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Association of tissue plasminogen activator and plasminogen activator inhibitor polymorphism with myocardial infarction: A meta-analysis Li-Li Gong a, Jian-Hao Peng b, Fei-Fei Han a, Jin Zhu a, Lian-Hua Fang c, Yue-Hua Wang c, Guan-Hua Du c,⁎, He-Yao Wang a,⁎, Li-Hong Liu a,⁎ a b c
Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital afﬁliated with Beijing Capital Medical University, Beijing, China Molecular Cardiology, Nephrology and Hypertension, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Medical Science & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100050, China
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Article history: Received 21 January 2012 Received in revised form 2 April 2012 Accepted 8 June 2012 Available online 6 July 2012 Keywords: Myocardial infarction Ttissue plasminogen activator Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 Polymorphism Meta-analysis
a b s t r a c t Introduction: To investigate whether t-PA Alu repeat insertion/deletion (I/D) and PAI-1 4 G/5 G genetic variations are associated with the risk of MI. Methods: We conducted a meta-analysis to assess the association between the t-PA I/D and PAI-1 4 G/5 G polymorphisms and risk of MI. We also performed subgroup analyses based on ethnicity (Caucasian, Asian, and African), gender and age. Forty one eligible studies including 12,461 cases and 14,993 controls were identiﬁed to evaluate the impact of PAI-1 4 G/5 G polymorphism on MI. Seven studies investigated the relationship between t-PA I/D and MI. Results: This meta-analysis revealed that the PAI-1 4G allele (4G/4G and 4G/5G genotype) was associated with an increased risk of MI compared with the 5G allele in the overall population (OR=1.094, 95% CI=1.021 - 1.172, p=0.011). The relative risks of MI for 4G/4G genotype was increased when compared to 5G/5G genotype and 5G allele, with odds ratio at 1.157 (95% CI 1.015 - 1.320, p=0.029) and 1.126 (95% CI =1.015 - 1.249, p=0.025). However, the results show that the 4G/5G polymorphism risk for MI was not associated with ethnicity stratiﬁcation as Caucasian, Asian or African population. No substantial differences in the genotype distributions were observed in the MI group and control group along the lines of gender and age. After multivariable analysis t-PA I/D polymorphism showed no consistent association with MI. Conclusions: This study suggests that the 4G/5G polymorphism of PAI-1 may be a risk factor for MI in overall populations. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Introduction Cardiovascular diseases are major health problems of highly developed as well as developing countries around the world. Myocardial infarction (MI) is one of the main causes of death from cardiovascular disease . Thrombus formation has been identiﬁed as the most common mechanistic events in MI. Activation of the ﬁbrinolytic system depends on two key proteins: tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA), a pivotal activator of plasminogen, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), a major inhibitor of t-PA. The t-PA is the main endogenous ﬁbrinolytic enzyme. Increased t-PA activity causes hyperﬁbrinolysis, which might lead to excessive bleeding, whereas a decrease in activity results in thrombosis. The
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t-PA is encoded by the plasminogen activator tissue type (PLAT) gene on chromosome 8p11.21 spanning 8 coding exons. In the intron 8 of this gene insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism (rs4646972) in an Alu element has been reported to be associated with variable plasma levels of t-PA and increase in the risk of MI [2,3]. However, other studies yielded contradictory results [4–8]. The PAI-1 is located on chromosome 7q21.3-q22 and spans approximately 12.2kb with nine exons and eight introns. Higher levels of PAI-1 protein have been found in patients with MI compared to healthy/normal individuals . In PAI-1 a single nucleotide 4G/5G insertion/deletion polymorphism (rs1799768) is located at position −675bp in the promoter sequence. The 4G allele is associated with elevated PAI-1 levels [10–15]. A positive association of 4G allele and increased risk of MI [13–21] has been reported while other studies are negative [6–8,22–49]. Although previous studies and meta-analyses have reported the relationship between PAI-1 4G/5G polymorphism and MI, the controversy still exist [12,16–18]. In the context of this meta-analysis, we systematically reviewed all studies including more recent studies [3,8,13,19–21] not included in previous meta-analyses [12,16–18]. We also performed subgroup
