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PLoS One. 2013 Oct 8;8(10):e77005. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077005. eCollection 2013.

XRCC3 Thr241Met is associated with response to platinum-based chemotherapy but not survival in advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

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Department of Thoracic Surgery, Nanjing Medical University Affiliated Cancer Institute of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing, China ; The Fourth Clinical College of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China.



A lot of studies have investigated the correlation between x-ray repair cross-complementing group 3 (XRCC3) Thr241Met polymorphism and clinical outcomes in non-small cell cancer (NSCLC), while the conclusion is still conflicting.


We conducted this meta-analysis to evaluate the predictive value of XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism on response and overall survival of patients with NSCLC. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) and hazard ratios (HRs) and corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were used to estimate the association strength.


A total of 14 eligible studies with 2828 patients were identified according to our inclusion criteria. Meta-analysis results showed that carriers of the variant 241Met allele were significantly associated with good response, compared with those harboring the wild 241Thr allele (Met vs. Thr, OR = 1.453, 95% CI: 1.116-1.892, Pheterogeneity = 0.968 and ThrMet+MetMet vs. ThrThr, OR = 1.476, 95% CI: 1.087-2.004, Pheterogeneity = 0.696). This significant association was observed in Caucasian population but not in Asian population. On the other hand, there was no significant association of XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism with survival (ThrMet+MetMet vs. ThrThr, HR = 1.082, 95% CI: 0.929-1.261, Pheterogeneity = 0.564), and there was no difference between Asian and Caucasian population.


These findings suggest a predictive role of XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism on response to platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with advanced NSCLC. Additionally, we first report that the XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism is associated with response to platinum-based chemotherapy and highlights the prognostic value of the XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism.

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