Background: Studies have shown a familial predisposition for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture and have been followed by genetic-association studies on polymorphisms in candidate genes in recent years. To date, no systematic review with a best-evidence synthesis has evaluated the influence of genetics on this devastating knee injury.
Objective: Our objective was to evaluate the association between genetic variants and ACL rupture.
Methods: We performed an extensive search in Embase, MEDLINE, Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed Publisher, Cochrane Register of Clinical Trials, and Google scholar up to 24 August 2015. Studies were eligible if they met the following inclusion criteria: (1) design was a case–control study, retrospective or prospective follow-up study, or a randomized controlled trial (RCT); (2) the study examined the association between a genetic variant and ACL rupture in both an ACL and a control group. We determined the risk of bias for all included studies.
Results: We included a total of 16 studies (eight at high risk of bias and eight with an unclear risk) that examined 33 different DNA variants. Conflicting evidence was found for the COL1A1 rs1800012 and COL3A1 rs1800255 variants, whereas limited evidence was found for no association of the COL5A1 rs12722 and rs13946 and COL12A1 rs970547 variants (all encoding collagen). Evidence was insufficient to draw conclusions as to whether any other genetic variant identified in this review had any association with ACL rupture.
Conclusions: More research is needed to support a clear association between ACL rupture and genetic variants. Genome-wide studies are recommended for exploring more potential genetic variants. Moreover, large prospective studies are needed to draw robust conclusions.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40279-017-0678-2, hdl.handle.net/1765/95636
Journal Sports Medicine
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Kaynak, M, Nijman, F.E.H, van Meurs, J.B.J, Reijman, M, & Meuffels, D.E. (2017). Genetic Variants and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine (Vol. 47, pp. 1637–1650). doi:10.1007/s40279-017-0678-2