Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 113, Issue 2, pp 229–238 | Cite as

Single-nucleotide polymorphisms of allergy-related genes and risk of adult glioma

  • Danielle M. Backes
  • Afshan Siddiq
  • David G. Cox
  • Federico C. F. Calboli
  • J. Michael Gaziano
  • Jing Ma
  • Meir Stampfer
  • David J. Hunter
  • Carlos A. Camargo
  • Dominique S. Michaud
Laboratory Investigation


Previous studies have shown an inverse association between allergies and glioma risk; however, results for associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of allergy-related genes and glioma risk have been inconsistent and restricted to a small number of SNPs. The objective of this study was to examine the association between 166 SNPs of 21 allergy-related genes and glioma risk in a nested case–control study of participants from three large US prospective cohort studies. Blood collection took place between 1982 and 1994 among the 562 included Caucasian participants (143 cases and 419 matched controls) prior to case diagnosis. Custom Illumina assay chips were used for genotyping. Logistic regression analyses, controlling for age and study cohort, were used to determine associations between each SNP and glioma risk. Statistically significant associations were found between rs2494262 and rs2427824 of the FCER1A gene, which encodes the alpha chain of the high affinity immunoglobulin E receptor, and glioma risk (nominal trend p values 0.01 and 0.03, respectively). Significant associations were also found between SNPs in IL10, ADAM33, NOS1 and IL4R and glioma risk. However, our analyses were not corrected for multiple comparisons and need to be interpreted with caution. Our findings with FCER1A SNPs provide further support for the link between allergies and risk of glioma.


Brain tumors Glioma Allergies Single-nucleotide polymorphisms Cohort studies 



We thank the following state cancer registries for their help: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA,MI, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WY. This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [grant numbers R01 CA114205 to DSM, P01 CA097193 to JMG, P01 CA087969 to MS, P01 CA055075 to Dr. Willett]. This research complies with the current laws of the country in which it was performed.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danielle M. Backes
    • 1
  • Afshan Siddiq
    • 2
  • David G. Cox
    • 2
    • 3
  • Federico C. F. Calboli
    • 2
  • J. Michael Gaziano
    • 4
  • Jing Ma
    • 5
  • Meir Stampfer
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • David J. Hunter
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Carlos A. Camargo
    • 5
    • 8
  • Dominique S. Michaud
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyBrown Public Health, Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.School of Public Health, Faculty of MedicineImperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Lyon Cancer Research CenterINSERM U1052/CNRS UMR 5286/UCBL1LyonFrance
  4. 4.Division of Preventive MedicineBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  5. 5.Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of MedicineBrigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  6. 6.Department of EpidemiologyHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  7. 7.Department of NutritionHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  8. 8.Department of Emergency MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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