Arg399Gln XRCC1 Polymorphism and Risk of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck in Jordanian Patients

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Department of Dental Surgery, Islamic Hospital, Amman, Jordan.

2 Department of Pathology, Islamic Hospital, Amman, Jordan.

3 Department of Biology and Biotechnology, American University of Madaba, Madaba, Jordan.

4 Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.

5 Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.

6 Department of Pathology, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.

7 Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.


Background and objective: X-ray repair cross-complementing group1 (XRCC1) is a key protein in base excision repair and closely associated with the coordination of the base excision repair pathway. Many studies have focused on XRCC1 SNPs and have shown an associated between these SNPs and the risk of several types of cancers, including head and neck cancer. There are many single nucleotide polymorphisms XRCC1 gene (SNPs) and the most common SNP that result in amino acid substitutions is exon 10 (Arg399Gln). This study aimed to investigate the association between Arg399Gln SNP and the risk of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Material and method: Ninety nine patients with squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck and 89 healthy adult controls were enrolled in this study. The Arg399Gln in XRCC1 allele was genotyped using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method. Results: In the single-locus analyses, Arg399Gln SNP showed a significant association with head and neck cancer risk (p value = 0.016 and odd ratio of 1.8). On the genotype level, we applied three analysis models, namely co-dominant, dominant, and recessive genotypes. Arg/Arg homozygous major genotype was significantly (p value <0.05) associated with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma incidence with odd ratio of 2.23 and 2.24 for the co-dominant and recessive models, respectively. Conclusion: The findings indicated that Arg399Gln allele was associated with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck among Jordanian patients. This allele might be used as a genetic biomarker of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.


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