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Genetic polymorphisms of long non-coding RNA GAS5 predict platinum-based concurrent chemoradiotherapy response in nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients

Zhen Guo, Youhong Wang, Yu Zhao, Yi Jin, Liang An, Bin Wu, Zhaoqian Liu, Xiaoping Chen, Honghao Zhou, Hui Wang and Wei Zhang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:62286-62297. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.19725

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Zhen Guo1, Youhong Wang1, Yu Zhao2, Yi Jin2, Liang An1, Bin Wu1, Zhaoqian Liu1, Xiaoping Chen1, Honghao Zhou1, Hui Wang2 and Wei Zhang1

1Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University and Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, Central South University, Hunan Key Laboratory of Pharmacogenetics, Changsha, 410008, P.R. China

2Key Laboratory of Translational Radiation Oncology, Hunan Province, Department of Radiation Oncology, Hunan Cancer Hospital and The Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University, Changsha, 410013, P.R. China

Correspondence to:

Wei Zhang, email: [email protected]

Hui Wang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: nasopharyngeal carcinoma, chemoradiotherapy, toxicity, GAS5, polymorphisms

Received: April 11, 2016    Accepted: June 01, 2017    Published: July 31, 2017


LncRNA GAS5 plays a tumor suppressive role in a variety of human cancers and promises to be a novel diagnostic biomarker, therapy target, as well as prognostic biomarker. However, the role of GAS5 in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) remains elusive. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in GAS5 on treatment efficacy and toxicity in NPC patients receiving chemoradiotherapy. Three potentially functional SNPs of GAS5 were genotyped in 267 NPC patients and validated in another 238 NPC patients treated with chemoradiotherapy from southern China. Multivariate logistic regression analyses and stratification analyses were used to estimate the association of candidate SNPs and chemoradiotherapy efficacy and toxic reactions. Our results showed that rs2067079 kept a consistent association with severe myelosuppression and severe neutropenia in discovery set (OR=2.403, P=0.009; OR=2.454, P=0.015; respectively), validation set (OR=3.653, P=0.027; OR=4.767, P=0.016; respectively), and combined dataset (OR=1.880, P=0.007; OR=2.079, P=0.005; respectively). rs2067079 CT genotype carriers presented an even more remarkable increased risk of severe myelosuppression (OR=3.878, P=0.003) and severe neutropenia (OR=3.794, P=0.009) in subgroups taking paclitaxel+platinum as concurrent chemoradiotherapy regimen. Besides, we found a gene-does effect of rs6790, with the incidence rate of severe myelosuppression decreased from 23.56% to 17.21% to 10% and the incidence rate of severe neutropenia decreased from 30.4% to 20.9% to 17.1% for rs6790 GG vs GA vs AA genotype carriers. Our results indicate the potential role of lncRNA GAS5 polymorphisms rs2067079 and rs6790 as predictive biomarkers for chemoradiotherapy induced toxic reactions in NPC patients.

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