RET polymorphisms and haplotypes and risk of differentiated thyroid cancer.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether common (allele frequencies > 5%) single nucleotide polymorphisms located in exons 2, 7, 11, 13, 14, and 15 of the RET proto-oncogene are associated with risk of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC). STUDY DESIGN: Hospital-based case-control study. METHODS: Patients with DTC or benign thyroid disease (BTD) were frequency matched with cancer-free controls on age and sex. Only non-Hispanic whites were included to avoid racial confounding. Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment-length polymorphism assays were used for genotyping. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to calculate adjusted odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Haplotype distributions were estimated using Bayesian analyses. RESULTS: DTC cases and controls had similar rates of tobacco, alcohol, and radiation exposure. The genotype distributions were similar between DTC cases (n = 101) and controls (n = 174) except for RET 7 and RET 14 (P = .003 and P = .047, respectively) and between BTD cases (n = 62) and controls except for RET 14 (borderline; P = .064). Polymorphic allele frequencies were similar between the cases and controls except for RET 14 (borderline; P = .051 and P = .068 for DTC and BTD, respectively). The RET 7 heterozygous polymorphic genotype was associated with a significantly increased risk of DTC after multivariate adjustment (OR = 2.0, 95% CI = 1.2-3.4, P = .012). Compared with the most common haplotype (GGGTCC), no RET haplotype was associated with a significantly increased risk of DTC. CONCLUSIONS: Exon 7 (and possibly 14) polymorphism of RET may be associated with increased risk of DTC. However, the sample size is relatively small, and larger investigations are needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ho, T; Li, G; Zhao, C; Wei, Q; Sturgis, EM

Published Date

  • June 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 115 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1035 - 1041

PubMed ID

  • 15933516

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0023-852X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01.MLG.0000162653.22384.10


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States