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Inflammatory Genetic Markers of Prostate Cancer Risk

Cancer Genetics Group, Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, University of New South Wales, PO Box 81, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia
University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Cancers 2010, 2(2), 1198-1220;
Received: 6 May 2010 / Revised: 24 May 2010 / Accepted: 1 June 2010 / Published: 8 June 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomarkers: Oncology Studies)
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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Western society males, with incidence rates predicted to rise with global aging. Etiology of prostate cancer is however poorly understood, while current diagnostic tools can be invasive (digital rectal exam or biopsy) and/or lack specificity for the disease (prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing). Substantial histological, epidemiological and molecular genetic evidence indicates that inflammation is important in prostate cancer pathogenesis. In this review, we summarize the current status of inflammatory genetic markers influencing susceptibility to prostate cancer. The focus will be on inflammatory cytokines regulating T-helper cell and chemokine homeostasis, together with the Toll-like receptors as key players in the host innate immune system. Although association studies indicating a genetic basis for prostate cancer are presently limited mainly due to lack of replication, larger and more ethnically and clinically defined study populations may help elucidate the true contribution of inflammatory gene variants to prostate cancer risk. View Full-Text
Keywords: prostate cancer; inflammation; Toll like receptor (TLR); cytokine; chemokine; gene variant; inherited susceptibility prostate cancer; inflammation; Toll like receptor (TLR); cytokine; chemokine; gene variant; inherited susceptibility

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Tindall, E.A.; Hayes, V.M.; Petersen, D.C. Inflammatory Genetic Markers of Prostate Cancer Risk. Cancers 2010, 2, 1198-1220.

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