Polymorphism of TNFRSF1 A may act as a predictor of severe radiation-induced oral mucositis and a prognosis factor in patients with head and neck cancer

Head and Neck Cancer
21/06/2020

Mlak R, et al. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol 2020.

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) (-135 T>C) of TNFRSF1 A and the frequency of occurrence and severity of oral mucositis (OM) in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) treated with radiotherapy (RT).

STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective, cohort study included 60 patients with HNC treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). TNFRSF1 A SNP analysis (-135 T>C) was performed by using molecular probes (TaqMan, ThermoFisher Scientific, Waltham, MA) in DNA isolated from peripheral blood (QIAamp DNA MiniKit; Qiagen, Germantown, MD).

RESULTS: CC genotype was related to 4.5-fold higher risk of grade 2 OM after the second week of RT. Similarly, CC carriers had a significantly higher risk of severe (grade 3) OM after the fourth (6-fold) and fifth (7.5-fold) weeks of RT. The CC genotype of the TNFRSF1 A gene was significantly correlated with a higher risk of shorter overall survival (OS) (> 37 months follow-up period; hazard ratio [HR] = 2.78).

CONCLUSIONS: SNP (-135 T>C) of the TNFRSF1 A gene may act as a predictor of OM occurrence in patients with HNC treated with IMRT. The studied SNP may also serve as a prognostic factor in such cases.