Bridging Health Disparities: a Genomics and Transcriptomics Analysis by Race in Prostate Cancer

Kristi Y. Lee, Erica L. Beatson, Seth M. Steinberg, Cindy H. Chau, Douglas K. Price, William D. Figg*

*Corresponding author for this work

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As the era of cancer genomics expands, disproportionate rates of prostate cancer incidence and mortality by race have demonstrated increasing relevance in clinical settings. While Black men are most particularly affected, as data has historically shown, the opposite is observed for Asian men, thus creating a basis for exploring genomic pathways potentially involved in mediating these opposing trends. Studies on racial differences are limited by sample size, but recent expanding collaborations between research institutions may improve these imbalances to enhance investigations on health disparities from the genomics front. In this study, we performed a race genomics analysis using GENIE v11, released in January 2022, to investigate mutation and copy number frequencies of select genes in both primary and metastatic patient tumor samples. Further, we investigate the TCGA race cohort to conduct an ancestry analysis and to identify differentially expressed genes highly upregulated in one race and subsequently downregulated in another. Our findings highlight pathway-oriented genetic mutation frequencies characterized by race, and further, we identify candidate gene transcripts that have differential expression between Black and Asian men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-504
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Health disparity
  • Prostate cancer
  • Race


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