Association of four genetic polymorphisms in the vascular endothelial growth factor-A gene and development of ovarian cancer: a meta-analysis

Chao-Huan Xu, Zhong-Hui He and Hong Xu _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:73063-73078. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.20379

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Chao-Huan Xu1, Zhong-Hui He1 and Hong Xu1

1Department of Gynaecology, First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University, Nanning 530021, China

Correspondence to:

Hong Xu, email: [email protected]

Keywords: vascular endothelial growth factor, polymorphism, ovarian cancer, meta-analysis

Received: May 14, 2017     Accepted: August 09, 2017     Published: August 21, 2017


This study meta-analyzed the literature on possible association of four polymorphisms (+936C/T, −460C/T, −2578C/A and −1154G/A) in the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A gene with risk of ovarian cancer. Meta-analysis of 7 case-control studies involving +936C/T, 4 studies involving −460C/T, 4 studies involving −2578C/A and 2 studies involving −1154G/A showed significant association between −460C/T and ovarian cancer risk. This risk was observed in the total population (allelic model, OR 1.80, 95% CI 1.26–2.59, P = 0.001; recessive model, OR 1.84, 95% CI 1.13–2.98, P = 0.01; dominant model, OR 0.51, 95% CI 0.39–0.67, P < 0.001; homozygous model, OR 2.48, 95% CI 1.72–3.56, P < 0.001; heterozygous model, OR 1.67, 95% CI 1.26–2.21, P < 0.001) and in the subgroup of Asian study participants. The CA genotype at −2578C/A was a risk factor in the total population, while the CT genotype at +936C/T was a protective factor in Caucasians. None of the five genetic models suggested a significant association between −1154G/A and ovarian cancer risk in the entire study population, or between +936C/T and risk in Asian or Chinese participants. These findings should be verified in large, well-designed studies.

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