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J Med Genet. 2010 Nov;47(11):775-6. doi: 10.1136/jmg.2009.075911. Epub 2010 Jun 28.

Replication of KIF21B as a susceptibility locus for multiple sclerosis.

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Laboratory for Neuroimmunology, Section of Experimental Neurology, O&N2, Herestraat 49, Box 1022, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. an.goris@med.kuleuven.be

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Knowledge of genetic susceptibility to autoimmune disorders is growing exponentially. One of the messages emerging from these data is the growing overlap in genetic susceptibility to different autoimmune disorders. KIF21B is a member of the kinesin superfamily and was recently established as a susceptibility locus for inflammatory bowel disease and for multiple sclerosis.

RESULTS:

We here replicate the association with multiple sclerosis in a Belgian study population of 791 patients and 1098 controls.

CONCLUSION:

As SNPs in KIF21B increase risk for both inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis, this suggests a common pathway in the pathogenesis of these diseases.

PMID:
20587413
DOI:
10.1136/jmg.2009.075911
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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