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World J Gastroenterol. 2012 Jan 28;18(4):388-92. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v18.i4.388.

No association between IRF3 polymorphism and susceptibility to hepatitis B virus infection in Chinese patients.

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  • 1Department of Infectious Diseases, The First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Hefei 230032, Anhui Province, China.



To investigate the association between three tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (tagSNPs) in interferon regulatory factors (IRF3) and the genetic susceptibility to chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.


We performed a case-control study of 985 Chinese cases of chronic HBV infection and 294 self-limiting HBV-infected individuals as controls. Three tagSNPs in IRF3 (rs10415576, rs2304204, rs2304206) were genotyped with the Multiplex SNaPshot technique. The genotype and allele frequencies were calculated and analyzed.


The three SNPs showed no significant genotype/allele associations with chronic HBV infection. Overall allele P values were: rs10415576, P = 0.0908, odds ratio (OR) [95% confidence interval (CI)] = 1.1798 (0.9740-1.4291); rs2304204, P = 0.5959, OR (95% CI) = 1.0597 (0.8552-1.3133); rs2304206, P = 0.8372, OR (95% CI) = 1.0250 (0.8097-1.2976). Overall genotype P values were: rs10415576, P = 0.2106; rs2304204, P = 0.8458; rs2304206, P = 0.8315. There were no statistically significant differences between patients with chronic HBV infection and controls. Haplotypes generated by these three SNPs were also not significantly different between the two groups.


The three tagSNPs of IRF3 are not associated with HBV infection in the Han Chinese population.


Chronic hepatitis B virus infection; Genetic susceptibility; Haplotype; Interferon regulatory factors tag single nucleotide polymorphisms

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