Identification of common predisposing loci to hematopoietic cancers in four dog breeds
Histiocytic sarcoma (HS) is a rare but aggressive cancer in both humans and dogs. The spontaneous canine model, which has clinical, epidemiological, and histological similarities with human HS and specific breed predispositions, provides a unique opportunity to unravel the genetic basis of this cancer. In this study, we aimed to identify germline risk factors associated with the development of HS in canine-predisposed breeds. We used a methodology that combined several genome-wide association studies in a multi-breed and multi-cancer approach as well as targeted next-generation sequencing, and imputation We combined several dog breeds (Bernese mountain dogs, Rottweilers, flat-coated retrievers, and golden retrievers), and three hematopoietic cancers (HS, lymphoma, and mast cell tumor). Results showed that we not only refined the previously identified HS risk CDKN2A locus, but also identified new loci on canine chromosomes 2, 5, 14, and 20. Capture and targeted sequencing of specific loci suggested the existence of regulatory variants in non-coding regions and methylation mechanisms linked to risk haplotypes, which lead to strong cancer predisposition in specific dog breeds. We also showed that these canine cancer predisposing loci appeared to be due to the additive effect of several risk haplotypes involved in other hematopoietic cancers such as lymphoma or mast cell tumors as well. This illustrates the pleiotropic nature of these canine cancer loci as observed in human oncology, thereby reinforcing the interest of predisposed dog breeds to study cancer initiation and progression.
Samples from cancer-affected and unaffected dogs were collected by a network of veterinarians through the Cani-DNA Biological Resource Center (http://dog-genetics.genouest.org). DNA samples were genotyped on an Illumina 173K SNV Canine HD array and on Affymetrix Axiom Canine Genotyping Array Set A and B 1.1M SNV array at Affymetrix, Inc.
American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Award: 2446
INCA PLBIO, Award: 2012-103; 2012-2016
Aviesan/INSERM MTS, Award: 2012-06
ANR, Award: ANR-11-INBS-0003