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Arquivos de Gastroenterologia

Print version ISSN 0004-2803

Arq. Gastroenterol. vol.51 no.2 São Paulo Apr./June 2014 

Original Articles


O polimorfismo -765 G>C do gene COX-2 e o risco de câncer gástrico na população Brasileira

Vanessa Maria de Lima Pazine CAMPANHOLO

Aledson Vitor FELIPE

Jacqueline Miranda de LIMA

Célia Aparecida Marques PIMENTA

Rogéria Maria VENTURA

Nora Manoukian FORONES

1Grupo de Oncologia, Disciplina de Gastroenterologia, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brasil



Genomic alterations play important roles in gastric cancer carcinogenesis. Cyclooxygenases (COX) are important enzymes in the maintenance of mucosal integrity and in pathological processes, mainly in inflammation and cancer. The -765G>C COX-2 polymorphism has been implicated in gastric cancer risk.


To evaluate the COX-2 gene polymorphism as a predictor of gastric cancer risk.


One hundred gastric cancer patients and 150 controls were enrolled from a Brazilian centre. Personal data regarding related risk factors, including alcohol consumption and smoking behavior, were collected via questionnaire. DNA was extracted from peripheral blood and the genotypes were analyzed using PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism.


G/G, G/C and C/C genotypes frequencies was 42.7%, 50% and 7.3%, respectively in controls and 59.0%, 34.0% and 7.0% in gastric cancer. The frequency of the genotypes differed between the groups (P = 0.033). A higher risk of gastric cancer was associated with COX-2 -765G/G genotype (P = 0.048; OR:1.98, 95% CI = 1.01-3.90). Alcohol consumption and smoking in patients with -765G/G genotype also increased the risk of gastric cancer.


The -765G/G genotype and the -765G allele had been associated with an increased risk for gastric cancer. The presence of smoking and alcohol consumption increased the risk for gastric cancer in subjects with -765G/G genotype compared with the control group. Polymorphism of COX-2 gene and gastric cancer risk.

Key words: Polymorphism single nucleotide; Gastric cancer; Cyclooxygenase 2



As alterações genômicas tem um papel importante na carcinogênese do câncer gástrico. As cicloxigenases (COX) são enzimas importantes na integridade da mucosa a nos processos patológicos, principalmente na inflamação e no câncer. O polimorfismo -765G>C COX- 2 pode se relacionar ao risco de câncer gástrico.


Avaliar o polimorfismo de COX-2 como um preditivo de risco de câncer gástrico.


Cem pacientes com câncer gástrico e 150 controles foram estudados provenientes de um centro no Brasil. Foram coletados dados referentes ao consumo de álcool e fumo, considerados fatores de risco. O DNA foi extraído de sangue periférico e os genótipos foram analisados por PCR- RFLP.


As frequências dos genótipos G/G, G/C e C/C foram 42,7%, 50% e 7,3%, respectivamente nos controles e 59,0%, 34,0% e 7,0% no câncer gástrico. A frequência dos genótipos diferiu entre os grupos (P = 0,033). O genótipo -765G/G COX-2 esteve associado a um maior risco de câncer gástrico (P = 0,048; OR:1,98, 95% CI = 1,01-3,90). O consumo de álcool e o fumo em pacientes com o genótipo -765G/G COX-2 também aumentou o risco de câncer gástrico.


O genótipo -765G/G e o alelo -765G foi associado a maior risco de câncer gástrico. O fumo e o etilismo aumentaram o risco de câncer gástrico em indivíduos com o genótipo -765G/G comparados com o grupo controle.

Palavras-Chave: Polimorfismo de nucleotídeo único; Câncer gástrico; Ciclo-oxigenase 2


Gastric cancer (GC) is the fourth most common cancer and the second most frequent cause of cancer-related death in the world(14). In Brazil, 21,500 new cases of gastric cancer had been occurred in 2012(13). There are geographic differences in the prevalence of GC as a consequence of different genetic characteristics, lifestyle factors such as smoking and alcoholism, dietary aspects including meat intake.

