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SNP-SNP interactions of three new pri-miRNAs with the target gene PGC and multidimensional analysis of H. pylori in the gastric cancer/atrophic gastritis risk in a Chinese population

Qian Xu, Ye-feng Wu, Ying Li, Cai-yun He, Li-ping Sun, Jing-wei Liu and Yuan Yuan _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:23700-23714. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.8057

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Qian Xu1, Ye-feng Wu1, Ying Li1, Cai-yun He1, Li-ping Sun1, Jing-wei Liu1, Yuan Yuan1

1Tumor Etiology and Screening Department of Cancer Institute and General Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, and Key Laboratory of Cancer Etiology and Prevention (China Medical University), Liaoning Provincial Education Department, Shenyang 110001, China

Correspondence to:

Yuan Yuan, email: yyuan@cmu.edu.com.cn

Keywords: miRNA, pepsinogen C, polymorphisms, H. pylori, gastric cancer

Abbreviations: CON: Control; AG: Atrophic Gastritis; GC: Gastric Cancer; SNP: single nucleotide polymorphism; H. pylori: Helicobacter pylori

Received: October 22, 2015     Accepted: February 29, 2016     Published: March 14, 2016


Gastric cancer (GC) is a multistep complex disease involving multiple genes, and gene–gene interactions have a greater effect than a single gene in determining cancer susceptibility. This study aimed to explore the interaction of the let-7e rs8111742, miR-365b rs121224, and miR-4795 rs1002765 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with SNPs of the predicted target gene PGC and Helicobacter pylori status in GC and atrophic gastritis (AG) risk. Three miRNA SNPs and seven PGC SNPs were detected in 2448 cases using the Sequenom MassArray platform. Two pairwise combinations of miRNA and PGC SNPs were associated with increased AG risk (let-7e rs8111742 – PGC rs6458238 and miR-4795 rs1002765 – PGC rs9471643). Singly, miR-365b rs121224 and PGC rs6912200 had no effect individually but in combination they demonstrated an epistatic interaction associated with AG risk. Similarly, let-7e rs8111742 and miR-4795 rs1002765 SNPs interacted with H. pylori infection to increase GC risk (rs8111742: Pinteraction = 0.024; rs1002765: Pinteraction = 0.031, respectively). A three-dimensional interaction analysis found miR-4795 rs1002765, PGC rs9471643, and H. pylori infection positively interacted to increase AG risk (Pinteraction = 0.027). Also, let-7e rs8111742, PGC rs6458238, and H. pylori infection positively interacted to increase GC risk (Pinteraction = 0.036). Furthermore, both of these three-dimensional interactions had a dosage–effect correspondence (Ptrend < 0.001) and were verified by MDR. In conclusion, the miRNAs SNPs (let-7e rs8111742 and miR-4795 rs1002765) might have more superior efficiency when combined with PGC SNPs and/or H. pylori for GC or AG risk than a single SNP on its own.

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