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Genome-wide gene-diabetes and gene-obesity interaction scan in 8,255 cases and 11,900 controls from the PanScan and PanC4 Consortia.
Pubmed ID
32546605 (View this publication on the PubMed website)
Digital Object Identifier
Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Jun 16

Tang H, Jiang L, Stolzenberg-Solomon R, Arslan AA, Beane Freeman LE, Bracci P, Brennan P, Canzian F, Du M, Gallinger S, Giles G, Goodman PJ, Kooperberg C, Le Marchand L, Neale RE, Shu XO, Visvanathan K, White E, Zheng W, Albanes D, Andreotti G, Babic A, Bamlet WR, Berndt SI, Blackford AL, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Buring JE, Campa D, Chanock SJ, Childs EJ, Duell EJ, Fuchs CS, Gaziano JM, Goggins MG, Hartge P, Hassan MM, Holly EA, Hoover RN, Hung RJ, Kurtz RC, Lee IM, Malats N, Milne RL, Ng K, Oberg AL, Orlow I, Peters U, Porta M, Rabe KG, Rothman N, Scelo G, Sesso HD, Silverman DT, Thompson IM, Tjonneland A, Trichopoulou A, Wactawski-Wende J, Wentzensen N, Wilkens LR, Yu H, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Amundadottir LT, Jacobs EJ, Petersen GM, Wolpin BM, Risch HA, Chatterjee N, Klein AP, Li D, Kraft P, Wei P


BACKGROUND: Obesity and diabetes are major modifiable risk factors for pancreatic cancer. Interactions between genetic variants and diabetes/obesity have not previously been comprehensively investigated in pancreatic cancer at the genome-wide level.

METHODS: We conducted a gene-environment interaction (GxE) analysis including 8,255 cases and 11,900 controls from four pancreatic cancer GWAS datasets (PanScan I-III and PanC4). Obesity (BMI=30 kg/m2) and diabetes (duration = 3 years) were the environmental variables of interest. Approximately 870,000 SNPs were analyzed. Case-control (CC), case-only (CO), and joint-effect test methods were used for SNP-level GxE analysis. As a complementary approach, gene-based GxE analysis was also performed. Age, sex, study site and principal components accounting for population substructure were included as covariates. Meta-analysis was applied to combine individual-GWAS summary statistics.

RESULTS: No genome-wide significant interactions with diabetes or obesity were detected at the SNP level by the CC or CO approaches. The joint-effect test detected numerous genome-wide significant GxE signals in the GWAS main effects top hit regions but the significance diminished after adjusting for the GWAS top hits. In the gene-based analysis, a significant interaction of diabetes with variants in the FAM63A (family with sequence similarity 63 member A) gene (significance threshold P<1.25E-6) was observed in the meta-analysis (PGxE= 1.2E-6, PJoint= 4.2E-7).

CONCLUSIONS: Our current analyses did not find significant GxE interactions at the SNP level but found one significant interaction with diabetes at the gene level. A larger sample size might unveil additional genetic factors via GxE scans.

IMPACT: This study may contribute to discovering the mechanism of diabetes-associated pancreatic cancer.

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