Genetic associations of 115 polymorphisms with cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract across 10 european countries: The ARCAGE project

Cristina Canova, Mia Hashibe, Lorenzo Simonato, Mari Nelis, Andres Metspalu, Pagona Lagiou, Dimitrios Trichopoulos, Wolfgang Ahrens, Iris Pigeot, Franco Merletti, Lorenzo Richiardi, Renato Talamini, Luigi Barzan, Gary J. Macfarlane, Tatiana V. Macfarlane, Ivana Holcátová, Vladimir Bencko, Simone Benhamou, Christine Bouchardy, Kristina KjaerheimRay Lowry, Antonio Agudo, Xavier Castellsagué, David I. Conway, Patricia A. McKinney, Ariana Znaor, Bernard E. McCartan, Claire M. Healy, Manuela Marron, Paul Brennan

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Cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) include malignant tumors of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus and account for 6.4% of all new cancers in Europe. In the context of a multicenter case-control study conducted in 14 centers within 10 European countries and comprising 1,511 cases and 1,457 controls (ARCAGE study), 115 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNF) from 62 a priori-selected genes were studied in relation to UADT cancer. We found 11 SNFs that were statistically associated with UADT cancers overall (5.75 expected). Considering the possibility of false- positive results, we focused on SNPs in CÏP2A6, MDM2, tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and gene amplified in squamous cell carcinoma 1 (GASCl), for which low P values for trend (P trend <0.01) were observed in the main effects analyses of UADT cancer overall or by subsite. The rare variant of CYP2A6 -47A>C (rs28399433), a phase I metabolism gene, was associated with reduced UADT cancer risk (P trend = 0.01). Three SNPs in the MDM2 gene, involved in cell cycle control, were associated with UADT cancer. MDM2 IVS5+1285A>G (rs3730536) showed a strong codominant effect (P trend = 0.007). The rare variants of two SNPs in the TNF gene were associated with a decreased risk; for TNF IVS1+123G>A (rsl800610), the P trend was 0.007. Variants in two SNPs of GASCl were found to be strongly associated with increased UADT cancer risk (for both, P trend = 0.008). This study is the largest genetic epidemiologic study on UADT cancers in Europe. Our analysis points to potentially relevant genes in various pathways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2956-2965
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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