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Updated meta-analysis of the role of APOE ε2/ε3/ε4 alleles in frontotemporal lobar degeneration

Wen-Hua Su, Zhi-Hong Shi, Shu-Ling Liu, Xiao-Dan Wang, Shuai Liu and Yong Ji _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:43721-43732. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.17341

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Wen-Hua Su1,2, Zhi-Hong Shi1,2, Shu-Ling Liu1,2, Xiao-Dan Wang1,2, Shuai Liu1,2 and Yong Ji1,2

1Department of Neurology, Tianjin Huanhu Hospital, Tianjin, China

2Tianjin Key Laboratory of Cerebral Vascular and Neurodegenerative Diseases, Tianjin Huanhu Hospital, Tianjin, China

Correspondence to:

Yong Ji, email: [email protected]

Keywords: APOE, FTLD, allele, genotype, meta-analysis

Received: January 17, 2017     Accepted: April 11, 2017     Published: April 21, 2017


We performed an updated meta-analysis to assess the role of the ε2/ε3/ε4 alleles of Apolipoprotein E gene (APOE) in frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The relevant articles were retrieved from PubMed, CENTRAL, EMBASE and Web of Science databases, and 51 eligible case-control studies with 5123 cases and 20566 controls were selected after screening according to inclusion and exclusion criteria. Our analysis demonstrated that APOE ε4 was associated with increased FTLD risk in all genetic models (ε4 vs. ε3 allele, ε4 vs. ε2 allele, ε4 vs. ε2+ε3+ε4 allele, ε4 vs. ε2+ε3+ε4 carrier, ε4ε4 vs. ε3ε3, ε3ε4 vs. ε3ε3, ε3ε4+ε4ε4 vs. ε3ε3, ε4ε4 vs. ε3ε3+ε3ε4, all P < 0.01, odds ratio [OR] > 1). Subgroup analysis revealed significant association between APOE ε4 and FTLD (P < 0.01, OR > 1) for the Caucasian, Italian, population based (PB), P > 0.05 value of the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (HWE), Newcastle-Ottawa scale score > 6, and behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) subgroups. However, there was no significant association between the APOE ε2 allele and FTLD (P > 0.05) in most genetic models and sub-group analyses. Begg’s and Egger’s tests also revealed no publication bias, and sensitivity analysis showed that our data analysis was robust. Thus our meta-analyses suggest that APOE ε4 is a genetic risk factor in patients with FTLD.

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