Polymorphisms in non-coding RNAs and risk of colorectal cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Maryam Alidoust, Leila Hamzehzadeh, Mahdi Rivandi, Alireza Pasdar*

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) has been regarded as a common cancer due to its prevailing incidence in both males and females. Recently, non-coding RNAs used as biomarkers for screening, diagnosis and prognosis of different cancers have been under the focus of attention. As a result of this, the aim of this study was to systematically review articles that investigated the SNPs in genes related to microRNAs and long non-coding RNAs to assess the genetic susceptibility of colorectal cancer risk. The outcome is presented as the results of a meta-analysis. We systematically searched PubMed, Web of Science, and Scopus to identify relevant studies published up to 20/5/2017. These included eligible studies consisting of 23,581 patients and 22,697 controls. The conferred risk was estimated and presented using odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CI). The Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) was assessed by the goodness-of-fit chi-square test in all studies. The power of each study was also calculated based on the available results. Out of 27 different microRNAs which had published results, although most of the studies were under powered, miR-146a and miR-196a were amongst the most studied microRNAs. For five miRNAs (miR-196a, miR-146a, miR-27a, miR-499 and miR-149) which we performed a meta-analysis, miR-27a and miR-149 gene polymorphisms were associated with susceptibility to CRC. Other miRNAs did not show any effect on the CRC risk. Overall, significant association between miR-149 rs2292832 and susceptibility to cancer was identified in a recessive genetic model, TT/ (TC + CC) (OR = 1.19, 95% CI = 1.02–1.39, P = 0.02). On the other hand, rs895819 (miR-27a) GG carriers were more susceptible to CRC (OR = 1.47, 95% CI = 1.21–1.78, P = <0.05) in a recessive genetic model. Analysis of the data based on race revealed that rs2910164 (miR-146a) polymorphism may decrease the risk of CRC among Europeans, in a co dominant model [OR = 0.81, 95% CI 0.66–0.99, p = 0.04], but not among Asians. In conclusion, certain miRNAs (miR-27a and miR-149) may affect the CRC risk and can be regarded as genetic markers amongst different populations. LncRNAs still have to be studied more to reach a conclusion for their association with CRC risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-110
Number of pages11
JournalCritical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
Early online date12 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018


  • Colorectal cancer (CRC)
  • LncRNAs
  • Meta-analysis
  • MicroRNA(s)
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)


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