Circulating sphingomyelins on estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer-specific survival.


Aim: This study aims to determine whether a causal relationship exists between circulating sphingomyelins and breast cancer-specific survival, since, if one does, sphingomyelins could be studied as a therapeutic target in the management of breast cancer. Patients/materials & methods: Mendelian randomization is used here to investigate whether higher levels of circulating sphingomyelins impact breast cancer-specific survival for estrogen receptor-negative (ER–) and estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) patients. Results: The results suggest a null effect of sphingomyelins for ER– breast cancer-specific survival and a protective effect for ER+ breast cancer-specific survival. Sensitivity analyses implicate low-density lipoprotein cholesterol as a potential confounder. Conclusion: Future studies should replicate and triangulate the present findings with other methods and tease out the roles of sphingomyelins and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol on breast cancer-specific survival.

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Last updated on 05/13/2022