Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp 4001–4008 | Cite as

The association between CD14 gene C-260T polymorphism and coronary heart disease risk: a meta-analysis

  • Hong Pu
  • Jiong Yin
  • Yan Wu
  • Dongming Zhang
  • Yanian Wang
  • Rong Zhou
  • Lijuan Jiang
  • Yan Liu


Monocyte differentiation antigen CD14 is considered an important cell-activating mediator of inflammatory responses that may result in atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease (CHD), thrombus formation, and myocardial infarction (MI). A common C-260T polymorphism in the promoter of the CD14 gene, the trans-membrane receptor of lipopolysaccharides, has been inconsistently associated with CHD. To investigate this inconsistency, we performed a meta-analysis of 28 studies involving a total of 13,335 CHD cases and 7,979 controls for C-260T of the CD14 gene to evaluate the effect of CD14 on genetic susceptibility for CHD. An overall random effects odds ratio of 1.24 (95 % CI: 1.12–1.36, P < 10−5) was found for T allele. Significant results were also observed using dominant (OR = 1.34, 95 % CI: 1.17–1.54, P < 10−4) or recessive genetic model (OR = 1.25, 95 % CI: 1.10–1.41, P = 0.0004). There was strong evidence of heterogeneity (P < 10−5), which largely disappeared after stratification by ethnicity. After stratified by ethnicity, significant results were found in East Asians; whereas no significant associations were found among Caucasians and other ethnic populations in all genetic models. In the stratified analysis according to sample size, CHD endpoints, and HWE status, significantly increased risks for the polymorphism were found in all genetic models. In conclusion, our results indicate that the CD14 C-260T polymorphism is a risk factor of CHD, especially in East Asians. However, additional very large-scale studies are warranted to confirm our results.


Coronary heart disease Myocardial infarction CD14 Polymorphism Meta-analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hong Pu
    • 1
  • Jiong Yin
    • 1
  • Yan Wu
    • 1
  • Dongming Zhang
    • 1
  • Yanian Wang
    • 1
  • Rong Zhou
    • 1
  • Lijuan Jiang
    • 1
  • Yan Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyThe 85th Hospital of PLAShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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