C6ORF97-ESR1 breast cancer susceptibility locus: influence on progression and survival in breast cancer patients


Genome-wide association studies have identified a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) to be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. The biology of one of the susceptibility locus C6ORF-ESR1 and whether it also contributes to progression of established disease has not yet been ascertained. We examined the association of rs2046210 and its six linkage disequilibrium SNPs with clinicopathological characteristics, prognosis, and gene expression levels of ESR1 and the C6ORFs (C6ORF97:CCDC170, C6ORF211, C6ORF96:RMND1) in 344 breast cancer tissue samples and 253 corresponding samples of adjacent normal tissue. Tumor genotypes with homozygous risk alleles were more frequent than normal tissues. The tumor genotypes of rs2046210 and rs6929137 with homozygous risk alleles showed worse relapse-free survival (RFS, P=0.038 and P=0.031, respectively), whereas no notable associations were observed with either clinicopathological characteristics or expression of the peripheral genes. Higher C6ORF97 expression correlated with ER negativity (P<0.0001), highly proliferative characteristics (P=0.0005 for Ki67, P<0.0001 for nuclear grade) and worse RFS in the ER+/HER2− cohort (P=0.013), whereas the other two C6ORFs showed the inverse associations. Furthermore, C6ORF97 showed significant worse prognostic values especially in luminal B subtype in the publically available data sets. rs2046210 and the upstream gene C6ORF97 might have substantial roles not only in carcinogenesis but also in progression toward a more aggressive phenotype in breast cancer patients, which suggests that functional studies of this locus are imperative.

DOI: 10.1038/ejhg.2014.219
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@article{YamamotoIbusuki2015C6ORF97ESR1BC, title={C6ORF97-ESR1 breast cancer susceptibility locus: influence on progression and survival in breast cancer patients}, author={Mutsuko Yamamoto-Ibusuki and Yutaka Yamamoto and Saori Fujiwara and Aiko Sueta and Satoko Yamamoto and Mitsuhiro Hayashi and Mai Tomiguchi and Takashi Takeshita and Hirotaka Iwase}, journal={European Journal of Human Genetics}, year={2015}, volume={23}, pages={949-956} }