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Dis Markers. 1998 Nov;14(3):177-86.

Screening of the Fc epsilon RI-beta-gene in a Swiss population of asthmatic children: no association with E237G and identification of new sequence variations.

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Department of Clinical Research, University of Berne, Switzerland. marianne.rohrbach@dkf2.unibe.ch

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The gene of the beta subunit of the high affinity receptor for IgE (Fc epsilon RI-beta) encoded on chromosome 11q13 has recently been identified as a candidate gene for asthma and atopy. Two coding variations, E237G and I181L have been described as being associated with asthma and atopy. Our aim was to investigate a Swiss population of atopic and asthmatic children for variations in this gene.

METHODS:

We screened all 7 exons of the Fc epsilon RI-beta-gene in 224 atopic/asthmatic, 68 relatives and 159 control subjects using exon amplification by PCR and single strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis followed by fluorescence based DNA sequencing.

RESULTS:

The sequence variant E237G was found in 3.7% in atopics and in 2.6% in the control population. None of the samples carried the I181L mutation. In addition, we characterised nine novel mutations (1 nonsense mutation, 2 missense mutations, mutation, 2 silent mutations, 4 intronic mutations).

CONCLUSIONS:

Our results suggest that the E237G does not have a primary effect on the development of atopy and asthma, and thus excludes the Fc epsilon RI-beta locus from being a candidate gene directly involved in these diseases.

PMID:
10427478
PMCID:
PMC3851081
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