Association of RECQL5 gene polymorphisms and osteosarcoma in a Chinese Han population

Tumour Biol. 2014 Apr;35(4):3255-9. doi: 10.1007/s13277-013-1425-4. Epub 2013 Nov 28.


Despite the knowledge on many genetic variants present in osteosarcoma, the complexity of this disease precludes placing its biology into a simple conceptual framework. RECQL is a DNA helicase involved in DNA mismatch repair and has been reported to be associated with many human cancers. We aimed to investigate the association of RECQL genetic polymorphism with osteosarcoma in a Chinese population. We selected three polymorphisms of the RECQL5 gene (rs820196, rs820200, and rs4789223) in the present study. TaqMan method was utilized for genotyping these three SNPs in 212 patients with osteosarcoma and 240 age- and sex-matched noncancer controls. In our study, we found that CC genotype in rs820196 (17.5 vs 8.3%, P = 0.005) and AA genotype in rs4789223 (21.7 vs 14.2, P < 0.001) were more frequent in osteosarcoma group compared to the control group, respectively. We also found that the C allele of rs820196 (OR = 1.492, 95% CI 1.138 ∼ 1.951; P = 0.004) and A allele of rs4789223 (OR = 1.767, 95% CI: 1.354 ∼ 2.301; P < 0.001) were common in the osteosarcoma patients than those in the control subjects, respectively. Haplotype analysis showed that TTA (OR = 3.469, 95% CI 1.798 ∼ 6.695; P < 0.001) was associated with increased risk for osteosarcoma. However, the TTG (OR = 0.578, 95% CI 0.442 ∼ 0.756) was associated with decreased risk for osteosarcoma. Our results suggested that RECQL5 genetic polymorphisms were associated with osteosarcoma in a Chinese population.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bone Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Child
  • China / ethnology
  • Female
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteosarcoma / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • RecQ Helicases / genetics*


  • RECQL5 protein, human
  • RecQ Helicases