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J Infect Dis. 2005 Apr 1;191(7):1084-92. Epub 2005 Feb 25.

Human leukocyte antigen and cytokine gene variants as predictors of recurrent Chlamydia trachomatis infection in high-risk adolescents.

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Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabam 35294-0022, USA.


Antigen presentation and immune activation are essential to the effective control of infectious diseases. In 485 North American adolescents at high risk for genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection, we found 2 human leukocyte antigen variants (DRB1*03-DQB1*04 and DQB1*06) to be associated with recurrent Chlamydia infection (adjusted relative odds [RO], >2.0; P<.01, for both variants). A G-C-C haplotype corresponding to variants at IL10 (encoding interleukin-10 [IL-10]) promoter positions -1082, -819, and -592 was underrepresented in individuals with recurrent infection (RO, 0.59; P=.046). These genetic associations were independent of nongenetic factors, including number of sex partners, race, sex, duration of follow-up, and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 seropositivity. Consistent with the observed IL10 association, cervical secretions in female adolescents without the IL10 G-C-C haplotype had elevated IL-10 concentrations after Chlamydia infection, which may reflect involvement of a Chlamydia-specific mechanism for genetically mediated, differential IL-10 expression in the genital tract.

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