DHPLC elution patterns of vdr PCR products can predict prostate cancer susceptibility in african american men

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Background/Aim: Denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) is a technique that is used to detect mutations. The aim of the present study was to determine whether DHPLC elution patterns of vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene PCR products can serve as indicators of susceptibility to prostate cancer (PCa) risk. Materials and Methods: DNA samples of PCa cases and controls were screened for mutations and/or polymorphisms in coding exons of VDR gene using DHPLC analysis. Logistic regression, phi-coefficient (φ), and Backward Wald models were used to analyze the data. Results: Similar elution patterns of exons 1, 6, 7 and 9 along with higher prevalence of heteroduplex DNA were observed in PCa samples than in controls. Exons 4 and 8 had highly significant protective effects (p<0.05). Whereas, exons 5, 7, and 9 were perfectly positively correlated with PCa risk (φ=1), thus presenting candidate exons significantly associated with susceptibility to PCa. Conclusion: DHPLC elution patterns of the selected exons could be useful to predict susceptibility to develop PCa.

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