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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

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ROPERO, P. et al. The H63D mutation of the HFE gene is related to the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2007, vol.99, n.7, pp.376-381. ISSN 1130-0108.

Aim: to disclose whether mutations in the HFE gene inducing liver iron overload are related to the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in otherwise predisposed patients. Patients and methods: one hundred and ninety-six patients (161 males) diagnosed with HCC and 181 healthy controls were included in the study. All subjects were white Spaniards. C282Y and H63D mutations in the HFE gene were identified in leucocyte genomic DNA using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and specific restriction enzymes. Results (cases/controls): 1. Genotype distribution: a) C282Y mutation: homozygotes 1/0, heterozygotes 12/23, wild type 183/158 (p = 0.07, non significant); b) H63D mutation: homozygotes 9/5, heterozygotes 85/52, wild type 102/124 (0dds ratio 2.00, 95% C.I. 1.29-3.12, p = 0.002. Four cases and 6 controls were carriers of heterozygous mixed genotypes. 2. Allele frequencies: a) C282Y mutation: wild type allele 378/339, mutated allele 14/23 (p = 0.11, non significant); b) H63D mutation: wild type allele 289/300, mutated allele 103/62 (0dds ratio 1.72, 95% C.I. 1.19-2.50, p = 0.004). Age at diagnosis, gender and etiology of the underlying liver disease do not influence these findings. Conclusion: the C282Y mutation in the HFE gene is not related to the risk of HCC in non-hemochromatosis patients. The H63D mutation is associated with a higher risk of HCC in cirrhotic patients irrespective of their underlying liver disease.

Keywords : HFE gene; C282Y mutation; H63D mutation; Hepatocellular carcinoma; Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; Ethanol abuse.

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