RECK Gene Promoter rs10814325 Polymorphism in Egyptian Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma on Top of Chronic Hepatitis C Viral Infection

  • Fakhry, Amal Bahgat (Department of Clinical and Chemical Pathology, Kasr Al-Aini School of Medicine, Cairo University) ;
  • Ahmed, Asmaa Ismail (Department of Clinical and Chemical Pathology, Kasr Al-Aini School of Medicine, Cairo University) ;
  • AbdelAlim, Mahmoud Abdo (Department of Hepatology and Endemic Medicine, Kasr Al-Aini School of Medicine, Cairo University) ;
  • Ramadan, Dalia Ibrahim (Department of Clinical and Chemical Pathology, Kasr Al-Aini School of Medicine, Cairo University)
  • Published : 2016.05.01


Background: The reversion-inducing-cysteine-rich protein with Kazal motifs (RECK) gene is a novel transformation suppressor gene linked to several malignancies. Objective: To analyze any association between RECK gene rs10814325 single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and HCC susceptibility with various clinicopathological and laboratory data. Materials and Methods: RECK gene rs10814325 SNP was estimated, using real-time PCR, in 30 HCC patients on top of HCV infection, 30 HCV related cirrhotic patients and 30 healthy controls. Results: No special pattern of association could be detected on comparing the RECK gene rs10814325 genotypes(P=0.5), or alleles(P=0.49) among the studied groups. HCC patients with TT genotype had younger age (mean of $54.1{\pm}6.0$ years vs $60.6{\pm}10.2$ years for TC/CC genotypes, P=0.035). Abdominal distension was significantly greater in TT genotype patients (75% vs 30%for TC/CC genotypes, P=0.045). The TT genotype was present in 75% of patients with lymph node metastasis. Serum GGT levels were higher in TT genotype patients [80 (48.5-134.8) IU/L vs 40 (33-87.5) IU/L for TC/CCgenotypes], and lower limb edema was observed in 60% for TT vs 20% for TC/CCgenotypes, but both just failed to reach significance (p=0.05 and p=0.06 respectively). Conclusions: RECK gene rs10814325 T>C could not be considered a risk factor for HCC development on top of HCV, but may be related to the disease progression and metastasis.


Hepatocellular carcinoma;HCV related-cirrhosis;RECK gene;gene polymorphism;real time PCR


Supported by : Cairo University


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