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Title: Sunlight, polymorphisms of vitamin D-related genes and risk of breast cancer.
Authors: Fuhrman BJ,  Freedman DM,  Bhatti P,  Doody MM,  Fu YP,  Chang SC,  Linet MS,  Sigurdson AJ
Journal: Anticancer Res
Date: 2013 Feb
Branches: HREB, LTG, NEB, REB
PubMed ID: 23393347
PMC ID: PMC3866631
Abstract: BACKGROUND/AIM: Geographic gradients in breast cancer incidence and mortality suggest that vitamin D may reduce risk. The enzyme 25-hydroxyvitamin D 24-hydroxylase (CYP24A1), which degrades the active form of vitamin D, and the vitamin D receptor (VDR) are both found in breast tissue. We investigated six polymorphisms in CYP24A1 and two in the VDR gene in association with breast cancer risk. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a case-control study within the nationwide U.S. Radiologic Technologists cohort, including 845 controls and 484 incident breast cancer cases. Associations of polymorphic variants and ecologic and personal measures of sun exposure with breast cancer risk were assessed using unconditional logistic regression. RESULTS: Two polymorphisms in CYP24A1 were associated with increased breast cancer risk (rs34043203, P(trend)=0.03; rs2762934, P(trend)=0.005) and one with reduced breast cancer risk (rs1570669, P(trend)=0.048). Risk was inversely associated with minor alleles for the VDR Bsm1 polymorphism (rs1544410, P(trend)=0.05) but not Fok1 (rs2228570). Sunlight measures were not associated with breast cancer risk, however significant interactions between time outdoors in the teen years and three unlinked genotypes were found for VDR (rs1544410, rs2228570) and CYP24A1 (rs1570669). CONCLUSION: In this nation-wide breast cancer case-control study, we found that the vitamin D pathway was involved in disease etiology and our results further suggest that reduced cancer risk, in association with sunlight, may depend on timing of exposure and genetic background. These findings merit further investigation.