Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha (PPARA) genetic polymorphisms and breast cancer risk: A Long Island ancillary study

Amanda K. Golembesky, Marilie D. Gammon, Kari E. North, Jeannette T. Bensen, Jane C. Schroeder, Susan L. Teitelbaum, Alfred I. Neugut, Regina M. Santella

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Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha (PPARA) has been shown to increase fatty acid oxidation and decrease cytokine levels and has been implicated in insulin production. Genetic variants of PPARA have been associated with cardiovascular disease, obesity and type II diabetes mellitus. Although no research to date has investigated the possible link between PPARA and breast cancer, the function of this gene suggests that it could play a role in breast cancer development. Six PPARA polymorphisms were evaluated in association with incident breast cancer in a population-based case-control study (n = 1073 cases and n = 1112 controls) using unconditional logistic and multilevel regression and haplotype-based analyses. The odds of breast cancer were doubled among women with PPARA polymorphism rs4253760 (odds ratio = 1.97 for rare versus common homozygote alleles; 95% confidence interval: 1.14, 3.43). This association remained constant with the inclusion of all interrogated polymorphisms studied in hierarchical models. No additive interactions with body mass index or weight gain were present, but there was some evidence of interaction between PPARA variants and aspirin use, defined as use at least once per week for 6 months or longer. Fourteen haplotypes were imputed with frequencies >1% among postmenopausal women, but no statistically significant differences in haplotype frequencies between cases and controls were evident. Our results are the first to evaluate the relationship between PPARA and breast cancer incidence and suggest that replication in an independent cohort is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1944-1949
Number of pages6
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2008


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