Functional variant of MTOR rs2536 and survival of Chinese gastric cancer patients.


We previously reported that some single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of candidate genes involved in the MTOR complex1 (MTORC1) were associated with risk of gastric cancer (GCa). In the present study, we further evaluated associations of eight potentially functional SNPs of MTOR, MLST8 and RPTOR with survival of 1002 GCa patients and also investigated molecular mechanisms underlying such associations. Specifically, we found that the MTOR rs2536 C allele at the microRNA binding site was independently associated with a 26% reduction of death risk (HR = 0.74, 95% CI = 0.57-0.96, p = 0.022). The results remained noteworthy with a prior false positive probability of 0.1. Genotype-phenotype correlation analysis in 144 patients' adjacent normal gastric tissue samples revealed that the MTOR expression levels were lower in rs2536 TC/CC carriers than that in wild-type TT carriers (p = 0.043). Dual luciferase assays revealed that the rs2536 C allele had a higher binding affinity to microRNA-150, leading to a decreased transcriptional activity of MTOR, compared to the rs2536 T allele. Further functional analysis revealed that MTOR knockdown by small interference RNA impaired proliferation, migration, and invasion ability in GCa cell lines. In conclusion, The MTOR rs2536 T > C change may be a biomarker for survival of Chinese GCa patients, likely by modulating microRNA-induced gene expression silencing. Additional studies are needed to validate our findings.





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Cheng, Lei, Lixin Qiu, Ruoxin Zhang, Danwen Qian, Mengyun Wang, Menghong Sun, Xiaodong Zhu, Yanong Wang, et al. (2019). Functional variant of MTOR rs2536 and survival of Chinese gastric cancer patients. International journal of cancer, 144(2). pp. 251–262. 10.1002/ijc.31656 Retrieved from

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Qingyi Wei

Professor in Population Health Sciences

Qingyi Wei, MD, PhD, Professor in the Department of Medicine, is Associate Director for Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Co-leader of CCPS and Co-leader of Epidemiology and Population Genomics (Focus Area 1). He is a professor of Medicine and an internationally recognized epidemiologist focused on the molecular and genetic epidemiology of head and neck cancers, lung cancer, and melanoma. His research focuses on biomarkers and genetic determinants for the DNA repair deficient phenotype and variations in cell death. He is Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal "Cancer Medicine" and Associate Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics.

Area of Expertise: Epidemiology

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