Medical Oncology

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 365–376 | Cite as

A meta-analysis of the NAT1 and NAT2 polymorphisms and prostate cancer: a huge review

  • Chunming Gong
  • Xueying Hu
  • Yong Gao
  • Yunfei CaoEmail author
  • Feng GaoEmail author
  • Zengnan MoEmail author
Original Paper


Studies revealing conflicting results on the role of NAT1 or NAT2 phenotypes on prostate cancer risk led us to perform a meta-analysis to investigate the association of these polymorphisms and prostate cancer risk. The meta-analysis included six studies with NAT1 genotyping (610 prostate cancer cases and 713 controls), and 10 studies with NAT2 genotyping (1,253 cases and 1,722 controls). The fixed effects odds ratio was 0.96 [95% confidence interval (95% CI): 0.75, 1.21; I 2 = 32.9%, P for heterogeneity = 0.189] for the NAT1 genotype, and the random effects odds ratio was 1.10 (95% CI: 0.87, 1.39; I 2 = 49.1%, P for heterogeneity = 0.039) for the NAT2 genotype. For NAT2 polymorphism, a statistically significant association between NAT2 polymorphism and prostate cancer appeared in Asians, but not in Caucasians. In conclusion, the NAT1 or NAT2 phenotypes detoxify carcinogens and their reactive intermediates are unlikely to be the cause of PCa development.


Prostate cancer NAT N-Acetyltransferase Phenotype Polymorphism Susceptibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical UniversityNanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous RegionPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Coloproctological SurgeryThe First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical UniversityNanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous RegionPeople’s Republic of China

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