Cancer is a major public health problem worldwide that involves complex processes and factors. For instance, methylation is important in tumorigenesis. DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase 3A (DNMT3A) is the main de novo methyltransferase implicated in this process. In DNMT3A, the -448A>G polymorphism is associated with cancer; however, the results of various studies have been conflicting. To clarify the role of DNMT3A polymorphisms in cancer, we conducted a meta-analysis of 2014 cases and 3089 control subjects.
The mitochondrion is a crucial intracellular organelle responsible for regulating cellular energy metabolism, producing free radicals, initiating and executing the apoptotic pathways. Previous studies have shown that somatic mutations in mitochondrial DNA are associated with various tumors, which may be involved during carcinogenesis and tumor progression. To examine the mutation pattern in cancer, 625 reported somatic mutations in the mitochondrial DNA genome were analyzed.
Identification of cancer-associated and tissue-specific proteins is important for research on carcinogenesis mechanisms and biomarker discovery. Here we performed a new strategy to identify candidate cancer proteins by mining immunohistochemistry protein profiles. Proteins with quantitative values from 14 normal tissues and their corresponding cancer tissues were compared and analyzed using bioinformatics.
Published data regarding the association between the cytosolic serine hydroxymethyltransferase (SHMT1) C1420T (Leu474Phe) polymorphism and solid tumor risk have shown inconclusive results. To derive a more precise estimation of the relationship, we performed a meta-analysis of 23 published studies that included 14,409 cancer cases and 16,996 controls. A comprehensive search was conducted to identify all eligible studies of the SHMT1 rs1979277 polymorphism and solid tumor risk.
Interleukin-6 (IL-6), a pro-inflammatory cytokine, is involved in prostate cancer progression, including androgen independence. Serum IL-6 levels also correlate with prostate tumor burden, prostate-specific antigen levels and metastasis. Since circulating cytokine levels vary considerably inter-individually, such variation could be linked to genetic factors, including genetic polymorphism. The -174G>C/rs1800795 polymorphism in the IL-6 promoter is functionally relevant in terms of transcriptional regulation and disease association.
Endometriosis is a complex disease that has both benign and malignant characteristics. It affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age. Studies have demonstrated the existence of common genetic changes in endometriosis and ovarian cancer, suggesting a possible association between these 2 diseases. However, the mechanisms that lead to the development of cancer from endometriosis remain unknown. In this study, we evaluated 3 groups of women: 72 patients with endometriosis, 70 with ovarian cancer, and 70 healthy individuals (controls).
This study investigated the in vitro anticancer activities of a total of 14 wild angiosperms collected in Saudi Arabia. The cytotoxic activity of each extract was assessed against human breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7) cell lines by using the MTT assay. Among the plants screened, the potential cytotoxic activity exhibited by the extract of Lavandula dentata (Lamiaceae) was identified, and we analyzed its anticancer potential by testing antiproliferative and apoptotic activity. Our results clearly show that ethanolic extract of L.
The anticancer anthracyclines doxorubicin and daunorubicin are used to treat a variety of cancers in dogs. The therapeutic utility of anthracyclines is limited by cardiotoxicity in some cases. Synthesis of anthracycline alcohol metabolites by carbonyl reductase 1 (CBR1) is crucial for the pathogenesis of cardiotoxicity. We hypothesize that genetic polymorphisms in canine cbr1 contribute to the variable pharmacodynamics of anthracyclines in dogs. DNA sequence variants in canine cbr1 were investigated in DNA samples from dogs of seven breeds.
Research has shown that genetic polymorphisms in biotransformation enzymes, such as CYP1A1 and GSTM1, are related to a greater or lesser susceptibility to various cancers. We made an analysis of CYP1A1m1 SNP and GSTM1 null genotypes in a family group (71 members) related by consanguinity who had an unusually high incidence of cancer and a high frequency of smokers. There were no significant differences in genotype frequencies in this family when compared to data for Brazilian populations.
We investigated a possible association between CASP-10 gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to cancer through a meta-analysis. Eight studies with a total of 29,936 cancer cases and 34,041 healthy controls were included. Meta-analysis results showed that the rs13006529*T carrier was significantly associated with increased cancer risk (OR = 1.17, 95%CI = 1.01-1.36, P = 0.03). However, rs3900115 and rs13010627 showed no association with cancer susceptibility (all P > 0.05).