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The breast cancer susceptibility-related polymorphisms at the TOX3/LOC643714 locus associated with lung cancer risk in a Han Chinese population

Chaowen Jiang, Shilong Yu, Pin Qian, Ruiling Guo, Ruijie Zhang, Zhi Ao, Qi Li, Guoming Wu, Yan Chen, Jin Li, Changzheng Wang, Wei Yao, Jiancheng Xu, Guisheng Qian and Fuyun Ji _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:59742-59753. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.10874

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Chaowen Jiang1,*, Shilong Yu1,*, Pin Qian1,*, Ruiling Guo2, Ruijie Zhang3, Zhi Ao1, Qi Li1, Guoming Wu1, Yan Chen1, Jin Li1, Changzheng Wang1, Wei Yao1, Jiancheng Xu1, Guisheng Qian1, Fuyun Ji1

1Institute of Human Respiratory Disease, Xinqiao Hospital, The Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400037, China

2Department of Respiratory Diseases, 324th Hospital of People’s Liberation Army (No.324 Hospital of PLA), Chongqing 400020, China

3Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410013, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Fuyun Ji, email: [email protected], [email protected]

Guisheng Qian, email: [email protected]

Keywords: lung cancer, risk, TOX3/LOC643714, polymorphisms, breast cancer

Received: February 02, 2016     Accepted: July 09, 2016     Published: July 28, 2016


It has been well established that besides environmental factors, genetic factors are also associated with lung cancer risk. However, to date, the prior identified genetic variants and loci only explain a small fraction of the familial risk of lung cancer. Hence it is vital to investigate the remaining missing heritability to understand the development and process of lung cancer. In the study, to test our hypothesis that the previously identified breast cancer risk-associated genetic polymorphisms at the TOX3/LOC643714 locus might contribute to lung cancer risk, 16 SNPs at the TOX3/LOC643714 locus were evaluated in a Han Chinese population based on a case-control study. Pearson’s chi-square test or Fisher’s exact test revealed that rs9933638, rs12443621, and rs3104746 were significantly associated with lung cancer risk (P < 0.001, P < 0.001, and P = 0.005, respectively). Logistic regression analyses displayed that lung cancer risk of individuals with rs9933638(GG+GA) were 1.89 times higher than that of rs9933638AA carriers (OR = 1.893, 95% CI = 1.308-2.741, P = 0.001). Similar findings were manifested for rs12443621 (OR = 1.824, 95% CI = 1.272-2.616, P = 0.001, rs12443621(GG+GA) carriers vs. rs12443621AA carriers) and rs3104746 (OR = 1.665, 95% CI = 1.243-2.230, P = 0.001, rs3104746TT carriers vs. rs3104746(TA+AA) carriers). The study discovered for the first time that three SNPs (rs9933638, rs12443621, and rs3104746) at the TOX3/LOC643714 locus contributed to lung cancer risk, providing new evidences that lung cancer and breast cancer are linked at the molecular and genetic level to a certain extent.

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