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Mult Scler. 2013 Sep;19(10):1355-8. doi: 10.1177/1352458513477231. Epub 2013 Feb 14.

Assessing interactions between HLA-DRB1*15 and infectious mononucleosis on the risk of multiple sclerosis.

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Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Medical Research Council Functional Genomics Unit, University of Oxford, UK.


Gene-environment interactions may shed light on the mechanisms underlying multiple sclerosis (MS). We pooled data from two case-control studies on incident demyelination and used different methods to assess interaction between HLA-DRB1*15 (DRB1-15) and history of infectious mononucleosis (IM). Individuals exposed to both factors were at substantially increased risk of disease (OR=7.32, 95% CI=4.92-10.90). In logistic regression models, DRB1-15 and IM status were independent predictors of disease while their interaction term was not (DRB1-15*IM: OR=1.35, 95% CI=0.79-2.23). However, interaction on an additive scale was evident (Synergy index=2.09, 95% CI=1.59-2.59; excess risk due to interaction=3.30, 95%CI=0.47-6.12; attributable proportion due to interaction=45%, 95% CI=22-68%). This suggests, if the additive model is appropriate, the DRB1-15 and IM may be involved in the same causal process leading to MS and highlights the benefit of reporting gene-environment interactions on both a multiplicative and additive scale.


HLA-DRB1*15; infectious mononucleosis; interaction; multiple sclerosis

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