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Association of TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusion with clinical characteristics and outcomes: results from a population-based study of prostate cancer

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Fitzgerald, LM and Agalliu, I and Johnson, K and Miller, MA and Kwon, EM and Hurtado-Coll, A and Fazli, L and Rajput, AB and Gleave, ME and Cox, ME and Ostrander, EA and Standford, JL and Huntsman, DG, Association of TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusion with clinical characteristics and outcomes: results from a population-based study of prostate cancer, BMC Cancer, 8, (230) ISSN 1471-2407 (2008) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/1471-2407-8-230

Abstract

Background: The presence of the TMPRSS2-ERG fusion gene in prostate tumors has recently been associated with an aggressive phenotype, as well as recurrence and death from prostate cancer. These associations suggest the hypothesis that the gene fusion may be used as a prognostic indicator for prostate cancer.

Methods: In this study, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) assays were used to assess TMPRSS2-ERG fusion status in a group of 214 prostate cancer cases from two population-based studies. The FISH assays were designed to detect both fusion type (deletion vs. translocation) and the number of fusion copies (single vs. multiple). Genotyping of four ERG and one TMPRSS2 SNPs using germline DNA was also performed in a sample of the cases (n = 127).

Results: Of the 214 tumors scored for the TMPRSS2-ERG fusion, 64.5% were negative and 35.5% were positive for the fusion. Cases with the TMPRSS2-ERG fusion did not exhibit reduced prostate cancer survival (HR = 0.92, 95% CI = 0.223.93), nor was there a significant difference in causespecific survival when stratifying by translocation or deletion (HR = 0.84, 95% CI = 0.233.12) or by the number of retained fusion copies (HR = 1.22, 95% CI = 0.453.34). However, evidence for reduced prostate cancer-specific survival was apparent in those cases whose tumor had multiple copies of the fusion. The variant T allele of the TMPRSS2 SNP, rs12329760, was positively associated with TMPRSS2-ERG fusion by translocation (p = 0.05) and with multiple copies of the gene fusion (p = 0.03).

Conclusion: If replicated, the results presented here may provide insight into the mechanism by which the TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusion arises and also contribute to diagnostic evaluations for determining the subset of men who will go on to develop metastatic prostate cancer.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Prostate Cancer TMPRSS2-ERG
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Research Field:Cancer Genetics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Cancer and Related Disorders
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, LM (Dr Liesel Fitzgerald)
ID Code:104097
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:88
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-11-03
Last Modified:2015-12-11
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