GPx-1 polymorphism (rs1050450) contributes to tumor susceptibility: evidence from meta-analysis

J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2011 Oct;137(10):1553-61. doi: 10.1007/s00432-011-1033-x. Epub 2011 Aug 13.


Purpose: Accumulating evidences implicate the selenium-containing cytosolic glutathione peroxidase, GPx-1, as a determinant of cancer risk and a mediator of the chemopreventive properties of selenium. Since the identification of a well-characterized functional polymorphism named Pro198Leu (rs1050450 C>T) in GPx-1, abundant studies have evaluated the association between Pro198Leu polymorphism and tumor risk in diverse population. But, the available results are conflicting.

Methods: To derive a more precise estimation, we performed a meta-analysis based on 14,372 cases with different tumor types and 18,081 controls from 31 published case-control studies. Published literature from PubMed was retrieved. Crude odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to estimate the strength of the association.

Results: Overall, the results indicated that individuals who carried variant Leu allele (Pro/Leu and Leu/Leu) were associated with an increased cancer risk [odds ratio (OR) = 1.12, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.02-1.23] in a dominant genetic model. In further subgroup analyses, the increased risk of cancer was observed in subgroup of Asians and sample size more than 500 subjects.

Conclusion: These results suggest that the GPx-1 Pro198Leo polymorphism contributes to cancer susceptibility through a disturbed antioxidant balance.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
  • Glutathione Peroxidase / genetics*
  • Glutathione Peroxidase / physiology
  • Glutathione Peroxidase GPX1
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / etiology
  • Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*
  • Publication Bias


  • Glutathione Peroxidase
  • Glutathione Peroxidase GPX1
  • GPX1 protein, human