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analyses based on ethnicity, gender and age to examine possible interactions between the t-PA Alu repeat I/D and PAI-1 4 G/5 G polymorphisms on risk of MI. Materials and Methods Search Strategy We performed this meta-analysis in accordance with the “Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses” (PRISMA)  and “Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology” (MOOSE)  guidelines. We searched PubMed and EMBASE without language restrictions, inception to September 2011. We also evaluated other meta-analyses and references from related review articles to identify relevant studies. The key words for the PAI-1 were as follows: (“PAI-1” OR “Type 1 Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor” OR “SERPINE1”) AND (“polymorphism” OR “SNP” OR “single nucleotide polymorphism”) AND (“myocardial infarction” OR “myocardial infarct”). The key words for the t-PA were as follows: (“Tissue Plasminogen Activator” OR “Tissue Type Plasminogen Activator” OR “TTPA” OR “T Plasminogen Activator” OR “tPA”) AND (“polymorphism” OR“SNP” OR “single nucleotide polymorphism”) AND (“myocardial infarction” OR “myocardial infarct”). We did not limit the search with any ﬁlters. Study Selection Using a structured question format to aid our literature search strategy, we reviewed all abstracts. We reviewed potentially relevant articles in full length to ensure that they satisﬁed the following criteria: (1) based on a case–control design; (2) evaluation of the association of MI and PAI-1 or t-PA polymorphism; (3) available genotype distributions of both cases and controls; and (4) genotype distribution of the control population must be in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE). Two of the authors (Gong LL, Peng JH) independently screened and evaluated the eligibility of all studies on the basis of these criteria and settled differences of opinion by consensus or after consultation with a third investigator.
Data Extraction We extracted data from the selected articles on the following items: the ﬁrst author's last name, publication year, country where the study was performed, mean age, gender and ethnicity of the study population, related diseases, biochemical parameters (TC, TG, LDL, HDL, PAI-1), numbers of genotyped cases and controls. Patients under 45 years of age deﬁned as young and over 45years as old. Patient ethnicity was categorized as Caucasian, Asian, and African. Statistical Analysis Continuous variables were shown as mean±SEM. Differences between continuous variables were analyzed using the Student's t-test. A value pb0.05 was considered statistically signiﬁcant. Data were analyzed with SPSS 13.0 statistical software. We calculated odds ratios (ORs) and 95% conﬁdence interval (CI) to assess the association between the PAI-1 4G/5G and t-PA Alu-repeat I/D polymorphisms and myocardial infarction. We examined the association between PAI-1 -675 allele 4G and MI risk compared with that for allele 5G (4G vs. 5G); homozygote 4G/4G was contrasted with 5G/5G. 4G allele (4G/4G and 4G/5G genotype) vs. individuals with the 5G/5G genotype and 5G allele (4G/5G and5G/5G genotype) vs. 4G/4G models were also calculated. The same contrasts were performed for Alu-repeat I/D allele of the t-PA polymorphism. The pooled odds ratios were estimated with ﬁxed-effects model (the Mantel-Haenszel method)  when there was lack of heterogeneity, and random effects modeling (the DerSimonian and Laird method) was adopted when heterogeneity existed. Heterogeneity among studies was assessed with the Cochran Q test (pb0.100 indicates heterogeneity)  and I 2 statistic test (I 2 >50% considered substantial heterogeneity) . In addition, qualitative assessment of heterogeneity was performed with visual inspection of forest plots to identify variability between study estimates. Publication bias was assessed with Begg funnel plot  and Egger weighted regression method  for those analyzes with greater than three trials (pb0.05 indicated signiﬁcant bias). The data were analyzed
Fig. 1. Literature search and selection.
