Identification of novel epithelial ovarian cancer loci in women of African ancestry.

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Women of African ancestry have lower incidence of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) yet worse survival compared to women of European ancestry. We conducted a genome-wide association study in African ancestry women with 755 EOC cases, including 537 high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas (HGSOC) and 1,235 controls. We identified four novel loci with suggestive evidence of association with EOC (p < 1 × 10-6 ), including rs4525119 (intronic to AKR1C3), rs7643459 (intronic to LOC101927394), rs4286604 (12 kb 3' of UGT2A2) and rs142091544 (5 kb 5' of WWC1). For HGSOC, we identified six loci with suggestive evidence of association including rs37792 (132 kb 5' of follistatin [FST]), rs57403204 (81 kb 3' of MAGEC1), rs79079890 (LOC105376360 intronic), rs66459581 (5 kb 5' of PRPSAP1), rs116046250 (GABRG3 intronic) and rs192876988 (32 kb 3' of GK2). Among the identified variants, two are near genes known to regulate hormones and diseases of the ovary (AKR1C3 and FST), and two are linked to cancer (AKR1C3 and MAGEC1). In follow-up studies of the 10 identified variants, the GK2 region SNP, rs192876988, showed an inverse association with EOC in European ancestry women (p = 0.002), increased risk of ER positive breast cancer in African ancestry women (p = 0.027) and decreased expression of GK2 in HGSOC tissue from African ancestry women (p = 0.004). A European ancestry-derived polygenic risk score showed positive associations with EOC and HGSOC in women of African ancestry suggesting shared genetic architecture. Our investigation presents evidence of variants for EOC shared among European and African ancestry women and identifies novel EOC risk loci in women of African ancestry.

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  • Manichaikul, A; Peres, LC; Wang, X-Q; Barnard, ME; Chyn, D; Sheng, X; Du, Z; Tyrer, J; Dennis, J; Schwartz, AG; Cote, ML; Peters, E; Moorman, PG; Bondy, M; Barnholtz-Sloan, JS; Terry, P; Alberg, AJ; Bandera, EV; Funkhouser, E; Wu, AH; Pearce, CL; Pike, M; Setiawan, VW; Haiman, CA; African American Breast Cancer Consortium (AABC), ; African Ancestry Prostate Cancer Consortium (AAPC), ; Palmer, JR; LeMarchand, L; Wilkens, LR; Berchuck, A; Doherty, JA; Modugno, F; Ness, R; Moysich, K; Karlan, BY; Whittemore, AS; McGuire, V; Sieh, W; Lawrenson, K; Gayther, S; Sellers, TA; Pharoah, P; Schildkraut, JM; African American Cancer Epidemiology Study (AACES) and the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium (OCAC),

Published Date

  • June 1, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 146 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2987 - 2998

PubMed ID

  • 31469419

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7523187

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0215

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ijc.32653


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States