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Genetic association of deleted in colorectal carcinoma variants with breast cancer risk: A case-control study

Xinghan Liu, Xijing Wang, Sidney W. Fu, Meng Wang, Huafeng Kang, Haitao Guan, Shuqun Zhang, Xiaobin Ma, Shuai Lin, Kang Liu, Yanjing Feng, Cong Dai and Zhijun Dai _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:32765-32773. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.9024

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Xinghan Liu1, Xijing Wang1, Sidney W. Fu2, Meng Wang1, Huafeng Kang1, Haitao Guan1, Shuqun Zhang1, Xiaobin Ma1, Shuai Lin1, Kang Liu1, Yanjing Feng1, Cong Dai1, Zhijun Dai1,2

1Department of Oncology, Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710004, China

2Division of Genomic Medicine/Department of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC 20037, USA

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Zhijun Dai, email: [email protected], [email protected]

Keywords: DCC, breast cancer, gene variant, susceptibility, case-control

Received: December 07, 2015     Accepted: April 10, 2016     Published: April 26, 2016


Deleted in colorectal carcinoma (DCC), a netrin-1 dependence receptor, is correlated with cell progression, migration, and adhesion. Evidence indicated that DCC was frequently down-regulated in many cancers. However, the association of DCC with breast cancer remains uncertain. We conducted a case-control study to investigate the impact of three DCC gene variants (rs2229080, rs7504990, and rs4078288) on breast cancer susceptibility in Chinese women. This study included 560 breast cancer patients and 583 age-matched healthy controls from Northwest China. The three gene variants were genotyped via Sequenom MassARRAY. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were utilized to evaluate the associations. We found that individuals with the rs2229080 C/G, C/C, and C/G-CC genotypes had a higher breast cancer risk, and the minor allele C was associated with increased breast cancer risk in an allele model. We observed a significantly decreased breast cancer risk with the rs7504990 C/T, T/T, and C/T-T/T genotypes, and the minor allele T was protective against breast cancer in an allele model. In addition, rs2229080 was associated with the axillary lymph node (LN) metastasis status. An age-stratified analysis revealed an association between rs2229080 and reduced breast cancer risk among older patients (≥ 49 years). Furthermore, the haplotype analysis showed that the Crs2229080Crs7504990Ars4078288 haplotype was associated with a decreased breast cancer risk. However, the results indicated a lack of association between rs4078288 and breast cancer risk. These findings affirmed that rs2229080 and rs7504990 polymorphisms in DCC might be related with breast cancer susceptibility in Chinese women.

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