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Association between MTHFR C677T/A1298C and susceptibility to autism spectrum disorders: a meta-analysis

  • Li, Yan1
  • Qiu, Shuang1
  • Shi, Jikang1
  • Guo, Yanbo1
  • Li, Zhijun1
  • Cheng, Yi2
  • Liu, Yawen1
  • 1 School of Public Health, Jilin University, Changchun, 130021, China , Changchun (China)
  • 2 Institute of Translational Medicine, the First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, 130021, China , Changchun (China)
Published Article
BMC Pediatrics
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Sep 24, 2020
DOI: 10.1186/s12887-020-02330-3
Springer Nature


BackgroundAutism spectrum disorder (ASD) is becoming increasingly prevalent of late. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) has a significant role in folate metabolism. Owing to the inconsistencies and inconclusiveness on the association between MTHFR single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and ASD susceptibilities, a meta-analysis was conducted to settle the inconsistencies.MethodsFor this meta-analysis, a total of 15 manuscripts published up to January 26, 2020, were selected from PubMed, Google Scholar, Medline, WangFang, and CNKI databases using search terms “MTHFR” OR “methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase” AND “ASD” OR “Autism Spectrum Disorders” OR “Autism” AND “polymorphism” OR “susceptibility” OR “C677T” OR “A1298C”.ResultsThe findings of the meta-analysis indicated that MTHFR C677T polymorphism is remarkably associated with ASD in the five genetic models, viz., allelic, dominant, recessive, heterozygote, and homozygote. However, the MTHFR A1298C polymorphism was not found to be significantly related to ASD in the five genetic models. Subgroup analyses revealed significant associations of ASD with the MTHFR (C677T and A1298C) polymorphism. Sensitivity analysis showed that this meta-analysis was stable and reliable. No publication bias was identified in the associations between MTHFRC677T polymorphisms and ASD in the five genetic models, except for the one with regard to the associations between MTHFRA1298C polymorphisms and ASD in the five genetic models.ConclusionThis meta-analysis showed that MTHFR C677T polymorphism is a susceptibility factor for ASD, and MTHFR A1298C polymorphism is not associated with ASD susceptibility.

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