Mitochondrial control region alterations and breast cancer risk

A study in south Indian population

Citation: Tipirisetti NR, Govatati S, Pullari P, Malempati S, Thupurani MK, et al. (2014) Mitochondrial Control Region Alterations and Breast Cancer Risk: A Study in South Indian Population. PLoS ONE 9(1): e85363. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085363
Published: January 30, 2014

Background: Mitochondrial displacement loop (D-loop) is the hot spot for mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) alterations which influence the generation of cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). Association of D-loop alterations with breast cancer has been reported in few ethnic groups; however none of the reports were documented from Indian subcontinent.
Methodology: We screened the entire mitochondrial D-loop region (1124 bp) of breast cancer patients (n = 213) and controls (n = 207) of south Indian origin by PCR-sequencing analysis. Haplotype frequencies for significant loci, the standardized disequilibrium coefficient (D′) for pair-wise linkage disequilibrium (LD) were assessed by Haploview Software.
Principal Findings: We identified 7 novel mutations and 170 reported polymorphisms in the D-loop region of patients and/or controls. Polymorphisms were predominantly located in hypervariable region I (60%) than in II (30%) of D-loop region. The frequencies of 310‘C’ insertion (P = 0.018), T16189C (P = 0.0019) variants and 310‘C’ins/16189C (P = 0.00019) haplotype were significantly higher in cases than in controls. Furthermore, strong LD was observed between nucleotide position 310 and 16189 in controls (D′ = 0.49) as compared to patients (D′ = 0.14).
Conclusions: Mitochondrial D-loop alterations may constitute inherent risk factors for breast cancer development. The analysis of genetic alterations in the D-loop region might help to identify patients at high risk for bad progression, thereby helping to refine therapeutic decisions in breast cancer.

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