Background: A few recent studies have suggested that regulated on activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted (RANTES) polymorphisms (-403 G/A, -28C/G) are associated with asthma. However, there still existed studies which did not confirm these correlations. Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship of RANTES and asthma using a meta-analysis. Methods: Pubmed, Embase, and Cochrane library databases were systemically searched. Data were extracted by two independent reviewers and pooled odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated. Results: Eighteen studies were enrolled, including a total of 2558 cases and 2630 controls of -403 G/A, as well as 3311 cases and 4031 controls of -28C/G in this meta-analysis. The overall ORs and 95% CIs of -403 G/A were 1.19, 1.06-1.33 (P<0.001) and 1.25, 1.03-1.51 (P = 0.933) in dominant and recessive models, respectively. The overall ORs and 95% CIs of -28G were 1.23, 1.09-1.39 (P = 0.221) and 1.76, 1.32-2.34 (P = 0.356) in dominant and recessive models, respectively. No publication bias among studies was showed. Conclusions: This meta-analysis showed that RANTES -403 G/A polymorphism was a risk factor for asthma, while -28C/G polymorphism were not associated with asthma. © 2014 Wen et al.
Wen, D., Du, X., Nie, S. P., Dong, J. Z., & Ma, C. S. (2014). Association between RANTES gene polymorphisms and asthma: A meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 9(6). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0090460