ALDH2 and Head and Neck Cancer: a Meta-analysis implementing a Mendelian Randomization approach

Stefania Boccia, Mia Hashibe, Paola Gallì, Emma De Feo, Takahiro Asakage, Tomoko Hashimoto, Akio Hiraki, Takahiko Katoh, Takeshi Nomura, Akira Yokoyama, Cornelia M Van Duijn, Walter Ricciardi, Paolo Boffetta

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista


Alcohol drinking at high doses is a risk factor for head and neck cancer, and exposure to acetaldehyde, the principle metabolite of alcohol, is supposed to account for the increased risk. Individuals homozygous for the 2 variant allele of aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) are unable to metabolize acetaldehyde, which prevents them from alcohol drinking, whereas 1 2 have 6-fold higher blood acetaldehyde concentration postalcohol consumption with respect to 1 1. According to the concept of Mendelian randomization, because this polymorphism is distributed randomly during gamete formation, its association with head and neck cancer should be not confounded by smoking. We carried out a meta-analysis of ALDH2 and head and neck cancer searching for relevant studies on Medline and Embase up to January 31, 2008, and investigated the consistency between the expected odds ratio (OR) among drinkers from the largest pooled analysis among never smokers and the observed OR from this meta-analysis by an interaction test. Six studies were selected (945 cases, 2,917 controls). The OR of head and neck cancer among 2 2 was 0.53 [95% confidence interval (95% CI), 0.28-1.00] relative to 1 1 and 1.83 (95% CI, 1.21-2.77) among 1 2. The expected OR for head and neck cancer due to alcohol intake among 1 1 was 1.38 (95% CI, 0.88-2.17) and the observed OR among 1 1 compared with 2*2 from this meta-analysis was 1.88 (95% CI, 1.00-3.57; P for interaction = 0.43). Besides showing the effectiveness of the Mendelian randomization approach, these findings support the theory that alcohol increases head and neck cancer risk through the carcinogenic action of acetaldehyde
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)248-254
Numero di pagine7
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2009


  • Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 2
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Mendelian Randomization approach
  • Meta-analysis


Entra nei temi di ricerca di 'ALDH2 and Head and Neck Cancer: a Meta-analysis implementing a Mendelian Randomization approach'. Insieme formano una fingerprint unica.

Cita questo