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Case–control, kin-cohort and meta-analyses provide no support for STK15 F31I as a low penetrance colorectal cancer allele

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British Journal of Cancer

STK15, polymorphism, colorectal cancer, risk

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      Recently, homozygosity for T91A single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the serine/threonine kinase (STK15) gene, which generates the substitution F31I has been proposed to increase the risk of a number of tumours including colorectal cancer (CRC). To further evaluate the relationship between STK15 F31I and risk of CRC, we genotyped 2558 CRC cases and 2680 controls for this polymorphism. We found no evidence that homozygosity for the STK15 31I genotype confers an increased risk of CRC (odds ratio=0.95, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.74–1.24). We also conducted a kin-cohort analysis to assess risk among first-degree relatives of the CRC cases. The hazard ratio for I/I homozygotes compared to F/F homozygotes was 1.65 (95% CI: 0.39–3.17). A meta-analysis of our case–control data and three previous studies also provided no evidence of an elevated risk of CRC associated with homozygosity. These data provide no support for the hypothesis that sequence variation in STK15 defined by SNP F31I per se confers an elevated risk of CRC.

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            [1 ]simpleSection of Cancer Genetics, Institute of Cancer Research , Surrey, UK
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            [* ]Author for correspondence: Richard.Houlston@
            Br J Cancer
            British Journal of Cancer
            17 October 2006
            23 October 2006
            : 95
            : 8
            : 1047-1049
            Copyright 2006, Cancer Research UK
            Molecular Diagnostics

            Oncology & Radiotherapy

            colorectal cancer, stk15, risk, polymorphism


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