Polymorphisms and expression pattern of circular RNA circ-ITCH contributes to the carcinogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma

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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) ranks the sixth most common cancer and the third cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Recent studies identified that circ- ITCH Suppresses mutiple cancers proliferation via inhibiting the Wnt/beta-Catenin pathway. In current study, conducted a genetic association study together with epidemiological follow-up study to delineate the role of circ-ITCH in the development and progression of HCC. we found rs10485505 (adjusted OR =1.18; 95% CI=1.06- 1.31; P value =3.1×10-3) and rs4911154 (adjusted OR =1.27; 95% CI=1.14-1.43; P value =3.7×10-5) were significantly associated with increased HCC risk. The expression level of circ-ITCH was significantly lower in HCC tissues, compared with that in adjacent tissues (P value < 0.001). Cox regression analysis indicated that high expression of circ-ITCH was associated with favorable survival of HCC (HR=0.45; 95% CI=0.29-0.68; P value < 0.001). These results indicate that circ-ITCH may have an inhibitory effect on HCC, and could serve as susceptibility and prognostic biomarkers for HCC patients.

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Guo, W., Zhang, J., Zhang, D., Cao, S., Li, G., Zhang, S., … Ye, H. (2017). Polymorphisms and expression pattern of circular RNA circ-ITCH contributes to the carcinogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma. Oncotarget, 8(29), 48169–48177. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.18327

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