Elevated prostaglandin (PG) levels have been observed in patients with cancer and these substances play an important role in cancer progression and metastasis(20, 24) The production of PGs depends on the activation of cyclooxygenase (COX). This enzyme converts arachidonic acid into eicosanoids, including PGs. There are two COX isozymes, COX-1 and COX-2. COX-1 is expressed in almost all normal tissues and is involved in vascular homeostasis and platelet aggregation(7). In contrast, COX-2 is almost undetectable under normal conditions and its production is induced by hormones, cytokines, and growth factors. COX-2 expression is associated with inflammatory cell and cancer tissues(1). COX-2 deregulation has been associated with carcinogenesis, including the inhibition of apoptosis, neoangiogenesis, lymphatic invasion, and metastasis(9, 16, 17, 27). Increased expression of COX-2 is observed in altered gastric mucosa(26). Furthermore, studies have demonstrated that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reduce the incidence of polyps and colon cancer, probably as a result of reduced production of PGs by interfering with COX activity(8, 23).

A complex signal transduction pathway is responsible for the regulation of COX-2 expression. Many nuclear proteins interact with the promoter region of COX-2 and play an important role in gene transcription(28). A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the COX-2 promoter region is known to alter the transcriptional activity of the gene. This SNP affects the binding with some nuclear proteins, changing the susceptibility to cancer(6, 25).

Although some studies have already been done in gastric cancer COX-2 plymorphism the results are conflicting.

The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of the COX-2 -765G>C polymorphism with lifestyle factors and susceptibility to GC.


A case-control study was conducted. The case group consisted of 100 patients with GC (46% women) seen at the outpatient clinic of the Division of Clinical Gastroenterology, Federal University of São Paulo. Patients with a confirmed histological diagnosis of non-cardia adenocarcinoma were invited to participate in the study. The control group consisted of 150 healthy subjects (48% women) who attended the blood collection service of the Central Laboratory of the São Paulo Hospital. The patients of the case and control groups were admitted during the same period. There was no significant difference in gender (P = 0.756) or age (P = 0.731) between the groups.

The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Federal University of São Paulo with grant number 0154/09, and all patients signed a free informed consent form.

All subjects answered a questionnaire regarding present or past history of cigarette smoking (non smokers and current smokers or former smokers), and alcohol consumption. Patients who drink more than 5 g/ethanol/day were considered positive for alcohol consumption. Clinical characteristics, as clinical stage and survival were obtained.

Peripheral blood was collected in EDTA for the extraction of genomic DNA using the Invisorb Spin Blood Mini Kit (Invitek, Co., Berlin, Germany). COX-2 polymorphism was genotyped by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) technique.

Genomic DNA was amplified using the following specific primers: forward: 5’-GCTGTATATCTGCTCTATATGC-3’ and reverse: ‘5-CGCTTCCTTTGTCCATCAG-3’. The PCR mixture contained 40 ng genomic DNA, 1x PCR buffer, 125 µmol dNTPs, 1.5 mmol/L MgCl2, 0.75 µmol of each primer, and 0.5 unit Taq DNA Polymerase Platinum® (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA, USA) in a final volume of 10 µL. Amplification was carried out under the following conditions: denaturation at 94° C for 1 min, followed by 35 cycles of denaturation at 94° C for 30 sec, annealing at 59° C for 1 min, and final extension at 72° C for 1 min. After amplification, the PCR product was digested with 0.1 U of the restriction enzyme Aci l (New England Biolabs, Ipswich, MA, USA) at 37° C for 30 min and then at 65° C for 20 min. The digestion products were separated on agarose gel stained with ethidium bromide.

Twenty percent of samples from patients and controls including samples of each genotype were re-genotyped by two other researchers and results showed 100% similarity in both of the conditions. Genome sequencing was used to confirm the PCR and RFLP techniques using random samples of both groups. The PCR product of the COX-2 gene was purified using the BigDye XTerminator Purification Kit (Applied Biosystems, Concord, Ontario, Canada) according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and sequenced by ABI Prism 3100 sequencer (Applied Biosystems, Concord, Ontario, Canada). The reverse primer was used for sequencing. The electropherogram was analyzed with the Sequence Scanner v 1.0 program. No discrepancy was found after sequencing randomly selected 10% samples.

All samples were submitted to genotyping of the amplicons by RFLP method with AciI restriction enzyme. The 306-bp PCR product was amplified from specific primers. Patients carrying the wild-type homozygous G/G genotype presented two bands of 118 and 188 bp, patients carrying the heterozygous C/G genotype presented three bands of 306, 188 and 118 bp, and patients with the homozygous mutant C/C genotype showed one band of 306 bp (Figure 1).

FIGURE 1. Digestion with the restriction enzyme AciI. The wild-type G/G genotype presents two fragments of 118 and 188 bp (patients 2, 4, and 5). The heterozygous C/G genotype presents three bands of 306, 188 and 118 bp (patients 1, 3, and 7). The homozygous mutant C/C genotype destroys the restriction site and digestion produces a fragment of 306 bp (patients 9 and 32). 

