., Brinton, L., Hein, A., Rudolph, A., Dansonka-Mieszkowska, A., Olson, S. H., Harter, P., Tyrer, J., Vitonis, A. F., Brooks-Wilson, A., Aben, K. K., Pike, M. C., Ramus, S. J., Wik, E., Cybulski, C., Lin, J., Sucheston, L., Edwards, R., McGuire, V., Lester, J., du Bois, A., Lundvall, L., Wang-Gohrke, S., Szafron, L. M., Lambrechts, S., Yang, H., Beckmann, M. W., Pelttari, L. M., van Altena, A. M., Van Den Berg, D., Halle, M. K., Gentry-Maharaj, A., Schwaab, I., Chandran, U., Menkiszak, J., Ekici, A. B., Wilkens, L. R., Leminen, A., Modugno, F., Friel, G., Rothstein, J. H., Vergote, I., Garcia-Closas, M., Hildebrandt, M. A., Sobiczewski, P., Kelemen, L. E., Pharoah, P. D., Moysich, K., Knutson, K. L., Cunningham, J. M., Fridley, B. L., Goode, E. L. 2014; 74 (3): 852-861


    A missense single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the immune modulatory gene IL1A has been associated with ovarian cancer risk (rs17561). Although the exact mechanism through which this SNP alters risk of ovarian cancer is not clearly understood, rs17561 has also been associated with risk of endometriosis, an epidemiologic risk factor for ovarian cancer. Interleukin-1? (IL1A) is both regulated by and able to activate NF-?B, a transcription factor family that induces transcription of many proinflammatory genes and may be an important mediator in carcinogenesis. We therefore tagged SNPs in more than 200 genes in the NF-?B pathway for a total of 2,282 SNPs (including rs17561) for genotype analysis of 15,604 cases of ovarian cancer in patients of European descent, including 6,179 of high-grade serous (HGS), 2,100 endometrioid, 1,591 mucinous, 1,034 clear cell, and 1,016 low-grade serous, including 23,235 control cases spanning 40 studies in the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium. In this large population, we confirmed the association between rs17561 and clear cell ovarian cancer [OR, 0.84; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.76-0.93; P = 0.00075], which remained intact even after excluding participants in the prior study (OR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.75-0.95; P = 0.006). Considering a multiple-testing-corrected significance threshold of P < 2.5 × 10(-5), only one other variant, the TNFSF10 SNP rs6785617, was associated significantly with a risk of ovarian cancer (low malignant potential tumors OR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.79-0.91; P = 0.00002). Our results extend the evidence that borderline tumors may have a distinct genetic etiology. Further investigation of how these SNPs might modify ovarian cancer associations with other inflammation-related risk factors is warranted. Cancer Res; 74(3); 852-61. ©2013 AACR.

    View details for DOI 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-13-1051

    View details for Web of Science ID 000331073900022

  • Hormone-receptor expression and ovarian cancer survival: an Ovarian Tumor Tissue Analysis consortium study. lancet oncology Sieh, W., Köbel, M., Longacre, T. A., Bowtell, D. D., deFazio, A., Goodman, M. T., Høgdall, E., Deen, S., Wentzensen, N., Moysich, K. B., Brenton, J. D., Clarke, B. A., Menon, U., Gilks, C. B., Kim, A., Madore, J., Fereday, S., George, J., Galletta, L., Lurie, G., Wilkens, L. R., Carney, M. E., Thompson, P. J., Matsuno, R. K., Kjær, S. K., Jensen, A., Høgdall, C., Kalli, K. R., Fridley, B. L., Keeney, G. L., Vierkant, R. A., Cunningham, J. M., Brinton, L. A., Yang, H. P., Sherman, M. E., García-Closas, M., Lissowska, J., Odunsi, K., Morrison, C., Lele, S., Bshara, W., Sucheston, L., Jimenez-Linan, M., Driver, K., Alsop, J., Mack, M., McGuire, V., Rothstein, J. H., Rosen, B. P., Bernardini, M. Q., Mackay, H., Oza, A., Wozniak, E. L., Benjamin, E., Gentry-Maharaj, A., Gayther, S. A., Tinker, A. V., Prentice, L. M., Chow, C., Anglesio, M. S., Johnatty, S. E., Chenevix-Trench, G., Whittemore, A. S., Pharoah, P. D., Goode, E. L., Huntsman, D. G., Ramus, S. J. 2013; 14 (9): 853-862


