The Aurora Kinase A polymorphisms are not associated with recurrencefree survival in prostate cancer patients

Jerry J. Jaboin, Natalie L. Ausborn, Misun Hwang, Heidi Chen, Kenneth J. Niermann, Nicholas J. Giacalone, Regina Courtney, Qiuyin Cai, Bo Lu

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Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between haplotype-tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the Aurora Kinase A (AURKA) gene and prostate cancer outcomes in patients with clinically localized prostate cancer. Methods: Four intronic haplotype-tagging SNPs within the AURKA gene were individually selected and examined in regard to their influence on clinical outcomes in 212 patients who underwent radical prostatectomy as first-line treatment. Haplotype-tagging SNPs were selected using the ABI SNP Browser to cover SNPs with an r2 of 0.90 or greater in the AURKA gene with a minor allele frequency of at least 0.25. Results: In our study, a log-rank univariate analysis was performed to identify significant associations between probability of recurrence-free survival or disease-free survival and known prognostic indicators as well as AURKA genotypes. The prognostic indicators Gleason grade, surgical margin, extracapsular extension, and disease stage were associated with recurrence-free survival (all p<0.001). Only Gleason grade was associated with disease-free survival (p<0.001). No associations were found for the SNPs rs1468055, rs8117896, rs2064863, and rs1468056 analyzed for either RFS (p=0.7213, p=0.5140, p=0.0714, p=0.4731, respectively) or DFS (p=0.3282, p=0.1909, p=0.4111, p=0.5014, respectively). Conclusions: This study demonstrates no evidence for intronic AURKA SNPs in predicting recurrence-free survival in patients with prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cancer Science and Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Aurora kinase A
  • Prostate cancer
  • Recurrence-free survival
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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