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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 648137, 9 pages
Analyzing Association of the XRCC3 Gene Polymorphism with Ovarian Cancer Risk
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Qilu Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250012, China
2Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Microbiological Engineering, Qilu University of Technology, Jinan, Shandong 250000, China
Received 11 October 2013; Revised 25 April 2014; Accepted 20 May 2014; Published 10 June 2014
Academic Editor: Danny N. Dhanasekaran
Copyright © 2014 Cunzhong Yuan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
This meta-analysis aims to examine whether the XRCC3 polymorphisms are associated with ovarian cancer risk. Eligible case-control studies were identified through search in PubMed. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) were appropriately derived from fixed effects models. We therefore performed a meta-analysis of 5,302 ovarian cancer cases and 8,075 controls from 4 published articles and 8 case-control studies for 3 SNPs of XRCC3. No statistically significant associations between XRCC3 rs861539 polymorphisms and ovarian cancer risk were observed in any genetic models. For XRCC3 rs1799794 polymorphisms, we observed a statistically significant correlation with ovarian cancer risk using the homozygote comparison (T2T2 versus T1T1: OR = 0.70, 95% CI = 0.54–0.90, ), heterozygote comparison (T1T2 versus T1T1: OR = 1.10, 95% CI = 1.00–1.21, ), and the recessive genetic model (T2T2 versus T1T1+T1T2: OR = 0.67, 95% CI = 0.52–0.87, ). For XRCC3 rs1799796 polymorphisms, we also observed a statistically significant correlation with ovarian cancer risk using the heterozygote comparison (T1T2 versus T1T1: OR = 0.91, 95% CI = 0.83–0.99, ). In conclusion, this meta-analysis shows that the XRCC3 were associated with ovarian cancer risk overall for Caucasians. Asian and African populations should be further studied.
Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of the female reproductive system, with over 220,000 new cases and over 140,000 deaths worldwide in 2008 . As most of the carcinomas, ovarian cancer is a multifactorial disease. Genetic factors are considered to influence the susceptibility of glioma genetic factors which all play significant roles in its susceptibility . The genetic basis of ovarian carcinogenesis has been investigated in many studies. BRCA1, BRCA2, MLH1, MSH2, SMAD6, RAD51C, RAD51D, RB1, LIN28B, CASP8, and MTDH have all been implicated [3–11]. Recently, several common susceptibility alleles in four loci to be strongly associated with ovarian cancer risk have been found in three genome-wide association studies (GWAS) [12–14]. Examination of gene polymorphisms may explain individual differences in cancer risk .
XRCC3 (X-ray repair cross-complementing group 3) belongs to a family of genes responsible for repairing DNA double strand breaks caused by normal metabolic processes or exposure to ionizing radiation . XRCC3 interacts and stabilizes Rad51 and involves in HRR (homologous recombinational repair) for DBSs (double strand breaks of DNA) and cross-link repair in mammalian cells [17, 18]. The SNP rs861539 lead to Thr241Met amino acid substitution, that may affect the function and/or its interaction with other proteins involved in DNA damage and repair [17, 19]. The SNP rs1799794 (4541 A > G) is located in 5′UTR and the SNP rs1799796 (17893 A > G) is located in intron 5 . So the two SNPs do not change the proteins of XRCC3. XRCC3 polymorphism was associated with the risks of many cancers, such as lung cancer, breast cancer, and head and neck cancer [21–24]. The association between XRCC3 polymorphism and ovarian cancer has been studied [20, 25–29]; however, those experimental results remain confusing. To summarize the effect of the XRCC3 polymorphism on the risk for ovarian cancer, we performed a meta-analysis.
2.1. Search and Selection Process
The search of the PubMed database was performed using the following keywords: “X-ray repair cross-complementing group 3,” “XRCC3,” “rs861539,” “T241M,” “rs1799794,” “a4541g,” “rs1799796,” “a17893g,” “polymorphism,” “ovarian cancer,” and their combination. Two authors (Yuan and Wang) independently checked all the references retrieved to assess their appropriateness for the inclusion in this meta-analysis. In addition, we checked all the references cited in the articles and relevant reviews. For overlapping and republished studies, only the study with the largest samples was included. If an article reported results including different studies, each study was treated as a separate comparison in our meta-analysis.
Included studies met 3 criteria:(1)evaluating the association between XRCC3 polymorphisms and ovarian cancer risk;(2)using sufficient published data to enable estimation of an odds ratio (OR) with its 95% confidence interval (CI);(3)using respective or prospective cohort case-control studies.
2.2. Data Extraction
Two authors (Yuan and Wang) independently extracted data from selected articles according to the inclusion criteria and reached a consensus on all items.
The following information was extracted from each study if available: the first author, year of publication, countries, area of the cases, the ethnicity of the population, the cases source, the sample type of cases, the numbers of cases and controls, and the genotype distributions of XRCC3 in both cases and controls.
2.3. Quality Score Assessment
Two authors independently evaluated the quality of the 8 studies according to the scale for quality assessment (Table 1), which has been described previously [30, 31]. Quality score assessment was performed according to “source of cases,” “source of controls,” “specimens of cases for determining genotypes,” “Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in controls,” and “total sample size.” Total scores ranged from 0 (worst) to 15 (best). Studies scoring ≥10 were defined as “high quality,” and those <10 were defined as “low quality.”
2.4. Statistical Analysis
Pooled ORs with 95% CIs were calculated to access the strength of association between XRCC3 polymorphism and ovarian cancer susceptibility, according to the genotype frequencies of cases and controls groups . was considered statistically significant; all tests and CIs were two sided. If the heterogeneity was significant, the pooled ORs were initially measured by the random effects model. Else, the fixed-effects model was chosen .
