The 12p13.33/RAD52 locus and genetic susceptibility to squamous cell cancers of upper aerodigestive tract

Manon Delahaye-Sourdeix, Javier Oliver, Maria N Timofeeva, Valérie Gaborieau, Mattias Johansson, Amélie Chabrier, Magdalena B Wozniak, Darren R Brenner, Maxime P Vallée, Devasena Anantharaman, Pagona Lagiou, Ivana Holcátová, Lorenzo Richiardi, Kristina Kjaerheim, Antonio Agudo, Xavier Castellsagué, Tatiana V Macfarlane, Luigi Barzan, Cristina Canova, Nalin S ThakkerDavid I Conway, Ariana Znaor, Claire M Healy, Wolfgang Ahrens, David Zaridze, Neonilia Szeszenia-Dabrowska, Jolanta Lissowska, Eleonora Fabianova, Ioan Nicolae Mates, Vladimir Bencko, Lenka Foretova, Vladimir Janout, Maria Paula Curado, Sergio Koifman, Ana Menezes, Victor Wünsch-Filho, José Eluf-Neto, Paolo Boffetta, Leticia Fernández Garrote, Diego Serraino, Marcin Lener, Ewa Jaworowska, Jan Lubiński, Stefania Boccia, Thangarajan Rajkumar, Tanuja A Samant, Manoj B Mahimkar, Keitaro Matsuo, Silvia Franceschi, Graham Byrnes, Paul Brennan, James D McKay

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    Genetic variants located within the 12p13.33/RAD52 locus have been associated with lung squamous cell carcinoma (LUSC). Here, within 5,947 UADT cancers and 7,789 controls from 9 different studies, we found rs10849605, a common intronic variant in RAD52, to be also associated with upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) squamous cell carcinoma cases (OR = 1.09, 95% CI: 1.04-1.15, p = 6x10(-4)). We additionally identified rs10849605 as a RAD52 cis-eQTL inUADT(p = 1x10(-3)) and LUSC (p = 9x10(-4)) tumours, with the UADT/LUSC risk allele correlated with increased RAD52 expression levels. The 12p13.33 locus, encompassing rs10849605/RAD52, was identified as a significant somatic focal copy number amplification in UADT(n = 374, q-value = 0.075) and LUSC (n = 464, q-value = 0.007) tumors and correlated with higher RAD52 tumor expression levels (p = 6x10(-48) and p = 3x10(-29) in UADT and LUSC, respectively). In combination, these results implicate increased RAD52 expression in both genetic susceptibility and tumorigenesis of UADT and LUSC tumors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e0117639
    JournalPLoS ONE
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2015


    • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
    • Case-Control Studies
    • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 12
    • Computer Simulation
    • Demography
    • Female
    • Genetic Loci
    • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
    • Germ Cells
    • Head and Neck Neoplasms
    • Humans
    • Lung Neoplasms
    • Male
    • Middle Aged
    • Physical Chromosome Mapping
    • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
    • Quantitative Trait Loci
    • Rad52 DNA Repair and Recombination Protein
    • Risk Factors
    • Journal Article
    • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural


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