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UGT2B17 Deletion Polymorphism is a Risk Factor for Upper Aero digestive-Tract Cancer in Japanese: A Case-Control Study

Urashima M1*, Nakashima A1,2, Hama T3, Suzuki Y4, Ohdaira H4, Akiba T5, Suzuki M6, Noya M1, Tsumi Y1, Mafune A1,2, Toda K7, Yokoyama K2, Wada K8, Kojima H3 and Okamoto A9

1Division of Molecular Epidemiology, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

2Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Internal Medicine, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

3Department of Oto-Rhino-laryngology, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

4Department of Surgery, International University of Health and Welfare, Tochigi, Japan

5Department of Surgery, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

6Department of Neurology, Katsushika Medical Center, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

7Division of Head and Neck, Cancer Institute Hospital, Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo, Japan

8Department of Oto-Rhino-laryngology, Toho University Omori Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan

9Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan

Corresponding Author:
Mitsuyoshi Urashima
Division of Molecular Epidemiology
Jikei University School of Medicine
3-25-8 Nishi-shimbashi, Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-8461, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3433-1111
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 13, 2015 Accepted Date: August 28, 2015 Published Date: August 31, 2015

Citation: Urashima M, Nakashima A, Hama T, Suzuki Y, Ohdaira H, et al. (2015) UGT2B17 Deletion Polymorphism is a Risk Factor for Upper Aero digestive-Tract Cancer in Japanese: A Case-Control Study. Epidemiology (sunnyvale) 5:196. doi:10.4172/2161-1165.1000196

Copyright: © 2015 Urashima M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: The UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 2 family polypeptide B17 (UGT2B17) detoxifies carcinogens found in tobacco smoke and ethanol in alcoholic drinks. Tobacco carcinogens and ethanol synergistically raise the risk for upper aero digestive tract (UADT) cancer (head and neck squamous carcinoma, and esophageal cancer). Deletion polymorphism of the UGT2B17 gene (UGT2B17-deletion) is a much more common copy number variant among Japanese than other populations. Thus, we conducted a nested and age/gender-matched case-control (1:1) study to determine if UGT2B17-deletion associates with cancer risk, including UADT-cancer in Japanese.

Methods: Polymerase chain reaction was used to determine UGT2B17-deletion using DNA samples derived from peripheral blood or tumor tissue. Cases were cancer patients and controls were non-cancer patients. Nonconditional and conditional logistic regression analyses were performed. To overcome the issue of multiple-testing, Bonferroni correction was applied to set p < 0.003 as statistically significant.

Results: A total of 3,092 patients were enrolled. UGT2B17-deletion was detected in 74% of the 1,887 non-cancer patients and 77% of the 1,205 cancer patients. UGT2B17-deletion was a significant risk factor for UADT-cancer development: odds ratio, 2.07; 95% confidence interval, 1.34 to 3.20, p=0.001. In contrast, UGT2B17-deletion was not a risk for any other type of cancers represented in our study population.

Conclusions: These results suggest that UGT2B17-deletion may associate to increase the risk of UADT-cancer in Japanese.


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