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Association Between the MTHFR C677T Polymorphism and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: A Meta-Analysis.
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PMID:  22313097     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: C677T polymorphism of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) has been associated with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). However, results were conflicting. The aim of this study was to quantitatively summarize the evidence for MTHFR C677T polymorphism and RPL risk. Methods: Electronic search of PubMed and the Chinese Biomedicine database was conducted to select studies. Case-control studies containing available genotype frequencies of C677T were chosen, and odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence interval (CI) was used to assess the strength of this association. Results: The case-control studies including 2427 cases and 3118 controls were identified. The meta-analysis stratified by ethnicity showed that individuals with the homozygous TT genotype had increased risk of RPL (OR=1.574, 95% CI: 1.163-2.13, p=0.003), in Asians (OR=1.663, 95% CI: 1.012-2.731, p=0.045). Results among Caucasians did not suggest an association (OR=1.269, 95% CI: 0.914-1.761, p=0.155). A symmetric funnel plot, the Egger's test (p=0.285), and the Begg's test (p=0.529) were all suggestive of the lack of publication bias. The studies conducted in each of the defined number of pregnancy losses-two or more pregnancy losses, and three or more pregnancy losses-showed no effect of the C677T polymorphism on RPL except for the TT versus CT+CT genotype comparison for the three or more pregnancy loss subgroup (OR=1.792, 95% CI: 1.187-2.704, p=0.005). Conclusion: This meta-analysis supports the idea that MTHFR C677T genotype is associated with increased risk of RPL, except for Caucasians. To draw comprehensive and true conclusions, further prospective studies with larger numbers of participants worldwide are needed to examine associations between MTHFR C677T polymorphism and RPL.
Xiaoming Wu; Lanjun Zhao; Hui Zhu; Dajian He; Wenru Tang; Ying Luo
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Genetic testing and molecular biomarkers     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1945-0257     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
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Created Date:  2012-2-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101494210     Medline TA:  Genet Test Mol Biomarkers     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1 Lab of Molecular Genetics of Aging and Tumor, Faculty of Life Science and Technology and Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology , Kunming, Yunnan, China .
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