Role of single nucleotide polymorphisms and haplotypes in BRCA1 in breast cancer: Czech case-control study

Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2007 Jun;103(2):219-24. doi: 10.1007/s10549-006-9367-9. Epub 2006 Oct 13.


We aimed at determining whether any association exists between six single nucleotide polymorphisms in breast cancer associated gene (BRCA1) and the risk of breast cancer. We constructed haplotypes and analyzed their importance as well. Clinico-pathological characteristics of breast cancer patients were included in the study to evaluate the prognostic impact of BRCA1 polymorphisms and haplotypes. Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism-based genotyping assays were used to determine the frequency of polymorphisms in codons 356, 871, 1038, 1183, 1436, and 1613 of BRCA1 in a group of 306 incident breast cancer patients and 313 unaffected controls of Czech origin. Statistical analyses revealed that the BRCA1 Arg356 allele may play a protective role in breast cancer (age-adjusted OR = 0.61, CI = 0.39-0.94, p = 0.026). We also observed a significant correlation between polymorphism Gln356Arg and stage (p = 0.026) in premenopausal cases suggesting that carriers of the wild Gln356Gln allele are at significantly higher risk of advanced disease. The most common haplotypes of BRCA1 did not play a significant role in breast cancer either as risk factors or as prognostic factors. The study on rare BRCA1 haplotypes however should be repeated using larger groups. In conclusion, the BRCA1-Gln356 allele presents risk factor in the onset and progression of breast cancer in Czech population and its use as a possible screening tool should be considered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Genes, BRCA1*
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*