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Evidence for two independent prostate cancer risk–associated loci in the HNF1B gene at 17q12


We carried out a fine-mapping study in the HNF1B gene at 17q12 in two study populations and identified a second locus associated with prostate cancer risk, 26 kb centromeric to the first known locus (rs4430796); these loci are separated by a recombination hot spot. We confirmed the association with a SNP in the second locus (rs11649743) in five additional populations, with P = 1.7 × 10−9 for an allelic test of the seven studies combined. The association at each SNP remained significant after adjustment for the other SNP.

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Figure 1: Schematic view of genetic association between SNPs at 17q12 and prostate cancer risk in two study populations.


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We thank all the study subjects who participated in this study. We also thank the Regional Cancer Registries and the CAPS-steering committee, including E. Varenhorst. We acknowledge the support of W.T. Gerrard, M. Duhon, Jennifer and John Chalsty and D. Koch. We also thank the National Cancer Institute Cancer Genetic Markers of Susceptibility Initiative (CGEMS) for making the data available publicly. We take full responsibility for the study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of the data, the decision to submit the manuscript for publication, and the writing of the manuscript. The study is supported by National Cancer Institute (CA106523, CA106523 and CA95052 to J.X., CA112517, CA58236 to W.B.I., CA86323 to A.W.P., Department of Defense grant PC051264 to J.X.), as well as support from Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden) and Swedish Research Council to H.G.

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J.X., W.B.I., H.G., J.C., D.D. and J.M.T. designed and directed the study. S.L.Z. directed genotyping. Jielin Sun, F.W., F.-C.H., S.-T.K., Y.Z., L.D., Jishan Sun, J.L., B.-L.C. and J.X. conducted data analysis. S.D.I., K.E.W., B.J.T., A.W.P., P.C.W. and W.B.I. were involved in the sample collection at Johns Hopkins Hospital. P.S., H.-O.A., J.A., J.-E.J. and H.G. were involved in the sample collection in Sweden. L.D.P., Z.G., W.L. and T.L. performed laboratory analyses. A.R.T. and T.S.A. provided administrative and technical support for the study.

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Sun, J., Zheng, S., Wiklund, F. et al. Evidence for two independent prostate cancer risk–associated loci in the HNF1B gene at 17q12. Nat Genet 40, 1153–1155 (2008).

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