Pathology & Oncology Research

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 385–392 | Cite as

Relationships between Common and Novel Interleukin-6 Gene Polymorphisms and Risk of Cervical Cancer: a Case-Control Study

  • Sabrina ZidiEmail author
  • Mouna Stayoussef
  • Bano L. Alsaleh
  • Ezzedine Gazouani
  • Amel Mezlini
  • Bashayer H. Ebrahim
  • Besma Yacoubi-Loueslati
  • Wassim Y. Almawi
Original Article


We investigated the association between six common and novel interleukin-6 (IL-6) polymorphisms with the risk of cervical cancer (CC) among Tunisians. Study subjects comprised 112 CC cases and 164 control women. Genotyping of IL-6 rs2069845, rs2069840, rs1474348, rs1800795, rs1800797, rs2069827 variants was done by real-time PCR, with defined clusters. The allelic and genotypic distributions of the tested IL-6 SNPs were comparable between CC patients and control women. Stratification according to FIGO staging revealed that rs1800795 homozygous major allele genotype (P = 0.033; OR =0.49(0.25–0.95)) and major allele (P = 0.037; OR = 0.57 (0.33–0.97)) were protective of CC. Moreover, carriage of rs1474348 major allele was also protective of CC (P = 0.014; OR = 0.53(0.32–0.88)), while higher rs1474348 minor allele frequency was seen in CC patients with early FIGO stage (P = 0.044; OR = 0.39 (0.15–1.00)), thus implicating rs1474348 in CC evolution and progression of angiogenesis. Haploview analysis demonstrated high linkage disequilibrium (LD) between rs2069845, rs2069840, rs1474348 and rs1800795, and 6-locus haplotype analysis identified GACCCA haplotype to be positively associated with increased CC, while GAGGGG haplotype was negatively associated with CC, thus suggesting a protective role for this haplotype in CC. Furthermore, there was a significant association between the incidence of CC and the use hormonal contraception (P = 0.047; OR = 1.97 (0.94–4.13)) and smoking (P < 0.001; OR = 7.12 (2.97–17.04)). The IL-6 variants rs1800795 and rs1474348, and haplotypes GACCCA and GAGGGG, along with use of hormonal contraceptives and smoking, are major risk factors of CC susceptibility and evolution among Tunisian women.


Interleukin-6 Cervical cancer FIGO stages Polymorphisms Haplotypes Tunisians 



We thank all women with CC and control women who participated in the present study.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

None of the authors have any conflict of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabrina Zidi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mouna Stayoussef
    • 1
  • Bano L. Alsaleh
    • 2
  • Ezzedine Gazouani
    • 3
  • Amel Mezlini
    • 4
  • Bashayer H. Ebrahim
    • 2
  • Besma Yacoubi-Loueslati
    • 1
  • Wassim Y. Almawi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Laboratory of Mycology, Pathologies and Biomarkers: LR16ES05El Manar UniversityTunisTunisia
  2. 2.Department of Medical BiochemistryArabian Gulf UniversityManamaBahrain
  3. 3.Military Hospital of Tunis, Laboratory of ImmunologyTunisTunisia
  4. 4.Salah Azeiz Oncology InstituteTunisTunisia

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