Table 1 Characteristics of individual studies included in the meta-analysis. Authors
1993 1995 1995 1997 1997 1997 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1999 1999 1999 1999 2000 2000 2000 2000 2001 2002 2002 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2005 2005 2005 2007 2007 2008 2009 2010 2010 2010 2011 2011
Sweden UK Sweden USA Italy UK Japan UK Germany Sweden Japan Germany Netherlands Italy USA USA France Finland Korea China Japan USA China Slovenia Italy Sweden France USA UK South Africa Netherlands Sweden Brazil France Turkey Mexico Greece China Tunisia India Pakistan
Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian/African/Asian Caucasian Caucasian Asian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian Asian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian African Caucasian Caucasian Asian Asian Asian Caucasian/African/Asian Asian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian Asian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian/African/Asian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian/African/Asian Caucasian Asian African Asian Asian
t-PA Iacoviello L. van der Bom, J. G. Ridker, P. M. Steeds, R. Hooper, W. C. Ashavaid, T. F. Ahmed, W.
1996 1997 1997 1998 2000 2011 2011
Italy Netherlands USA UK Korea India Pakistan
Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian Caucasian Asian Asian Asian
107/73 476/601 93/100 374/495 108/175 158/150 66/62 197/201 241/179 151/150 204/148 1214/1351 331/302 200/200 375/978 201/244 68/164 158/139 110/185 87/92 590/704 78/386 56/83 154/194 1210/1210 1212/1556 589/653 264/753 547/505 195/300 54/55 600/600 121/111 510/543 156/281 127/127 201/140 116/60 305/328 446/473 229/217
114/145 121/250 369/369 529/525 108/185 446/473 229/217
39.89±0.35 25-64 b45 62.9±8.8 59±7 59.8 63.1±9.2 59.4 38.6±4.4 58.1±4.9 59.3±10.3 62.2±9.5 56.1±9.0 40.7±4.1 63.7±11.6 55 47.9±9 33-69 60.7±9.2 51.3±6.7 62.5±10.8 39.7 67.10±10.41 58.3±11.3 39±5 59.25 51.91±5.44 73.5±5.5 61.9±9.2 b45 35.6 56±10 34.4±4.9 51.91±5.44 59±11 40±4.6 32.2±3.4 64.62 59.0±12.0 58.6±10.4 52.1±11.3
92/15 476/0 93/0 374/0 81/33 N/A 58/8 149/48 241/0 122/29 158/46 1214/0 331/0 185/0 296/79 72/38 185/16 158/0 99/59 50/33 0/590 0/78 44/12 102/52 1061/149 851/361 589/0 158/106 372/175 N/A 38/16 385/215 87/34 510/0 125/31 106/21 176/25 77/39 247/58 358/88 168/61
27 98 15 82 30 26 33 27 43 31 22 226 73 69 77 56 12 32 N/A 19 75 29 2 35 286 214 109 58 108 54 20 131 45 105 30 54 61 14 61 116 79
51 230 38 191 46 73 28 91 112 74 99 606 170 93 193 97 38 64 N/A 29 300 32 14 74 589 595 249 136 280 99 19 307 47 236 75 64 111 41 156 218 86
29 148 40 101 32 59 5 66 86 46 83 382 88 38 105 48 18 62 N/A 39 215 17 40 45 335 359 125 70 159 42 15 162 23 120 51 9 29 61 88 112 64
26 141 20 115 37 49 29 48 34 40 19 258 68 66 218 59 57 25 N/A 22 73 83 6 37 280 313 105 166 106 103 19 134 43 96 96 72 23 18 106 113 76
24 271 54 247 86 65 27 86 93 80 76 684 150 102 457 121 78 60 N/A 45 316 187 52 89 588 768 269 387 237 132 29 280 45 254 112 38 89 27 180 247 89
23 189 26 133 52 36 6 54 52 30 53 409 84 32 303 64 29 54 N/A 25 315 115 25 68 342 436 133 200 162 65 7 186 16 124 73 17 28 15 42 113 52
20-78 73±10 59.6 61.9 55 58.6±10.4 52.1±11.3
85/29 69/52 369/0 363/173 99/59 358/88 168/21
33 49 110 177 15 161 65
58 58 183 254 49 211 97
23 14 76 98 44 74 67
49 75 108 177 37 139 67
69 127 183 257 87 228 98
27 48 78 91 61 106 52
I: insertion; D: deletion; For PAI-1, I/I stand for 5 G/5 G, I/D stand for 4 G/5 G and D/D stand for 4 G/4 G; For t-PA, I/I stand for homozygous Alu repeat insertion, I/D stand for heterozygous Alu repeat insertion/deletion, D/D stand for homozygous Alu repeatdeletion.
