Tumor Biology

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 6119–6125 | Cite as

Glutathione S-transferase gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to chronic myeloid leukemia

  • Hai-rong He
  • Xiao-xia Zhang
  • Jin-yue Sun
  • Sa-sa Hu
  • Ying Ma
  • Ya-lin Dong
  • Jun Lu
Research Article


Glutathione S-transferase (GST), a phase II metabolizing enzyme, plays an important role in the cellar defense system, and its activity may modulate leukemia risk. A large body of evidence has shown the possible relevance of functional polymorphisms of the genes that encode GSTs μ, π, and θ (GSTM1, GSTP1, and GST1, respectively) to the genetic susceptibility of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Because of the lack of available conclusive data, we performed a meta-analysis of all relevant available studies to derive a more precise estimation of the relationship. A comprehensive literature search of PubMed and Web of Knowledge electronic databases was conducted to collect relevant studies until December 20, 2013, and the extracted data were statistically analyzed using Review Manager version 5.2. Finally, 16 eligible studies were identified in the literature. The GSTT1 null genotype was associated with an increased risk of CML, as were the double null GSTT1 and GSTM1 genotypes. These findings suggest that heritable GST status influences the risk of developing CML and that more attention should be paid to carriers of these susceptibility genes.


Susceptibility GSTM1 GSTT1 GSTP1 Chronic myeloid leukemia 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81071765; 81372379) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 08143047) of China.

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PharmacyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Medical College, Xi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina

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