Association between polymorphisms in cancer-related genes and early onset of esophageal adenocarcinoma

Neoplasia. 2011 Apr;13(4):386-92. doi: 10.1593/neo.101722.


There is an increasing incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) among younger people in the western populations. However, the association between genetic polymorphisms and the age of EA onset is unclear. In this study, 1330 functional/tagging single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 354 cancer-related genes were genotyped in 335 white EA patients. Twenty important SNPs that have the highest importance scores and lowest classification error rate were identified by the random forest algorithm to be associated with early onset of EA (age ≤ 55 years). Subsequent logistic regression analysis indicated that 10 SNPs (rs2070744 of NOS3, rs720321 of BCL2, rs17757541 of BCL2, rs11775256 of TNFRSF10A, rs1035142 of CASP8, rs2236302 of MMP14, rs4740363 of ABL1, rs696217 of GHRL, rs2445762 of CYP19A1, and rs11941492 of VEGFR2/KDR) were significantly associated with early onset of EA (≤55 vs >55 years, all P < .05 after adjusting for co-variates and false discovery rate). Among them, five SNPs in the NOS3, BCL2, TNFRSF10A, and CASP8 genes were known to be involved in apoptosis processes. In Kaplan-Meier analyses, rs2070744 of NOS3, rs720321 of BCL2, and rs1035142 of CASP8 were also significantly associated with early onset of EA. Moreover, there was a higher risk of developing EA at a younger age when one had more risk genotypes. In conclusion, polymorphisms in cancer-related genes, especially those in the apoptotic pathway, play an important role in the development of younger-aged EA in a dose-response manner.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / complications
  • Adenocarcinoma / epidemiology
  • Adenocarcinoma / genetics*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / complications
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Female
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / complications
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / epidemiology
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / genetics
  • Genes, Neoplasm / genetics*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease / epidemiology
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide* / physiology
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / genetics
  • Young Adult