Genetic variation in one-carbon metabolism in relation to genome-wide DNA methylation in breast tissue from heathy women.

Song MA, Brasky TM, Marian C, Weng DY, Taslim C, Llanos AA, Dumitrescu RG, Liu Z, Mason JB, Spear SL, Kallakury BV, Freudenheim JL, Shields PG
Carcinogenesis in press 03/09/2016


Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in one-carbon metabolism genes and lifestyle factors (alcohol drinking and breast folate) may be determinants of whole-genome methylation in the breast. DNA methylation profiling was performed using the Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip in 81 normal breast tissues from women undergoing reduction mammoplasty and no history of cancer. ANCOVA, adjusting for age, race and BMI, was used to identify differentially-methylated (DM) CpGs. Gene expression, by the Affymetrix GeneChip Human Transcriptome Array 2.0, was correlated with DM. Biological networks of DM genes were assigned using Ingenuity Pathway Analysis. Fifty-seven CpG sites were DM in association with eight SNPs in FTHFD, MTHFD1, MTHFR, MTR, MTRR, and TYMS (P <5.0 x 10

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