Statistical analysis

The results were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS, v 16.0). The Student t-test and χ2 test were used for comparison and odds ratios (OR) and their respective 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated. Kaplan-Meier analysis and log-rank test were used to assess the stage genotype and survival. Pvalue <0.05 was considered to be statistically significant.


G/G, G/C and C/C genotypes frequencies was 42.7%, 50% and 7.3%, respectively, in the control group and in the case group, the frequency of the genes was 59.0%, 34.0% and 7.0%. The genotypic distribution is in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in control group (P>0.05). The frequency of the genotypes and alleles differed between the groups (c2 = 6.786, P = 0.033 and χ2 = 6.697,P = 0.010, respectively). No association between GC and gender, age, alcohol consumption and smoking were observed in both groups (Table 1).

TABLE 1. Characteristics of the study population 

Variable Cases n = 100 Controls n = 150 P OR* (95% CI) P OR** (95% CI)
Gender n (%) n (%)
Male 54 (54.0) 78 (52.0) 0.756 - -
Female 46 (46.0) 72 (48.0) - -
Male 61.5 ±12.4 62.9 ±14.6 0.265# - -
Female 60.6 ±11.7 60.4 ±15.8 0.486# - -
Total 61.1 ±12.0 61.7 ±15.2 0.731# - -
Never 40 (40.0) 60 (40.0) 1.00 Reference 1.00 Reference
Current +Ex-Smokers 60 (60.0) 90 (60.0) 0.937 0.98 (0.58-1.65) 1.000 1.00 (0.60-1.68)
Alcohol drinker
No 65 (65.0) 102 (68.0) 1.00 Reference 1.00 Reference
Yes 35 (35.0) 48 (32.0) 0.716 1.11 (0.64-1.90) 0.622 1.14 (0.67-1.95)
C/C 7 (7.0) 11 (7.3) 0.099+ 1.00 Reference 0.033+ 1.00 Reference
G/C 34 (34.0) 75 (50.0) 0.559 0.73 (0.26-2.07) 0.519 0.71 (0.25-2.00)
G/G 59 (59.0) 64 (42.7) 0.444 1.49 (0.54-4.10) 0.473 1.45 (0.53-3.98)
C Allele 30 (20.6) 97 (23.3) 1.00 Reference 1.00 Reference
G Allele 116 (79.4) 203 (67.7) 0.009 1.87 (1.17-3.00) 0.010 1.85 (1.16-2.95)
G/C + C/C 41 (41.0) 86 (57.3) 1.00 Reference 1.00 Reference
G/G 59 (59.0) 64 (42.7) 0.012 1.93 (1.15-3.23) 0.011 1.93 (1.16-3.23)
C/G + G/G 93 (93.0) 139 (92.7) 1.00 Reference 1.00 Reference
C/C 7 (7.0) 11 (7.7) 0.870 0.92 (0.34-2.47) 0.920 0.95 (0.36-2.54)
No C Carriers 59 (59.0) 64 (42.7) 1.00 Reference 1.00 Reference
C Carriers 41 (41.0) 86 (57.3) 0.012 0.52 (0.31-0.87) 0.012 0.52 (0.31-0.86)
No G Carriers 7 (7.0) 11 (7.3) 1.00 Reference 1.00 Reference
G Carriers 93 (93.0) 139 (92.7) 0.870 1.09 (0.40-2.92) 0.920 1.05 (0.39-2.81)

Values are means ± standard deviation for continuous variables and n (%) for categorical variables. P for trend Pearson Chi-Square ( c2 ) test;#Two-Sample t-Test. *OR (Odds Ratios) and CI (Confidence interval) adjusted by age and sex. **Unadjusted; +P for Genotypes trend.

Genotype and allele frequencies of the COX-2 gene polymorphism in healthy controls and GC patients are shown in Table I. The risk of developing GC was higher among subjects with G/G genotype compared to the others with C/G or C/C (OR = 1.93;P =0.012). The G allele also showed an elevated risk in GC patients (OR = 1.87; P = 0.009) The number of GC patients were significantly higher in the non-C carriers (C/G + GG) than in the C carriers (C/C) (P = 0.012) (Table 1).

A higher risk of GC was associated, by multivariate logistic regression analysis, with COX-2 -765 G/G genotype (P =0.048; OR: 1.98, 95% CI = 1.01-3.90) (Table 2).

