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This article has been corrected. Correction in: Oncotarget. 2018; 9:35027.

Interaction between physical activity, PITX1 rs647161 genetic polymorphism and colorectal cancer risk in a Korean population: a case-control study

Madhawa Neranjan Gunathilake, Jeonghee Lee, Young Ae Cho, Jae Hwan Oh, Hee Jin Chang, Dae Kyung Sohn, Aesun Shin and Jeongseon Kim _

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Oncotarget. 2018; 9:7590-7603. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.24136

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Madhawa Neranjan Gunathilake1, Jeonghee Lee2, Young Ae Cho2, Jae Hwan Oh3, Hee Jin Chang3, Dae Kyung Sohn3, Aesun Shin4 and Jeongseon Kim2

1Department of Cancer Control and Population Health, Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 10408, South Korea

2Department of Biomedical Science, Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 10408, South Korea

3Center for Colorectal Cancer, National Cancer Center Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 10408, South Korea

4Department of Preventive Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03080, South Korea

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Jeongseon Kim, email: [email protected]

Aesun Shin, email: [email protected]

Keywords: physical activity; PITX1; genetic polymorphism; colorectal cancer; interaction

Received: June 21, 2017     Accepted: December 26, 2017     Published: January 10, 2018


This study assessed the interaction between physical activity and colorectal cancer (CRC) risk based on a polymorphism in the paired-like homeodomain 1 (PITX1) gene in Koreans. In total, 923 cases and 1,846 controls were enrolled at the National Cancer Center, Korea. Subjects who did regular exercise showed a significantly reduced risk of CRC than those did not exercise regularly (OR = 0.37, 95% CI = 0.30–0.45). Subjects in the highest tertile of metabolic equivalents of task (MET)-minutes per week showed a significantly lower risk of CRC (OR = 0.62, 95% CI = 0.48–0.79, p-trend < 0.001). In the dominant model, minor allele carriers showed a significantly higher risk of CRC than subjects homozygous for the major allele (OR = 1.46, 95% CI = 1.18–1.80). The PITX1 genetic variant showed significant interactions with regular exercise and CRC risk (p-interaction = 0.018) and colon cancer risk (p-interaction = 0.029) among all subjects. Subjects who carried at least one minor allele and did not regularly exercise showed a greater risk of CRC (OR = 1.81, 95% CI = 1.37–2.41). Subjects who were homozygous for the major allele with high physical activity showed a significantly reduced risk of CRC (OR = 0.56, 95% CI = 0.38–0.82). Thus, individuals with PITX1 genetic variants can have benefit from physical activity regarding prevention of CRC risk in a Korean population.

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