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Recent studies indicate that abnormal levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is an important component of dyslipidaemia, are associated with alterations to cancer risk, including that of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Single nucleotide polymorphisms at microRNA-binding sites contribute to cancer susceptibility and progression by affecting the mRNA function of target genes. In this case-control study, we examined the frequency of six potentially functional single nucleotide polymorphisms in the LDL receptor gene (LDLR) in 1004 clear cell RCC (ccRCC) patients and 1065 cancer-free subjects. Logistic regression analyses estimated odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). The association between genetic variants and levels of LDLR mRNA and protein was also evaluated. Compared with the CC genotype, multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that the LDLR rs2738464 variant GG genotype was associated with a significantly decreased ccRCC risk (p=0.002, OR: 0.605, 95% CI: 0.439-0.833). Further functional experiments showed that the rs2738464 variant G allele affected miR-330 regulation of the LDLR 3'-untranslated region (UTR), increasing LDLR mRNA levels in patient kidney tissues. These findings suggest that LDLR rs2738464 may affect the affinity of miR-330 binding to the LDLR 3-UTR, thus regulating LDLR expression and contributing to ccRCC risk. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:


Gui-Ming Zhang, Meng-Yun Wang, Ya-Nan Liu, Yao Zhu, Fang-Ning Wan, Qing-Yi Wei, Ding-Wei Ye. Functional variants in the low-density lipoprotein receptor gene are associated with clear cell renal cell carcinoma susceptibility. Carcinogenesis. 2017 Sep 22

PMID: 29029037

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