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PAI-1 Dawson, S. Ye, S. Eriksson, P. Ridker, P. M. Burzotta, F. Ossei-GerningN Sugano, T. Kohler, H. P. Junker, R. Pastinen T Iwai N Gardemann, A. Doggen, C. J. Ardissino, D. Anderson, J. L. Canavy, I. Mikkelsson J Song J Hooper, W. C. Fu, L. Yamada, Y. Hindorff, L. A. Zhan, M. Petrovic, D. Mannucci P.M. Leander, K. Juhan-Vague,I. Crainich, P. Tobin, M. D. Pegoraro, R. J. Martini, C. H. Jood, K. Sampaio, M. F. Morange, P. E. Onalan, O Isordia-Salas, I. Rallidis, L. S. Cao X.-L. Abboud, N. Ashavaid,T. F. Ahmed, W.
Number of cases/controls
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Table 2 Characteristic details of subjects included in the PAI-1 and t-PA polymorphism and MI risk studies. Case
PAI-1 Age Male (%) BMI (kg/m2) Hypertension (%) Diabetes (%) Smoker (%) Obesity (%) Alcohol (%) TC (mM) TG (mM) LDL (mM) HDL (mM) PAI-1 (ng/mL)
53.44±1.66 76.65±0.04 26.00±0.35 44.00±3.11 22.34±3.66 57.96±4.88 20.90±3.69 51.06±18.64 5.15±0.18 1.92±0.07 3.34±0.25 1.03±0.05 28.99±4.95
52.43±1.60 71.29±0.04 25.33±0.33 27.23±4.70 12.87±4.57 31.28±4.13 12.58±3.60 55.03±18.70 4.93±0.16 1.48±0.10 2.94±0.19 2.56±1.32 22.93±3.96
0.1032 0.0006 0.0012 0.0000 0.0185 0.0000 0.0471 0.4716 0.1284 0.0000 0.0629 0.2713 0.0009
t-PA Age Male (%) BMI (kg/m2) Hypertension (%) Diabetes (%) Smoker (%) TC (mM) TG (mM) LDL (mM) HDL (mM)
60.30±2.51 73.55±4.53 25.72±0.42 36.07±4.79 58.30±14.06 42.35±9.23 5.36±0.37 1.75±0.16 2.49±0.02 1.04±0.09
55.61±3.94 63.47±6.43 25.32±0.29 11.27±4.00 2.42±1.09 22.73±6.73 5.44±0.31 1.49±0.31 2.75±0.06 1.24±0.08
0.0928 0.0206 0.1027 0.0657 0.0288 0.0034 0.5204 0.3424 0.1814 0.0634
For PAI-1 polymorphism studies: Hypertension: 24 studies (Reference [3,8,13,16, 20–22,25,28–32,34,36–40,42,43,45,46,48,49]); Diabetes: 27 studies (Reference [3,8, 13,17,20,21,24,25,28–32,34,36–43,45–49]); Smoker: 27 studies (Reference [3,8,13, 16,17,20,21,24,25,27,28,30–32,36–43,45–49]); Obesity: 7 studies (Reference [8,20, 30,31,39,40,46]); Alcohol: 3 studies (Reference [3,30,39]); TC: 14 studies (Reference [3,8,13,17,19,21,33–35,38,41,46,47,49]); TG: 15 studies (Reference [3,8,13,17,19,21, 27,33–35,38,41,46,47,49]); LDL: 9 studies (Reference [3,8,13,21,27,34,38,46,49]); HDL: 10 studies (Reference [3,8,13,17,21,27,34,38,46,49]); PAI-1: 13 studies (Reference [19,21–23, 27,35,41,47]); For t-PA polymorphism studies: Hypertension: 4 studies (Reference [3,6–8]); Diabetes: 3 studies (Reference [3,6,8]); Smoker: 5 studies (Reference [2,3,6–8]); TC: 5 studies (Reference [2–4,6,8]); TG: 2 studies (Reference [3,8]); LDL: 2 studies (Reference [3,8]); HDL: 10 studies (Reference [2–4,8]);
with the STATA software system (version 11.0, Stata Corporation, College Station, Tex).
