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C Shen, H Wang, Q Song, B Zhang, X Liu and J Li
Abstract
More and more researches have been carried out on the association between the tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) 308 G/A polymorphism and psoriasis, however, controversial results have emerged in these studies. This meta-analysis was performed to quantitatively clarify the relationship between TNF-α 308 G/A polymorphism and the risk of psoriasis in different populations. Databases of PubMed, Springer Link, Ovid, Chinese Wanfang Data Bases, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure and Chinese Biology Medicine were investigated until June 2019. The association between the TNF-α 308 G/A polymorphism and psoriasis was evaluated by calculating the pooled odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). A total of 26 studies including 3657 patients and 3197 controls were screened out. In the overall population, the pooled results showed a reduced psoriasis risk with the TNF-α 308 G/A polymorphism (A vs G: OR = 0.77, 95% CI = 0.67-0.89; AA+GA vs GG: OR = 0.72, 95% CI = 0.61-0.86). In the subgroup analysis stratified by geographic locations, the TNF-α 308 G/A polymorphism was significantly associated with a reduced risk of psoriasis in Germany (A vs G: OR = 0.67, 95% CI = 0.57-0.78; AA+GA vs GG: OR = 0.62, 95% CI = 0.52-0.75), as well as in China (AA+GA vs GG: OR = 0.71, 95% CI = 0.52-0.98) and Poland (A vs G: OR = 0.61, 95% CI = 0.38-0.97; AA+GA vs GG: OR = 0.59, 95% CI = 0.35-0.99). This study indicated a significantly reduced psoriasis risk associated with the TNF-α 308 G/A polymorphism in Germans, as well as in Chinese and Poles populations compared with other populations. Ethnicity and geographic locations probably play a pivotal role in the genetic association of psoriasis.
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