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Title: A prospective study of one-carbon metabolism biomarkers and risk of renal cell carcinoma.
Authors: Gibson TM,  Weinstein SJ,  Mayne ST,  Pfeiffer RM,  Selhub J,  Taylor PR,  Virtamo J,  Albanes D,  Stolzenberg-Solomon R
Journal: Cancer Causes Control
Date: 2010 Jul
Branches: GEB, NEB, BB
PubMed ID: 20383577
PMC ID: PMC2902168
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have found associations between one-carbon metabolism factors and risk of several cancers, but little is known regarding renal cell carcinoma (RCC). We conducted a nested case-control study within the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study, a prospective study of Finnish male smokers aged 50-69 at baseline. METHODS: Prediagnostic folate, vitamin B(6), vitamin B(12), cysteine, riboflavin, and homocysteine concentrations were measured in fasting serum from 224 incident RCC cases and 224 controls (matched on age and date of serum collection). Conditional logistic regression was used to calculate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs), adjusted for potential confounders. RESULTS: Serum folate tended to be inversely associated with RCC, compared to the first quartile, the odds ratios (95% CI) for subsequent quartiles were 0.62 (0.35-1.08), 0.52 (0.29-0.93), and 0.67 (0.37-1.20) (P-trend = 0.19). When modeled as a threshold effect, subjects in the lowest serum folate quartile (