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Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2009;12(2):192-7. doi: 10.1038/pcan.2008.46. Epub 2008 Sep 2.

Association of FGFR4 genetic polymorphisms with prostate cancer risk and prognosis.

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Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA.


The fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4) is thought to be involved in many critical cellular processes and has been associated with prostate cancer risk. Four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within or near FGFR4 were analyzed in a population-based study of 1458 prostate cancer patients and 1352 age-matched controls. We found no evidence to suggest that any of the FGFR4 SNP genotypes were associated with prostate cancer risk or with disease aggressiveness, Gleason score or stage. A weak association was seen between rs351855 and prostate cancer-specific mortality. Subset analysis of cases that had undergone radical prostatectomy revealed an association between rs351855 and prostate cancer risk. Although our results confirm an association between FGFR4 and prostate cancer risk in radical prostatectomy cases, they suggest that the role of FGFR4 in disease risk and outcomes at a population-based level appears to be minor.

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