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Chin Med J (Engl). 2008 Dec 20;121(24):2525-33.

Genetic variants in three genes and smoking show strong associations with susceptibility to exudative age-related macular degeneration in a Chinese population.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China.



The present study was undertaken to replicate the associations of representative polymorphisms in three genes (complement factor H (CFH), complement factor B (BF) and HtrA serine peptidase 1 (HTRA1)) with exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in a Han Chinese population, and to test if the modifiable environmental factors affect AMD susceptibility associated with different type of genotype in these genes.


An age, gender and ethnicity matched case-control study was conducted to genotype the representative single neucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) loci including rs1061170 and rs1410996 in CFH, rs641153 and rs4151667 in BF and rs11200638 in HTRA1 gene in 144 exudative AMD patients and 126 normal controls using PCR-RFLP and direct resequencing. The demographic characteristics and behavioral risk factors were also recorded. Allelic and genotypic associations for individual SNP and joint associations with two loci were performed. The gene-gene and gene-environment interactions were analyzed using multivariate non-conditional Logistic regression analysis.


The C risk allele frequencies for CFH Y402H (rs1061170) in cases and controls were 12.5% and 5.4% respectively, which were much lower than those in Caucasians (P < 0.001). Compared with TT homozygous genotype, the CT heterozygous genotype was positively associated with AMD with odds ratio (OR) of 3.23 (1.36 - 5.07). However, the population attributable risk (PAR) of C allele was only 3.3% (1.4% - 4.3%). rs1410996 was also associated with AMD independent of Y402H. The ORs of exudative AMD for individuals carrying one copy risk allele and two copy risk alleles were 2.57 (1.21 - 5.45) and 4.76 (2.15 - 10.55) respectively, with correspondent PARs of 28.3% (2.0% - 40.5%) and 38.2% (21.8% - 45.4%). rs11200638 in HTRA1 was another susceptible locus for AMD and the risk homozygotes were significantly susceptible for exudutive AMD (OR = 3.98, 1.88 - 8.43) with PAR of 38.9% (24.3% - 45.8%). Education status and cigarette smoking were also related to exudative AMD. After controlling for environmental risk factors, CFH and HTRA1 SNPs were independently associated with exudative AMD, with OR of 3.50 (1.45 - 8.45) for CT genotype in Y402H, 3.34 (1.33 - 8.36) for GG genotype in rs1410996 and 3.85 (1.58 - 9.42) for AA genotype in rs11200638 respectively. The interaction analysis between gene and environmental factors showed that smoking synergistically increased susceptibility of AMD for heterozygotes of rs1410996, with OR(interaction) of 7.33 (P(interaction) = 0.029).


In a Han Chinese population, CFH and HTRA1 polymorphisms appear to be independently and possibly additively hereditary contributors to exudative AMD. Y402H polymorphism conferred a significant but relatively lower contribution in Chinese than in Caucasians with a low frequency of risk allele. The gene-environment interaction may be a best way to encourage those with a high genetic risk to prevent AMD by avoiding modifiable factors until there is effective treatment for AMD.

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