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Title: Mitochondrial DNA copy number and risk of gastric cancer: a report from the Shanghai Women's Health Study.
Authors: Liao LM,  Baccarelli A,  Shu XO,  Gao YT,  Ji BT,  Yang G,  Li HL,  Hoxha M,  Dioni L,  Rothman N,  Zheng W,  Chow WH
Journal: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev
Date: 2011 Sep
Branches: OEEB
PubMed ID: 21784958
PMC ID: PMC3169741
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is an approximately 16,000-bp circular double-stranded DNA molecule that is a prime target of oxidative damage. Several somatic mutations in mtDNA have been observed in gastric tumors, suggesting an involvement in gastric cancer risk and progression. mtDNA copy number in leukocyte DNA has also been linked to several other cancers, although the temporal relationship between mtDNA and cancer has not been adequately explored. METHODS: Using a nested case-control study design, we examined the association between mtDNA copy number in 162 gastric cancer cases and 299 matched controls within the Shanghai Women's Health Study, a large population-based prospective cohort. Relative mtDNA copy number was measured in triplicate by a quantitative real-time PCR assay in peripheral leukocytes. RESULTS: mtDNA copy number levels were comparable among cases and controls, with a median of 1.04 [interquartile range (IQR), 0.87-1.25] and 1.06 (IQR, 0.88-1.29), respectively. Overall, mtDNA was not associated with gastric cancer risk. However, the association differed when stratified by the time between sample collection and cancer diagnosis. An association between low levels of mtDNA copy number (