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Association between miR-27a genetic variants and susceptibility to colorectal cancer

Zaiqiu Wang12, Xiaoli Sun3, Yeli Wang2, Xiaofang Liu4, Yuanjie Xuan2 and Sanyuan Hu1*

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1 Department of General Surgery, Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250012, China

2 Department of Anorectal, Yuhuangding Hospital, Yantai, Shandong 264000, China

3 Department of Laboratory, Yuhuangding Hospital, Yantai, Shandong 264000, China

4 Department of Hepatobiliary, Yuhuangding Hospital, Yantai, Shandong 264000, China

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Diagnostic Pathology 2014, 9:146  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-9-146

Published: 30 July 2014



MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short, non-coding RNAs that negatively regulate target genes. A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in a miRNA sequence may alter miRNA expression and/or maturation, which was proposed to associate with the development and progression of cancer. The rs895819 polymorphism, located in the terminal loop of pre-miR-27a, has been reported to have relevance to several cancers. In this study, we investigated the possibility of association between polymorphism in rs895819 and susceptibility to colorectal cancer (CRC).


We identified a single SNP, rs895819 in pre-miR-27a, for further investigation, were determined in 205 CRC patients and 455 healthy controls.


When taking the AA genotype as a reference, we found that AG genotype was not statistically significantly associated with the risk of CRC (AG vs. AA, OR 1.245, 95% CI: 0.806 – 1.923). However, the GG genotype was significantly associated with risk of CRC (GG vs. AA, OR 1.599, 95% CI: 1.052 – 2.430). In the AG + GG vs GG group, no significant difference was detected (OR 1.424, 95% CI, 0.974 – 1.801). GG genotype and G allele was associated with an increased risk of metastasis in this study (P < 0.001 and P = 0.003, respectively).


This study found significant association between rs895819 polymorphism in pre-miR-27a and CRC risk. Population-based studies with large number of subjects and long-term follow-up are needed to verify the association of miR-27a polymorphism with CRC susceptibility and severity.

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Single nucleotide polymorphism; Colorectal cancer; miR-27a; Risk factor