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Title: Vitamin D receptor polymorphisms and renal cancer risk in Central and Eastern Europe.
Authors: Karami S,  Brennan P,  Hung RJ,  Boffetta P,  Toro J,  Wilson RT,  Zaridze D,  Navratilova M,  Chatterjee N,  Mates D,  Janout V,  Kollarova H,  Bencko V,  Szeszenia-Dabrowska N,  Holcatova I,  Moukeria A,  Welch R,  Chanock S,  Rothman N,  Chow WH,  Moore LE
Journal: J Toxicol Environ Health A
Date: 2008
Branches: OEEB, GEB, BB, CGR, LTG
PubMed ID: 18246496
PMC ID: PMC2799224
Abstract: Previous studies investigated the role of vitamin D intake and cancer risk. The kidney is a major organ for vitamin D metabolism, activity, and calcium homeostasis; therefore, it was hypothesized that dietary vitamin D intake and polymorphisms in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene may modify renal cell carcinoma (RCC) risk. Three common VDR gene polymorphisms (BsmI, FokI, TaqI) were evaluated among 925 RCC cases and 1192 controls enrolled in a hospital-based case-control study conducted in Central and Eastern Europe. Overall associations with RCC risk were not observed; however, subgroup analyses revealed associations after stratification by median age of diagnosis and family history of cancer. Among subjects over 60 yr, reduced risks were observed among carriers of the f alleles in the FokI single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) (odds ratio [OR] = 0.61 for Ff and OR = 0.74 for ff genotypes) compared to subjects with the FF genotype (P trend = 0.04; P interaction = 0.004). Subjects with the BB BsmI genotype and a positive family history of cancer had lower risk compared to subjects with the bb allele (OR = 0.60; 95% CI: 0.33-1.1; P trend = 0.05). Genotype associations with these subgroups were not modified when dietary sources of vitamin D or calcium were considered. Additional studies of genetic variation in the VDR gene are warranted.