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Genetic Variation in CCL5 Signaling Genes and Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Susceptibility and Prognosis Implications

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submitted on 2024-05-28, 07:01 and posted on 2024-05-28, 07:01 authored by Jingxuan Shan, Aziz Chouchane, Younes Mokrab, Mohamad Saad, Salha Boujassoum, Rosalyn W. Sayaman, Elad Ziv, Noureddine Bouaouina, Yasmine Remadi, Sallouha Gabbouj, Jessica Roelands, Xiaojing Ma, Davide Bedognetti, Lotfi Chouchane

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) accounts for ~15–20% of breast cancer (BC) and has a higher rate of early relapse and mortality compared to other subtypes. The Chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 5 (CCL5) and its signaling pathway have been linked to TNBC. We aimed to investigate the susceptibility and prognostic implications of genetic variation in CCL5 signaling genes in TNBC in the present study. We characterized variants in CCL5 and that of six other CCL5 signaling genes (CCND1, ZMIZ1, CASP8, NOTCH2, MAP3K21, and HS6ST3) among 1,082 unrelated Tunisian subjects (544 BC patients, including 196 TNBC, and 538 healthy controls), assessed the association of the variants with BC-specific overall survival (OVS) and progression-free survival (PFS), and correlated CCL5 mRNA and serum levels with CCL5 genotypes. We found a highly significant association between the CCND1 rs614367-TT genotype (OR = 5.14; P = 0.004) and TNBC risk, and identified a significant association between the rs614367-T allele and decreased PFS in TNBC. A decreased risk of lymph node metastasis was associated with the MAP3K21 rs1294255-C allele, particularly in rs1294255-GC (OR = 0.47; P = 0.001). CCL5 variants (rs2107538 and rs2280789) were linked to CCL5 serum and mRNA levels. In the TCGA TNBC/Basal-like cohort the MAP3K21 rs1294255-G allele was associated with a decreased OVS. High expression of CCL5 in breast tumors was significantly associated with an increased OVS in all BC patients, but particularly in TNBC/Basal-like patients. In conclusion, genetic variation in CCL5 signaling genes may predict not only TNBC risk but also disease aggressiveness.

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Published in: Frontiers in Oncology
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  • 2019

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  • Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar
  • Sidra Medicine
  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Qatar Computing Research Institute - HBKU
  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • National Center for Cancer Care and Research - HMC

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