STK15 polymorphisms and association with risk of invasive ovarian cancer

Richard A. DiCioccio, Honglin Song, Christy Waterfall, Makoto T. Kimura, Hiroki Nagase, Valerie McGuire, Estrid Hogdall, Mitul N. Shah, Robert N. Luben, Douglas F. Easton, Ian J. Jacobs, Bruce A J Ponder, Alice S. Whittemore, Simon A. Gayther, Paul D P Pharoah, Susan Kruger-Kjaer

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    STK15 is a putative oncogene that codes for a centrosome-associated, serine/threonine kinase, the normal function of which is to ensure accurate segregation of chromosomes during mitosis. Amplification of STK15 has been reported in ovarian tumors, suggesting a role in ovarian cancer pathology. STK15 is polymorphic with two single nucleotide substitutions (449t/a and 527g/a) in evolutionarily conserved regions causing amino acid changes (F31I and V57I). Two other nucleotide substitutions (287c/g and 1891g/c) of unknown significance are in 5′ and 3′ untranslated regions (UTR), respectively. To learn more about the involvement of STK15 in ovarian cancer, we genotyped and haplotyped these polymorphisms in three population-based ovarian cancer case-control studies from the United Kingdom, United States, and Denmark with 1,821 combined cases and 2,467 combined controls and calculated risks for developing ovarian cancer. Genotypes of individual polymorphisms in control groups of the United Kingdom, United States, and Denmark conformed to Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. In combined cases and combined controls, rare allele frequencies were 0.23 and 0.21 for I31, 0.16 and 0.17 for I57, 0.08 and 0.07 for 5′ UTR g, and 0.25 and 0.24 for 3′ UTR c, respectively. Using FF common homozygotes of F31I as comparator, there was increased ovarian cancer risk to FI heterozygotes (odds ratio, 1.18; 95% confidence interval, 1.01-1.36), II homozygotes (odds ratio, 1.25; 95% confidence interval, 0.89-1.75), and I31 allele carriers (odds ratio, 1.17; 95% confidence interval, 1.02-1.35) in the combined group data. For either V57I, 5′ UTR C/G, or 3′ UTR G/C, all genotypic ovarian cancer risks were essentially in unity relative to their respective common homozygotes, VV, ce, or gg. Haplotype analysis of combined group data revealed seven haplotypes with frequencies between 0.02 and 0.5, with c-F-V-g the most common. None of the haplotype-specific risks significantly differed from unity relative to c-F-V-g. These results suggest a model of dominant inheritance of ovarian cancer risk by the I31 allele of F31I and that the I31 allele may be a common ovarian cancer susceptibility allele of low penetrance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1589-1594
    Number of pages5
    JournalCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


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