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Int J Cancer. 1999 Jan 5;80(1):18-21.

New DNA polymorphisms of human MMH/OGG1 gene: prevalence of one polymorphism among lung-adenocarcinoma patients in Japanese.

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Third Department of Internal Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan.


MMH/OGG1 is an 8-hydroxyguanine-specific DNA glycosylase/AP-lyase, one of the mutator enzymes for the excision repair of 8-hydroxyguanine. DNA polymorphisms in human MMH/OGG1 gene were newly identified and analyzed to examine a possible association with lung-cancer risk by a population-based study. Polymorphic allele 3 in hMMH/OGG1 exon 1 was significantly prevalent among Japanese patients with adenocarcinoma of the lung [odds ratio (OR): 3.152, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.266-7.845], indicating that the excision repair of 8-hydroxyguanine may play a role in predisposition to lung cancer.

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