The influence of ESR1 rs9340799 and ESR2 rs1256049 polymorphisms on prostate cancer risk

Tumour Biol. 2014 Aug;35(8):8319-28. doi: 10.1007/s13277-014-2086-7. Epub 2014 May 24.


Estrogen receptor 1 (ESR1) and estrogen receptor 2 (ESR2) may play a role in the development of prostate cancer. Many studies focused on ESR1 rs9340799 and ESR2 rs1256049 polymorphisms to explore associations with prostate cancer risk. These studies showed inconsistent and conflicting results. The aim of this meta-analysis was to investigate the pooled association of ESR1 rs9340799 and ESR2 rs1256049 polymorphisms with prostate cancer risk. A systematic literature search was conducted to identify related studies (up to February 2014) in several online databases including PubMed, Google Scholar, CNKI and Wanfang online libraries. A total of 16 eligible articles were enrolled in this updated meta-analysis. The result suggested that ESR1 rs9340799 polymorphism was significantly associated with prostate cancer in overall populations (GG+GA vs. AA: P = 0.002; G vs. A: P = 0.004), Caucasians (GG+GA vs. AA: P = 0.008; G vs. A: P = 0.016) and Africans (GG+GA vs. AA: P = 0.005; G vs. A: P = 0.006), but not in Asians (GG+GA vs. AA: P = 0.462; G vs. A: P = 0.665). The result also showed that there was a significant association between ESR2 rs1256049 polymorphism and prostate cancer in Caucasians (AA+AG vs. GG: P = 0.016; A vs. G: P = 0.005), but no association in overall populations (AA+AG vs. GG: P = 0.826; A vs. G: P = 0.478), Asians (AA+AG vs. GG: P = 0.177; A vs. G: P = 0.703) and Africans (AA+AG vs. GG: P = 0.847; A vs. G: P = 0.707). The cumulative meta-analysis and sensitivity analysis showed the results were robust. In conclusion, this meta-analysis indicated that ESR1 rs9340799 polymorphism was associated with prostate cancer risk in overall populations, Caucasians and Africans, while ESR2 rs1256049 polymorphism was associated with prostate cancer risk in Caucasians. However, the biological mechanisms need to be further investigated.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Asians
  • Blacks
  • Estrogen Receptor alpha / genetics*
  • Estrogen Receptor beta / genetics*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Genetic*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / etiology
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Risk
  • Whites


  • ESR1 protein, human
  • Estrogen Receptor alpha
  • Estrogen Receptor beta