National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine
State Institution "The National Research Center for Radiation Medicine"

ISSN 2313-4607 (Online)
ISSN 2304-8336 (Print)

Problems of Radiation Medicine and Radiobiology



L. A. Rybchenko, L. O. Poluben, G. M. Bychkova, G. V. Stephanovych, S. V. Klymenko

State Institution National Research Center for Radiation Medicine of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, 53 Yuriia Illienka St., Kyiv, 04050, Ukraine


Objective. to determine a frequency of germline mutations 185delAG, 5382insC in BRCA1 gene and 6174delT in BRCA2 gene in Ukrainian patients with OC including women who were exposed to the factors of Chornobyl nuclear accident. Material and methods. In the study we enrolled 306 OC patients of different age who were tested for the presence of the major BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations using allele specific multiplex polymerase chain reaction. Results. The mutation frequency in patients exposed to IR with OC (main group) was 5.3 % (2 from 38). Among unexposed patients (control group) 11,2 % (30 from 268) of cases with mutation were identified. However, the difference between the groups was not significant (p = 0.39). It was shown that the BRCA1/2 mutations frequency in the patient of both groups was 10,4 % (32 from 306). The mutation BRCA1 5382insC was positive in 87.5 % (28 from 32) of cases, nevertheless nobody was identified with the allelic variant BRCA2 6174delT among both groups. There was a tendency toward an earlier age of the OC manifestation in the patients exposed to IR due to Chornobyl nuclear accident compared to BRCA-positive women of the control group ( = 0.06). When comparing BRCA-positive and BRCA-negative patients with OC of the main group, there was a statistical significance regarding the earlier age of the disease manifestation in the patients with mutations ( = 0.04). However, such difference was not observed in the control group ( = 0.22). Conclusions. The frequency of the mutations in exposed to IR and unexposed patients with OC does not differ and depends on a spectrum of studied BRCA1/2 gene mutations, level of DNA amplification and sample number. The allelic variant BRCA1 5382insC is dominant and accounts for 87.5 % of the total number of the found mutations. Due to the radiation factor the OC in the BRCA1-positive individuals is realized at the earlier age than in patients negative for these mutations. The incidence of OC after the Chornobyl accident was observed 2738 years later in a cohort of women who were from 4 to 40 years old at the moment of the nuclear explosion.
Key words: ovarian cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, ionizing radiation, Chornobyl nuclear accident.

Problems of Radiation Medicine and Radiobiology.
2019;24:455-464. doi: 10.33145/2304-8336-2019-24-455-464

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