Journal Article

Urokinase receptor genotypes in colorectal cancer.

M Kohonen-Corish, J Young, G Chenevix-Trench and W F Doe

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 19, issue 6, pages 1149-1151
Published in print June 1998 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online June 1998 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
Urokinase receptor genotypes in colorectal cancer.

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A previous study has reported a high frequency of rare alleles of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) in a set of 15 colorectal cancer (CRC) cell lines. Our study investigated uPAR gene variation in 92 CRC patients and in tumour DNA from a subset of 69 patients using the PLAUR-IVS3 marker located in an intron of this gene. The overall distribution of the marker alleles in the patients did not differ significantly from a set of 105 controls. A pairwise analysis of individual allele frequencies showed, however, that the common allele 147 was significantly decreased (P = 0.027) and allele 149 was significantly increased (P = 0.033) in the patients. These results may indicate an effect of uPAR gene variation in CRC carcinogenesis and encourages further examination of this marker in an independent series of patients.

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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