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LMO1 gene polymorphisms contribute to decreased neuroblastoma susceptibility in a Southern Chinese population

Jing He, Wei Zhong, Jixiao Zeng, Jinhong Zhu, Ruizhong Zhang, Fenghua Wang, Tianyou Yang, Yan Zou and Huimin Xia _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:22770-22778. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.8178

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Jing He1,2,*, Wei Zhong1,*, Jixiao Zeng1,*, Jinhong Zhu3, Ruizhong Zhang1, Fenghua Wang1, Tianyou Yang1, Yan Zou1, Huimin Xia1

1Department of Pediatric Surgery, Guangzhou Institute of Pediatrics, Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou 510623, Guangdong, China

2Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Department of Experimental Research, Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer Medicine, Guangzhou 510060, Guangdong, China

3Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory and Department of Laboratory Medicine, Harbin Medical University Cancer Hospital, Harbin 150040, Heilongjiang, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Huimin Xia, e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: neuroblastoma, LMO1, polymorphism, genetic susceptibility

Received: November 30, 2015     Accepted: February 21, 2016     Published: March 18, 2016


Neuroblastoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed extracranial solid tumors in infancy; however, the etiology of neuroblastoma remains largely unknown. Previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) indicated that several common genetic variations (rs110419 A > G, rs4758051 G > A, rs10840002 A > G and rs204938 A > G) in the LIM domain only 1 (LMO1) gene were associated with neuroblastoma susceptibility. The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between the four GWAS-identified LMO1 gene polymorphisms and neuroblastoma risk in a Southern Chinese population. We genotyped the four polymorphisms in 256 neuroblastoma cases and 531 controls. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to evaluate the strength of the associations. False-positive report probability was calculated for all significant findings. We found that the rs110419 A > G polymorphism was associated with a significantly decreased neuroblastoma risk (AG vs. AA: adjusted OR = 0.65, 95% CI = 0.47–0.91; GG vs. AA: adjusted OR = 0.58, 95% CI = 0.36–0.91; AG/GG vs. AA: adjusted OR = 0.63, 95% CI = 0.46–0.86), and the protective effect was more predominant in children of age > 18 months, males, subgroups with tumor in adrenal gland and mediastinum, and patients in clinical stages III/IV. These results suggested that LMO1 gene rs110419 A > G polymorphism may contribute to protection against neuroblastoma. Our findings call for further validation studies with larger sample size.

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