A 5'-region polymorphism modulates promoter activity of the tumor suppressor gene MFSD2A

Francesca Colombo, Felicia S. Falvella, Antonella Galvan, Elisa Frullanti, Hideo Kunitoh, Toshikazu Ushijima, Tommaso A. Dragani

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Background: The MFSD2A gene maps within a linkage disequilibrium block containing the MYCL1-EcoRI polymorphism associated with prognosis and survival in lung cancer patients. Survival discrepancies between Asians and Caucasians point to ethnic differences in allelic frequencies of the functional genetic variations.Results: Analysis of three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) mapping in the MFSD2A 5'-regulatory region using a luciferase reporter system showed that SNP rs12072037, in linkage disequilibrium with the MYCL1-EcoRI polymorphism and polymorphic in Asians but not in Caucasians, modulated transcriptional activity of the MFSD2A promoter in cell lines expressing AHR and ARNT transcription factors, which potentially bind to the SNP site.Conclusion: SNP rs12072037 modulates MFSD2A promoter activity and thus might affect MFSD2A levels in normal lung and in lung tumors, representing a candidate ethnically specific genetic factor underlying the association between the MYCL1 locus and lung cancer patients' survival.

Original languageEnglish
Article number81
JournalMolecular Cancer
Publication statusPublished - Jul 7 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Oncology


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