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Serum omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and cutaneous p53 expression in an Australian population.
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PMID:  21217086     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: There is some evidence from experimental studies that long-chain n-3 and n-6 fatty acids may be able to modify early skin carcinogenesis, but whether this applies in the general population is not known. METHODS: We investigated associations between serum polyunsaturated fatty acid concentrations and p53 expression in normal skin, as a biomarker of early UV-induced carcinogenesis, in an unselected sample of Australian adults. Participants in the Nambour Skin Cancer Prevention Trial provided a dorsal hand punch biopsy which was used for immunohistochemical assessment of p53 immunoreactivity. Cross-sectional associations with serum fatty acid concentrations were analyzed in 139 participants, adjusting for confounding variables including skin phenotype, past sun exposure, and smoking status. RESULTS: There was an inverse association, showing a dose-response relationship, between total n-3 fatty acid serum concentrations and p53 immunoreactivity in the whole epidermis as well as basal layer. This was due particularly to eicosapentanoic acid and docosahexanoic acid concentrations. There was no evidence for increased p53 immunoreactivity in participants with relatively high serum n-6 fatty acid concentrations. The ratio of n-3 to n-6 fatty acid concentrations was not associated with p53 immunoreactivity. CONCLUSION: These results add to growing evidence that long-chain fatty acids may be able to modify early skin carcinogenesis. Impact: The prospect that increased intake of n-3 fatty acids could help prevent skin cancer is attractive.
Jolieke C van der Pols; Chunxia Xu; Glen M Boyle; Maria C Hughes; Samuel J Carr; Peter G Parsons; Adele C Green
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1538-7755     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9200608     Medline TA:  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1Cancer and Population Studies, Queensland Institute of Medical Research.
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