Association of RNASEL variants with prostate cancer risk in Hispanic Caucasians and African Americans.


The RNASEL gene at 1q25 has been identified as a hereditary prostate cancer susceptibility gene, but to date, no study has investigated the role of RNASEL variants in Hispanic Caucasian men with prostate cancer.

Two RNASEL common variants, located at amino acids 462 and 541, were genotyped in non-Hispanic Caucasian, Hispanic Caucasian, and African American prostate cancer cases and controls.

The RNASEL 462 AA genotype was found to increase prostate cancer risk over 4-fold in Hispanic Caucasians [odds ratio (OR), 4.43; 95% confidence interval (95% CI), 1.68-11.68; P = 0.003] and over 10-fold in African Americans (OR, 10.41; 95% CI, 2.62-41.40; P = 0.001) when compared with the GG genotype. Analysis of the RNASEL 541 variant showed that Hispanic Caucasian patients with the GG genotype had a statistically significant increase in their risk for developing prostate cancer when compared with the TT and GT genotypes (OR, 1.91; 95% CI, 1.16-3.14; P = 0.01). A common G-T haplotype for the combination of the RNASEL 462 and 541 variants was found to occur more frequently in controls compared with cases in African Americans (P = 0.04) but not in non-Hispanic Caucasians or Hispanic Caucasians.

This is the first study that investigates the association of prostate cancer risk with RNASEL variants in Hispanic men. Our data support the role of RNASEL as a predisposition gene for prostate cancer and showed a significant association between the RNASEL 462 variant and prostate cancer risk in African Americans and Hispanic Caucasians.

  • Beuten J
  • Johnson-Pais TL
  • Leach RJ
  • Shook SJ
  • Thompson IM
  • Torkko KC
  • Troyer DA
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Clin Cancer Res, 2007, 13 (19)