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Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2012 Dec;16(12):1401-7. doi: 10.1089/gtmb.2012.0184. Epub 2012 Oct 12.

Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase polymorphism C677T is a protective factor for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the Chinese population: a meta-analysis.

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Department of Pharmacy, Qilu Hospital, Shandong University, Jinan, China.


Two polymorphisms in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, C677T and A1298C, were hypothesized to decrease the risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Studies examining the associations between these two polymorphisms and ALL susceptibility drew inconsistent results. To obtain a reliable conclusion in a Chinese population, we carried out a meta-analysis. In total, 11 studies on C677T polymorphism (1597 cases and 2295 controls) and 10 studies on A1298C polymorphism (1553 cases and 2224 controls) were included in the meta-analysis. We found a significant association between the 677T variant and reduced ALL risk in Chinese children (Dominant model: odds ratio [OR(FE)]=0.73, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.63-0.86, p<0.01). Heterogeneity between the studies in the children subgroup was weak and vanished after excluding one study deviating from HWE in the control group (p>0.1). In the adult subgroup, there was no significant association between the C677T variant and ALL risk (Dominant model: OR(RE)=0.88, 95% CI: 0.45-1.72, p=0.72). Significant heterogeneity was found in the adult subgroup in all the genetic model tests (p<0.1). The A1298C polymorphism had an effect on ALL risk neither in adults (Dominant model: OR(FE)=0.95, 95% CI: 0.71-1.27, p=0.72) nor in children (Dominant model: OR(FE)=1.02, 95% CI: 0.87-1.21, p=0.77). No significant heterogeneity between studies on A1298C polymorphism was found in the meta-analysis (p>0.1). The results showed that there was a protective effect of the MTHFR C677T variant on ALL risk in Chinese children.

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