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Leukemia & lymphoma

Role of polymorphisms in BCL-2 and BAX genes in modulating the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


PMID 24024471

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate whether polymorphisms of - 938C/A and Thr43Ala in the BCL-2 gene and G - 248A in the BAX gene are associated with the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). We genotyped polymorphisms of - 938C/A and Thr43Ala in the BCL-2 gene and G-248A in the BAX gene among 424 patients with NHL and 446 controls. We found that the - 938AA genotype of the BCL2 gene was significantly associated with the risk of developing NHL (p < 0.001) and this genotype was associated with advanced stage (p = 0.01). Meanwhile, individuals having - 248AG + AA genotypes were significantly associated with an increased risk of NHL (p = 0.01), and these genotypes were associated with larger tumor size (p = 0.02). The present study demonstrated that the - 938AA genotype of the BCL-2 gene and - 248AG + AA genotype of the BAX gene may be susceptible genotypes for NHL. There appeared to be an impact of the BCL2 - 938AA genotype on advanced stage and - 248AG + AA genotypes on tumor size in NHL.