Adenocarcinoma (ADC) is the commonest histological type of lung cancer, and its weak association with smoking indicates the necessity to identify high-risk individuals for targeted screening and/or prevention. By a genome-wide association study (GWAS), we identified an association of polymorphisms in the 6p21.31 locus containing four human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II genes with lung ADC risk. DQA1*03 of the HLA-DQA1 gene was defined as a risk allele with odds ratio (OR) of 1.36 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.21-1.54, P = 5.3 × 10-7] by analysis of 1656 ADC cases and 1173 controls. DQA1*03 and the minor allele for a polymorphism, rs2736100, in TERT, another lung cancer susceptibility locus identified in recent GWASs on Europeans and Americans, were indicated to independently contribute to ADC risk with per allele OR of 1.43 (95% CI = 1.31-1.56, P = 7.8 × 10-16). Individuals homozygous both for the DQA1*03 and minor TERT alleles were defined as high-risk individuals with an OR of 4.76 (95% CI = 2.53-9.47, P = 4.2 × 10-7). The present results indicated that individuals susceptible to lung ADC can be defined by combined genotypes of HLA-DQA1 and TERT.
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- Cancer Research