Table 3 Summary results of various comparisons.
PAI-1 4 G vs. 5G
4 G/4 G vs. 5 G/5 G
4 G/4G vs. 4G/5G +5G/5G
4G/4G+ 4G/5G vs. 5G/5G
t-PA I vs. D I/I vs. D/D I/I vs. I/D+D/D I/I+I/D vs. DD
OR (95% CI)
PP heterogeneity value
All Caucasian Asian African Male Female Young Old All Caucasian Asian Male Female Young Old All Caucasian Asian Male Female Young Old All Caucasian Asian Male Female Young Old
1.094 (1.021, 1.172) 1.067 (0.995, 1.143) 1.211 (0.979, 1.498) 1.476 (0.924, 2.357) 1.077 (0.987, 1.176) 0.922 (0.691, 1.231) 1.037 (0.911, 1.179) 1.064 (0.980, 1.156) 1.157 (1.015, 1.320) 1.140 (0.994, 1.306) 1.241 (0.891, 1.728) 1.138 (0.962, 1.346) 0.901 (0.508, 1.598) 0.960 (0.747, 1.235) 1.150 (0.972, 1.362) 1.126 (1.015, 1.249) 1.047 (0.959, 1.144) 1.375 (0.980, 1.929) 1.084 (0.995, 1.181) 0.894 (0.620, 1.290) 1.072 (0.872, 1.319) 1.070 (0.940, 1.217) 1.099 (0.996, 1.213) 1.079 (0.961, 1.211) 1.026 (0.883, 1.191) 1.056 (0.960, 1.162) 0.893 (0.560, 1.422) 0.978 (0.779, 1.228) 1.123 (0.971, 1.299)
0.000 0.000 0.000 0.097 0.017 0.002 0.016 0.133 0.000 0.000 0.003 0.036 0.004 0.028 0.107 0.000 0.025 0.000 0.060 0.023 0.009 0.520 0.000 0.001 0.112 0.183 0.006 0.004 0.086
0.018 0.097 0.009 N/A 0.057 0.728 0.457 0.784 0.066 0.107 0.042 0.057 0.764 0.693 0.799 0.012 0.063 0.017 0.089 0.352 0.491 0.695 0.198 0.306 0.108 0.079 0.810 0.917 0.871
All All All
1.021 (0.874, 1.193) 0.010 1.045 (0.767, 1.423) 0.014 1.069 (0.935, 1.223) 0.106
0.794 0.532 0.780 0.655 0.329 0.379
1.021 (0.814, 1.280) 0.064
0.011 0.068 0.078 0.103 0.097 0.582 0.584 0.119 0.029 0.060 0.201 0.130 0.721 0.885 0.104 0.025 0.303 0.065 0.064 0.550 0.370 0.306 0.060 0.133 0.740 0.262 0.633 0.934 0.188
with healthy controls in PAI-1 studies. Several classic risk factors like hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obestity and dyslipidemia were signiﬁcantly prevalent in the patients. PAI-1 levels were signiﬁcantly higher in cases than in controls (28.99±4.95 versus 22.93± 3.96ng/mL, p=0.0009).
