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Assessment of the Role of Selected SMAD3 and SMAD4 Genes Polymorphisms in the Development of Colorectal Cancer: Preliminary Research

Authors Wosiak A, Wodziński D, Michalska K, Pietrzak J, Kordek R, Balcerczak E

Received 14 September 2020

Accepted for publication 12 December 2020

Published 29 January 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 167—178


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Martin Bluth

Agnieszka Wosiak,1 Damian Wodziński,1 Katarzyna Michalska,1 Jacek Pietrzak,1 Radzisław Kordek,2 Ewa Balcerczak1

1Laboratory of Molecular Diagnostics and Pharmacogenomics, Department of Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, Interfaculty Cathedral of Laboratory and Molecular Diagnostics, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz 90-151, Poland; 2Department of Pathology, Cathedral of Oncology, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz 92-213, Poland

Correspondence: Ewa Balcerczak
Medical University of Lodz, Muszynskiego 1, Lodz 90-151, Poland
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Background: Colon cancer is one of the most common types of malignant tumor worldwide. The molecular mechanism of colorectal carcinogenesis is very complex and not yet fully understood. The TGFβ (transforming growth factor β) signaling pathway plays a significant role in the development of many cancers, including colorectal cancer pathogenesis. Changes in TGFβ pathway are associated with increased colorectal cancer risk, because this pathway participates in the control of important cellular processes such as cell growth, proliferation, differentiation, or apoptosis. The family of SMAD (similar to mother against decapentaplegic) proteins is closely correlated to this pathway. SMADs genes expression affects modulation of the transcription of many genes, which leads to the inhibition of cell-growth and apoptosis in colon epithelial cells. The presence of SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) in SMADs genes encoding proteins involved in the control of biological processes important for the cell may play a significant role in the predisposition to the development of colorectal cancer, or in the regulation of the severity of changes related to tumor growth. Extension of data in this field may provide clinically significant conclusions influencing the implementation of personalized treatment based on specific changes characteristic of a patient with colorectal cancer.
Purpose: The subject of this research was genotyping polymorphisms of SMAD3 (rs6494629) and SMAD4 (rs10502913, rs12968012, rs1057520801) genes in the group of patients with colorectal cancer and in the control group, and comparing the genotypic frequency distributions with clinical-pathological features within the study group and between the groups.
Materials and Methods: SNP genotyping analysis was performed on genomic DNA isolated from 84 frozen tissue sections of colorectal cancer and from 60 peripheral blood samples of patients without cancer. To evaluate the polymorphic variants of SMAD genes, the restricted fragment length of a polymorphism reaction (PCR-RFLP) was used.
Results: The results obtained in the study showed no significant association between the examined polymorphisms and the risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Conclusion: More extensive studies to confirm the results obtained in this study are needed. Further studies on a larger study group divided according to the clinical stage and histological differentiation may allow finding or excluding the significance of the studied SNPs as potential markers of colorectal cancer in relation to the clinico-pathological data.

Keywords: SMAD3 gene, SNP, colorectal cancer, SMAD4 gene

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