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Grant Number: 5R01CA155307-04 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Weinmann, Sheila
Organization: Kaiser Foundation Research Institute
Project Title: Cyp2d6 Gene Variants and Effectiveness of Adjuvant Tamoxifen in Breast Cancer
Fiscal Year: 2014
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DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Tamoxifen is a cornerstone of adjuvant therapy for hormone-receptor- positive breast cancer. Tamoxifen is metabolized to the active metabolite endoxifen through enzymatic activity of a P450 gene, cytochrome 2D6 (CYP2D6), which has numerous variant alleles. Among women who take tamoxifen, those homozygous for inactive alleles have lower levels of serum endoxifen than those with two functional alleles. Several studies have reported increased risk of breast cancer recurrence or death in women homozygous for CYP2D6 inactive alleles, but others have found no association between CYP2D6 function and outcome. Larger studies, including population-based studies, are needed. We propose to explore this question in the large health plan member populations of Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii (KPH). We will conduct a population-based case-control study to evaluate the hypotheses that, after adjuvant tamoxifen treatment for breast cancer, women with CYP2D6 genotypes associated with poor metabolism of tamoxifen have an elevated risk of breast cancer recurrence compared to women with CYP2D6 genotypes associated with extensive metabolism of tamoxifen. We further hypothesize that women with CYP2D6 genotypes associated with intermediate metabolism of tamoxifen are at intermediate risk. Study subjects will be drawn from all women in the two health plans diagnosed with hormone-receptor positive breast cancer from 1986 to 2007 who received adjuvant tamoxifen treatment and for whom stored formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue is available for laboratory analysis. Cases (600) will be women with breast cancer recurrence. Randomly selected controls (1,200), women whose breast cancers did not recur, will be matched 2:1 to cases on pathologic and demographic characteristics. The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Molecular Genetics Laboratory will extract genomic DNA from stored formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue blocks and will perform the molecular testing to accurately determine CYP2D6 variant status. We will analyze CYP2D6 functional status in relation to breast cancer recurrence, considering other factors that may alter the association, in particular tamoxifen dose and duration, as well as concomitant medications that alter the activity of the CYP2D6 enzyme. This collaboration brings together Kaiser Permanente's access to two large health plan member populations, clinical biorepositories, and sophisticated epidemiologic and bioinformatics capabilities with OHSU's extensive laboratory capabilities and expertise in molecular genetics to expand the spectrum of translational research. Our ultimate goal is to learn more about the genetic factors underlying breast cancer treatment response in order to make breast cancer treatment more targeted and more effective.

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