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The IL-17A G-197A and IL-17F 7488T/C polymorphisms are associated with increased risk of cancer in Asians: a meta-analysis

Authors Wang H, Zhang Y, Liu Z, Zhang Y, Zhao H, Du S

Received 6 March 2015

Accepted for publication 18 April 2015

Published 24 September 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 5159—5168


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Shu-Feng Zhou

Huifen Wang,1,* Yanli Zhang,1,* Zhaolan Liu,2 Yin Zhang,3 Hongchuan Zhao,1 Shiyu Du1

1Department of Gastroenterology, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, 2Center for Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, 3Institute of Basic Research in Clinical Medicine, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is a family of emerged pro-inflammatory cytokines. The IL-17A and IL-17F are two important members of IL-17 family. Previous studies have shown that the functional IL-17A G-197A and IL-17F 7488T/C polymorphisms may contribute to susceptibility to cancer but the results were inconclusive. This meta-analysis was performed to determine the exact association between IL-17 polymorphisms and cancer risk.
Methods: Online databases were searched to identify eligible case–control studies. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) and confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated by fixed-effect models or random-effect models. Publication bias was detected by Egger’s test and Begg’s test.
Results: Nine eligible case–control studies of IL-17A G-197A and seven studies of IL-17F 7488T/C, including 3,181 cases and 4,005 controls, were identified. Pooled analysis suggested the variant IL-17A-197A allele was associated with increased risk cancer (GA/AA vs GG, OR =1.27, 95% CI: 1.15, 1.41, Pheterogeneity =0.374; and A vs G, OR =1.30, 95% CI: 1.17, 1.45, Pheterogeneity =0.021). For IL-17F 7488T/C, the homozygote 7488CC genotype significantly increased risk of cancer (CC vs TC/TT, OR =1.36, 95% CI: 0.97, 1.91, Pheterogeneity =0.875; and CC vs TT, OR =1.39, 95% CI: 1.03, 1.88, Pheterogeneity =0.979), especially for gastric cancer.
Conclusion: The variant IL-17A-197A allele and IL-17F 7488CC genotype were associated with increased risk of cancer, especially for gastric cancer.

Keywords: interleukin-17, gene polymorphism, gastric cancer, risk, meta-analysis

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