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The significance of c.690G>T polymorphism (rs34529039) and expression of the CEBPA gene in ovarian cancer outcome

Bozena Konopka, Lukasz Michal Szafron _, Ewa Kwiatkowska, Agnieszka Podgorska, Aleksandra Zolocinska, Barbara Pienkowska-Grela, Agnieszka Dansonka-Mieszkowska, Anna Balcerak, Martyna Lukasik, Anna Stachurska, Agnieszka Timorek, Beata Spiewankiewicz, Mona El-Bahrawy and Jolanta Kupryjanczyk

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:67412-67424. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.11822

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Abstract

Bozena Konopka1,*, Lukasz Michal Szafron1,*, Ewa Kwiatkowska2, Agnieszka Podgorska1, Aleksandra Zolocinska3, Barbara Pienkowska-Grela1, Agnieszka Dansonka-Mieszkowska1, Anna Balcerak3, Martyna Lukasik1, Anna Stachurska1,4, Agnieszka Timorek5, Beata Spiewankiewicz6, Mona El-Bahrawy7, Jolanta Kupryjanczyk1

1Department of Pathology and Laboratory Diagnostics, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland

2Department of Genetics, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland

3Department of Molecular and Translational Oncology, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland

4Department of Applied Pharmacy and Bioengineering, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

5Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Oncology, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw and Brodnowski Hospital, Warsaw, Poland

6Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland

7Department of Histopathology, Imperial College London, UK

*These authors have contributed equally to this study

Correspondence to:

Lukasz Michal Szafron, email: lukszafron@gmail.com

Keywords: ovarian cancer, CEBPA, synonymous polymorphism, gene expression, DNA-damaging chemotherapy

Received: May 18, 2016     Accepted: August 25, 2016     Published: September 02, 2016

ABSTRACT

The CEBPA gene is known to be mutated or abnormally expressed in several cancers. This is the first study assessing the clinical impact of CEBPA gene status and expression on the ovarian cancer outcome. The CEBPA gene sequence was analyzed in 118 ovarian cancer patients (44 platinum/cyclophosphamide (PC)-treated and 74 taxane/platinum (TP)-treated), both in tumors and blood samples, and in blood from 236 healthy women, using PCR-Sanger sequencing and Real-Time quantitative PCR (qPCR)-based genotyping methods, respectively. The CEBPA mRNA level was examined with Reverse Transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR). The results were correlated to different clinicopathological parameters. Thirty of 118 (25.4%) tumors harbored the CEBPA synonymous c.690G>T polymorphism (rs34529039), that we showed to be related to up-regulation of CEBPA mRNA levels (p=0.0059). The presence of the polymorphism was significantly associated with poor prognosis (p=0.005) and poor response to the PC chemotherapy regimen (p=0.024). In accordance, elevated CEBPA mRNA levels negatively affected patient survival (p<0.001) and tumor response to the PC therapy (p=0.014). The rs34529039 SNP did not affect the risk of developing ovarian cancer. This is the first study providing evidence that the c.690G>T, p.(Thr230Thr) (rs34529039) polymorphism of the CEBPA gene, together with up-regulation of its mRNA expression, are negative factors worsening ovarian cancer outcome. Their adverse clinical effect depends on a therapeutic regimen used, which might make them potential prognostic and predictive biomarkers for response to DNA-damaging chemotherapy.


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