The XRCC3 polymorphism and ovarian cancer risk were performed for a homozygote comparison (T2T2 versus T1T1), heterozygote comparison (T1T2 versus T1T1), dominant genetic model (T1T2+T2T2 versus T1T1), and the recessive genetic model (T2T2 versus T1T1+T1T2). In addition, sensitivity analysis was performed by omitting each study. Publication bias was estimated using a funnel plot. The degree of asymmetry was examined by t Egger’s test ( was considered significant publication bias) . The analysis was carried out using Review Manager statistical software (RevMan version 18.104.22.168; The Nordic Cochrane Center, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark) and STATA software (version 11.2, Stata Corporation, College Station, TX, USA). Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) was calculated using a web-based statistical tool (http://ihg.gsf.de/cgi-bin/hw/hwa1.pl).
3.1. Study Characteristics
Through the literature search, 13 articles were found. Eight articles [35–42] were excluded as irrelevant study. One study  was excluded because it was carried out on overlapping populations with another, more samples eligible study . Total 4 articles including 8 studies were selected on 5,302 ovarian cancer cases and 8,075 controls for 3 SNPs [20, 25–27] (Figure 1). These studies were all published in English. The main characteristics of the 4 studies are shown in Table 2. All subjects in these studies were Caucasians. The sample sizes (cases and controls) ranged from 1,478 to 5,906. Quality scores for all studies were high quality (≥10). Distribution of rs861539 polymorphisms genotype frequencies among ovarian cancer cases and controls of the 2 studies is shown in Table 3. Distribution of rs1799794 polymorphisms genotype frequencies is shown in Table 4 and distribution of rs1799796 polymorphisms genotype frequencies is shown in Table 5.
Hardy-Weinberg disequilibrium of genotype frequencies among the controls was calculated in three studies.
3.2. Association of Individual Polymorphisms with Ovarian Cancer
The meta-analysis results of XRCC3 rs861539 polymorphisms are shown in Table 3. No statistically significant associations between XRCC3 rs861539 polymorphisms and ovarian cancer risk were observed in any genetic models (T2T2 versus T1T1: OR = 0.95, 95% CI = 0.85–1.06, ; T1T2 versus T1T1: OR = 0.95, 95% CI = 0.88–1.03, ; T1T2+T2T2 versus T1T1: OR = 0.95, 95% CI = 0.88–1.02, ; T2T2 versus T1T1+T1T2: OR = 0.97, 95% CI = 0.88–1.08, ).
For XRCC3 rs1799794 polymorphisms, two studies [16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24] (3,119 cases and 6,207 controls) were eligible. The meta-analysis results of rs1799794 polymorphisms are shown in Table 4. We observed a statistically significant correlation with ovarian cancer risk using the homozygote comparison (T2T2 versus T1T1: OR = 0.70, 95% CI = 0.54–0.90, ), heterozygote comparison (T1T2 versus T1T1: OR = 1.10, 95% CI = 1.00–1.21, ), and the recessive genetic model (T2T2 versus T1T1+T1T2 : OR = 0.67, 95% CI = 0.52–0.87, ). However, no statistically significant associations were observed in dominant genetic model (T1T2+T2T2 versus T1T1: OR = 1.06, 95% CI = 0.96–1.15, ).
For XRCC3 rs1799796 polymorphisms, the meta-analysis results were shown in Table 4. We observed a statistically significant correlation with ovarian cancer risk using the heterozygote comparison (T1T2 versus T1T1: OR = 0.91, 95% CI = 0.83–0.99, ). However no statistically significant associations were observed in homozygote comparison (T2T2 versus T1T1: OR = 1.07, 95% CI = 0.93–1.24, ), dominant genetic model (T1T2+T2T2 versus T1T1: OR = 0.94, 95% CI = 0.86–1.03, ), and the recessive genetic model (T2T2 versus T1T1+T1T2: OR = 1.13, 95% CI = 0.98–1.29, ).
3.3. Publication Bias and Sensitivity Analysis
The publication bias was tested by Begg’s funnel plot and Egger’s test for three SNPs. Egger’s test results did not show any evidence of publication bias for any of the genetic models of the three SNPs (data not shown). The shape of the four Begg’s funnel plots showed no evidence of obvious asymmetry of the three SNPs (data not shown).
In the sensitivity analysis, the corresponding pooled ORs were not altered, when the fixed-effects model was changed to random-effects model. So it revealed that the results of this meta-analysis were stable.
The XRCC3 gene is required for genomic stability . It was reported that the XRCC3 polymorphism increased the risk of many cancers, including ovarian cancer . However, the results have been inconsistent. We preformed the meta-analysis including 5,302 ovarian cancer cases and 8,075 controls for 3 SNPs of XRCC3.
For rs861539 polymorphisms, no correlation with ovarian cancer risk was observed in any genetic models. However, For XRCC3 rs1799794 and rs1799796 polymorphisms, we observed a statistically significant correlation with ovarian cancer risk. It was shown that the difference between different SNP sites was considerable for XRCC3.
All of the literature was of high quality. All study subjects were Caucasian. The global multicenter studies can provide more valuable conclusions. So further studies should be done to explore the possible relationships between XRCC3 polymorphisms and ovarian cancer risk in other ethnicities.
In conclusion, this meta-analysis shows that the XRCC3 were associated with ovarian cancer risk overall for Caucasians. Asian and African populations should be further studied.
|XRCC3:||X-ray repair cross-complementing group 3.|
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81001166, 81272857), Independent Innovation Foundation of Shandong University (2012TS142), Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (ZR2010HQ050), Science and Technology Development Project of Shandong Province (2013GNC11306, czfz02), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (201104636, 20100471551), and Soft Science Research Project of Shandong Province (2013RKE27054). The funders had no role in study design, data collection or analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the paper.
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