Association between variants A69S in ARMS2 gene and response to treatment of exudative AMD: a meta-analysis

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Abstract

A study was undertaken to investigate the association between A69S in age-related maculopathy susceptibility 2 (ARMS2) and the response to anti-angiogenesis treatment in exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A literature-based meta-analysis was performed of studies relevant to A69S and the response to anti-angiogenesis treatment. PubMed, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and Sinomed databases were used to retrieve articles up to July 2014. Pooled ORs and 95% CIs were estimated using fixed and random effects models in Stata V.9.0. Q-statistic testing was used to assess heterogeneity. Twelve articles comprising 2389 cases were included in the final meta-analysis. The analysis of the overall population indicated a statistically significant association between A69S and the response to anti-angiogenesis treatment in exudative AMD (GG vs TT: OR 1.34 (95% CI 1.01 to 1.77), p=0.039; GT vs TT: OR 1.58 (95% CI 1.08 to 2.31), p=0.018; GG+GT vs TT: OR 1.74 (95% CI 1.19 to 2.52), p=0.004). In subgroup analysis, A69S appeared more likely to be a predictor for anti-angiogenic response in the East Asian population (GG vs TT: OR 1.65 (95% CI 1.02 to 2.68), p=0.042; GT vs TT: OR 1.66 (95% CI 1.17 to 2.37), p=0.005; GG+GT vs TT: OR 1.82 (95% CI 1.07 to 3.10), p=0.027; G vs T: OR 1.56 (95% CI 1.01 to 2.41)). However, no statistical significance was found in the Caucasian subgroup analysis. This study shows an association between A69S polymorphism in the ARMS2 gene and the anti-angiogenesis treatment response. A69S could be considered predictive of the anti-angiogenic effects, especially in Asian populations.

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