Gastric Cancer and the High Combination Prevalence of Host Cytokine Genotypes and Helicobacter pylori in Honduras

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  • Background & Aims: Inflammatory cytokine polymorphisms are associated with gastric adenocarcinoma in Helicobacter pylori-infected patients in Europe and Asia. We investigated the cytokine profile in the Latino population, specifically Honduras, a high-incidence region, and the use of the combination prevalence of H pylori and genotypes in identifying high-risk populations. Methods: A population-based case-control study identified 170 incident gastric cancer cases and 162 healthy village controls. Interleukin (IL)-Iβ-511, IL-1RN, IL-10-1082, and tumor necrosis factor-α-308 genotypes were determined. We define the combination prevalence index (CPI) as the product of H pylori and IL-1β-511T+ genotype prevalence in healthy subjects. Medline identified gastric cancer studies to facilitate country-specific CPI calculations. Results: In healthy, population-based Honduran controls, IL-1β-511T+ prevalence was 81% (95% confidence interval, 75%-87%; CT, 57%; TT, 25%), which was among the highest reported. IL-10-1082A+ prevalence was 93% (95% confidence interval, 88%-97%), mirroring Asian populations. Seventeen percent were homozygous for both proinflammatory cytokines (TT/AA), with increased risk among cases (odds ratio, 2.6; 95% confidence intervals, 1.0-6.8). Tumor necrosis factor-α polymorphisms were nearly absent. Endemic H pylori infection (85%) was confirmed. Importantly, the CPI association with country incidence is highly significant (P = .0057), based on 16 global populations and Honduras. Sensitivity analysis confirms a robust CPI. Conclusions: The CPI, based on IL-1β genotypes, has a strong association with country-specific gastric cancer incidence. The CPI correlation supports the chronic inflammation carcinogenesis model, and may explain the geographic variation. We report a novel cytokine profile in Honduras that mirrors Asian populations and explains the high incidence rates. This may have dyspepsia management and screening implications for the growing US Latino population. © 2006 American Gastroenterological Association.
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  • Morgan DR; Dominguez RL; Keku TO; Heidt PE; Martin CF; Galanko JA; Omofoye OA; Sandler RS
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