p53 mutations associated with breast, colorectal, liver, lung, and ovarian cancers

Tamar Lasky, Ellen Silbergeld

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The analyses show that mutation hot spots vary by cancer and that base pair changes and predicted amino acid changes in the gene product vary by cancer and by codon. The analyses use relative frequencies and epidemiologic measures of effect (prevalence ratios) nor applied previously to these data. The five cancers in the database with the largest sample sizes were breast (418), colorectal (398), liver (341), non-small cell lung (313), ana ovarian cancers (251), for a total of 1,721 reports of p53 mutations. The five cancers varied considerably in the distribution of mutations over sites, with different hot spots in each cancer. At the six most frequently reported codon sites, we compared base pair and amino acid changes by type of cancer. The comparison of base pair changes indicated a predominance of particular base pair changes at a codon (for example C → T and G → A changes at Codon 248) and their association with specific cancers (C → T changes with colorectal cancer and G → A changes with both colorectal and breast cancers at codon 248). Comparing predicted amino acid changes by codon and cancer was also intriguing as in codons 175 and 273, where arginine to cysteine and arginine to histidine changes were frequent in breast, colorectal, and ovarian cancers. Variations in p53 mutational distributions by cancer may be explained by different exposures to carcinogens or by organ-specific clonal selection. Further research maybe stimulated by this analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1324-1331
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental health perspectives
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Amino acid
  • Cancer
  • Database
  • Epidemiology
  • Gene
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Mutation
  • p53

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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