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The interaction effect of dietary selenium intake and the IL10 rs1800871 polymorphism on the risk of colorectal cancer: a case–control study in Korea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 March 2024

Tao Thi Tran
Department of Cancer AI & Digital Health, Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea Faculty of Public Health, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue University, Hue City, Vietnam
Madhawa Gunathilake
Department of Cancer AI & Digital Health, Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
Jeonghee Lee
Department of Cancer AI & Digital Health, Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
Jae Hwan Oh
Center for Colorectal Cancer, National Cancer Center Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Hee Jin Chang
Center for Colorectal Cancer, National Cancer Center Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Dae Kyung Sohn
Center for Colorectal Cancer, National Cancer Center Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Aesun Shin
Department of Preventive Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Jeongseon Kim*
Department of Cancer AI & Digital Health, Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea
*Corresponding author: Jeongseon Kim, email


The importance of Se in human health has received much attention due to its antioxidant properties when it is consumed at an appropriate level. However, the existing evidence is limited to obtain an effective conclusion for colorectal cancer (CRC). Notably, an adequate intake of Se was reported for Koreans. Furthermore, cytokine secretion and immune function may be affected by dietary Se. Our study aimed to explore whether Se potentially reduces CRC risk and whether the IL10 rs1800871 polymorphism has an effect on this association. We designed a case–control study with 1420 cases and 2840 controls. A semi-quantitative FFQ was used to obtain information on Se intake. We determined IL10 rs1800871 through genetic analysis. Different models were developed to explore Se intake related to CRC risk by calculating OR and 95 % CI using unconditional logistic regression. A reduced risk of CRC was found as Se intake increased, with an OR (95 % CI) of 0·44 (0·35, 0·55) (Pfor trend < 0·001). However, this association seems to be allele-specific and only present among risk variant allele carriers (GA/GG) with a significant interaction between dietary Se and IL10 rs1800871 (Pfor interaction = 0·043). We emphasised that a reduction in CRC risk is associated with appropriate Se intake. However, the IL10 rs1800871 polymorphism has an impact on this reduction, with a greater effect on variant allele carriers. These findings suggest the importance of considering an individual’s genetic characteristics when developing nutritional strategies for CRC prevention.

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