Search Results PAI Genetic Variations and Risk of MI Fig. 1 shows how we selected relevant studies for inclusion in the meta-analysis. A total of 457 articles were identiﬁed in a combined search of the PubMed, Embase and from a manual approach (search of previous studies cited in previous reviews and of references listed in the identiﬁed articles). We excluded 145 duplicate articles and an additional 232 articles at the title/abstract level. We reviewed the full texts of the remaining 80 articles. Of these, 32 articles were excluded. The remaining 48 studies were included in the ﬁnal analysis. Table 1 summarizes the general characteristics of the 48 studies included in the meta-analysis. The selected studies were published between 1993 and 2011, spanning 19 years. 41 relevant studies with a total number of 12,461 cases and 14,993 controls were evaluated for the association between PAI-1 4 G/5 G polymorphism with MI [3,4,7,8,13–15,19–21,29–59]; Seven studies evaluated for the relationship between t-PA Alu repeat I/D and MI. Table 2 shows the characteristics of the case and control groups included in this study. The mean age of the MI group was older than that of the control group. There was a male preponderance in two groups. The BMI in the cases were signiﬁcantly higher compared
Summary of results from meta-analysis for the association between the PAI-1 4 G/5G polymorphism and MI are shown in Table 3. The meta-analysis revealed that the PAI-1 4 G allele was associated with an increased risk of MI compared with the 5 G allele in the overall population (OR=1.094, 95% CI=1.021 - 1.172, p=0.011; Fig. 2). However, the stratiﬁcation by ethnicity indicated that the 4 G genotype was not a risk factor for MI in Caucasian, Asian or African population. No substantial differences in the genotype distributions were observed in male or female between the MI and control groups. Same results were seen in both young and old age. The OR for the 4 G/4 G versus 5 G/5 G genotype of PAI-1 in overall group was 1.157 (95% CI 1.015 - 1.320, p=0.029; Fig. 3), and an association was found. However, the PAI-1 4 G/4 G and 5 G/5 G allele distribution in cases and controls was not signiﬁcantly different in terms of ethnicity, gender and age. To illustrate dummy variables, 4 G allele (4G/4G and 4 G/5G genotype) vs. individuals with the 5 G/5G genotype and 5 G allele (4G/5G and 5 G/5G genotype) vs. 4 G/4 G genotype were also calculated. The
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Fig. 2. OR and 95% CI of individual studies and pooled data for the association between the PAI-1 4 G allele and MI in the overall population.
4 G allele was not associated with an elevated risk of MI in any group. The relative risk of MI was increased in the 4 G/4G genotype compared to 5 G allele, with the odds ratio of 1.126 (95% CI=1.015 - 1.249, p=0.025; Fig. 4). No signiﬁcant interaction was observed between 4 G/4 G genotype and MI in other variation groups.
T-PA Genetic Polymorphism I/D and Risk of MI
In the present study, the odds ratio of MI for the t-PA I genotype compared with the D genotype increased, but has no signiﬁcance (OR=1.021, 95% CI=0.874 - 1.193, p=0.794). We also found that genotype I/I and D/D frequencies for t-PA were not signiﬁcantly different between the two groups (OR 1.045, 95% CI=0.767 - 1.423, p=0.780). The risk of MI was not markedly different between the carriers of I allele (I/I and I/D genotypes) and the carriers of the D/D genotype (OR 1.021, 95% CI=0.814 - 1.280, p=0.858). Likewise, D allele (I/D and D/D genotypes) and I/I genotype carriers had similar risks of MI (OR 1.069, 95% CI=0.935 - 1.223, p=0.329).