TABLE 2.  Multivariate logistic regression analysis stratified by the selected variables 

Variable Cases n = 100 (%) Controls n = 150 (%) P OR* (95% CI)
Never 40 (40.0) 90 (60.0)   1.00 Reference
Smokers** 60 (60.0) 60 (40.0) 0.949 0.98 (0.49-1.96)
No 65 (65.0) 102 (68.0)   1.00 Reference
Yes 35 (35.0) 48 (32.0) 0.249 1.55 (0.74-3.28)
G/C + C/C 41 (41.0) 86 (57.3)   1.00 Reference
G/G 59 (59.0) 64 (42.7) 0.048 1.98 (1.01-3.90)

P for trend; *OR (Odds Ratios) and CI (Confidence interval) adjusted by age and sex; **Current Smokers + Ex-Smokers

Patients with advanced stomach cancer (stage IV) had poor survival (P = 0.003), but no difference on survival was observed among the genotypes in patients with GC (P>0.05).


Since the identification of the COX-2 -765G>C polymorphism(18), studies have shown a correlation between this polymorphism and different types of cancer(3, 21, 25, 30). In this study we observed the frequency of the COX-2 -765 G/G, GC and CC genotypes were 59%, 34% and 7% in GC patients were similar to those previously reported by Pereira et al.(19) for a Portuguese population (49%, 44% and 7%, respectively). We found that the C allele occurs at a frequency of 20.6% in the GC patients. A high percentage of C allele had been observed among Portuguese(19), Brazilian(21), and Dutch patients(25)(22%, 32% and 41%, respectively). Studies on European and American populations have reported a higher prevalence of C allele than studies involving Asian(2, 4, 10).

In the control group, the frequency of the heterozygous G/C genotype (50%) was higher than that reported in other studies(5, 11, 19, 20). The frequency of the homozygous mutant genotype was similar to the values reported by others authors(5,10, 21). The large number of individuals carrying the heterozygous genotype is probably due to the high rate of miscegenation in the Brazilian population, with major contributions from European and African populations(21). Controversy exists in the literature regarding the association between the -765G>C polymorphism and GC. A Case-control Study using a Chinese Population was observed an increased risk of GC of 2.66-fold increase among carriers of this polymorphism(31). Saxena et al.(22), reported that the presence of the C allele was associated with a 8.2-fold (CI: 4.08-16.47) increased odds for GC. Pereira et al.(19), observed a higher chance of progression to gastric adenocarcinoma among patients with atrophy or intestinal metaplasia carrying C allele. Other studies found no association between carrying C allele and GC patients(12, 15) or breast cancer patients(21) as compared with control group.

In contrast, in the present study G/G genotype was found to be associated with a 1.93 fold higher risk of gastric cancer (95% CI = 1.15-3.23). The presence of the G allele was associated with a considerably increased risk of cancer by 1.87 (95% CI = 1.17-3.00). Similar results were reported by Sitarz et al.(25), which showed an increased risk in patients with the G/G genotype (OR: 2.21, 95% CI = 1.19 to 4.08) for GC in the Dutch population. Hoff et al.(11), also observed that the G/G genotype was associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer (OR: 1.45, 95% CI = 1.03-2.04).

We did not find any association between -765 G>C COX- 2 genetic polymorphism and lifestyle factors as smoking behavior and alcohol consumption in patients with GC. A similar results had been discussed by Xing et al.(29)which also did not found association among alcohol drinkers and the -765 G>C polymorphism.

The Kaplan-Meier survival curves for patients with advanced GC (stage IV) by staging system showed poor survival (P = 0.003) as also reported in the literature. No association was observed between genotype and survival. There are no studies in the literature investigating the association between the -765G>C polymorphism genotypes and survival in GC patients.

This study has some limitations such as the small number of patients with GC. Furthermore, ethnic differences influence genetical aspects.

In summary, this study showed a significant difference in distribution of -765G>C polymorphism in patients with GC. The -765 GG genotype is associated with an increased risk of GC. Differences in genotype and allele frequencies between both groups suggest that COX-2 polymorphism can have a significantly different modulator of the disease in different ethnic populations.


This work was generously funded by The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).


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Received: September 1, 2013; Accepted: December 2, 2013

Correspondence: Dra. Nora Manoukian Forones. Universidade Federal de São Paulo. R. Botucatu 740, 2° andar - CEP: 04023-900 - São Paulo, SP, Brasil. Email:

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