A KRAS-variant in ovarian cancer acts as a genetic marker of cancer risk.

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Ovarian cancer (OC) is the single most deadly form of women's cancer, typically presenting as an advanced disease at diagnosis in part due to a lack of known risk factors or genetic markers of risk. The KRAS oncogene and altered levels of the microRNA (miRNA) let-7 are associated with an increased risk of developing solid tumors. In this study, we investigated a hypothesized association between an increased risk of OC and a variant allele of KRAS at rs61764370, referred to as the KRAS-variant, which disrupts a let-7 miRNA binding site in this oncogene. Specimens obtained were tested for the presence of the KRAS-variant from nonselected OC patients in three independent cohorts, two independent ovarian case-control studies, and OC patients with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC) as well as their family members. Our results indicate that the KRAS-variant is associated with more than 25% of nonselected OC cases. Further, we found that it is a marker for a significant increased risk of developing OC, as confirmed by two independent case-control analyses. Lastly, we determined that the KRAS-variant was present in 61% of HBOC patients without BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, previously considered uninformative, as well as in their family members with cancer. Our findings strongly support the hypothesis that the KRAS-variant is a genetic marker for increased risk of developing OC, and they suggest that the KRAS-variant may be a new genetic marker of cancer risk for HBOC families without other known genetic abnormalities.

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Cited Authors

  • Ratner, E; Lu, L; Boeke, M; Barnett, R; Nallur, S; Chin, LJ; Pelletier, C; Blitzblau, R; Tassi, R; Paranjape, T; Hui, P; Godwin, AK; Yu, H; Risch, H; Rutherford, T; Schwartz, P; Santin, A; Matloff, E; Zelterman, D; Slack, FJ; Weidhaas, JB

Published Date

  • August 15, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 / 16

Start / End Page

  • 6509 - 6515

PubMed ID

  • 20647319

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20647319

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-7445

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-10-0689


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States