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Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi. 2003 Nov;25(6):555-7.

[Poly(AT) polymorphism in DNA repair gene XPC and lung cancer risk].

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Department of Surgical Oncology, Cancer Institute (Hospital), Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, 100021, China.



It has been shown that suboptimal DNA repair capacity is associated with cancer risk and that a poly(AT) polymorphism in XPC gene (XPC PAT) may influence DNA capacity. This study was designed to assess the relationship between XPC PAT polymorphism and susceptibility to lung cancer in the Chinese population.


XPC genotypes were determined by PCR methods in 509 healthy controls and 597 patients with lung cancer. The adjusted odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using multivariate logistic regression model.


Genotype frequencies of XPC PAT among controls were 37.9% (PAT-/-), 49.7% (PAT+/-) and 12.4% (PAT+/+), respectively. They were not significantly different from those among lung cancer patients (42.1%, 46.7% and 11.2%, respectively; P = 0.37). Individuals carrying XPC PAT+/+ genotype were not at increased risk for lung cancer as compared with those with PAT+/- or PAT-/- genotype (adjusted OR, 0.8; 95% CI, 0.55 approximately 1.16). No interaction between XPC genotype and smoking was observed.


Our findings indicate that the XPC PAT polymorphism may not be associated with risk of lung cancer in the Chinese population.

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