Relationship between miR-146a rs2910164 (G>C) Polymorphism and Digestive System Cancer Susceptibility: A Meta-Analysis

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Abstract.MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are identified negatively regulating gene expression and acting as oncogenes or tumor suppressors in tumorigenesis. The association between miR-146a rs2910164 (G>C) polymorphism and susceptibility to digestive system cancers was contradictory and inconsistent in previously published studies. Presently, we performed a comprehensive literature retrieve on PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, Wanfang and CNKI databases to identify all relevant studies published before July 30, 2016. Odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidential interval (95%CI) were used to calculate the relationship between miR-146a rs2910164 (G>C) polymorphism and digestive system cancers susceptibility. Finally, a total of 45 publications comprising 47 separate case-control studies were enrolled in the present updated meta-analysis including 20,281 cases and 26,099 controls. However, no significant association was uncovered for miR-146a rs2910164 polymorphism and digestive system cancers susceptibility in all the genetic models. Moreover, in the stratification analyses by cancer type, the source of control, ethnicity and Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (HWE) status, we also revealed a negative result. To conclude, our work suggests that miR-146a rs2910164 (G>C) polymorphism is not a susceptibility factor for digestive system cancers.

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