The obesity gene and colorectal cancer risk: A population study in Northern Italy

E. Tarabra, G. C. Actis, M. Fadda, P. De Paolis, A. Comandone, R. Coda, F. Rosina

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Background: Representing the second cause of cancer-related death after lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women, colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major health problem in Italy. Obesity is reckoned to favor CRC; however, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Recently, a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene was found to be significantly associated with obesity. Aims: To establish whether the FTO SNP rs9939609 may represent a risk factor for CRC and adenoma in the Italian population. Patients and methods: 1,037 subjects were enrolled in the study and divided in 3 groups: CRC (341 pts., M/F = 197/144, mean age = 65.17 ± 11.16 years), colorectal adenoma (385 pts., M/F = 247/138, mean age = 62.49 ± 13.01 years), healthy controls (311 pts., M/F = 150/161, mean age = 57.31 ± 13.84 years). DNA was extracted from whole blood, and stored frozen for rs9939609 genotyping by real-time PCR. Results: The frequency of the obesity-associated mutated A allele (AA+AT) on the FTO gene was 69.77% among controls, and 71.85% and 65.71% respectively among CRC and polyp patients. Compared to control subjects the AA+AT genotype had no significant effect on the risk for either CRC (OR = 1.106; CI 95% = 0.788-1.550; p = 0.561) or colorectal adenomas (OR = 0.830; CI 95% = 0.602-1.144; p = 0.255). We did not observe any association between the AA genotype and CRC/polyp localization and age at diagnosis. As measured in a patient subset, carriership of the risk alleles did not reflect in a significantly altered BMI. Conclusion: The obesity-linked FTO variants do not play a significant role in modulating the colorectal cancer risk in the Italian population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Internal Medicine
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Colorectal Neoplasms
Obesity
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Genes
Adenoma
Polyps
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
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Genotype
Second Primary Neoplasms
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Lung Neoplasms
Fats
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Keywords

  • Colorectal cancer
  • FTO gene
  • Genotype
  • Obesity
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism

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  • Internal Medicine

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Tarabra, E., Actis, G. C., Fadda, M., De Paolis, P., Comandone, A., Coda, R., & Rosina, F. (2012). The obesity gene and colorectal cancer risk: A population study in Northern Italy. European Journal of Internal Medicine, 23(1), 65-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2011.07.011

The obesity gene and colorectal cancer risk : A population study in Northern Italy. / Tarabra, E.; Actis, G. C.; Fadda, M.; De Paolis, P.; Comandone, A.; Coda, R.; Rosina, F.

In: European Journal of Internal Medicine, Vol. 23, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 65-69.

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Tarabra, E, Actis, GC, Fadda, M, De Paolis, P, Comandone, A, Coda, R & Rosina, F 2012, 'The obesity gene and colorectal cancer risk: A population study in Northern Italy', European Journal of Internal Medicine, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 65-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2011.07.011
Tarabra, E. ; Actis, G. C. ; Fadda, M. ; De Paolis, P. ; Comandone, A. ; Coda, R. ; Rosina, F. / The obesity gene and colorectal cancer risk : A population study in Northern Italy. In: European Journal of Internal Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 65-69.
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