Associations between the insertion/deletion polymorphism of the angiotensin-converting enzyme and susceptibility to aortic aneurysms: A meta-analysis

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Introduction: The purpose of this study is to examine whether the insertion (I) and deletion (D) polymorphism of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) confers susceptibility to aortic aneurysms (AAs). Materials and methods: A meta-analysis was conducted on the associations between the ACE I/D polymorphism and all AAs and abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). Results: Ten studies consisting of 2784 cases and 2682 controls were available for the meta-analysis. Meta-analysis showed a significant association between the D allele and all types of AA (OR 1.378, 95% CI 1.103-1.723, p = 0.005) and AAA (OR 1.274, 95% CI 1.004-1.617, p = 0.046). Meta-analysis of both the DD genotype and the DD vs. II genotype showed an association with AAAs. Stratification by ethnicity indicated an association between the D allele of the ACE I/D polymorphism and AAAs in Europeans (OR = 1.338, 95% CI = 1.026-1.745, p = 0.031), but not in Asians (OR = 0.927, 95% CI = 0.660-1.303, p = 0.663). Furthermore, analysis using the recessive model, dominant model, and homozygote contrast all showed the same pattern for the D allele. Conclusions: Our meta-analysis demonstrates that the ACE I/D polymorphism is associated with susceptibility to AAAs in European populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-218
Number of pages8
JournalJRAAS - Journal of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1



  • abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme
  • meta-analysis
  • polymorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology

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