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Tissue Antigens. 2003 Dec;62(6):492-7.

Association of a putative regulatory polymorphism in the PD-1 gene with susceptibility to type 1 diabetes.

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Department of Clinical Immunology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.


The immunoreceptor programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) is reported to play an important role in the regulation of peripheral tolerance in rodents, and it was recently shown that a polymorphism in a regulatory site of the PD-1 gene is associated with susceptibility to the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in humans. We investigated the existence of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the PD-1 gene in patients with type 1 diabetes in comparison with healthy control subjects, by analyzing 94 children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes diagnosed before their eighteenth birthday (male : female = 52 : 42) and 155 control subjects. Polymorphisms in the complete PD-1 gene (minus the large intron 1) were detected by sequencing. In total, we identified 14 SNPs, of which six have been previously described, including an intronic 7146G/A SNP. We found this polymorphism to be associated with the development of type 1 diabetes [found in 12.2% of diabetic individuals vs 6.8% in controls; odds ratio (OR) = 1.92]. The associated allele is previously shown to alter a transcription factor-binding site (RUNX1/AML1), and the results of this study suggest that this allele could act as an additional susceptibility allele to type 1 diabetes.

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