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Association between NR5A2 and the risk of pancreatic cancer, especially among Caucasians: a meta-analysis of case–control studies

Authors Chen Q, Yuan H, Shi GD, Wu Y, Liu D, Lin YT, Chen L, Ge W, Jiang K, Miao Y

Received 22 November 2017

Accepted for publication 10 March 2018

Published 9 May 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 2709—2723


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr XuYu Yang

Qun Chen,1,2,* Hao Yuan,1,2,* Guo-Dong Shi,1,2,* Yang Wu,1–3 Dong-Fang Liu,1,2 Yu-Ting Lin,1,2 Lei Chen,1,2 Wan-Li Ge,1,2 Kuirong Jiang,1,2 Yi Miao1,2

1Pancreas Center, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China; 2Pancreas Institute, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China; 3Division of Pancreatic Surgery, Department of General, Visceral, and Transplantation Surgery, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Previous studies have reported that nuclear receptor subfamily 5, group A, member 2 (NR5A2) polymorphisms (rs3790843 G>A, rs3790844 T>C, rs12029406 C>T) are associated with the risk of pancreatic cancer. However, the results of epidemiological investigations are still controversial. In order to explore its potential attributing factors, we pooled the updated literatures to evaluate the association between NR5A2 polymorphism and the risk of pancreatic cancer in this meta-analysis.
Materials and methods: Databases such as PubMed, Google Scholar and China National Knowledge Infrastructure were searched for eligible articles following strict inclusion and exclusion criteria (updated to November 18, 2017). Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% CIs were computed to assess the intensity of association. In addition, heterogeneity, sensitivity analysis and publication bias were explored. All statistical analyses were conducted by STATA 14.0.
Results: Our results showed that the rs3790843 (GA vs GG: OR=0.86, CI=0.76–0.98, P=0.992; GA+AA vs GG: OR=0.83, CI=0.73–0.94, P=0.950; A vs G: OR=0.85, CI=0.78–0.93, P=0.802), rs3790844 (CC vs TT: OR=0.65, CI=0.54–0.78, P=0.617; CC vs TT+CT: OR=0.73, CI=0.62–0.85, P=0.742; C vs T: OR=0.78, CI=0.73–0.84, P=0.555) and rs12029406 (TT vs CC: OR=0.73, CI=0.61–0.89, P=0.483; TT vs CC+CT: OR=0.78, CI=0.66–0.92, P=0.648; T vs C: OR=0.87, CI=0.79–0.95, P=0.837) polymorphisms were associated statistically with the risk of pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, the results of subgroup analysis showed that rs3790843 and rs3790844 polymorphisms were especially related to the risk of pancreatic cancer in Caucasian population.
Conclusion: Our results revealed that NR5A2 may have a protective effect on pancreatic cancer. However, more well-designed researches are needed to verify the relationship between NR5A2 polymorphisms and the risk of pancreatic cancer.

NR5A2, polymorphism, rs3790844, pancreatic cancer, meta-analysis

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