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Open Access Research article

The Int7G24A variant of transforming growth factor-beta receptor type I is a risk factor for colorectal cancer in the male Spanish population: a case-control study

Adela Castillejo1, Trinidad Mata-Balaguer1, Carla Guarinos1, María-Isabel Castillejo1, Ana Martínez-Cantó1, Víctor-Manuel Barberá12, Paola Montenegro1, Enrique Ochoa3, Rafael Lázaro4, Carmen Guillén-Ponce2, Alfredo Carrato1 and José-Luís Soto12*

  • * Corresponding author: José-Luís Soto jlsoto@umh.es

  • † Equal contributors

Author Affiliations

1 Molecular Oncology Group, Elche University Hospital, Camino Almazara 11, 03203 Elche, Spain

2 Genetic Counseling in Cancer Unit, Elche University Hospital, Camino Almazara 11, 03203 Elche, Spain

3 Molecular Biopathology Department, Castellon Provincial Hospital. Avenida Doctor Clara 19, 12002 Castellon de La Plana, Spain

4 Pathology Department, La Plana Hospital, Partida Carinyena Km 0.5, 12540 Vila-real, Spain

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BMC Cancer 2009, 9:406  doi:10.1186/1471-2407-9-406

Published: 20 November 2009

Abstract

Background

The Int7G24A variant of transforming growth factor-beta receptor type I (TGFBR1) has been shown to increase the risk for kidney, ovarian, bladder, lung and breast cancers. Its role in colorectal cancer (CRC) has not been established. The aims of this study were to assess the association of TGFBR1*Int7G24A variant with CRC occurrence, patient age, gender, tumour location and stage.

Methods

We performed a case-control study with 504 cases of sporadic CRC; and 504 non-cancerous age, gender and ethnically matched controls. Genotyping analysis was performed using allelic discrimination assay by real time PCR.

Results

The Int7G24A variant was associated with increased CRC incidence in an additive model of inheritance (P for trend = 0.005). No significant differences were found between Int7G24A genotypes and tumour location or stage. Interestingly, the association of the Int7G24A variant with CRC risk was significant in men (odds ratio 4.10 with 95% confidence intervals 1.41-11.85 for homozygous individuals; P for trend = 0.00023), but not in women. We also observed an increase in susceptibility to CRC for individuals aged less than 70 years.

Conclusion

Our data suggest that the Int7G24A variant represents a risk factor for CRC in the male Spanish population.