Molecular Prognosticators and Genomic Instability in Papillary Thyroid Cancer


  • Presented at COSM, Boca Raton, FL, May 15, 2005.


Objectives/Hypothesis: Tumor progression has been attributed to the accumulation of DNA damage concurrent with selection of advantageous mutations; this DNA damage may result from failure to maintain genomic integrity or from susceptibility to carcinogens. Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs), enzymes that metabolize many carcinogens, may play a role in preserving genome integrity. The objectives of this study are to assess the relationship of GST genotypes with prognosis, clinicopathologic parameters, and genomic instability in papillary thyroid cancer.

Study Design: Prospective analysis.

Methods: GSTM1 and GSTT1 genotypes of 35 matched normal and papillary thyroid cancer specimens were determined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using primers specific for the coding sequences of each gene. Genomic instability was measured by intersimple sequence repeat PCR for each tumor/normal pair and compared with the GAMES prognostic scoring system and clinicopathologic parameters including age, extrathyroidal extension, tumor grade, size, stage metastasis, sex, and smoking history.

Results: GSTM1 and GSTT1 null genotypes were found in the normal tissues of 46% and 45%, respectively. No gene losses were detected in the tumor specimens. A significant association between the GSTM1 null genotype and increased risk of recurrence and death was observed. Elevated GII correlated with smoking and tumor stage but not with GST genotype.

Conclusion: The association of GSTM1 null genotype with intermediate and high risk GAMES categories suggests that GSTM1 provides some protection against disease progression. However, this protection does not confer resistance to disease onset. GST genotyping may be a useful adjunct prognosticator with GAMES.