Emphasis of FAS/FASL gene polymorphism in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer

Bladder cancer (BCa) is the seventh most common cancer among males worldwide. Some reliable markers in blood, urine, and tumor tissue, including clinicopathologic variables, molecular and inflammatory markers, gene polymorphisms, and tumor gene expression profiles are identified for predicting response to BCG immunotherapy in high-risk BCa patients.

We aimed to determine if FAS and FASL polymorphisms are associated with lack of response to BCG in patients with BCa.

The study included patients with primary non-muscle invasive BCa that had undergone transurethral resection (TUR). Patient demographics, BCa characteristics, use of BCG immunotherapy, lack of response to BCG (if administered), BCa recurrence, and fatty acid synthetase/fatty acid syntethase ligand (FAS/FASL) polymorphisms were investigated.

The study included 127 patients with primary BCa. Mean age of the 107 (84.3%) male and 20 (15.7%) female patients was 59.3 ± 13.2 years. Among the patients that received BCG immunotherapy, more FAS homozygous patients had BCa recurrence than FAS polymorphism-negative patients (P < 0.001) and more patients with homozygote FASL polymorphisms had BCa recurrence than those with heterozygous FASL polymorphisms and no polymorphism.

Evaluation of FAS/FASL polymorphisms can predict lack of response to BCG immunotherapy and prevent the loss of valuable time before such alternative treatments as early cystectomy are initiated.

Irish journal of medical science. 2018 Feb 16 [Epub ahead of print]

Cavit Ceylan, Sedat Yahşi, Serkan Doğan, Elife ÖztÜrk, Gulay Ceylan

Yuksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital, Clinic of Urology, Health Sciences University, 06230, Ankara, Turkey., Yuksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital, Clinic of Urology, 06230, Ankara, Turkey., Department of Medical Genetics, Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, 06800, Ankara, Turkey., Department of Medical Genetics, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, 06800, Ankara, Turkey. .