Impact of Catechol-O-Methyltransferase Val 158Met (rs4680) Polymorphism on Breast Cancer Susceptibility in Asian Population

Document Type: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis


Human Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur-222 003, UP, India.


Background: Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is an important estrogen-metabolizing enzyme. Numerous case-control studies have evaluated the role COMT Val 158Met (rs4680;472G->A) polymorphism in the risk of breast cancer and provided inconclusive results, hence present meta-analysis was designed to get a more reliable assessment in Asian population. Methods: A total of 26 articles were identified through a search of four electronic databases- PubMed, Google Scholar, Science Direct and Springer link, up to March, 2016. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) with 95% con‌fidence intervals (CIs) were used as association measure to find out relationship between COMT Val158Metpolymorphism and the risk of breast cancer. We also assessed between study heterogeneity and publication bias. All statistical analyses were done by Open Meta-Analyst. Results: Twenty six case-control studies involving 5,971 breast cancer patients and 7,253 controls were included in the present meta-analysis. The results showed that the COMT Val158Met polymorphism was significantly associated with breast cancer risk except heterozygote model(allele contrast odds ratio (ORAvsG)= 1.13, 95%CI=1.02-1.24,p=0.01; heterozygote/co-dominant ORGAvsGG= 1.03, 95%CI=0.96-1.11,p=0.34; homozygote ORAAvsGG= 1.38, 95%CI= 1.08-1.76,p=0.009; dominant model ORAA+GAvsGG= 1.08, 95%CI=1.01-1.16,p=0.02; and recessive model ORAAvsGA+GG= 1.35, 95%CI=1.07-1.71,p=0.01). In addition, we also performed subgroup analysis based on source of controls and menopausal state of patients. Conclusions: In conclusion, the COMT Val158Met polymorphism was related to increased breast cancer susceptibility in the Asian population.