Background: Here, we explored the genetic interactions between diabetes and oncogenic single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that determine colorectal cancer (CRC) morbidity. Methods: 8q24 rs6983267 polymorphism analysis and cDNA microarray were performed in 107 CRCs to identify the genes associated with diabetes and the oncogenic SNP. Then clinical significance of the gene was validated in 132 CRCs. Meta-analysis of microarray data and diabetic comorbidity was performed. Results: Of genes associated with a minor SNP allele at 8q24, diabetes, and MYC overexpression, apolipoprotein A-IV (ApoA-IV) was associated with oncogenesis and poor prognosis in CRC patients. Patients with high ApoA-IV expression showed significantly poorer prognosis by univariate and multivariate analysis. Meta-analysis revealed lipid metabolism was associated with ApoA-IV-related oncogenesis in diabetic patients. Conclusions: Changes in lipid metabolism associated with aberrant expression of ApoA-IV were risks for CRC oncogenesis.
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