T-cell immunoglobulin- and mucin-domain-containing molecule 3 gene polymorphisms and prognosis of non-small-cell lung cancer
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Lung cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for most of these cases. T-cell immunoglobulin- and mucin-domain-containing molecule 3 (TIM-3) has been established as a negative regulatory molecule and plays a critical role in immune tolerance. Studies have shown that polymorphisms in TIM-3 gene can be associated with various diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate whether polymorphisms in the TIM-3 gene were associated with susceptibility to NSCLC. Three polymorphisms in TIM-3 gene (−1516G/T, −574G/T, and +4259T/G) were identified by polymerase chain reaction–restriction fragment length polymorphism in 432 NSCLC patients and 466 healthy controls. Results showed that frequencies of TIM-3 +4259TG genotype for cases and controls were 10.9 and 4.1 %, respectively; subjects carrying the +4259TG genotype had a 2.81-fold increased risk of NSCLC compared to the wild-type genotype (P < 0.0001). The TIM-3 −1516G/T and −574G/T polymorphisms did not show any correlation with NSCLC. In addition, when analyzing the survival time of NSCLC patients with TIM-3 +4259T/G polymorphism, cases with +4259TG genotype had significantly shorter survival time compared to the wild-type patients (15.2 months vs. 26.7 months, P = 0.007). These results suggested polymorphism in TIM-3 gene is associated with increased susceptibility to NSCLC and could be used as prognostic factor for this malignancy.
KeywordsTIM-3 Polymorphism Lung cancer
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