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A functional polymorphism at microRNA-629-binding site in the 3′-untranslated region of <i>NBS1</i> gene confers an increased risk of lung cancer in Southern and Eastern Chinese population

Lei Yang, Yinyan Li, Mei Cheng, Dongsheng Huang, Jian Zheng, Bin Liu, Xiaoxuan Ling, Qingchu Li, Xin Zhang, Weidong Ji, Yifeng Zhou and Jiachun Lu

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 33, issue 2, pages 338-347
Published in print February 2012 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online November 2011 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/carcin/bgr272
A functional polymorphism at microRNA-629-binding site in the 3′-untranslated region of NBS1 gene confers an increased risk of lung cancer in Southern and Eastern Chinese population

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The genetic variations in NBS1 gene have been reported to be associated with cancer risk. The polymorphisms in 3′-untranslated region (3′-UTR) of NBS1 might affect gene’s function and thus contribute to cancer susceptibility. We hypothesized that these polymorphisms of NBS1 are associated with the lung cancer risk. In two independent case–control studies conducted in Southern and Eastern Chinese, we genotyped three tagSNPs (rs14448, rs13312986 and rs2735383) in Southern Chinese and then validated the discovered association in Eastern Chinese. No significant association was observed for rs13312986 and rs14448; we only found that the rs2735383CC genotype had a significantly increased risk of lung cancer under a recessive genetic model in the total 1559 cases versus 1679 controls (odds ratio = 1.40, 95% confidence interval = 1.18–1.66, P = 0.0001) when compared with GG or GC genotypes; the rs2735383CC genotype carriers had lower messenger RNA and protein expression levels in tumor tissues than those of other genotypes as quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot shown. Luciferase assay revealed that the rs2735383C allele had a lower transcription activity than G allele, and the hsa-miR-629 but not hsa-miR-499-5P had effect on modulation of NBS1 gene in vitro. We further observed that the X-ray radiation induced more chromatid breaks in lymphocyte cells from the carriers of rs2735383CC homozygote than those from the subjects with other genotypes (P = 0.0008). Our data suggested that the rs2735383G>C variation contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer by diminishing gene’s expression through binding of microRNA-629 to the polymorphic site in the 3′-UTR of NBS1 gene.

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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