Fine mapping of 14q13 reveals novel variants associated with different histological subtypes of papillary thyroid carcinoma.

Jendrzejewski J, Liyanarachchi S, Eiterman A, Thomas A, He H, Nagy R, Senter L, Sworczak K, de la Chapelle A
Int J Cancer 144 503-512 02/01/2019


The first two genome wide association studies (GWAS) of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) detected five variants associated with PTC. Two of them (rs944289 and rs116909374) are located at 14q13 making that locus an important target of research into the genetic predisposition to PTC. We aimed at uncovering other variants at 14q13 associated with PTC independently from the GWAS variants. We performed next generation sequencing of the 14q13 region and analyzed the allele frequencies of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in n = 90 PTC cases vs. n = 379 EUR controls from the 1,000 Genome Project. The variants associated with PTC were validated in an Ohio cohort of n = 1,216 PTC cases and n = 1,416 controls. Next, we analyzed the association between SNPs and expression of nearby genes and clinical parameters. We showed that rs368187 was associated with PTC (OR = 1.31, p = 2.20 × 10

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