Human Genetics

, Volume 114, Issue 3, pp 280–283

Apolipoprotein B-100 XbaI gene polymorphism in gallbladder cancer

Authors

  • Mahendra Kumar Singh
    • Department of GastroenterologySanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
    • Division of Basic SciencesFox Chase Cancer Center
  • Udai Bhan Pandey
    • Department of Medical GeneticsSanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
    • Department of Neurology, School of MedicineUniversity of Pennsylvania
  • Uday Chand Ghoshal
    • Department of GastroenterologySanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Itha Srivenu
    • Department of GastroenterologySanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Vinay Kumar Kapoor
    • Department of Surgical GastroenterologySanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Gourdas Choudhuri
    • Department of GastroenterologySanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
    • Department of Medical GeneticsSanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
Original Investigation

DOI: 10.1007/s00439-003-1056-8

Cite this article as:
Singh, M.K., Pandey, U.B., Ghoshal, U.C. et al. Hum Genet (2004) 114: 280. doi:10.1007/s00439-003-1056-8

Abstract

Genetic polymorphisms in the apolipoprotein B (apoB) gene have been reported to be associated with altered serum lipids and susceptibility to cholesterol gallstones (GS). Gallstones are among the well-known risk factors for carcinoma of the gallbladder (GBC). In the present study, the association between the XbaI polymorphism of the apo B gene was examined in patients with GBC and GS and in normal controls in a north Indian population. DNA samples from patients with GBC (n=153), GS (n=117) and healthy subjects (n=137) were analysed for the apoB-XbaI polymorphism by polymerase chain reaction followed by restriction fragment length polymorphism. The genotype X+/− was less frequent in patients with GBC (39.2%) than in those with GS (68.3%) and in normal subjects (66.4%; P<0.00001). In contrast, there was an increase in the homozygous X−/− genotype in patients with GBC (54.9%) as compared with those with GS (23.9%) and normal subjects (25.5%; P<0.00001). The frequency of the X− allele was found to be significantly increased in GBC patients with or without GS (odds ratio=2.3 and 1.7, respectively). We suggest that the apoB-XbaI gene polymorphism confers susceptibility to carcinoma of the gallbladder under specific environmental conditions.

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