    Few biomarkers of ovarian cancer prognosis have been established, partly because subtype-specific associations might be obscured in studies combining all histopathological subtypes. We examined whether tumour expression of the progesterone receptor (PR) and oestrogen receptor (ER) was associated with subtype-specific survival.12 studies participating in the Ovarian Tumor Tissue Analysis consortium contributed tissue microarray sections and clinical data to our study. Participants included in our analysis had been diagnosed with invasive serous, mucinous, endometrioid, or clear-cell carcinomas of the ovary. For a patient to be eligible, tissue microarrays, clinical follow-up data, age at diagnosis, and tumour grade and stage had to be available. Clinical data were obtained from medical records, cancer registries, death certificates, pathology reports, and review of histological slides. PR and ER statuses were assessed by central immunohistochemistry analysis done by masked pathologists. PR and ER staining was defined as negative (<1% tumour cell nuclei), weak (1 to <50%), or strong (?50%). Associations with disease-specific survival were assessed.2933 women with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer were included: 1742 with high-grade serous carcinoma, 110 with low-grade serous carcinoma, 207 with mucinous carcinoma, 484 with endometrioid carcinoma, and 390 with clear-cell carcinoma. PR expression was associated with improved disease-specific survival in endometrioid carcinoma (log-rank p<0·0001) and high-grade serous carcinoma (log-rank p=0·0006), and ER expression was associated with improved disease-specific survival in endometrioid carcinoma (log-rank p<0·0001). We recorded no significant associations for mucinous, clear-cell, or low-grade serous carcinoma. Positive hormone-receptor expression (weak or strong staining for PR or ER, or both) was associated with significantly improved disease-specific survival in endometrioid carcinoma compared with negative hormone-receptor expression, independent of study site, age, stage, and grade (hazard ratio 0·33, 95% CI 0·21-0·51; p<0·0001). Strong PR expression was independently associated with improved disease-specific survival in high-grade serous carcinoma (0·71, 0·55-0·91; p=0·0080), but weak PR expression was not (1·02, 0·89-1·18; p=0·74).PR and ER are prognostic biomarkers for endometrioid and high-grade serous ovarian cancers. Clinical trials, stratified by subtype and biomarker status, are needed to establish whether hormone-receptor status predicts response to endocrine treatment, and whether it could guide personalised treatment for ovarian cancer.Carraresi Foundation and others.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70253-5

    View details for PubMedID 23845225

  • Analysis of Over 10,000 Cases Finds No Association between Previously Reported Candidate Polymorphisms and Ovarian Cancer Outcome. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology White, K. L., Vierkant, R. A., Fogarty, Z. C., Charbonneau, B., Block, M. S., Pharoah, P. D., Chenevix-Trench, G., Rossing, M. A., Cramer, D. W., Pearce, C. L., Schildkraut, J. M., Menon, U., Kjaer, S. K., Levine, D. A., Gronwald, J., Culver, H. A., Whittemore, A. S., Karlan, B. Y., Lambrechts, D., Wentzensen, N., Kupryjanczyk, J., Chang-Claude, J., Bandera, E. V., Hogdall, E., Heitz, F., Kaye, S. B., Fasching, P. A., Campbell, I., Goodman, M. T., Pejovic, T., Bean, Y., Lurie, G., Eccles, D., Hein, A., Beckmann, M. W., Ekici, A. B., Paul, J., Brown, R., Flanagan, J. M., Harter, P., du Bois, A., Schwaab, I., Hogdall, C. K., Lundvall, L., Olson, S. H., Orlow, I., Paddock, L. E., Rudolph, A., Eilber, U., Dansonka-Mieszkowska, A., Rzepecka, I. K., Ziolkowska-Seta, I., Brinton, L., Yang, H., Garcia-Closas, M., Despierre, E., Lambrechts, S., Vergote, I., Walsh, C., Lester, J., Sieh, W., McGuire, V., Rothstein, J. H., Ziogas, A., Lubinski, J., Cybulski, C., Menkiszak, J., Jensen, A., Gayther, S. A., Ramus, S. J., Gentry-Maharaj, A., Berchuck, A., Wu, A. H., Pike, M. C., Van Denberg, D., Terry, K. L., Vitonis, A. F., Doherty, J. A., Johnatty, S. E., deFazio, A., Song, H., Tyrer, J., Sellers, T. A., Phelan, C. M., Kalli, K. R., Cunningham, J. M., Fridley, B. L., Goode, E. L. 2013; 22 (5): 987-992


