Epidermal Growth Factor Gene Polymorphism in Egyptian Patients with Hepatocellular carcinoma related to Hepatitis C

Heba Sergany, Asmaa M. Mohamed, Naglaa Kamal Madkour, Mohamed A Elsebeaey, Aza Mohamed, Shereen S. M. Elshaer, Fawkia Eissa Zahran, Hala H El Deeb


AIM: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) ranks fifth among the most prevalent cancers worldwide. In Egypt, its incidence has been doubling due to hepatitis C viral (HCV) infection. Epidermal growth factor (EGF) plays an important role in hepatocyte regeneration and had a role in malignant transformation. Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) G/G genotype was associated with higher risk for HCC development. This study was done to evaluate the correlation between EGF polymorphism and HCC in patients with HCV.

METHODS: Routine investigations for liver cirrhosis and HCC, also EGF genotyping were done on 2 groups; patients with HCV related cirrhosis and patients with newly diagnosed HCC on top of cirrhosis, while the control group performed EGF genotyping only.

RESULTS: EGF gene polymorphism 61*G was dominant in HCC patients. The G/G owns the highest concentration when compared with A/A and A/G genotypes, with high statistical significance between the studied groups regarding number and percentage (P < 0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS: EGF gene polymorphism 61*G was associated with HCC risk. Moreover, the increased concentration of EGF was associated with G/G genotype.


Genetic variation; Gene polymorphism; Epidermal growth factor; Hepatitis C virus;Hepatocellular carcinoma

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