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With a feature of complex pathogenic mechanisms, migraine is a well-known common neurovascular disorder. Multiple genes are responsible for hindering the susceptibility of pain threshold one of which is the eNOS gene and its variants. Multiple independent observational studies with case–control design produced conflicting findings, which can be attributed to a variety of factors including varying sample sizes, demographic stratification, technique application, etc. Therefore, in the present study we aimed to find out the precise risk between the selected variant of eNOS and the risk of migraine and its clinical subtypes using a meta-analysis approach. To find the association between the risk variants of the eNOS gene and migraine, a PRISMA-based systematic literature review strategy was utilized to search via online resources including PubMed and Google Scholar. Using several genetic models, odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals were computed to pool the data. To access heterogeneity, Cochran's Q Test and I2 statistics were utilized, while Begg's and Egger's tests were used to determine publication bias. A p-value of 0.05 or below was deemed statistically significant for all two-sided tests. The present meta-analysis was able to find out the significant protective association between rs743506 and migraine after using dominant (OR: 0.66, CI [0.49–0.86]), over-dominant (OR: 0.56, CI [0.42–0.75]), codominant model (OR: 0.58, CI[0.43–0.77]). Only significant risk association was found between rs1799983, rs3918226, and risk of migraine with aura after utilizing recessive and codominant models i.e., HR vs HW and HR vs HT. The present meta-analysis showed that rs743506 showed a protective association in comparison to rs1799983, rs3918226 which showed significant risk in the MA group. Also, TSA showed non-significant results and therefore, in conclusion, more studies are required to establish risk.

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Migraine has been known as a complex neuro-vascular disorder with a polygenic inheritance and eNOS is one of the genes which is responsible for the disease’s susceptibility. In the present study, we have observed that the rs743506 showed a protective association in comparison to rs1799983, rs3918226 which showed significant risk in the MA group.

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This page is a summary of: A Comprehensive Investigation of Risk Association Between the -786 T > C, + 884 G > A, VNTR, rs743506, rs3918226 of eNOS and Susceptibility of Migraine: A Updated Meta-Analysis Utilizing Trial Sequential Analysis, Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, October 2023, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s12031-023-02167-2.
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