SNPs in the Insulin-Like Growth Factor Gene and Obesity Impact on Colorectal Cancer in Egyptians

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Department of Endemic Medicine and Hepatogastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt.

2 Department of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt.

3 Elmanial Specialized Hospital, Cairo University, Egypt.


Background and aims: The insulin pathway may play a role in development of colorectal cancer (CRC). In this study, we investigated associations between CRC and obesity in Egyptians with reference to single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-I) gene. We also studied serum levels of IGF-1in Egyptian CRC patients with different BMI values. Methods: This prospective study included 66 CRC patients and 30 healthy individuals, for whom body mass index (BMI) was estimated, patients and controls being categorized into overweight or obese in one group and average weight in the other. Serum levels of IGF-1 were assessed by ELISA and SNPs in the IGF-I gene at rs6214C/T, rs6220 T/C and rs35767 C/T were examined by PCR- RFLP. Results: Serum levels of IGF-1 were significantly lower in both CRC average weight and overweight cases. IGF-1 could negatively predict CRC at a cut-off of 154 ng/ml with 87.5% sensitivity and 72.6 specificity. IGF-1 rs6214 CT and TT (T allele) genotypes were associated with a significantly increased risk of CRC. Univariate logistic regression showed that CRC risk significantly decreases by 0.14 for each one unit increase in IGF1. Conclusion: BMI could be considered as effect modifier for CRC risk. IGF-1 SNP rs6214 (TT and CT) are significantly associated with risk regardless of the BMI.


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Volume 18, Issue 11
November 2017
Pages 2959-2964
  • Receive Date: 25 April 2017
  • Revise Date: 10 October 2017
  • Accept Date: 04 November 2017
  • First Publish Date: 04 November 2017