Several studies indicated PAI-1 4 G/5 G and t-PA Alu repeat I/D polymorphism was associated with myocardial infarction risk, but the results remain inconsistent. So we conducted this meta-analysis to summarize the association from the current literatures and to explore sources of heterogeneity. The 4 G/5 G polymorphism at position −675 is a common insertion/deletion polymorphism of the promoter region of the PAI-1 gene. Both alleles bind a transcriptional factor, only the 5 G binds a repressor protein, such that basal PAI-1 transcription is increased in the presence of the 4 G allele [14,60]. In large epidemiological studies,
Begg's funnel plot and Egger's test were performed to access the publication bias of literatures. The shape of the funnel plot did not reveal any evidence of obvious asymmetry. However, few of our analysis included the requisite number of studies and publication bias remains possible.
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Fig. 3. OR and 95% CI of individual studies and pooled data for the 4 G/4 G versus 5 G/5 G genotype and the relationship with MI in the overall population.
elevated plasma PAI-1 levels have been identiﬁed as a predictor of MI. In this meta-analysis, we found that PAI-1 levels were associated with MI risk. In this study, PAI-1 4 G and 4 G/4 G genotype revealed a signiﬁcant association with MI in overall populations, but no such association with the 4 G/4 G+4 G/5 G versus 5 G/5 G genotypes. That is 4 G allele carriers had a higher risk of MI compared with 5 G allele carriers. The ORs of the PAI-1 4 G/5 G gene polymorphism stratiﬁcation by ethnicity were greater than 1, although the difference did not reach statistical signiﬁcance. As only ten Asian and two African population studies were included, these results should be interpreted with caution. More Asian and African studies are needed to conﬁrm this possible association. We found no clear indication of synergistic interaction effects involving PAI-1 4G/5G polymorphism in either male or female. However, the ORs for female were less than one, while greater than one was seen in male groups. It is worth exploring the different means of 4G/5G polymorphism in men and women. But in our analysis, there were only twelve male and four female studies, as most of the published results do not separately consider men and women. In other stratiﬁcation studies, there were more male patients involved, thus less data were collected from female.
Further studies analyzing male and female separately are needed to determine this possible association. Our meta-analysis revealed no association between 4G/5G polymorphism of the PAI-1 gene and myocardial infarction in terms of age. The ORs of the PAI-1 4G/5G gene polymorphism in young groups were smaller than that in old groups, although there was no signiﬁcant difference. Because only twelve young and ﬁve old studies were included, this result should be interpreted with caution, and more studies are needed. Since there is limited literatures mentioning the stratiﬁcation studies such as ethnicity, sex and age, the results may not reﬂect the overall true situation. Comprehensive experimental designs are needed in the future studies. No association was found between MI and t-PA Alu repeat I/D polymorphism. As the studies regarding this genotype were not enough, the results should be interpreted with caution, and more studies are needed. Several potential limitations of this study should be considered. First, environmental interactions may play a role in the pathogenesis of MI. Many environmental factors such as age, gender, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, hyperlipidemia, etc. may be related to increased risk of MI. However, lack of original data limited our further evaluation
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Fig. 4. OR and 95% CI of individual studies and pooled data for the 4 G/4 G genotype compared with 5 G allele and the relative risk with MI in the overall population.
in different populations. Second, publication bias cannot be ruled out and is suggested in some of the analyses. We could not exclude the possibility of publication bias for some comparisons and outcomes, because some null and unexpected results may not be published. Therefore, the results of our meta-analysis should be interpreted with caution. In conclusion, results of this meta-analysis indicate that the 4G/5G polymorphism in the promoter of the SERPINE1 gene may be a risk factor for MI in overall populations. No association was found between the t-PA Alu repeat I/D polymorphism and MI in a meta-analysis of data extracted from 7 studies. It is necessary to conduct large numbers of worldwide studies to investigate the role of these polymorphisms in MI. Moreover, ethnicity, gender and age should also be considered in the analysis. Such studies, taking these factors into account may eventually lead to a better, comprehensive understanding of the association between these polymorphism and myocardial infarction risk.
Contributors Gong LL, Peng JH contributed equally to this manuscript as ﬁrst authors. Prof. Wang HY, Du GH and Liu LH are equal corresponding authors.
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