Asthma is a serious and hereditary respiratory disorder affecting all age groups. Interleukin (IL)-13 is a central regulator of allergic inflammation. The purpose of this study was to estimate the relationship between IL-13 +1923C/T polymorphism and asthma susceptibility. Relevant case-control studies published between January 2000 and July 2016 were searched in the online databases. Review Manage (RevMan) 5.3 was used to conduct the statistical analysis. The pooled odds ratio (OR) with its 95% confidence interval (CI) was employed to calculate the strength of association. A total of 26 articles were retrieved, including 17642 asthma patients and 42402 controls. Overall, our results found that IL-13 +1923C/T polymorphism was significantly associated with increased risk of asthma under each genetic model ( P <0.00001). Subgroup analysis by ethnicity showed that alleles and genotypes of this variant correlated with asthma among Asians and Caucasians, but only TT genotype under the homozygote model in Africans. When stratified by age group, this variant highly correlated with asthma in children and moderately in adults. Furthermore, the TT, CT, and CC genotypes in asthma group were all significantly associated with increased immunoglobin (Ig) E levels in serum of asthma patients when compared to controls. Our results suggested that IL-13 +1923C/T polymorphism contributed to the development of asthma. Further case-control studies with more ethnicities are still needed.
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