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XRCC3 Thr241Met gene polymorphisms and lung cancer risk: a meta-analysis

Ping Zhan1, Qin Wang2, Qian Qian1 and Li-Ke Yu1*

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1 First Department of Respiratory Medicine, Nanjing Chest Hospital, 215 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing, 210029, China

2 Department of Respiratory Medicine, 81 Hospital of PLA, Nanjing, China

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Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research 2013, 32:1  doi:10.1186/1756-9966-32-1

Published: 4 January 2013


Many studies have examined the association between the XRCC3 Thr241Met gene polymorphism and lung cancer risk in various populations, but their results have been inconsistent. To assess this relationship more precisely, a meta-analysis was performed. The PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and CNKI database was searched for case–control studies published up to July 2012. Data were extracted and pooled odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated.

Ultimately, 17 studies, comprising 4123 lung cancer cases and 5597 controls were included. Overall, for T allele carriers (TC + TT) versus the wild-type homozygotes (CC), the pooled OR was 0.95 (95% CI = 0.87-1.04 P = 0.228 for heterogeneity), for TT versus CC the pooled OR was 0.99 (95% CI = 0.86-1.15 P = 0.315 for heterogeneity). In the stratified analysis by ethnicity, histological types of lung cancer and smoking status, no any significantly risks were found for (C/T + T/T) vs C/C or T/T vs C/C. No publication bias was found by using the funnel plot and Egger's test.

Overall, there is no evidence showing a significant correlation between XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism and lung cancer risk stratified analysis by ethnicity, histology and smoking status.

XRCC3; Polymorphism; Lung cancer; Susceptibility; Meta-analysis