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J Rheumatol. 2012 Dec;39(12):2294-302. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.120506. Epub 2012 Oct 1.

Influence of the IL6 gene in susceptibility to systemic sclerosis.

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Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina López-Neyra,IPBLN-CSIC, Granada, The Netherlands. mccenit@ipb.csic.es

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a genetically complex autoimmune disease; the genetic component has not been fully defined. Interleukin 6 (IL-6) plays a crucial role in immunity and fibrosis, both key aspects of SSc. We investigated the influence of IL6 gene in the susceptibility and phenotype expression of SSc.

METHODS:

We performed a large metaanalysis including a total of 2749 cases and 3189 controls from 6 white populations (Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom). Three IL6 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP; rs2069827, rs1800795, and rs2069840) were selected by SNP tagging and genotyped using TaqMan(®) allele discrimination technology.

RESULTS:

Individual SNP metaanalysis showed no evidence of association of the 3 IL6 genetic variants with the global disease. Phenotype analyses revealed a significant association between the minor allele of rs2069840 and the limited cutaneous SSc clinical form (Bonferroni p = 0.036, OR 1.14, 95% CI 1.04-1.25). A trend of association between the minor allele of the rs1800795 and the diffuse cutaneous SSc clinical form was also evident (Bonferroni p = 0.072, OR 0.86, 95% CI 0.77-0.96). In the IL6 allelic combination analyses, the GGC allelic combination rs2069827-rs1800795-rs2069840 showed an association with overall SSc (Bonferroni p = 0.016, OR 1.13, 95% CI 1.04-1.23).

CONCLUSION:

Our results suggest that the IL6 gene may influence the development of SSc and its progression.

PMID:
23027890
DOI:
10.3899/jrheum.120506
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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