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Recent studies have shown that the G-allele of MDM2 SNP309 (T/G) in the p53 tumour suppressor pathway can accelerate tumorigenesis and alter the risk of various cancers in women and not in men. In this report, data are presented from two independent groups of patients that suggest that the G-allele of SNP309 accelerates colorectal tumour formation only in women, and that lend further support to the model that primarily female-specific hormones, such as oestrogen, could either directly or indirectly allow for the G-allele of SNP309 to accelerate tumour formation in women.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/jmg.2006.043539

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Med Genet

Publication Date

12/2006

Volume

43

Pages

950 - 952

Keywords

Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Alleles, Colorectal Neoplasms, Female, Gene Frequency, Genotype, Humans, Italy, Male, Middle Aged, Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-mdm2, Sex Factors, Time Factors