Association study of genetic variation in DNA repair pathway genes and risk of basal cell carcinoma

Yuan Lin, Harvind S. Chahal, Wenting Wu, Hyunje G. Cho, Katherine J. Ransohoff, Fengju Song, Jean Y. Tang, Kavita Y. Sarin, Jiali Han

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DNA repair plays a critical role in protecting the genome from ultraviolet radiation and maintaining the genomic integrity of cells. Genetic variants in DNA repair-related genes can influence an individual's DNA repair capacity, which may be related to the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC). We comprehensively assessed the associations of 2,965 independent single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) across 165 DNA repair pathway genes with BCC risk in a genome-wide association meta-analysis totaling 17,187 BCC cases and 287,054 controls from two data sets. After multiple testing corrections, we identified three SNPs (rs2805831 upstream of XPA: OR = 0.93, P = 1.35 × 10−6; rs659857 in exon of MUS81: OR = 1.06, P = 3.09 × 10−6 and rs57343616 in 3′ UTR of NABP2: OR = 1.11, P = 6.47 × 10−6) as significantly associated with BCC risk in meta-analysis, and all of them were nominally significant in both data sets. Furthermore, rs659857 [T] was significantly associated with decreased expression of MUS81 mRNA in the expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) analysis. Our findings suggest that the inherited common variation in three DNA repair genes—XPA, MUS81 and NABP2—may be involved in the development of BCC. To our knowledge, our study is the first report thoroughly examining the effects of SNPs across DNA repair pathway genes on BCC risk based on a genome-wide association meta-analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)952-957
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • DNA repair pathway genes
  • basal cell carcinoma
  • genome-wide association meta-analysis
  • single-nucleotide polymorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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