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International Journal of Endocrinology
Volume 2015, Article ID 802562, 9 pages
Research Article

Association of Pre-miR-146a rs2910164 Polymorphism with Papillary Thyroid Cancer

1Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jilin University, Changchun 130021, China
2Department of Pharmacy, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun 130021, China
3Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Jilin University, Changchun 130021, China
4Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Surgical Translational Medicine, Department of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, China-Japan Union Hospital, Jilin University, Changchun 130033, China
5Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science Centre, Beijing 100191, China

Received 7 September 2015; Revised 28 October 2015; Accepted 4 November 2015

Academic Editor: Diego Russo

Copyright © 2015 Xin Zhang 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.


The incidence rate of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) has increased over the past decades, but the pathogenesis remains unclear. rs2910164, located in pre-miR-146a, has been studied in PTCs with different ethnicity, but the results were inconsistent. Here we evaluate the association between rs2910164 polymorphism and PTC and investigate the effect of this polymorphism on patients’ clinicopathological characteristics. 1238 PTC patients and 1275 controls, all Han population, from Northern China, were included in our study. rs2910164 was genotyped using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS). Analysis of inheritance model was performed using the SNPStats program. Strength of association was assessed by odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI). Overall, no statistical difference in rs2910164 genotype distribution and allelic frequencies between cases and controls was found, and patients with different genotypes had similar clinicopathological characteristics in terms of stage, location, concurrent of benign thyroid tumor, and thyroiditis, while, as the number of G alleles increased, proportion of patients aged ≥45 years and those without metastasis increased ( and , resp.). However, no association remained significant after Bonferroni correction under any model of inheritance. Our results suggest no association between rs2910164 polymorphism with PTC and patients’ clinicopathological characteristics.