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J Hepatol. 2011 Apr;54(4):629-39. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2010.07.021. Epub 2010 Nov 18.

A single nucleotide polymorphism in activated Cdc42 associated tyrosine kinase 1 influences the interferon therapy in hepatitis C patients.

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  • 1The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Katsumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan.



Cdc42 is a Rho family GTPase protein and was recently implicated in mediating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infectivity. This study examines the association between Cdc42-related gene and interferon (IFN) therapy in HCV patients.


We analyzed the associations between the outcome of IFN therapy and 17 tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within two genes involved in Cdc42 signaling (CDC42 and ACK1). A total of 295 out of the 409 study subjects were sustained responders (SR) and 114 were non-responders (NR). Replication was performed using an independent set of 794 IFN-treated patients.


SNP rs2278034 [A/G] in intron 11 of activated Cdc42 associated tyrosine kinase (ACK) 1 was associated with the outcome of IFN therapy (p=6.4 × 10(-4)). Replication analysis confirmed the association (p=2.2 × 10(-3)) for patients treated with IFN monotherapy, but the association was not significant for pegylated-IFN-plus ribavirin therapy. Analysis using published HapMap expression data revealed that ACK1 expression correlates with IFN-stimulated gene (ISG) expression independently of ethnicity, but the relationship between rs2278034 and ACK1 expression was observed only within Asian populations. Over-expression of ACK1, but not the kinase-inactive mutant, increased ISG transcription in Huh7 cells. ACK1 expression enhanced the IFN-stimulated response element (ISRE) and interferon-γ-activated site (GAS) promoter activity through tyrosine phosphorylation of signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) 1. Furthermore, ACK1 over-expression in HCV-N replicon cells inhibited HCV replication.


SNP rs2278034 in ACK1 is associated with IFN therapy outcome in patients with HCV. ACK1 may play a role in innate and IFN-induced antiviral action against HCV.

Copyright © 2010 European Association for the Study of the Liver. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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