Common epidemiologic study designs used for evaluating germline genetic determinants of childhood medulloblastoma are often subject to population stratification bias and do not account for maternal genetic effects, a proxy for the intrauterine environment, which may be important in determining etiologic factors for this outcome. The case-parent triad design overcomes these limitations. Therefore, we conducted an exploratory study among 27 childhood medulloblastoma case-parent triads recruited from the Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Center at Texas Children's Hospital (Houston, USA) between 2003 and 2010. We assessed 13 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in nine xenobiotic detoxification genes, as deficiencies in this pathway may induce brain tumorigenesis. Log-linear modeling was used to assess the association between medulloblastoma and both the offspring (i.e., case) and maternal genotypes of each SNP. In our population, there were no offspring genotypes that were significantly associated with disease risk. However, the maternal EPHX1 rs1051740 genotype (RR 3.26, P .01) was associated with medulloblastoma risk. This exploratory study highlights the utility of the case-parent triad design, but these results should be interpreted cautiously due to the limited sample size.
- Case-parent triad
- Genetic polymorphisms
- Xenobiotic detoxification
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health