The Correlation between Phospholipase C Epsilon (PLCE1) Gene Polymorphisms and Risk of Gastric Adenocarcinoma in Iranian Population

  • Ramin Shekarriz
  • Sahar Faghani
  • Alireza Tafazoli
  • Mohammad Bagher Hashemi-Soteh
Keywords: Gastric cancer; Iranian population; PLCE1 gene; Single nucleotide polymorphisms


Background: Phospholipase C epsilon 1 (PLCE1) gene harbors different single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which can be correlated with the risk of different types of cancers. In this case-control study, the relationship between rs2274223 (A>G), a single nucleotide polymorphism in phospholipase C epsilon gene, (PLCE1) and gastric cancer was evaluated among Iranian patients.

Materials and Methods: The PLCE1 rs2274223 polymorphism was genotyped in 60 patients with gastric cancer and 69 control subjects using polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphisms (PCR-RFLP) methods. Clinical and pathologic parameters such as tumor characteristics and disease stage were also recorded.

Results: There were 48 (80%) male patients and 45 (65.5%) healthy male individuals (p=0.077). About 34 (56.6%) patients were smokers. A family history of gastric cancer was found in 21 (35%) cases. GG genotype was observed among 15% of patients and 8.7% of normals, respectively. There was no significant difference between the AA and AG genotypes. Also, there were no significant correlations between AA, AG or GG genotypes and the risk of gastric cancer, gender, tumor size, tumor stage, grade, as well as tumor location and metastasis.

Conclusion: The PLCE1 rs2274223 polymorphism was not correlated with gastric cancer in Iranian population. However, a further comprehensive study with larger sample sizes is needed.