Association between mismatch repair gene MSH3 codons 1036 and 222 polymorphisms and sporadic prostate cancer in the Iranian population

Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2012;13(12):6055-7. doi: 10.7314/apjcp.2012.13.12.6055.


The mismatch repair system (MMR) is a post-replicative DNA repair mechanism whose defects can lead to cancer. The MSH3 protein is an essential component of the system. We postulated that MSH3 gene polymorphisms might therefore be associated with prostate cancer (PC). We studied MSH3 codon 222 and MSH3 codon 1036 polymorphisms in a group of Iranian sporadic PC patients. A total of 60 controls and 18 patients were assessed using the polymerase chain reaction and single strand conformational polymorphism. For comparing the genotype frequencies of patients and controls the chi-square test was applied. The obtained result indicated that there was significantly association between G/A genotype of MSH3 codon 222 and G/G genotype of MSH3 codon 1036 with an increased PC risk (P=0.012 and P=0.02 respectively). Our results demonstrated that MSH3 codon 222 and MSH3 codon 1036 polymorphisms may be risk factors for sporadic prostate cancer in the Iranian population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Codon
  • DNA Mismatch Repair*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / genetics


  • Codon