    Ovarian cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death among women. In an effort to understand contributors to disease outcome, we evaluated single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) previously associated with ovarian cancer recurrence or survival, specifically in angiogenesis, inflammation, mitosis, and drug disposition genes.Twenty-seven SNPs in VHL, HGF, IL18, PRKACB, ABCB1, CYP2C8, ERCC2, and ERCC1 previously associated with ovarian cancer outcome were genotyped in 10,084 invasive cases from 28 studies from the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium with over 37,000-observed person-years and 4,478 deaths. Cox proportional hazards models were used to examine the association between candidate SNPs and ovarian cancer recurrence or survival with and without adjustment for key covariates.We observed no association between genotype and ovarian cancer recurrence or survival for any of the SNPs examined.These results refute prior associations between these SNPs and ovarian cancer outcome and underscore the importance of maximally powered genetic association studies. Impact: These variants should not be used in prognostic models. Alternate approaches to uncovering inherited prognostic factors, if they exist, are needed. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 22(5); 987-. ©2013 AACR.

    View details for DOI 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-0028

    View details for PubMedID 23513043

  • Identification of novel susceptibility loci for Guam neurodegenerative disease: challenges of genome scans in genetic isolates HUMAN MOLECULAR GENETICS Sieh, W., Choi, Y., Chapman, N. H., Craig, U., Steinbart, E. J., Rothstein, J. H., Oyanagi, K., Garruto, R. M., Bird, T. D., Galasko, D. R., Schellenberg, G. D., Wijsman, E. M. 2009; 18 (19): 3725-3738


    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/parkinsonism-dementia complex (ALS/PDC) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease found in the Chamorro people of Guam and other Pacific Island populations. The etiology is unknown, although both genetic and environmental factors appear important. To identify loci for ALS/PDC, we conducted both genome-wide linkage and association analyses, using approximately 400 microsatellite markers, in the largest sample assembled to date, comprising a nearly complete sample of all living and previously sampled deceased cases. A single, large, complex pedigree was ascertained from a village on Guam, with smaller families and a case-control sample ascertained from the rest of Guam by population-based neurological screening and archival review. We found significant evidence for two regions with novel ALS/PDC loci on chromosome 12 and supportive evidence for the involvement of the MAPT region on chromosome 17. D12S1617 on 12p gave the strongest evidence of linkage (maximum LOD score, Z(max) = 4.03) in our initial scan, with additional support in the complete case-control sample in the form of evidence of allelic association at this marker and another nearby marker. D12S79 on 12q also provided significant evidence of linkage (Z(max) = 3.14) with support from flanking markers. Our results suggest that ALS/PDC may be influenced by as many as three loci, while illustrating challenges that are intrinsic in genetic analyses of isolated populations, as well as analytical strategies that are useful in this context. Elucidation of the genetic basis of ALS/PDC should improve our understanding of related neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, frontotemporal dementia and ALS.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/hmg/ddp300

    View details for Web of Science ID 000270707900017

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