Tumor Biology

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 1083–1087 | Cite as

Association between XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism and risk of brain tumors: a meta-analysis

  • Jun Liu
  • Zheng Zhou
  • Ting Lai
  • Jinbo Yin
Research Article


X-ray repair cross-complementing group 3 (XRCC3) plays an important role in the process of homologous recombination repair for DNA double-strand breaks which further maintains the stability of the genome. XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism has been indicated in the development of cancers, but the association of the XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism with risk of brain tumors is still unclear owing to the conflicting findings from previous studies. We performed a meta-analysis to provide a better understanding on the association between the XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism and risk of brain tumors. The pooled odds ratio (OR) with corresponding 95 % confidence interval (95 % CI) was used to assess the association. Thirteen case–control studies involving a total of 4,984 cases and 7,472 controls were included. Overall, there was no statistically significant association between the XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism and risk of brain tumors under all contrast models. Subgroup analysis by race suggested that the XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism was associated with increased risk of brain tumors in Asians under all four contrast models (Met vs. Thr: OR = 1.22, 95 % CI 1.09–1.36, P < 0.01; MetMet vs. ThrThr: OR = 1.89, 95 % CI 1.38–2.57, P < 0.01; MetMet vs. ThrThr/ThrMet: OR = 1.78, 95 % CI 1.31–2.40, P < 0.01; and MetMet vs. ThrThr/ThrMet: OR = 1.19, 95 % CI 1.04–1.36, P = 0.01). However, there was no significant association between the XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism and risk of brain tumors in Caucasians. Therefore, the XRCC3 Thr241Met polymorphism is associated with increased risk of brain tumors, especially in Asians.


XRCC3 Brain tumors Polymorphism Meta-analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Xinqiao HospitalThe Third Military Medical UniversityChongqingChina

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